Craig Parry - Director
Mr. Parry has over 18 years in the resources sector. Mr. Parry is a member of the Board of Directors of Nexgen Energy and the current President and Chief Executive Officer of IsoEnergy Ltd.
Mr. Parry is co-founder and Partner of Inventa Capital Corp., a private natural resource investment company. Mr. Parry is a founding shareholder of EMR Capital and former senior advisor to the Fund. He was a co-founder of the Tigers Realm Group and was appointed to the Boards of Tigers Realm Minerals, Tigers Realm Metals and NexGen Energy Ltd. (as it then was prior to the Qualifying Transaction) in 2011. Mr. Parry was appointed to the role of CEO of Tigers Realm Coal in 2012. Mr. Parry, as an exploration and business development geologist, was responsible for the business development activities of the Tigers Realm Group since inception in 2008. Prior to joining Tigers Realm, Mr. Parry was the Business Development Manager for G-Resources Limited responsible for mergers and acquisitions and Principal Geologist - New Business at Oxiana Limited responsible for strategy and business development initiatives in bulk and energy commodities. At Rio Tinto he led exploration programs for iron ore, copper, diamonds, coal and bauxite in Australia, Asia and South America and was Principal Geologist for the Kintyre Uranium project pre-feasibility study. Mr. Parry holds an Honours Degree in Geology and is a Member of the AusIMM.
Simon Cmrlec - director
Simon is currently President, Americas at Ausenco, one of the world’s foremost EPCM companies. In his role he leads teams across Canada, USA, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina.
Simon began his career with Western Mining at its Olympic Dam Operations in South Australia where he held a number of technical and operations roles. He was one of the Owners Representatives for the Olympic Dam Expansion Project (ODP) where he was involved in the design, construction and commissioning of the Smelter and Hydrometallurgical facilities. Following the completion of the ODP project Simon joined Kvaerner and was involved in the construction and commissioning of various base metals, iron ore and gold projects in the US, South America, Middle East and South Africa. In 2001 he joined Inco on the Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia as the Project Manager responsible for the Refinery facility. Simon held a number of roles on the Goro Nickel project including Senior Project Manager and Construction director in his eight years there. Simon joined Ausenco in 2009 and has held a number of positions with the company including President, Program Management and President APAC/Africa before moving to Canada in 2015 to take up his current role.
Simon attended the Gartrell School of Mining, Metallurgy and Applied Geology at the University of South Australia and graduated with a B.Eng (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering in 1994.
Stuart Smith - director
Stuart has 30 years global exploration experience spanning the spectrum from global project generation to mine geology with a track record of discovery in brownfields and greenfields arenas.
Most recently Stuart was Technical Director – Strategy & New Projects for Teck Resources Ltd., based in Vancouver, Canada. In this role Stuart lead the team with global responsibility for new exploration project review and capture. Prior to that Stuart held the role of Specialist – Global Copper for Teck, based in Santiago, Chile in which he had responsibility for Teck’s global Cu exploration portfolio. Prior to joining Teck, Stuart was Chief Geologist for the Oxiana-OZ Minerals-MMG group of companies and subsequently with the founders of Oxiana in the G-Resources, Tigers Realm and EMR companies. In these roles Stuart was responsible for activities across the full spectrum from global project identification and review to brownfields exploration and in-mine resource evaluation
Stuart holds a BSc (Hons 1) degree from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia and a PhD from CODES at the University of Tasmania, Australia.
Michael A. Konnert - Director
Mr. Konnert is co-founder and Partner of Inventa Capital Corp., a private natural resource investment company and President and CEO of Vizsla Resources Corp (TSX-V:VZLA). Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Cobalt One Energy Corp. which was acquired by Blackstone Minerals Ltd. (ASX-BSX) in 2017. He has nearly a decade of experience in the natural resources industry, specifically in executing successful corporate strategies for mineral exploration companies. Mr. Konnert started his career with Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX-PVG) shortly after their $265M IPO. Following that, he spent three years with Riverside Resources Inc. (TSXV-RRI). Mr. Konnert holds a BCom from Royal Roads University and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.