Our Team


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 20 years of experience in the exploration industry.  Prior to taking on corporate management positions, Ken worked as a geologist for a number of companies including Rio Tinto, Aber Resources (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) 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 was previously Chief Financial Officer 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 20 years of experience in the securities legal industry, and has been Corporate Secretary for International Northair Mines Ltd., New Dimension Resources Ltd. and Troon Ventures Ltd. since 2007. She is formerly the Corporate Secretary for Stornoway Diamond Corporation, Capstone Mining Corp. and Creston Moly Corp. which underwent a Plan of Arrangement with Mercator Minerals Ltd. in Spring 2011. Prior to joining the Northair Group, 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' career in the mining industry spans more than 20 years.  She worked with Aber Resources Ltd. (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) from 1992 to 1997, leading the field exploration team that discovered the Diavik Diamond Project pipes in the Northwest Territories in 1994 and 1995. She was promoted to Vice-President Exploration for Aber in 1997, a post she held for two years, and served on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006.  Diavik became Canada’s second diamond mine when it went into production in 2003.

Ms. Thomas is currently the CEO and a Director of Kaminak Gold Corporation and a director of a number of other public companies and organizations, including Suncor Energy Inc., Dundee Precious Metals Inc., Lucara Diamond Corp., the University of Toronto (U of T) Alumni Association, the Lassonde Advisory Board of the U of T, and she is a member of the U of T President’s Internal Advisory Council.

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 Ms. Rippin Armstrong was responsible for the environmental, permitting and community relations programs at Kaminak Gold Corporation, prior to its acquisition by Goldcorp in July, 2016.

William Lamb, Advisor
Mr. Lamb is presently the President and CEO of Lucara Diamond Corp., owner and operator of the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana as well as the advanced stage Mothae diamond project in Lesotho. Mr. Lamb has over 20 years' experience in the mining operations and project development industry, having previously worked for Rand Mines, Kvaerner Metals and De Beers prior to joining the Lundin Group in 2008 as the General Manager for Lucara. Mr. Lamb has obtained a NHD in Extraction Metallurgy for the Technicon of the Witwatersrand, as well as an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School



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 Corporation) and is currently the President, CEO and Director of Westhaven Ventures Inc. as well as Chairman of Helio Resources Ltd.

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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