Our Team

MANAGEMENT

Ken Armstrong, President, CEO and Director

Ken Armstrong was appointed President and CEO of North Arrow in April 2013 and brings to the role over 25 years of experience in the exploration industry. Through that period Mr. Armstrong has been involved in the discovery or evaluation of diamond-bearing kimberlites at 10 localities within Canada as well as Greenland. Mr. Armstrong is currently the President of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines and serves as a Director of Cornish Metals Inc. (formerly Strongbow Exploration). He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (1992) and Queen's University (1995) and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Province of Ontario.

North Arrow’s diamond exploration programs are conducted under the direction of Mr. Armstrong, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101. Mr. Armstrong has reviewed all information posted on this website that is of a scientific or technical nature and relates to North Arrow’s exploration projects.

Wayne Johnstone, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Johnstone graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1977 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree and in 1979 earned his chartered accountant designation. He has over 30 years of financial experience with public and private companies. During the past 25 years, Mr. Johnstone has focused on mineral exploration and development stage public companies throughout North and South America. More recently Mr. Johnstone has been the CFO of New Dimension Resources and of Creston Moly Corp.

Brenda Nowak, Corporate Secretary
Ms. Nowak has over 30 years of experience in the securities legal industry.  In addition to her roll with North Arrow she is also the Corporate Secretary for Cornish Metals Inc (formerly Strongbow Exploration) and NGEx Minerals Ltd. and Filo Mining Corp. In the past she has held this same position for International Northair Mines Ltd., New Dimension Resources Ltd., Troon Ventures Ltd., Stornoway Diamond Corporation, Capstone Mining Corp., Creston Moly Corp., Kaminak Gold Corporation, Bluestone Resources Inc., Kivalliq Energy Corporation and West Melville Metals Inc. Prior to her career as a Corporate Secretary in the junior resource sector, Ms. Nowak was a paralegal with DuMoulin Black LLP and held positions with Nexus Venture Capital Lawyers and Aber Diamond Corporation.

Eira Thomas, Advisor
Ms. Thomas brings more than 25 years experience in the mining industry, including 16 years with Aber Diamond Corporation following their discovery of the Diavik diamond mine, where she served in ever increasing roles from initial discovery as a geologist to Vice President Exploration and ultimately a Director of the Board. She was co-founder of Stornoway Diamond Corp., serving first as CEO and then as Executive Chairman. There she led the acquisition of the Renard diamond deposit which subsequently became Quebec's first diamond mine. In 2007, she founded Lucara with partners Lukas Lundin and Ms. Catherine McLeod Seltzer and in February 2018, adding to her directorship, became the President and CEO of the company. Prior to this Ms. Thomas served as CEO of Kaminak Gold Corporation which was acquired by Goldcorp in 2016 for $520 Million. Ms. Thomas is also a Director of Suncor Energy.

Allison Armstrong, Advisor
Ms. Rippin-Armstrong has over 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility and environmental compliance, having worked for and advised resource companies, Indigenous and Territorial governments, and non-government organizations. Ms. Rippin-Armstrong has been involved with projects throughout northern Canada including Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan. Allison was responsible for the environmental, permitting and community relations programs at Kaminak Gold Corporation, prior to its acquisition by Goldcorp in July, 2016.  Allison is currently self employed at ARA Environmental Consulting Services Ltd.

Robin Hopkins, Advisor
Robin Hopkins, P.Geol. (NT/NU) is a professional geologist with more than 20 years’ exploration experience throughout Canada, Greenland and southern Africa. Robin served as Vice-President of Exploration for Stornoway Diamond Corporation from 2006 to 2019, previously serving as the Chief Technical Officer of Stornoway’s predecessor company, Stornoway Ventures Ltd., from 2003 until 2006. Between 2000 and 2004, Robin was Vice-President, Exploration for Navigator Exploration Corporation, and prior to that a key member of the Aber Resources Ltd. exploration team that discovered the Diavik Diamond Project pipes in the Northwest Territories in 1994. Robin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (H.B.A.Sc. Earth Sciences) and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.
 


DIRECTORS

Ken Armstrong, Director (bio above)
 

D. Grenville Thomas, Chairman
Gren Thomas has over 50 years' experience in the mining industry, during which time he has built an impressive track record of discovery, most notably the world-class Diavik Diamond Mine and the Thor Lake rare metals deposit, both in the Northwest Territories.

He was the founder (and held positions of Chairman, President and Director) of Aber Resources Ltd. (now Dominion Diamond Mines) and is currently the President, CEO and Director of Westhaven Ventures Inc., Chairman and Director of Strongbow Exploration Inc., and Chairman of Helio Resource Corp.

Mr. Thomas' discoveries have earned him many honours, including "PDAC Prospector of the Year" for 1999; "Man of the Year" by The Northern Miner newspaper (2001); and in January of 2009, Mr. Thomas was inducted into The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, located at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.
 

Christopher Jennings, Director
Dr. Jennings brings to the board extensive experience in diamond, gold and base metal exploration and development throughout the world. Dr. Jennings was a Founder of SouthernEra Diamonds Inc., served as a consultant to Aber Resources and has held positions with numerous companies including International Corona Corp., BP Minerals (Canada) and Falconbridge Ltd.
 

Blair Murdoch, Director
Mr. Murdoch has 30 years’ experience in senior management in both private and public companies, with expertise encompassing sales, marketing and finance. Mr. Murdoch is the Chairman of Option-NFA Inc. (OPN.H), a company traded on the TSX Venture Exchange and he holds a B.Sc. (Mathematics) from the University of British Columbia.
 

Torrie Chartier, Director
Ms. Chartier presently serves as CFO and a Director of Uravan Minerals Inc., and as Principal and Company Manager of Elbow River Helicopters, both Calgary based businesses. In addition to her involvement in the junior exploration sector as a financial executive, Ms. Chartier also brings to the role over 20 years of experience as a diamond exploration geologist. In the 1980-90’s, Torrie worked as an independent consultant and diamond geologist in exploration projects for various junior companies and was directly involved in the discovery of kimberlites in Michigan, NWT, Nunavut, and Greenland. 

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