BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William (Bill) Howald
William (Bill) Howald is a successful entrepreneur who founded several public companies as well as led the exploration division of a major mining company. He has extensive experience building effective exploration teams and delivering quality resources. As an executive, Mr. Howald provided strategic vision, planning, and implementation of many values creating programs for junior and senior gold producers. Most recently, he led the acquisition, build out and start-up of the Florida Canyon mine in west-central Nevada. The mine achieved commercial production within 18 months of being acquired. To date, Bill has raised approximately $300 million in project financing for properties in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Nevada.
Prior to creating junior mining companies, he was General Manager of Exploration, the United States and Latin America, for Placer Dome Inc. During his tenure at Placer Dome, Mr. Howald was an integral part of the teams that delivered over 100Mozs of gold resources to the Placer portfolio. Several of these resources, including Turquoise Ridge, Pipeline, Pueblo Viejo, are now mines. While there, he also oversaw the last systematic drill campaign done on Silver Cloud.
Mr. Howald was born and educated in Butte, Montana, the “Richest Hill on Earth” and has over 34 years in the international exploration and mining industry gained primarily in the Western US, Mexico, and Central and South America. He is a Certified Professional Geologist and a Qualified Person as defined by NI43-101.
For nearly fifteen years, Andrew Pollard has established himself as a sought-after management consultant within the mining industry. Mr. Pollard founded the Mining Recruitment Group Ltd (MRG) in 2006 and has amassed a “Who’s Who” network in the mining & finance world, leveraging his personal relationships to help shape what have become some of the most prominent and successful resource companies. In a sector where management is crucial, he has served as a trusted advisor to exploration companies and producers ranging in size from seed round through to over $100 billion in market capitalization.
Henk Van Alphen
Mr. Hendrik Van Alphen has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He has been a key player in such companies as Corriente Resources, Cardero Resources, Trevali Mining, Balmoral Resources and International Tower Hill Mines. During his career Mr. Van Alphen has been involved in raising over $1 billion in financing for various junior resource companies. He has been President and CEO of Wealth Minerals Ltd. since 2005.
Dr. Alan Carter has 30 years of experience in the mining and minerals exploration industry. He spent seven years working for Rio Tinto Corp. in South America and the United Kingdom, and in 1996, he became President and CEO of Balaclava Mines. Dr. Carter joined Billiton Plc in 1998 and in 2000 moved from Lima, Peru, to Vancouver. Following the merger of Billiton with BHP, he assumed the role of Manager, Business Development, within the BHP Billiton Exploration Group, and was the Chief Operating Officer of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. from mid-2004 to late 2006. Dr. Carter was President and CEO of Magellan Minerals Ltd., until its recent sale to Anfield Gold Corp. in May 2016. He is a director of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd., and Anfield Gold Corp. Dr. Carter has a BSc in Geology from the University of Nottingham, U.K. and a PhD in gold geochemistry and structural geology from the University of Southampton, UK.
Mr. Seaberg has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry spanning a wide array of positions with a focus on strategic relationships. Mr. Seaberg completed a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration at Colorado State University, which he followed up with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.
Mr. Seaberg was appointed to the Board in November 2018 and also serves as the Executive Chairman of Paramount Gold Nevada Corporation. From 2015-2018, Mr. Seaberg acted as Senior Vice President, Strategic Relations for Klondex Mines and was responsible for executing the company’s global Investor Relations Strategy. In his 10 years with Newmont Mining from 2003-2013, the world’s second largest gold producer, Mr. Seaberg served several roles including Vice President of Investor Relations and Director of Corporate Development. Prior to his tenure with Newmont, Mr. Seaberg spent 6 years with Apex Silver Mines Corporation, a silver producer, serving as controller and treasurer.
Tony Wood currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Aurania Resources Inc. Mr. Wood’s executive experience includes oversight of finance and operations of various publicly-traded exploration, development, and production staged resource companies. Over the last 20 years, he has successfully completed close to $1billion in financing and M&A transactions in the mining industry. Mr. Wood has a proven record of success with strategic planning, organizational development, and company transformations. He has been instrumental in achieving performance and value growth across diverse commodities, countries and market conditions.
Mr. Wood is an honours graduate, Management Sciences (Marketing) B.Sc. from the University of Lancaster, U.K., and a qualified Chartered Accountant in the UK and Canada.
Blackrock Gold Corp is committed to developing mineral assets through exploration which identify, bring forth and help seize any lucrative project opportunities to maximize shareholder value for investors.
Blackrock Gold believes in wealth creation for shareholders and is committed to increasing future wealth of the people and region that surround our operations.
Our goal is to achieve and maintain corporate ethical, moral, social responsible values and environmental standards and at all times.
Values & Ethics
Blackrock has set out values and standards which guide the conduct of our business, we commit to operate to the same high standard of integrity and responsibility. Our Values and Ethics is Blackrock’s code of conduct policy that applies to all our employees. Employees are expected to maintain and enhance our standing as a vigorous and ethical member of the business community, and are held accountable for compliance with this policy.
We take ownership for ourselves, and our work. We “do the right thing” for the business and our stakeholders.
We measure our performance and strive to excel at every level.
We make decisions and are responsible for our outcomes. We work openly and effectively with each other, leveraging the strength of the team.
Safety is non-negotiable: it ensures the well-being of our people and our business.