Strongbow Exploration is led by a board of award-winning mining industry leaders with a proven track record of project execution and value creation for shareholders.

D. Grenville Thomas

Chairman of the Board

D. Grenville Thomas has over 50 years' experience in the mining industry, during which time he has built an impressive track record of discovery, most notably the world-class Diavik diamond mine and the Thor Lake rare metals deposit, both in the Northwest Territories.

Gren was the founder (and held positions of Chairman, President and Director) of Toronto-based Aber Resources Ltd. (now Dominion Diamond Corp.). He is also Chairman, CEO and Director of North Arrow Minerals Inc.; President, CEO and Director of Westhaven Ventures Inc.; and Chairman of Helio Resource Corp. 

Shortly after graduation from University College, Cardiff, Wales (Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering in 1964), he moved to Canada and worked for a number of companies, including Falconbridge Nickel Mines in Sudbury, Ontario, Giant Mines in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Highwood Resources, a company he founded. He spent a number of years as a self-employed mineral property prospector and contractor, focusing primarily on properties located in the Northwest Territories.

Gren's discoveries have earned him many honours, including "PDAC Prospector of the Year" for 1999; "Man of the Year" by The Northern Miner newspaper (2001); and in January of 2009, he was one of four individuals inducted into The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, located at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

Richard Williams

President, CEO & Director

Richard Williams is a Professional Geologist with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Geology from Portsmouth University, and a Masters degree in Mineral Exploration from Queen’s University, Ontario. He also serves as CEO of Helio Resource Corp. (TSX-V:HRC), an exploration company with a gold project in Tanzania. He has over 25 years of experience in the mining and mineral exploration sector principally in southern Africa, and south and Central America. Richard has spent the last 12 years in public company corporate management, and has developed a wide network of business and financial contacts.

Patrick F.N. Anderson


Patrick F.N. Anderson is an exploration geologist, entrepreneur and business executive with 20 years of experience working in the resource sector. After graduating with a geology degree from the University of Toronto, he moved to Venezuela to work as the resident project geologist on a successful kimberlite exploration program. Since then, he has been a consulting geologist on gold, base metals and diamond projects for junior explorers, major producers and mineral industry consulting firms in South America, North America and Europe. He was a director, President, CEO and co-founder of Aurelian Resources Inc., which discovered a 13.7 million ounce gold deposit in 2006 and was acquired by Kinross Gold in 2008. He sits on the board of Osisko Mining Inc. and was named Mining Man of the Year by The Northern Miner in 2009 and received the PDAC’s Thayer Lindsley award for an international mineral discovery in 2008.

Kenneth A. Armstrong


Ken Armstrong has over 20 years' experience in the exploration industry, a decade of which, from 2005-2015, was spent as President and CEO of Strongbow. Prior to that time he worked as a geologist for a number of companies including Rio Tinto, Aber Resources (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) and Navigator Exploration. He currently serves as President, CEO and a Director of North Arrow Minerals Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (1992) and Queen's University (1995) and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Ontario.

Don Njegovan


Don Njegovan has been Vice President, New Business Development at Osisko Mining Inc. since February 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. Don has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry, starting work underground in 1989 for Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd. He was formerly Managing Director of Global Mining at Scotiabank from (2010 - 2014), an investment banker at Toll Cross Securities Inc. (2005 - 2010) and was a former director of St. Andrew Goldfields until it was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016. Don currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sable Resources and Ascot Resources Ltd.

Alix Drapack


Alix Drapack is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing mining, environmental and transportation projects in Canada and the USA, spanning operations, consulting and corporate office settings. Alix graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering. She also holds an MBA from Arizona State University, is a member (P. Eng.) of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and has her Project Management Professional designation (PMP). As well as serving as Vice President Environment Services & Sustainable Development for Osisko Mining Inc. where her portfolio includes health & safety, environment and Aboriginal and community relations, Alix was Director of Sustainable Development for Osisko Mining Corporation where she led the combined federal and provincial environmental assessment process for the Osisko Hammond Reef Project and was responsible for Aboriginal engagement, public consultation and government relations. Previously she developed and implemented the Environmental Management Program for TransLink and has had mining operations experience including working as a Mill Shift foreman for Inco Ltd.

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