Board of Directors & Management
Fahad Al Tamimi
Mr. Al Tamimi is a Saudi-based businessman with global investment activities. Previously, he was President and CEO of SaudConsult, the largest engineering firm in Saudi Arabia responsible for many large infrastructure and construction projects in the country.
He was also a 50% partner of Worley Parsons Arabia, which undertook major infrastructure projects in the oil & gas, energy and a mining project worth over $5 billion in Saudi Arabia.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Mr. Ciavarella is a Professional Accountant receiving his designation in 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics, where he graduated Honours with Distinction.
Mr. Ciavarella is a private business owner with over 25 years experience in the Construction, Real Estate and Manufacturing Industry.
President & Director
Mr. Kostuik is a mining engineer with 25 years of experience. Mr. Kostuik joined Kerr as President and Director in April 2017. Previously, Mr. Kostuik spent over 8 years with Barrick Gold at the Goldstike Mine. He also worked in operations, engineering, exploration and capital projects with Taseko Mines, DMC Mining Services and Luna Gold. Mr. Kostuik was CEO of Rupert Resources where he was responsible for building the company through investment opportunities as well as corporate growth. Mr. Kostuik has a BSc in Applied Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA.
Mr. Damouni has over 16 years of experience in investment banking and capital markets, with expertise in mining and oil and gas. Throughout his career, Mr. Damouni has worked on and led equity and debt financings valued over $5 billion. He has comprehensive experience in equity financing, restructuring, corporate valuations and advisory assignments.
Mr. Arekat has over 35 years of strong banking, finance, investment and business management experience gathered while working with global institutions. Mr. Arekat has been part of such organizations as Chase Manhattan Bank, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Investcorp and Abraaj Capital and as an independent businessman. He is currently the managing director of Tamimi investments.
Mr. McVicar is a lawyer with over 20 years’ of specialized experience in corporate finance and corporate/commercial matters for natural resources companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. McVicar worked for a number of years at the Ontario Securities Commission. Mr. McVicar obtained his law degree from the University of Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queens University.
Director of Exploration and Geology
Mr. Atkinson (BS, MS, MBA) is a geologist with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. He was geologist for Phelps Dodge Morenci and a corporate project geologist for Newmont Gold. More recently, Mr Atkinson was at Caterpillar Financial Services.
Mr. Atkinson is a graduate in both Geological Science and Geochemistry from Virginia Tech and completed an MBA at the University of Denver.
Michael R. Smith
Mr. Smith is a Registered Geologist (SME & Arizona) and senior executive with over 38 years of exploration, development and operations expertise. Previously, Mr Smith was Chief Mine Geologist at Barrick Gold’s Goldstrike Mine and General Manager of Development and Exploration in Peru. He was the Founding CEO and President of Continental Gold and at Vulture Peak Gold where he was responsible for bringing the Arizona gold mine back into production.
Mr. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University (B.Sc.) and has an M.Sc. in Geology from Mackay School of Mines.
Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Marrelli (CPA, CA, CGA) is the principal of Marrelli Support Services, a firm that delivers accounting and regulatory compliance services to listed companies for over 20 years. In addition, Mr. Marrelli serves as Chief Financial Officer to a number of companies on the TSX and TSX-V. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.