Management and Directors

John A. Baker Executive Chairman Q.C.

John was a co-founder in 1997, has been the Chairman of the Board since 2006 and was appointed Executive Chairman in June 2014. John was a senior partner in a leading St. John's law firm until June 2014, where he conducted an extensive and diverse mining, securities, and corporate/commercial practice. He has served on numerous public company and volunteer boards and has received several awards for public service. He is also a director of Alderon Iron Ore Corp.  He has been a director of Altius since June 1997 and Executive Chairman since November 2006.

Brian F. Dalton President & CEO

An entrepreneur in the mining industry, Brian built a successful group of private mineral exploration and exploration service companies prior to co-founding Altius in 1997. In his 20 years at Altius, he helped grow the company to an asset base in excess of $500 million through diligent implementation of the prospect generator/joint venture business model and royalty acquisition/creation. Brian is an active member of various industry organizations and volunteer boards and has been honoured with numerous awards for his entrepreneurial leadership. He is Chairman of Adventus Zinc Corporation. Brian has been a director of Altius since June 1997.

Fred Mifflin Director

Fred joined the Board in 2006. Fred is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador and is Vice Chairman with Blair Franklin Capital Partners in Toronto, an independent investment banking firm. Prior to his current position, he worked in increasingly senior roles in the international investment banking world, most recently as Vice Chairman and Global Head of Investment and Corporate Banking for BMO Capital Markets Inc., responsible for that firm's business in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. He also previously led BMO Capital Markets’ metals and mining business. He is a director of Uni-Select Inc. and has been a director of Altius since November 2006.

Jamie Strauss Director

Jamie joined the Altius Board in 2010, and is currently a partner of mining finance boutique firm, Strauss Partners based in London, England. Jamie has worked as a stockbroker in the City of London for nearly 30 years, specializing in the corporate resource arena, including a term as Managing Director of UK for BMO Capital Markets 2007-2009 He has raised in excess of $1 billion for projects spanning the globe in both the energy and mineral world on behalf of leading institutions in North America, Australia and Europe. He served as a committee member of the Association of Mining Analysts between 2007 and 2011, and is a non-executive director of Gold Standard Ventures and Bacanora Minerals. He has been a director of Altius since October 2010.

Anna El-Erian Director

Anna has been a director of Altius since May of 2015, as part of the successful acquisition of Callinan Royalties. Anna has over 20 years of experience in global capital markets, having spent much of her career in Investment Banking, Private Equity, and corporate management and restructuring. She began her career in corporate law by joining the firm of Webber Wentzel Attorneys in 1990 after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1992 she joined Investec Merchant Bank Limited where she specialized in risk management and gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance and structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, structuring, specialized finance and other banking and financial services transactions. She is currently an Executive Director of Eco-Oro Minerals Corp. (formerly Greystar Resources) and a director of Entree Gold, Sabina Gold & Silver, Capfin Partners and the Fraser Institute. 

Andre Gaumond Director B.Eng., M.Eng.

André joined the Board in 2017, and was formerly Senior Vice President, Northern
Development and Director of Osisko Gold Royalties until he retired
from his executive position in November 2016. A geological
engineer by training, Mr. Gaumond has been recognized by several
organizations for his entrepreneurial and geological achievements.
André was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of
Virginia Gold Mines Inc. and holds a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from
Université Laval and a Master's degree in Geological Engineering from École Polytechnique. André is a non-executive director of Harfang Exploration Inc. He has been a director of Altius since September 2017.

Roger Lace Director B. Sc, MBA, CFA

Roger is Chairman of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, responsible for managing Fairfax's global investments. He has over 40 years experience in the investment management industry, and has been with Fairfax for more than 30 years. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School at Western University and is a CFA charter holder. He has been a director of Altius since May 2019.

Teresa Conway Director Chartered Accountant, CPA

Teresa is a Chartered Accountant and CPA with extensive public company board experience. She began professional life with a global public accountancy firm and subsequently gained over 25 years experience in the energy, marketing/trading and utility sector in various executive roles with a subsidiary of BC Hydro involved in the wholesale power, gas and renewable energy markets, including serving as CFO and ultimately as President and CEO. She has multi-discipline experience and has and continues to serve as audit committee member and chair of various public and private company boards. She has been a director of Altius since October 2020.

Nicole Adshead-Bell Director PhD

Nicole is a geologist with 25 years of combined capital markets and mining sector experience, including twelve years cumulative as an independent director for Canadian, Australian, US and UK listed mining companies with participation across the spectrum of board committee functions: audit, compensation, ESG, technical and special committees.  Her career includes CEO of Australian listed Brazilian gold producer Beadell Resources Ltd prior to its acquisition by a Canadian mining company; Director of Research, Sun Valley Gold LLC an SEC registered precious metals fund and Managing Director Investment Banking, Haywood Securities Inc.  More recently she established a company to focus on investments and advisory services in the mining sector. She is currently a director of  ASX-listed Matador Mining Ltd.  and has been a director of Altius since October 2020.

Ben Lewis CFO B.Comm., C.A., CPA Ben joined Altius’ executive team in 2006. Ben graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993. He has since held roles with increasing levels of responsibility with both private and public companies. Prior to Altius, his most recent position was that of Corporate Controller for NYSE and TSX-listed CHC Helicopter Corporation. His responsibilities at Altius include overseeing its financial management, public reporting, and treasury as well as negotiation, valuation and structuring expertise for its royalty and project generation initiatives.
Chad S. Wells VP Business Development and Corporate Secretary B.Sc. (Honours) Chad joined Altius’ executive team in 2001. Chad currently oversees business origination with respect to Altius’ Project Generation and Royalty business segments with particular emphasis to commercializing the Company’s mineral exploration project interests and managing the related portfolio of public equities. Chad has previous experience as a consulting geologist working with junior and senior companies in the mineral and petroleum sectors across Canada. His geological background allows him an intimate understanding of project activities and initiatives to complement his market perspective in the development of internal projects for sale and joint venture.
Lawrence Winter VP Exploration Ph.D., P.Geo. Lawrence joined Altius’ executive team in 2006. Lawrence is a graduate of Memorial University (BSc Hons, Msc) and The University of British Columbia (PhD, a registered Professional Geoscientist (PEGNL) and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. Lawrence has worked in mineral exploration across Canada and internationally and is responsible for Altius’ project generation efforts globally.


Altius represents a unique combination of youth and experience within the minerals sector. Poor recruitment and retention of young geologists throughout the past several years have resulted in an industry demographic profile that is of increasing concern to larger companies. The Altius team brings a good balance of industry experience and youthful enthusiasm to the resource business.

Peter Butt Assistant Controller CPA, CMA, MBA
Rod Churchill Lands & Operations Manager M.Sc., P.Geo., FGC
Wanda Hearn-Dyke Executive Assistant
Stephanie Hussey Director of Finance CPA, CA
Ben Lewis Chief Financial Officer CPA, CA
Sandra Lewis Controller CPA, CGA
Ian McKay Financial Reporting & Compliance Specialist CPA, CA, CTP
John O'Neill Accountant
Carol Seymour Senior Geologist B.Sc.(Hons), P.Geo.
Roderick Smith Chief Geologist M.Sc., P.Geo.
Chad Wells Vice-President Business Development and Corporate Secretary B.Sc. (Hons.)
Lawrence Winter Vice President Exploration Ph.D., P.Geo.
Flora Wood Director of Investor Relations MA
Mark Raguz Royalty Manager and Analyst