Mr. Graf was born in Cranbrook, B.C. and obtained a B.Ap.Sc. degree in geological engineering from UBC in Vancouver, B.C. in 1974. He has been registered as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia since 1980.
Mr. Graf has successfully applied his profession for the past 40 years, conceiving and conducting mineral exploration programs in British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon as well as northern Mexico. His forte has been mineral property evaluation, field exploration and diamond drilling.
During the 1980’s and early 1990’s he conceived and carried out many exploration programs throughout the Iskut-Stikine rivers area of northwestern B.C. searching for porphyry copper-gold deposits and the BC Rocky Mountains exploring for zinc deposits in sedimentary rocks.
In 1982, Mr. Graf staked the adjacent Khyber and Bronson claims on promising porphyry copper and gold mineralization at Bronson Creek in the Iskut river area of northwestern BC. These two properties were explored separately by Brinco Mining Ltd and Imperial Metals Corp in the 1980’s and 1990’s and a large porphyry copper-gold deposit on the Khyber property was discovered and on the Bronson property, Imperial discovered several high-grade gold veins similar to those at the adjacent Snip Mine.
The Khyber property is now owned by Colorado Resources Ltd. and favorable exploration results from that company are presently receiving considerable market interest. The Bronson property is now owned jointly by Imperial Metals Corp (77%) and Chris Graf (23%).
In 1983, Mr. Graf staked the Kerr claims on an unexplored area of promising porphyry copper mineralization at Sulphurets Creek in northwestern B.C. In 1985 he optioned the claims to Brinco Mining Ltd. and in 1987, he formed his first public company, Sulphurets Gold Corporation, to develop the Kerr prospect with Brinco and by 1990 the joint venture had discovered 174 million tonnes of ore grading 0.7% copper and 0.3 g/t gold.
Subsequently, Sulphurets Gold was purchased by major mining company Placer Dome Inc. Placer later sold the property to TSX listed company Seabridge Gold Corp. (TSX-SEA) who have now developed the Kerr property into a world-class copper-gold deposit with an inferred resource of more than one billion tonnes containing an estimated 11.3 million ounces of gold and 11.8 billion pounds of copper. This project, which is one of the largest undeveloped gold reserves in the world, has recently received its environmental and early construction permits.
In 1978 Mr. Graf staked the Akie claims on a previously unexplored zinc prospective area in the northern Rockies, about 200 kilometers north of Mackenzie, B.C. The Akie property was subsequently explored by Rio Tinto on a farm out option agreement, however in 1985 Rio returned the claims to Mr. Graf. In 1990 Mr. Graf formed Ecstall Mining Corporation, a publicly listed company to fund further exploration on the prospect. In 1993 Inmet Mining Corp. optioned the property and through jointly funded drilling the Akie zinc-lead deposit was discovered. The Akie deposit hosts an indicated plus inferred resource of 30 million tonnes grading ~ 10% zinc/lead and is open to expansion making it the largest undeveloped zinc deposit in B.C. In 2007, Ecstall was acquired in a hostile takeover by Canada Zinc Metals (TSX-CZX).
In 2001, Mr. Graf staked the Wicheeda claims on a zone of rare earth mineralization near Prince George, B.C. that had been discovered previously by Teck Corp. In 2008 he formed a private company Spectrum Mining Corporation to conduct the first drilling program ever done on the prospect and by 2009 an indicated resource of 15 million tonnes of near surface open pittable ore grading 2.5% REE had been outlined. Subsequent metallurgical test work on composite samples of drill core at SGS Canada Inc was very favorable. The mineralization remains open to expansion and given its grade, open pittable geometry, favorable metallurgy and location near power and rail, the Wicheeda deposit remains the most significant rare earth deposit in Canada.
Mr. Graf was a director of the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines during the 1990’s when the provincial New Democratic Party was in power. During his tenure he was very involved in the Chamber’s Aboriginal Affairs and Environmental/Park committees trying to mitigate the NDP’s ambitious processes that were largely negative for mineral exploration in BC. In 2011, Mr. Graf was the recipient of the Frank Woodside Past Presidents Award for distinguished service to the Minerals Industry from the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines now known as AME BC.
Mr. Burgess was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B. Comm. (Hons.) in 1974. He was accepted as a Chartered Accountant in 1976 in Manitoba and in 1978 in Alberta.
Upon graduation Mr. Burgess joined the firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell where he articled and in 1978 joined the tax group in Calgary, Alberta. Following a transfer to the National Tax Office in Toronto he was seconded to Energy, Mines and Resources in 1980 during the formulation of the National Energy Program.
In 1983 Mr. Burgess was appointed Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Dorset Resources Ltd., a junior oil and gas exploration and production company. In 1985 Dorset acquired Consolidated Brinco Limited., a company engaged in the exploration, development and extraction of oil and gas and mineral resources. While at Brinco Mr. Burgess was part of the team that took the Quinsam coal project into production and exported coal to the United States and Japan. He also was an officer and director of Western Canadian Mining Corporation (“WCM”), a subsidiary of Brinco, that explored the many mineral properties of Brinco and which resulted with its joint venture partner in the discovery of the Kerr-Sulphurets copper/gold/silver deposit.
In 1995 Mr. Burgess became a director and Chief Financial Officer of United Tex-Sol Mines Ltd. which was explored the Clavos deposit located near Timmins Ontario. In 2003, United Tex - Sol was acquired by St. Andrews Goldfields Ltd. who subsequently put the deposit into production.
In 1995 Mr. Burgess became a director of Ecstall Mining Corporation. Ecstall was involved in the exploration of a wide variety of mineral properties with focus on sedimentary hosted lead/zinc deposits in northern British Columbia. This lead to the discovery in 2005 of the Akie lead/zinc/silver deposit. In 2007 Ecstall was acquired by Mantle Resources Ltd. in a hostile takeover bid.
From 1996 to 2010 Mr. Burgess was a director, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Goldust Mines Ltd. which explored and conducted a 50,000 tonne bulk sample of the Croinor gold deposit located near Val D’Or Quebec.
From January 2005 to May 2013 Mr. Burgess was a director of Sienna Gold Corp. which conducted exploration activities on gold prospects in Peru and resulted in the discovery of the Igor gold deposit.
In 2008 Mr. Burgess became a director of Spectrum Mining Corporation. Spectrum is primarily engaged in the exploration and development of the Wicheeda rare earth deposit located north- west of Prince George, British Columbia.
In 2015 Mr. Burgess became a director of Voyageur Industrial Minerals Ltd. which is engaged in the development of and production of barite in British Columbia.