David W. Johnston
Chairman & Director
David Johnston is the founder of Braveheart Resources Canada Inc. For many years Johnston has been very active in the Calgary business community and with several local and international charitable organizations. A former miner with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, he also has considerable public company experience as a director and launched an insurance company, Capital Benefits Corp., 25 years ago that remains successful today. Johnston is a director of the Chamber of Mines for Eastern British Columbia and was the driving force in assembling an exceptional land package in the West Kootenays over a period of several years through Braveheart.
Ian Berzins, P.Eng.
CEO, President & Director
Mr. Berzins holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen's University and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and British Columbia. He has more than 35 years experience in all areas of mining including engineering, operations, maintenance, human resources and senior executive positions. He managed three complex underground gold mines in Canada including the Con Mine, Lupin Mine and Rice Lake Mine.
Aaron Matlock, B.A.
COO & Director
Aaron Matlock is a fourth generation farmer who operates a large farm that is located in southern Alberta and has been in his family for over 105 years. Having completed a diploma in Agriculture Finance from the College of Lethbridge in 2002 and a Degree in Economics from the University of Lethbridge in 2004, Aaron is well versed in business risk management. Aaron Matlock is an active member in several local service groups and boards.
Philip Keele, P.Eng.
Mr. Keele holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen's University and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Alberta. He has more than 30 years experience in all facets of the mining industry particularly in engineering, operations and senior management. Mr. Keele retired from Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) in 2016 where he held the position of VP, Mining. Prior to joining CNRL, Mr. Keele held senior positions with a major Canadian mining company in western Canada.
R. Brian Murray, M.B.A., C.A.
Brian Murray has over 17 years of experience in both the resource and investment markets. In addition to his position with the Company, Mr. Murray is the President of Nebu Resources Inc. and a director of several other Venture Exchange listed companies. Mr. Murray has also been the President of Murcon Ltd., a private financial consulting company involved in merchant banking, since 1990. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
John R. Morgan, B.Sc
Mr. Morgan is a seasoned mining executive with more than 40 years' experience in all facets of mining with increasing responsibility in managing both domestic and international mining operations. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia and is recognized as an individual with a strong technical and financial background able to deliver solid results in challenging and dynamic business environments. His experience includes direction of numerous public and privately-owned companies as well as an internationally owned joint venture. Mr. Morgan recently retired from his position of President, COO and Director at Atlantic Gold Corporation having led a team which acquired, evaluated, financed and constructed a gold property in Nova Scotia that is on track to produce an average of 84,000 oz Au per year for the next nine years.
Gestur Kristjansson, B.A., M.B.A., C.P.A.
Mr. Kristjansson holds a BA in Advanced Applied Economics from the University of Manitoba as well as a MBA from the University of British Columbia. Additionally, he is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) and recently obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Kristjansson has over 30 years of experience in accounting, financial management, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has participated in multiple equity and debt raises with over $400 million sourced. He previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer and VP Finance of a publicly listed Canadian gold mining company for a period of eight years during which he was also interim President and CEO. Mr. Kristjansson brings valuable experience to Braveheart as it transitions to a producing mining company. Mr. Kristjansson is a business owner/operator and resides in Winnipeg with his wife and two sons.