Our Team


Ken Armstrong, President, CEO and Director
Mr. Armstrong was appointed President and CEO of North Arrow in April 2013 and brings to the role over 20 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. Prior to taking on corporate management positions, he worked as a geologist for a number of companies including Rio Tinto, Aber Resources (now Dominion Diamond Mines) and Navigator Exploration. Mr. Armstrong also serves as a Director of Strongbow Exploration Inc. and a Director of Bayswater Uranium Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (1992) and Queen's University (1995) and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in 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. Mr. Johnstone also currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of New Dimension Resources and was previously the CFO of Creston Moly Corp., during which time he played a significant role with the company prior to its acquisition by Mercator Minerals Ltd.

Brenda Nowak, Corporate Secretary
Ms. Nowak has over 20 years of experience in the securities legal industry.  In addition to her roll with North Arrow she is also the Corporate Secretary for Strongbow Exploration Inc. 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. and Creston Moly Corp. Prior to her career as a Corporate Secretary in 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 (now Dominion Diamond), 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. Most recently Allison was responsible for the environmental, permitting and community relations programs at Kaminak Gold Corporation, prior to its acquisition by Goldcorp in July, 2016.


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.

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