Layton Croft

President & CEO

25+ years of leadership and management experience in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America, including executive roles with Ivanhoe Mines, Rio Tinto, Peabody Energy and Duke Energy. Based in Charlotte, NC, Layton has been Pancon President and CEO since April 2017. He has been a Director of Erdene Resource Development (TSX: ERD) since June 2015, and Chairman of Erdene since June 2019.

Mr. Croft is a seasoned business executive with more than 25 years of global leadership experience and expertise in corporate strategy, business development, project management, stakeholder engagement, and environmental and community sustainability. He has spent more than 15 years in the exploration, mining and energy sectors with Ivanhoe Mines, Rio Tinto, Peabody Energy, Duke Energy and LP Amina, including six years as Executive Vice President for the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold project in Mongolia. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Layton has contributed to business results on significant gold, copper, iron ore and coal projects and operations in Asia, North America and Africa.

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Mark McMurdie


Chartered Professional Accountant with 30+ years of senior leadership experience in public and private companies. He also serves as CFO for Roscan Minerals (TSXV: ROS).

Jeanny So

External Relations Manager

20+ years of investor relations, public relations, corporate affairs, corporate development and communications experience in the natural resources sector. She is a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and Women In Mining.

Carolina Technical Team

Richard “Criss” Capps, PhD, CPG, QP

Project Manager

40+ years of experience in minerals exploration and economic geology. Criss co-discovered six gold deposits that became the Castle Mountain Gold Mine in California. Criss discovered the high-grade Buzzard gold project, an extension of Brewer, in 1997. Originally from North Carolina and based in Evans, GA, he has been actively exploring in the Brewer-Jefferson area for more than 24 years.

Margaret Venable, PHD, CPG

Project Advisor

35+ years of experience, from early exploration to mine feasibility, Margaret specializes in property evaluation and three dimensional analyses and integration of data sets in order to enhance understanding of mineralization and plan future work. Originally from North Carolina, she has been actively exploring and analyzing the geology and geophysics of the Brewer-Jefferson for nearly 5 years.

Christopher Cherrywell, CPG

Project Advisor

40+ years of experience, from early exploration to mine feasibility, Chris spent over a decade on the Carolina Gold Belt, including working at Brewer, Haile and Barite Hill in South Carolina. Originally from Virginia and based in Denver, CO, Chris was the lead geologist responsible for discovering the oxide hold deposit in 1983-84 that became the Brewer Gold Mine from 19987-1995. 

Laurence "Laurie" Curtis, PhD

Project Senior Advisor

45+ years of experience in minerals exploration, discovery, economic geology, mine development, mining finance, executive leadership and environmental management, Laurie was previously founder, CEO and director of Intrepid Minerals. Intrepid discovered the world-class Tujuh Bukit (TB) gold-copper porphyry district in Indonesia, an apt Brewer analogue. Like Brewer TB is a high sulphidation system driven by a sub-volcanic intrusive. TB has 2.1mozAu and 72mozAg in the oxide zone, atop a copper porphyry with 28mozAu and 19blbsCu. Today Laurie is Chairman of Eastmain Resources (TSX:ER) and a director of Excellon Resources (TSX:EXN). 

Ontario Technical Team

Kevin Filo, P. Geo., QP

Northern Ontario Project Advisor

Mr. Filo is an exploration geologist, mining geologist and project generator with more than 37 years of experience, including 30 years in Ontario’s Abitibi greenstone belt region. Kevin is a former Vice President on the team which acquired the Detour Gold Mine from Placer Dome, which is now one of the largest operating gold mines in Canada.

Todd Keast, P.Geo., QP

Northern Ontario Project Manager

Exploration and project geologist with nearly 30 years of experience in a diverse field of commodities. With an active approach to exploration, has advanced projects from grassroots target generation and evaluation through to deposit discovery, delineation, environmental permitting and PEA.