About Us - Directors

President and CEO

Patricia Dillon

Patricia Dillon

Patricia Dillon, a graduate in Geology and Education from the University of Toronto, has been President of PDAC Mining Matters since its inception in 1994. Her efforts to increase awareness of the Canadian minerals industry’s contributions to society were recognized by CIM, who awarded her its Past Presidents’ Memorial Medal in 1998.

Patricia, retired from her position in 2011 as Director, Employee Communications and Engagement with Teck in Vancouver, continues to be very active in mineral association initiatives. She chaired the Minerals and Metals Industry Sector Study Steering Committee, was President of the Minerals and Economics Management Society, President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (2006-2008) and President of the CIM (2000-2001).  In addition, she is a Director of the Ontario Mining Association and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council and chairs the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) Communications Task Force. She is involved with the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative and was chair of the Ontario Mining Association First Nations Video Task Force that developed Mining New Opportunities resource for aboriginal communities.

Chair of the Board 

John Heslop, Thundermin Resources Inc.

John Heslop

John B. Heslop is President of Thundermin Resources Inc., a junior exploration company listed on the TSX that explores for base metal and gold deposits in Canada. A graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) and from Carleton University with an M.Sc. in Economic Geology, Mr. Heslop has been actively involved in base metal, gold, and uranium exploration throughout Canada over the past 40 years.

Since 1974, Mr. Heslop has moved through the positions of Exploration Manager, Central Canada for Texasgulf Inc., Vice-President, Project Development for Kidd Creek Mines Ltd., and Director of Exploration for Falconbridge Limited, before becoming President at Thundermin Resources. He is a member of the National and Toronto branches of the CIM and has served as a Director of several junior resource companies. 

Mr. Heslop was a Director of the PDAC from 1982 to 1998; he served as Vice-President from 1993 to 1995 and President in 1996 and 1997. Currently, in addition to serving as Chairman of the PDACMM charitable foundation, Mr. Heslop serves on the PDAC Awards Committee. 


Carol Burns, Aird & Berlis LLP 

Carol Burns

Carol Burns is a partner and a member of the Tax Group at Aird & Berlis LLP. Carol's practice focuses on income tax with an emphasis on corporate taxation. She contributes to Tax Profile, TaxLine (a monthly newsletter that examines current tax issues of interest) and Canadian Tax Highlights. Carol serves as lecturer for the Aird & Berlis LLP Tax Breakfast Club, which provides accountants with interesting and informative updates on topical tax issues. Carol is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation. She has a B.Sc., LL.B. and MBA from Dalhousie University.


Lee Hodgkinson, KPMG

Lee Hodgkinson is a partner with the firm KPMG and has over 20 years of experiencehodgkinson_lee_website-photo in public accounting, specializing in the mining industry. He serves as the National lndustry Leader of KPMG's Canadian Mining Practice and served as the Global Director of Mining Group for eight years.

Lee has led a variety of projects in the mining industry building a deep understanding of the Industry's issues, including reserve estimation processes, mine valuation techniques and methodologies as well as associated securities rules. These have ranged from financial due diligences, participating in equity and debt offerings, initial public offerings and valuations. His work with his clients has also given him experience working in many different countries, including several key mining geographies. His work with KPMG's international mining group has taken him to over 30 mines and metal sites on six continents.


Don Bubar, P.Geo, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.

Don Bubar PhotoDon Bubar is a geologist with 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and development in Canada. He first studied geology in high school in Truro, NS, where he was inspired to pursue post-secondary education in geological sciences first at McGill University (B.Sc., 1977) and later at Queen’s University (M.Sc., 1981). After graduation, he started his career in exploration with Texasgulf Inc. (later Kidd Creek Mines). From 1984 to 1994, he worked for Aur Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager and later VP, Exploration where he led the exploration team that discovered the Louvicourt Copper-Zinc deposit in Val d’Or, Quebec in 1989. Since 1995, Mr. Bubar has been President and CEO of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc., a mineral development company with a primary focus on the rare metals and minerals, including lithium, tin, indium and the rare earths. Mr. Bubar served as a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for nine years and Chair of its Aboriginal Affairs Committee from its creation in December, 2004 until retiring from the PDAC Board in March, 2013. Throughout his career, Mr. Bubar has been an advocate for increased Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, first through the PDAC and later through the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. His philanthropic interests are primarily in education where, in addition to actively supporting geoscience education through PDAC’s Mining Matters programs and other similar programs, he personally endowed three separate scholarships supporting at least six students annually at McGill University and Dalhousie University. He also serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Science of McGill University.

Edward G. Thompson
, E.G. Thompson Mining Consultants

Edward G. ThompsonAfter many years of supporting Mining Matters through his dedicated fundraising efforts, Mr. Thompson joined the Board of Directors in December 2011. He is a professional engineer and geologist with more than 50 years experience in the mining industry. He is President of E.G. Thompson Mining Consultants, Inc. and is past President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Mr. Thompson’s career started in the late 1950's with Teck Corporation as a geologist, followed by senior positions at Lacana Mining Corporation, a sponsor of the Cordex Syndicate in Nevada, from Vice President (1970's) to President and CEO (1980's). During 1986-1990, he was President of Mingold Resources (Canada) and Director of Exploration for Westgold Resources (USA) and was active in gold exploration and acquisitions. During his career, he has been a director of more than 40 mining and
exploration companies. Mr. Thompson graduated in Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1959.

MaryAnn Crichton
, Hatch Ltd.

MaryAnn2A chemical engineer with an MBA, MaryAnn is currently Managing Director, Investment and Business Planning, and Senior Partner at Hatch Ltd. She has over 30 years’ experience with a broad range of mining, metals and exploration companies, as well as financial institutions, private equity, pension funds, investors, industry associations and governments in support of strategy development, marketing, investment and business decisions. MaryAnn has been a PDAC member for 23 years and joined the Board of Directors in 2017, putting her expertise to work on the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and the Public Affairs Committee. Elsewhere in the industry, MaryAnn held a position on the Ontario Mining Association Board of Directors and was a Founding Chair of Education Outreach for the Mining Association of Canada Environment Committee. As a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), she was a founding member of the Women in Engineering Advisory Committee and of the Environmental Committee, and she received the PEO Order of Honour at officer level in 1995. She is also a member of CIM, Toronto Chapter, and of the Mineral Economics Society.

William Roscoe
, RPA Inc.

William Roscoe

William E. Roscoe, Ph.D., P. Eng., is Chairman of Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., an employee owned geological and mining consulting firm based in Toronto with offices in Vancouver, Denver, Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda and London UK. In addition to having extensive experience as a Consulting Geologist, Dr. Roscoe is a member of several professional associations and has frequently published on economic geology, mineral resources and reserves and valuation of mineral properties.

William White
, IBK Capital Corp.

William White

William F. White, MBA, is Managing Partner, Financial Advisory Services for IBK Capital Corp., an independent, privately owned investment banking firm that offers a full range of financial advisory services to its clients. Prior to founding IBK Capital in 1989, Mr. White was Senior Vice-President and Director of Corporate and Government Finance at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. His service to the community involves governance roles with several non-profit organizations, including The Empire Club of Canada; Greater Europe Mission Canada Counsel; Cabinet member of the campaign for the Tyndale University, College and Seminary and Barry Moore Ministries Inc.