Since 2001, Mr. Van Staveren has been the President of Strategic Financial Services, a private company providing business advisory services. During this period, he has provided consulting services to and sat on the Board of several publicly traded companies. He has significant experience in the mining sector and governance and audit processes for Company Boards. Mr. Van Staveren is a CPA in Canada and the USA, and holds a Bachelor of Math (Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo. He was with one of the worlds largest accounting and consulting firms for almost 18 years, the last number as a Partner in the mining services group, where he provided accounting and advisory services to his clients.