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 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. 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.
Mr. Tom Peregoodoff is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaizen Discovery Incorporated, a gold/copper exploration company with assets in Peru. Prior to that he joined Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. as Executive Vice President of business development in 2012 before taking over as President and Chief Executive Officer in early 2015. Tom has over 25 years of mining and petroleum industry experience, including 18 years with BHP Billiton with extensive knowledge in global exploration, operations and business development. He served as Vice President, Exploration, BHP Billiton and was accountable for global early-stage exploration activities across all commodities from 2008 to 2011. Tom has held several senior roles in BHP Billiton's exploration division in commercial, operational and technical capacities. He is a Director of Computational Geoscience Inc. and also served as Director of Vanadiumcorp Resource Inc from February of 2014 until February 2015. Tom also holds a BSc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary.
Mr. William Lamb brings over 25 years of experience in mining operations and project development to Mountain Province Diamonds. In his most recent role, William served as Chief Executive Officer of Lucara Diamond Corp. (“Lucara”) from May 2011 to February 2018 before retiring from Lucara. During that time, he played an integral role in taking Lucara’s flagship Karowe mine from feasibility through to a steady state, world class, operating diamond mine. Under Lamb's leadership, the Karowe mine evolved into one of the world's highest margin diamond mines and the foremost producer of large, Type IIA diamonds in excess of 10.8 carats, including the historic 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona (second largest gem diamond ever recovered) and the 813 carat Constellation (sold for a record USD$63.1 million). William has a NHD in Extraction Metallurgy for the Technicon of the Witwatersrand, and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
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.