Mr. Jonathan Comerford has been a director of the Company since September 2001 and Chair since April 2006. At the end of May 2018 he assumed the additional role of Interim President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the Company until the designate permanent CEO, Stuart Brown, assumes the role in July 2018. Mr. Comerford is resident in Dublin, Ireland. He obtained his Masters in Business from the Michael Smurfit Business School in 1993 and his Bachelor of Economics from University College, Dublin in 1992. Mr. Comerford has been Investment Manager at IIU since August 1995.
President & CEO
Mr. Stuart Brown is the Company's President and CEO effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Brown has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry, where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration, mine development and operations to the selling and marketing of diamonds. In 2006, after numerous roles within DeBeers over a period of 14 years, Mr. Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group Chief Financial Officer. He held that position for over five years, and in 2010 was appointed joint acting CEO to run De Beers’ global activities in addition to his CFO duties. Since September 2013, Mr. Brown has been the CEO of publicly-listed Firestone Diamonds Plc, a diamond producer in Lesotho. Mr. Brown was responsible for securing the funding and building the team that delivered the successful construction and transition to production of Firestone’s Liqhobong diamond mine. Mr. Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.
Mr. Chambers is a professional engineer and financial executive with strong operational, financial, M&A and major capital project experience in the mining industry. His career as a senior executive in the mining and chemical industries includes progressive positions with The Dow Chemical Company, Falconbridge Limited and Dynatec Corporation, and Sherritt International. Most recently, he served as an independent director and chair of the audit committee on the board of North American Palladium. Mr. Chambers holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He also serves on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Engineering and Management program at McMaster University.
Karen Goracke is President and CEO of Borsheims Fine Jewelry, a Berkshire Hathaway company. She began her career at Borsheims in 1988 and has worked as a sales associate, inventory supervisor, watch buyer, ladies jewelry buyer, director of merchandising, and, in 2013, was named President and CEO by Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. Ms. Goracke graduated from the University of Nebraska–Kearney with Bachelors of Science degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Communication. She serves as a Director with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the leading compliance organization in the jewelry and gem industry, as well as on a number of other boards and committees within the gem and jewelry industry.
Mr. Peregoodoff has over 30 years of resource industry experience. As President and CEO of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd he led the development of the Chidliak diamond project through resource definition to the eventual sale of Peregrine to Debeers in 2018. Prior to joining Peregrine he spent 18 years with BHP Billiton, his last role as Vice President of Early Stage exploration with global responsibility for all early stage exploration. He has extensive global exploration, operations and business development experience. He is a past director of Island Pacific School. Mr. Peregoodoff holds a BSc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary and resides in Vancouver.
Mr. Robertson is a certified professional accountant and financial executive with strong financial experience in the mining industry. Mr. Robertson spent 36 years at Ernst & Young LLP and left the firm in 2015 as a partner and senior executive. Mr. Robertson’s professional experience with Ernst & Young included audit and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulatory compliance, fraud investigation, internal controls and expert witness and arbitration. Most recently, he serves as an independent director and chair of the audit committee on the boards Minkabu Inc, Avcorp Industries Incorporated, and SAIS.
Mr. Brett Desmond is a seasoned investment professional with 20 years of experience in banking, corporate finance, and asset management and his extensive experience in capital markets and private investments adds a unique skill set to the Company’s board. In his most recent role, Brett served as SVP of Corporate Development for Daon, a software assurance company, whose clients include the US Government and major US and global banks. Furthermore, he has been involved with a number of successful private and public investments since returning to Europe in 2014. Brett is also the son of the Company’s major shareholder, Dermot Desmond. Mr. Desmond has been a long time supporter of Mountain Province Diamonds and over the past few months, he has increased his position in the Company to just under 30%, and as a result, he has requested 2 nominees to the Board in the upcoming election at the AGM; Mr. Jonathan Comerford, the Company’s chairman, and Brett. The Company views this as a sign of continued support and assurance from the largest shareholder and strongly welcomes Brett’s addition to the Board. Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College in Dublin.