Management & Directors

  • Keyvan Salehi
    President & CEO, Director

    Keyvan Salehi

    Mr. Salehi has over 20 years of industry experience having held various senior roles in operations, projects, and corporate development. Prior to joining Nighthawk, Mr. Salehi served as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Technical Services with Mountain Province Diamonds, where he was responsible for providing operational and technical oversight for the Mountain Province’s jointly owned 12,000 tonnes per day diamond mine in the Northwest Territories (introducing mine optimization initiatives to increase production and reduce costs). Mr. Salehi previously served as VP of Corporate Development and Technical Services for Kirkland Lake Gold (2016-2017), where he led the Company’s due diligence team behind the $2.4B merger with Newmarket Gold.  He held the same position at St. Andrew Goldfields (2013-2016), where he spearheaded the Company’s sale process culminating in the sale to Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016. Prior to those roles, he held various operating positions with Lake Shore Gold, FNX Mining, and Vale (2002 – 2013). Mr. Salehi holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Management.

  • Michael G. Leskovec
    Chief Financial Officer

    Michael G. Leskovec

    Mr. Leskovec is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over sixteen years of financial experience with publicly listed companies and capital markets. He also serves as a Vice-President of Northfield Capital Corporation, where he has gained experience working with publicly listed companies, assisting with investment analysis, financings, corporate structuring and go public transactions in Canada. Prior to this, Mr. Leskovec served as an Officer of Gold Eagle Mines Ltd., which was involved in the development of the Bruce Channel deposit in Red Lake, Ontario, and was sold to Goldcorp Inc. for $1.5 billion in 2008. Mr. Leskovec earned his Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation while working in the audit and assurance practice for Smith Nixon LLP and has his Honours Bachelor of Accounting (BAcc) Degree from Brock University.

  • John McBride
    Vice President of Exploration

    John McBride

    Mr. McBride has approximately 15 years of experience in advancing exploration projects, particularly in field-based geology across Canada in the exploration for precious metals, base metals and diamonds. Most recently, John was the Exploration Manager at Generation Mining Ltd., where he led the exploration programs that were essential in advancing the Marathon Palladium-Copper Project, located in Northern Ontario, Canada, towards a definitive feasibility study. Previously, Mr. McBride was a Senior Exploration Geologist at Marathon Gold Corp., where he managed the exploration programs for the Valentine Lake Gold Project, located in Newfoundland, Canada, resulting in the expansion of the known open-pit mineralization of the project’s deposits. John graduated from Lakehead University with a HBSc. in Geology (2007) and a MSc. in Geology (2010) and is a member in good standing with the association of Professional Geoscientists in Ontario, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Allan Candelario
    Vice President, Investor Relations

    Allan Candelario

    Mr. Candelario is an accomplished and impactful investor relations, capital markets and finance professional, bringing over 15 years of progressive experience. Most recently, Mr. Candelario was the Vice President, Investor Relations at Battle North Gold Corp., a Canadian gold developer with assets in the Red Lake Gold Camp in Northern Ontario. Allan was an integral member of the executive team that completed Battle North’s successful turnaround and the sale of the company to Evolution Mining Ltd. in 2021, delivering significant value to Battle North’s shareholders. Prior to Battle North, Mr. Candelario managed the top-ranked investor relations program at Alamos Gold Inc. and worked in equity research for Canadian bank-owned and independent broker dealers. Allan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Canada and is a CFA® charterholder (CFA Institute).

  • Salvatore Curcio
    Vice President, Finance

    Salvatore Curcio

    Mr. Curcio is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over ten years of financial, audit and assurance expertise with publicly listed companies. Previously, Mr. Curcio was the Manager of Accounting and Finance at Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (2015 -2021), which jointly own the Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada, with DeBeers Canada Inc. At Mountain Province, Mr. Curcio oversaw the firm’s financial reporting, planning and analysis, particularly during the transition from development-stage project to a commercially producing mine. Mr. Curcio concurrently served as the Manager of Financial Reporting at Kennady Diamonds Inc. (2015 -2018) until the acquisition by Mountain Province Diamonds in 2018. Mr. Curcio earned his Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation while working in the audit and assurance practice for Schwartz Levitsky Feldman LLP, and has his Honours Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM) Degree and Masters of Accounting (MAcc) Degree from the University of Waterloo.

  • Denise Lockett
    Manager Stakeholder Relations & Permitting

    Denise Lockett

    Ms. Lockett is the principal of Lockett Consultation Services Inc., which was formed in January 2006, to provide expertise in communication, consultation, sustainability, as well as licensing and permitting advice and services to exploration companies. Ms. Lockett has over 25 years of experience in the exploration and mining industries primarily in the NWT, Nunavut, and BC. Denise is an active member of the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines since 1997, is a Past-President of the NWT Chamber of Commerce, and Past-President of Scouts Canada for the NWT. Denise has written two articles on consultation, “The right thing to do”, published in Canadian Diamonds, and “The cost of consultation” in Far North Oil and Gas Review and was featured in Workers Safety and Compensation Commission’s Lead magazine.

  • Morris Prychidny
    Chairman of the Board

    Morris Prychidny

    Mr. Prychidny is a Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years of experience in the mining and real-estate industries. Mr. Prychidny brings strong portfolio management and financing expertise through his roles in a number of publicly-listed investment and mining companies. He is currently a Director and Secretary-Treasurer of Orion Capital Incorporated, a Toronto-based asset management company with a focus on investing in the junior mining and real estate sectors. Mr. Prychidny is also a Director and an Audit Committee member of Northfield Capital Corporation, a public corporation with investments predominantly in the mineral resource sector. Additionally, He serves as a Director on the board of a number of investment and exploration companies, including Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd., Fountain Asset Corp., and Woodbine Downs Limited.

    Chair Audit Committee
    MemberCorporate Governance & Compensation Committee

  • Sara Heston

    Sara Heston

    Ms. Heston has been the Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2020. Prior to her role at Stanford, she was the Vice President of Investments for ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited where she managed a global portfolio of publicly listed, precious metals investments from 2010 - 2019. Ms. Heston is currently a director of The Denver Gold Group, Inc., Millennial Precious Metals Corp., Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. and Dore Copper Mining Corp. She holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Columbia University.

  • Edie Hofmeister

    Edie Hofmeister

    Ms. Hofmeister is an attorney who has advised large and small multi-national extractive companies on legal and ESG matters for over twenty years. Most recently she served as EVP Corporate Affairs and General Counsel for Tahoe Resources Inc. where she led the Legal, Sustainability and Government Affairs Departments, as it evolved from a small junior explorer to a mid-cap precious metals producer. Since 2006, Ms. Hofmeister has worked alongside rural and indigenous communities in India, Peru, Guatemala and Canada to enhance food, work and water security. Ms. Hofmeister serves as the Chair of the International Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights Committee, a group dedicated to promoting high ESG standards in multi-national corporations. Ms. Hofmeister received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from UCLA, a Master of Arts degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco.

  • Brian Howlett

    Brian Howlett

    Mr. Howlett is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of senior financial management experience. Mr. Howlett is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer with Hemlo Explorers Inc., and President, CEO and a Director with Voyageur Mineral Explorers Corp. He also formerly served as the President and Chief Financial Officer Superior Copper Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Howlett spent 12 years with ELI Eco Logic Inc., including 6 years as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Howlett graduated in 1982 with a B. Comm. in finance from Concordia University and received his CMA designation in 1989. Mr. Howlett also serves on the Board for several junior mining companies.

    MemberAudit Committee
    MemberCorporate Governance & Compensation Committee

  • Dan Noone

    Dan Noone

    Mr. Noone has more than 30 years of international mineral exploration and development experience ranging from implementing grassroots programs through to feasibility studies. He is currently the CEO of G2 Goldfields Inc. Previous roles include Executive Director and V.P. of Exploration at Guyana Goldfields, V.P. of Peruvian Operations for Aquiline Resources Inc. and the President and CEO of Absolut Resources Inc. Mr. Noone has managed projects in Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina. Mr. Noone holds a degree in geology from Ballarat University and an MBA from Melbourne University. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and a Fellow of the SEG.

    MemberSafety, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee

  • Eric Tremblay

    Eric Tremblay

    Mr. Tremblay, a seasoned mining professional with over 30 years of mine building and mine operations experience, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer with Dalradian Resources Inc. He previously held the role of General Manager at Canadian Malartic, Canada's largest open pit gold mine. He was responsible for building the operations team, establishing operating procedures and standards, expanding stakeholder engagement and subsequently managing an internal team of 700 employees. Mr. Tremblay was also the General Manager at IAMGOLD's Westwood Project, where he participated in closure of the Doyon Mine and construction of the Westwood Project, completing the permitting, scoping study, feasibility study, surface construction and underground development at Westwood. Previous positions include, Underground Superintendent at Cambior's Mouska Mine, Underground Captain/Project and Engineer/Senior Supervisor over a seven-year period at Cambior and Barrick's Doyon Mine, where he was involved in mine-planning, construction, development and production. During his studies and afterwards he worked on various underground mines and projects, including Musselwhite. Mr. Tremblay graduated from Laval University with a B.Sc. in mining engineering and mineral processing.

    ChairSafety, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee

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