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. He serves as a director of Kennady Diamonds Inc. since February 2012.
President & CEO
Mr. Stuart Brown is the Compan'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. Whittle has been a director of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. since 1997, serving as lead outside director and Chair of the Audit Committee until June 2017. He then assumed the role of Interim President and Chief Executive Officer until the end of May 2018, at which time he resumed his position as an independent director. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Whittle obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) in 1987 from the University of British Columbia. He then articled at Coopers & Lybrand, a Chartered Accountancy firm, in Vancouver, British Columbia, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1991. From 1993 to June 2000, on completion of the amalgamation of Mountain Province and Glenmore Highlands Inc., he was President/CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Glenmore. From 1994 to 1998, he was also Chief Financial Officer of Lytton Minerals Limited, a diamond mining exploration company with which Glenmore was affiliated. Additionally, from 1993 to 2004, Mr. Whittle was variously principal and partner of a Chartered Accountancy practice in the Vancouver area, providing services to both private and public companies in a variety of industries including mining, real estate, telecommunications, computer consulting, high tech and general merchandising. From 2004 to August 2007, Mr. Whittle was Chief Financial Officer of Hillsborough Resources Limited, a public company in the mining business. From October 2007 to December 2014, Mr. Whittle was Chief Financial Officer of Alexco Resource Corp., a public company both in the mining business and in the business of providing consulting services to third parties in respect of environmental remediation and permitting. He is also a director of Kennady Diamonds Inc., since February 2012.
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.
A resident of British Columbia, Canada, Mr. Peeyush Varshney has been actively involved in the capital markets since 1996 and has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a private merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory firm since 1996. Since September 2005, he has also been the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Canada Zinc Metals Corp., a resource exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Varshney obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) in 1989 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1993, both from the University of British Columbia. He then articled at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, a law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1993 to 1994, and has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since September 1994. Mr. Varshney is also director of Afrasia Mineral Fields Inc., Mexigold Corp., Trigen Resources Inc., Minaean SP Construction Corp., Open Gold Corp., Broome Capital Inc. and Margaret Lake Diamonds Inc.
Mr. Carl Verley is a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in May of 1974. He worked for Cordilleran Engineering Ltd. from 1975 to 1982. He has been a self‐employed geologist since 1982. From August of 1990 to January 2002, he served on the Board of Directors of Gee‐Ten Ventures Inc., from May 2002 to July 2003 he was a director of Rome Resources Ltd., from July 2003 to December 2011, he was a director of Alphamin Resources Corp., and from October 2007 to May 2012 he was a director of African Metals Corp. He was vice president of exploration for Windstorm Resources Inc. from July 2011 to October 2012. Currently and since 1986 he has been a director of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. and since February 2012, he has been a director of Kennady Diamonds Inc. He is the President of Amerlin Exploration Services Ltd., a private company providing exploration services to the mineral industry, that he formed 1983. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists and Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.
Mr. Dresner has had a distinguished career as an investment professional, including Director of Investments and Chief Investment Officer at Dartmouth College (1985‐1990), Vice President for Investments and Chief Investment Officer at Columbia University (1990‐2002), Principal of Quellos Group LLC (2002‐2007) and Managing Director, BlackRock Inc. (2007‐2008). Since his retirement from BlackRock, Mr. Dresner has held a number of board and advisory positions, including serving on the advisory board of Capstone Investment Advisors (2008‐2010), as a member of the strategic advisory board of Wilshire Private Markets at Wilshire Associates Inc. (2010‐2014), and a trustee of the Gottex Multi‐Asset Endowment and Alternative Asset Funds (2011‐2016) and as Senior Advisor to BlueLine Advisors LLC (2014 – present). Bruce Dresner is a graduate of Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business (MBA, 1971) and the University of Miami (BA Economics, 1969). Mr. Dresner also received his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 1980. Mr. Dresner is a resident of Florida, USA. Mr. Dresner was appointed as a director of Mountain Province in March 2013. He is also a director of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation (non‐profit).