Kevin Snook, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Snook has been a Director and Chairman of ValGold since 2013 and Chief Executive Officer since July 2014.
Mr. Snook has had a diverse engineering, business and entrepreneurial career over the past 40 years from designing computer-based systems for Canada's leading telecommunications research organization and working internationally for Schlumberger Ltd. in the oil and gas industry to investment banking on Wall Street and leading the national mergers and acquisitions (M&A) group for a Big Four accounting firm. In addition, he co-founded and led what has become a successful $350 million publicly-traded rubber products company and has run three other public companies. In the mineral exploration sector, he has run Moneta Porcupines Mines Inc. as President and CEO, completing a key property acquisition and starting development of a 43-101 resource of several million ounces and served as Chairman of Geoinformatics Exploration Inc., a technology-based mineral project developer. He is also currently Chairman of Niagara Group Inc., a privately held waste management and recycling group of companies.
Mr. Snook holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and an M.Eng. in Systems Engineering from Carleton University and an MBA in Finance with minors in International Business and Accounting from Columbia University in New York.
James Shannon, Chief Financial Officer:
Mr. Shannon has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ValGold since 2014.
He is a co-founder and formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Group Inc., a private company based in Niagara, Ontario. He was also the CFO of its primary operating companies, Photech Environmental Solutions Inc., a diversified hazardous waste management business, and Loop Recycled Products Inc., an Ontario and global leader in paint recycling.
Mr. Shannon has served as CFO for three publicly-traded companies, Sodisco-Howden Group Inc., a Canadian leading distributor of hardware and home renovation products, Cygnal Technologies, a leader in wired and wireless communication networks and Nu-Life Vitamins. Mr. Shannon was the Principal of Shannon and Associates, which provided financial planning and leadership for entrepreneurial ventures in Ontario. He received his CA while at Price Waterhouse Coopers, and worked in Venture Capital at Citibank and M&A at Woods Gordon.
Mr. Shannon holds a B.A.A from Ryerson University and a B.Com from the University of Windsor.