Mr. Hurst has over 30 years of experience in the mining and natural resource industries, having acted as geologist, consultant, mining analyst, senior executive and board member. Mr. Hurst was previously a mining analyst with McDermid St. Lawrence and Sprott Securities and a contract analyst to Pacific International Securities and Octagon Capital. Mr. Hurst was one of the founders of Newmarket Gold Inc., which was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. for $1.0-billion in 2016. In addition, Mr. Hurst was a founding executive of International Royalty Corp., which was acquired by Royal Gold for $700-million. Mr. Hurst holds a bachelor of science in geology from McMaster University.