Board of Directors

Rick Zimmer


Rick Zimmer is the Chairman of Ascot and a corporate director and is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Far West Mining Ltd., which was acquired by Capstone in 2011. Prior to Far West, Mr. Zimmer worked for Teck Corporation, Teck-Cominco and Teck-Pogo Inc. from 1992 to 2007. He served in various engineering and operating roles, including from 1998 to 2007, as Vice President and Project Manager for Teck-Pogo on the design and construction of the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, Alaska. Before joining Teck, Mr. Zimmer was employed with Bow Valley Industries as Senior Staff Engineer responsible for evaluation of new mining ventures and the operation of its coal mining division. Mr. Zimmer has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry and has a B.Sc. degree, B.Eng., MBA and is a P.Eng. in the Province of British Columbia.  Mr. Zimmer is also a director of Alexco Resources Corp. and DLP Resources, Inc.

Bill Bennett


Mr. Bennett has a BA from the University of Guelph and a law degree from Queen’s University. He was elected for the first time in 2001. Mr. Bennett is known across Canada for his knowledge of the mining industry in BC. He led the BC government’s efforts over many years to restore BC’s competitiveness for exploration investment, including having improved the BC Ministry of Energy & Mines permitting process and helping to launch BC’s First Nations mine revenue sharing program. There are few people in Canada who have such a strong combined knowledge of government processes, of the mining industry and of First Nations. Mr. Bennett also sits on the Board of Directors of Kutcho Copper Corp. and Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.

Ken Carter


Ken Carter graduated from UBC (1970) BSc Geology. From 1970 to 1988 he worked for Cominco Ltd in North America, Europe and the Middle East. From 1988 to 1991 he was director of Canadian Exploration for Echo Bay Mines Ltd. Since 1991 he has been involved with a number of junior mining companies in a management / director capacity. He retired in 2009 and now serves Ascot as an independent director.

Indi Gopinathan

Indi Gopinathan is a Board Director and Strategy Executive, with 25 years of experience in the mining industry and capital markets. Most recently, she was Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at IAMGOLD, responsible for corporate marketing strategy and communications. Having started her career with the Falconbridge/Noranda group, she moved to equity research with Cantor Fitzgerald and Scotiabank before returning to corporate roles, independent consulting and teaching. Her perspective on business strategy is informed by her experience across the mining industry life-cycle: through the exploration, project development and operating stages, and from the perspectives of engineering, logistics, information technology, finance and capital markets. Outside of industry, Ms. Gopinathan is a dedicated volunteer, elected in 2022 to the Governing Council of the University of Toronto (UofT). Ms. Gopinathan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the UofT, an MBA from Queen’s University and is a designated P.Eng. and CPA, CMA (both Ontario).

Don Njegovan


Don Njegovan is the Chief Operating Officer of Osisko Mining Inc. He was a director of St. Andrew Goldfields until it was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors of Cornish Metals Inc. He was formerly Managing Director of Global Mining at Scotiabank from August 2010 to June 2014. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Toll Cross Securities Inc. from June 2005 to July 2010. Mr. Njegovan, has over 25 years of experience in the Mining Industry starting work underground in 1989 for Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd. Mr. Njegovan holds a Bachelor of Science Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba.

James Stypula


James Stypula is a businessman with over 30 years’ experience and a former investment advisor and financier of mineral exploration and development companies in North and South America. Mr. Stypula was the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Magellan Minerals Ltd after its merger with Chapleau Resources where he served as CEO and Director. He was also one of the founding directors of Far West Mining Ltd. Mr. Stypula has acted on numerous board committees and has a wealth of business experience related to the mining industry, especially with respect to the small cap gold sector.

Andree St-Germain


Ms. St-Germain is the Chief Financial Officer of Integra Resources Corp. (TSX-V:ITR). She is an experienced mining finance executive with an extensive background in banking, mining finance and financial management. She began her career in investment banking for Dundee Capital Markets Inc. As an investment banker, Ms. St-Germain worked exclusively with mining companies on M&A advisory and financing. In 2013, Ms. St-Germain joined Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:GQM) as CFO. During her tenure at Golden Queen, she played an instrumental role in securing project finance and overseeing Golden Queen as it transitioned from development and construction to commercial production. She joined Integra Gold (TSX-V:ICG) as CFO in early 2017 and helped oversee the sale to Eldorado Gold Corporation in July 2017 for C$590 million. Ms. St-Germain is a director of Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK). Andree received her Institute of Corporate Directors, Director (ICD.D) designation from the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program in 2021.

Jody Harris

Corporate Secretary

Jody Harris has over 20 years' experience as a Corporate Secretary in the mining industry. Prior to joining Ascot, Ms. Harris was the Corporate Secretary of MAG Silver Corp. and was involved in raising over $300 million in equity financings during her 11-year tenure. Ms. Harris is an Accredited Director (Acc.Dir) and a Chartered Secretary, both designations obtained from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

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