Management & Directors

Allan Barry Laboucan

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Allan is a First Nations mining entrepreneur that started working in the mining sector in 1993 as consultant in investor relations, strategic planning and digital marketing. During his career he has worked with some of the most talented people in geosciences that have mentored him throughout his career.

In 2005, Allan founded Allan Barry Reports and the success of his reports opened doors for appearing many times on business television and online media. His reports are highly respected with some of the top talent in the sector appearing as guests on his online shows broadcast on his website.

Advance Gold will benefit from his experience and network of professionals in the mining sector, as well as a broad network of retail to institutional investors following his work, as it moves through a strategic phase for the Company's growth prospects in precious metals.

James T. Gillis

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Since 1985 Mr. Gillis has been the President of James T. Gillis Management Co. Inc., a private company which provides management services to public companies. He is the past President of Cassidy Gold Corp.

Emily Hanson

VP Exploration & Director

Emily Hanson graduated with a BSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2004, followed by an MSc in Economic Geology from Rhodes University, South Africa in 2006. Her master's dissertation was a DeBeers funded project which utilized principles of sedimentology and erosion to re-model South African kimberlite diatremes.

Miss Hanson began her career as a consultant sedimentologist for DeBeers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Later moving onto diamond projects in Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and various gold projects in British Columbia. She additionally worked with a uranium services company contracting out to companies throughout the world on green field exploration projects.

Throughout her career she has utilized GIS in her work as an exploration geologist and most recently in applications related to the oil and gas industry.

Jeffrey Scott Ackert, P.Geo.


Mr. Ackert, a geologist, has been involved in gold exploration in Africa for over 10 years. Mr. Ackert has worked in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Ghana in West Africa, and Tanzania and Kenya in East Africa. He has worked for several majors, including six years as a mine geologist at Barrick's Golden Patricia mine in Northern Ontario. Mr. Ackert is President and CEO of Carube Copper Corp. and has previously held the positions of Vice-President of Exploration and Vice-President Technical Services for Orezone Resources Inc. until that company's sale to IAMGOLD.

Ali Afif Fawaz


Mr. Fawaz is an international transportation supply chain professional and a licensed customs broker. Since 2000, Mr. Fawaz has been the managing director of Villa Plast Ltd., a scrap-metal recycling plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and since 2001 he has been the managing director of BNM Company Ltd., a company providing clearing and freight forwarding liaison services to associated entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Fawaz also consults and provides services to a number of entities involved in freight forwarding, and the container freight and cargo transport industries operating out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as being involved, since 2010, as a consultant to the mining industry in Tanzania. Mr. Fawaz is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Kiswahili.

Duke Greenstein

Independent Director

Duke Greenstein is a businessman with extensive experience in management of complex manufacturing systems for some of the most well-known consumer brands.

He also has extensive experience in contract negotiations, and in sales and marketing. His skill set will help with guidance in several areas as we advance our projects. 

He is joining the board as an independent director.

Brad Newell


Brad Newell leads his family owned private businesses that include a leading retail flooring company serving the Vancouver region and a popular golf course. In addition to his business interests, he is also an active philanthropist.

Marie Cupello

Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary

Ms. Cupello has more than 20 years of experience as a bookkeeper for a wide variety of companies including junior exploration companies, a management company, a non-profit society, among others. For the past ten years she has been head of the accounting department for a number of private companies and several publicly listed companies.

Guido "Guy" Edward M. Pas


Guido ('Guy') Pas is a Belgian financier based in Geneva with 40 yrs of experience in finance, mining and exploration. He was a Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank (Belgium; France; Switzerland) in structured and commodity finance, from 1973-83, when he joined a team managing two 'Africa-focussed oil trading companies' where he was CFO from 1984-87. He has been involved in numerous start-up and early-stage resource ventures, including: Co-founder (1987) of The Addax & Oryx Group Ltd., an integrated African oil group; and, Co-founder (2004) of Afren Plc, a West African oil & gas company listed on AIM London (AFR). In 1989, as Director of Addax & Oryx he co-founded and was the chairman of Samax Resources Ltd, which enjoyed 2 major gold mine discoveries in Tanzania; Golden Pride now owned and operated by Resolute; and a part of the Geita Gold Mine now owned and operated by AngloGold Ashanti. In 1995, Mr. Pas founded and was chairman (currently non-executive Director) of Mano River Resources Inc., dual listed on TSXV and AIM, which acquired African Aura Resources in 2009, to be renamed African Aura Mining, then in 2011 continued as Afferro Mining Inc. focussed on iron ore on Putu, Liberia initially, then on Nkout, Cameroon, and split off Aureus Mining Inc. focussed on building Liberia's first gold mine. In 2004, he cofounded Synergy Resources Fund renamed GAIA Resources Fund, which focuses on listed resource companies in oil and gas, metals and minerals and agriculture.

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