Jens Hansen, P. Eng
Chairman & Director
Jens Eskelund-Hansen, P.Eng. B Sc Engineering Physics , Queens University , Kingston Ontario. Jens initially worked at AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada) at Chalk River. This was followed by 12years as project manager, senior geophysicist and department head at Geoterrex, an international geophysical contractor. His active projects with interpretation included mineral exploration in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.
In 1980 Jens established Geotest, a private mineral exploration service company. Geotest undertook projects for both senior mining companies and junior exploration companies. CIDA (the Canadian International Development Agency), was a client in several African countries.
Starting in 1980, Jens has been a director and CEO of several publically trading junior exploration companies with projects in Canada and Africa. His longest tenure was approximately 20 years with Beaufield Resources Inc where he assembled key projects at Urban/Windfall, Troilus, Eleonore/Opinaca and Hemlo. During the direction of Jens Hansen, the companies were well financed, had exploration successes and none were subject to a share roll-back.
Mathieu Stephens, P. Geo
President and CEO, Director
Mr. Stephens is a professional geologist with over 15 years of exploration and management experience, having worked on numerous projects within Canada and in a wide range of commodities. He is a graduate of the University of Quebec in Montreal and is a registered professional geologist with the Ordre des Géologues du Québec. Prior to joining UrbanGold, Mr. Stephens led the exploration team at Beaufield Resources Inc until its successful acquisition by Osisko Mining. He previously worked with Canaccord Genuity from 2002 to 2008, giving him a broad range of experience in the financial sector in addition to his mining exploration background.
Sabino Di Paola CPA, CA
Mr. Di Paola is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years experience in chief financial roles in various industries. Mr. Di Paola joined UrbanGold on August 30, 2017 as a Director of the Company. Mr. Di Paola also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc., a junior exploration listed on the TSX Venture exchange. Prior to Cornerstone, Mr. Di Paola was Chief Financial Officer for several TSX Venture companies 2009 to 2017, including Albert Mining Inc., Everton Resources Inc., Melkior Resources Inc., and Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.. Mr. Di Paola has extensive financial experience in private and public companies gained through considerable work with boards, audit committees, investors, shareholders and regulatory agencies. Mr. Di Paola received his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, degree at the University of Concordia, in Montreal, in 2004, and his Chartered Accountant designation in 2006.
Mr. Bell is a former Canadian diplomat, Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali (concurrently), to Brazil and High Commissioner to Malaysia, and Canada’s Chief Negotiator at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Since retiring in 1998 he has been a business consultant, a Chief Federal Negotiator for the Federal Government in First Nation treaty negotiations in British Columbia, and an independent director in several public companies and not for profit boards.
Mr. Bell was previously a director of Tahoe Resources Inc. from June 2010 to May 2015 and Goldcorp Inc. from December 2004 until April 2016.
Mr. Bell holds a B.Comm. and LL.B. from University of British Columbia.
Mr. Burstall practices in the area of commercial law with an emphasis on securities law. Mr. Burstall’s practice includes all aspects of securities law from both the perspective of an issuer or an underwriter, including initial public offerings, secondary financing, mergers and acquisitions, all dealings with regulators including stock exchanges and securities commissions, and corporate governance. He also practices in business and corporate commercial law, including all forms of corporate governance, shareholder agreements, and managing shareholder disputes.
Mr. Burstall is a director or secretary of several issuers both, listed or private. Mr. Burstall is also a director or trustee of charitable organizations. In addition, Mr. Burstall has in the past and continues to sit on certain advising committees of the Alberta Security Commission or The TSX Venture Exchange Inc.
Mr. Burstall was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 1982 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1985. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1986. Mr. Burstall joined the firm in 1987 as an associate, and became a partner in 1994.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Vatche Tchakmakian is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 30 years of experience in the minerals industry. He is specialized in the field of public companies and securities regulations in Canada. He has been an officer of several publicly listed companies in the mineral sector having operations in Canada and Latin America. From 1988 to 1993, he managed audit assignments at one of the predecessors of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a national accounting firm, for a number of large private and public companies. Mr. Tchakmakian received his B.S. in Public Accounting from École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Université de Montréal in 1988. He is a member of the TSXV Advisory Committee.