Robert Quartermain, Co-Chair
Dr. Quartermain serves as a Director of Dakota Territory and was most recently Executive Chairman of Pretium Resources Inc., which he founded in October 2010. Prior to Pretium, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Standard Resources Inc. (now SSR Mining Inc.) for 25 years from 1985-2010. Dr. Quartermain holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science from Queens University, his Professional Geoscience certification from the Engineers and Geoscientists BC and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his focus on Dakota Territory, Dr. Quartermain has a number of education, wildlife and social justice philanthropic interests that he supports.
Stephen O’Rourke, Co-Chair
Mr. O’Rourke serves as a Director of Dakota Territory and previously served as President of global petroleum exploration for BHP Billiton (BHPB) (BHP:NYSE) and was a member of its senior management team. Other key roles at BHPB included Vice President of Development Planning and Vice President of Appraisal and Petroleum Engineering. Prior to joining BHPB, he held various senior technical and management roles for Shell Oil Co., was a founding partner of Strategic Management Partners LLC, a consulting firm based in Rapid City, SD,, specializing in energy, minerals and business development. He serves as Managing Director for Heat Mining LLC, a geothermal technology development company. He currently is a Non-Executive Board Member of RESPEC, an engineering consulting firm also based in Rapid City. O’Rourke also serves as a Chairman of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Geological Engineering advisory board and is a member of the South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement board of trustees. Mr. O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from South Dakota Mines and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program.
Jonathan Awde, Director & CEO
Mr. Awde serves as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Dakota Territory. Previously, he served as co-founder, Director and Chief Executive and President of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. As CEO/President/Director, from July 2010 through December 2020, Awde oversaw all corporate development, asset acquisition, joint ventures, capital raising and the procurement of capital for the development of Gold Standard Ventures Corp.’s assets. Awde spent the last 15 years raising financing for various junior resource companies, focusing on institutional accounts, high net worth and family offices, and has raised more than $600 million for public and private companies in the natural resources sector during this period.
Gerald Aberle, Director & COO
Mr. Aberle serves as Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Dakota Territory, and has held numerous corporate management positions for public companies operating in the exploration business. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines, Aberle attained more than 40 years of experience in the minerals industry, including 22 years at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, S.D. In addition, his mining background includes extensive engineering, operations management and project management experience, including consulting in the mining, underground construction and minerals exploration business for clients including Homestake Mining Co., Barrick Gold Corp., the State of South Dakota and the University of Washington in connection with the planning and development of the National Science Foundation's national deep underground science and engineering laboratory.
Jennifer S. Grafton, Director
Ms. Grafton currently serves as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of E2open Parent Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ETWO), a cloud-based, end-to-end supply chain management software company. Previous to E2open, Ms. Grafton worked at Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ: WLB) for over a decade, most recently serving as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary. Prior to Westmoreland, Ms. Grafton worked in the corporate group of various Denver-based and national law firms focusing her practice on securities and corporate governance.
Amy K. Koenig, Director
Ms. Koenig currently serves as Vice President – Governance, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel for Black Hills Corporation (NYSE: BKH), an electric and gas utility company headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota. Prior to joining Black Hills Corporation in 2013, Ms. Koenig spent ten years in private practice as a litigator with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP. Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Koenig held various engineering roles of increasing responsibility in both the chemical and computer industries. Ms. Koenig also serves on the Board of Directors of the SD Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement.
Alex G. Morrison, Director
Mr. Morrison serves as a Director of Dakota Territory and is a mining executive and chartered professional accountant with more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Morrison has held board and senior executive positions with a number of mining companies, most recently serving as a Director of Energy Fuels Corp. since August 2019, Gold Standard Ventures since September 2017, Gold Resource Corp. since March 2016, Taseko Mines Ltd. from 2011 to July 2020, Detour Gold Corp. from 2010 until December 2018, and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco-Nevada Corp. from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont Mining Corp., including Vice President, Operations Services and Vice President, Information Technology. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NovaGold Resources Inc., Vice President and Controller of Homestake Mining Co., and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge Corp. and Stillwater Mining Co. Mr. Morrison began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.