Management & Board

Wayne Tisdale

President & Director

Mr. Tisdale has 40 years of experience in investing, financing and consulting to private and public companies in the areas of mining, oil and gas, and agriculture. He runs his own merchant bank and sits on the board of a number of private and public companies. Over his career, Mr. Tisdale has raised over $2bn of both equity and debt financing and has been instrumental in founding several highly successful companies, including Rainy River Resources (purchased by Newgold) and Ryland Oil Corporation (purchased by Crescent Point). Most recently, Mr. Tisdale was integral to the successful sale of US Cobalt to First Cobalt Corporation, creating a post-transaction cobalt company valued at almost $400 million.

Michelle Gahagan

Chair & Director

Ms. Gahagan has been a director of 21C Metals Inc. since January, 2011. Ms. Gahagan is currently a director of Moovly Media Inc (TSXV: MVY) and Versus Systems Inc. (CSE: VS). Prior to her involvement in merchant banking, Ms. Gahagan graduated from Queens University Law School and practiced corporate law for 20 years. Ms. Gahagan has extensive experience advising companies with respect to international tax-driven structures, mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Gahagan has successfully completed the Investment Management Certificate course offered by the Financial Conduct Authority (UK). Most recently, Ms. Gahagan was integral to the successful sale of US Cobalt to First Cobalt Corporation, creating a post-transaction cobalt company valued at almost $400 million.

Kelsey Chin

Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

Ms. Chin, a Chartered Professional Accountant, has over 15 years of experience in audit, finance and accounting within the mining, exploration and technology industries. She has served as director and executive officer for several publicly traded companies where she was responsible for all aspects of financial services, financial reporting, corporate governance, and has led numerous financings, mergers and acquisitions to successful completion.


Garry Clark


Mr. Clark is a geologist (P Geo) with over 30 years of mineral exploration experience and has held various geological positions with a number of public mining companies. Mr. Clark has extensive experience in managing large scale exploration and development programs internationally including Asia and North America, and has worked extensively in the Hemlo and Wawa districts. He is the Executive Director of the Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) and currently serves on the Minister of Mines Mining Act Advisory Committee. Most recently, Mr. Clark was integral to the successful sale of US Cobalt to First Cobalt Corporation, creating a post-transaction cobalt company valued at almost $400 million.

Jamie Newall


Mr. Newall is an experienced senior executive director, having served as a director or executive officer of numerous publicly listed companies. He was Investment Director of Intrepid Financial, an incubator of natural resource companies for eight years. More recently he has been interim CEO of Conversis, one of the UK’s leading language service providers and is Voluntary CEO of Oracle Cancer Trust, the UK’s largest head and neck cancer research charity. Mr. Newall is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Masters Degree in Law.

Bryce Tisdale


Mr. Tisdale has several years of finance and capital markets experience. He formerly worked as an investment advisor at Jordan Capital Markets and Leede Financial Markets Inc., specializing in financing venture capital companies.

Paul McGuigan


Paul McGuigan, a Professional Geoscientist, has 42 years of international experience in economic geology and mineral exploration management, spanning grassroots exploration through to mine feasibility studies and mining operations. Early in his career, he was employed by IBM Canada Ltd., Geological Survey of Canada, Pechiney Ugine Kuhlmann, Imperial Oil, and Esso Minerals Canada. For the last thirty years, Mr. McGuigan has led several consulting and junior mining companies, operating in West Africa, the Middle East, SW Pacific and all of North and South America. His geological expertise includes iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG), volcanogenic massive sulphides, epithermal gold, porphyry Cu-Au, and residual & alluvial gold, platinum and diamond deposits. He has held directorship positions in several publicly listed mining companies and is experienced with corporate governance, multi-party negotiations, public disclosure, compliance and fund-raising for mineral exploration and mine development projects.

Otto Janout

Mr. Janout is a self-taught Czech prospector with over forty years experience in mineral exploration, including geochemistry, geophysics, property evaluation and acquisition. In the early 1970s worked for Utah Mines (now BHP-Billiton), and from 1977 to 1981 for Esso Minerals Canada. Since 1989, Mr. Janout has been dividing his time between Canada and the Czech Republic, assessing resource opportunities, including the current 21C Metals Tisova project.

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