Chief Executive Officer
John Proust has successfully founded and managed a number of resource companies. Mr. Proust has served on the boards and held senior operating positions, and has directed and advised public and private companies regarding debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring since 1986. Mr. Proust is currently Chairman and CEO of Southern Arc Minerals Inc., a director of Lincoln Ventures Ltd. and a director of Rise Gold Corp. Mr. Proust has extensive experience in corporate governance, is a graduate of The Directors College, Michael G. De Groote School of Business at McMaster University and holds the designation of Chartered Director.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Over 35 years of global Au and Cu exploration experience, including leading Newcrest’s global exploration team from 2008 – 2023. Passion for exploration, leading and developing exploration teams and discovery. Track record of discovery and being involved with transformation acquisitions. Comprehensive expertise in Near-Mine, Brownfield, and Greenfield exploration across different cultural and geographical settings, including Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Western Canada, USA, Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile.
A results-driven individual with expertise in strategy development and execution, development of growth pipelines, mergers and acquisitions and communication with both internal and external stakeholders. Strong leadership skills and critical competencies in building, mentoring, developing exploration teams in multicultural settings, enabling high-performance standards and meeting team deliverables.
Subject matter expert in a variety of gold and copper deposits built through exploring and assessing over 300 global projects. Awarded the Colin Spence award for excellence in Global Mineral Exploration from the AME.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Boon is a chartered accountant with over ten years of professional accounting experience with private and public companies focusing on financial reporting, regulatory compliance, internal control and corporate finance activities. Mr. Boon’s experience includes financial reporting for both Canadian and U.S. listed companies with international subsidiaries, strategic planning, tax planning, corporate governance, equity financings and due diligence for acquisitions. As an employee of Portland Management Inc., an organization providing public company management and venture capital to start-up and junior companies, Mr. Boon is also the CFO of Southern Arc Minerals Inc., Lincoln Ventures Ltd., and Rise Gold Corp. Mr. Boon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CA.
Vice President Exploration
Andrew Rowe comes to Japan Gold through his previous position with Southern Arc Minerals. Mr. Rowe joined Southern Arc in 2006 as a Senior Geological Consultant and was soon promoted to Chief Geologist and then Executive Vice President, leading Southern Arc’s exploration programs from grassroots exploration through to completion of the first resource estimate at the company’s West Lombok Project. Mr. Rowe graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geology from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. Mr. Rowe has experience in mineral exploration and project management in Australia and various countries in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, China and Laos. During this time he held exploration positions with Renison Goldfields, Normandy Anglo Asia, Phelps Dodge, Aurora Gold and Ivanhoe Mines. Immediately prior to joining Southern Arc he was the principal geologist for Pan Australian Resources Ltd (Laos) and part of the team responsible for successfully bringing the Phu Kham Cu-Au porphyry deposit through to bankable feasibility. Mr. Rowe initiated the company’s entry into Japan, and has been instrumental in building the Company and management of its exploration programs from the outset.
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Ms. Brenda Dayton is Japan Gold's Vice President, Corporate Communications, responsible for all aspects of the Company's internal and external communications functions and investor relations activities. Ms. Dayton has extensive experience within the precious metals mining industry particularly in investor relations, corporate communications, crisis management as well as corporate governance. Prior to joining the Company, she served in a variety of executive and senior roles with such precious metals companies as GR Silver Mining, Sunward Resources and Golden Queen Mining. Ms. Dayton is a Director of the CIRI Board – BC Chapter and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.
General Manager, Business Administration
Nojima worked for Sumitomo Corporation for 40 years specializing in mineral resources and investment. He has worked in Tokyo, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Latin America; where he managed mining/subsidiary companies in Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador. In the Tokyo Head Office of Sumitomo Corporation, Mr. Nojima was General Manager responsible for investing in private equity globally.
General Manager, Exploration
Takashi Kuriyama, a geology graduate of the Mining and Geology Department of Akita University, served in increasingly senior roles with Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (“Sumitomo”) from 1974 until his recent retirement as General Manager of its Global Exploration and Development Department. During his career at Sumitomo, Mr. Kuriyama had the role of Exploration and Geology Manager at Sumitomo’s Hishikari world class gold mine in Kyushu, Southern Japan, and subsequently held senior exploration positions in Africa, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the United States of America. In the roles of Executive Vice President of Sumitomo Metal Mining America Inc. and Managing Director of Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania Pty Ltd., he oversaw the development of the Northparkes copper-gold porphyry copper mine and the Pogo gold mine in Alaska. During his career with Sumitomo, he was seconded to Japanese Government Organizations serving as Councilor at the Metals Exploration Group of the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and Director at the Joint Venture Exploration Division for the Metal Mining Agency of Japan (MMAJ). Mr. Kuriyama also served as a Director of Teck Resources Limited from 2006 until 2016.
Kotaro Ohga held the position of Associate Professor at Hokkaido University in the Graduate School of Engineering. With a PhD in Mining Engineering, Dr. Ohga has extensive experience with permitting and drill programs in Japan. As Chief Engineer, Dr. Ohga is the main point of contact between Japan Gold and the Japanese Government, offering invaluable insight and expertise as Japan Gold advances its properties.