Directors & Management


Michael GunningPresident and CEO, Director

Dr. Gunning is a Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience in mineral exploration and geological research. His experience spans work in federal and provincial geological surveys, exploration in North and South America with Cominco (now Teck), and proven executive leadership in the junior exploration sector, including recent success in the sale of two companies. He is extensively published, holds several industry awards, and is past-president of numerous industry organizations.

Upon completion of his PhD at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Gunning spent nearly a decade both learning and leading mineral exploration with Cominco, before moving on to a lead Mineral Deposits Research Geologist position with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey, which included work in Strategic Development in the energy sector. This work led to Dr. Gunning to the uranium junior exploration sector in Vancouver, culminating in his role as CEO of Hathor Exploration Limited, where he led successive resource and PEA milestones for the Roughrider uranium deposit discovery, and guided Hathor successfully through a hostile takeover bid and eventual $654 million acquisition by Rio Tinto, one of the top ten deals in mining globally in 2011. He built on that success as Executive Chairman of Alpha Minerals, which was acquired in 2013 for C$190 million, following the discovery of the Patterson Lake uranium deposit in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Gunning is currently focused on VR Resources, 100%. He has limited his Board involvement to just one other company, Aurelias Minerals Inc. (TSX-V), and has refrained from any advisory roles in the industry.

Dr. Gunning is a past-President of the Saskatchewan Geological Society and the Society of Economic Geology Student Chapter, and he served on the AME BC Roundup Committee and continues to present at the annual AME Exploration Safety Workshop. Having played field hockey at the club, university, national and international level, he is a past Director of Field Hockey Canada and Chair of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey Olympic Trust, and he holds several provincial awards recognizing service to sport.

Darin WagnerChairman

Mr. Wagner serves as the Chairman of VR. He is a Professional Geologist with over 28 years of mineral exploration and corporate development experience. During that time he has worked in North/South America and in Africa, been directly involved in a number of M&A transactions in the mineral exploration sector and being involved with raising several hundred million dollars for mineral exploration globally.

In 1999 Mr. Wagner became Vice President, Exploration for New Millennium Metals Corp. which was successfully merged with Platinum Group Metals Ltd. in 2002. Mr. Wagner served as Exploration Manager for Platinum Group Metals through the acquisition, discovery and initial delineation of the multi-million ounce Maseve PGE mine in South Africa.

Mr. Wagner became President of Sydney Resource Corp. in 2005 and helped steer the successful merger with Band Ore Resources to form West Timmins Mining Inc. in 2006. He then served as a President, CEO, Director and Qualified Person for West Timmins Mining through the discovery of the high-grade Thunder Creek and 144 gold deposits – which form part of the Timmins West Mine Complex in Timmins, Ontario. He oversaw the acquisition of West Timmins by Lake Shore Gold in an all share deal valued at $424 million which was completed in 2009.

He then founded Canadian explorer Balmoral Resources Ltd. and served as its President and CEO through a series of gold and base metal discoveries culminating in its 2020 acquisition by Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. in an all share deal valued on closing at $160 million. Mr. Wagner was also a founding director of Falco Resources and NewCastle Gold (acquired by Equinox Gold in 2017) and currently serves as an advisor for Ely Gold Royalties and KORE Mining.

Justin DaleyExploration Manager and Chief Geologist

Mr. Daley is a Professional Geologist with over a decade of global experience in grassroots and early-stage mineral exploration.  He obtained an M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON and a B.Sc. Honours in Geological Sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.  Mr. Daley has worked throughout the Americas, in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Peru and Chile, and in Turkey exploring for copper and gold for Teck Resources, Silver Standard (now SSR Mining), Centerra and Pretium.  During this time, he gained an in-depth knowledge of porphyry, epithermal and VMS mineral systems, experience in the integration of exploration datasets within scientific mineral deposit models, and an expertise in the application of GIS technologies.

Michael ThomsonDirector

Mr. Thomson has over 35 years of experience in the securities industry as a lawyer, regulator, investment banker, Vice President with two securities dealers, and an entrepreneur. Mr. Thomson has been the President and principal of Independent Capital Partners Inc., a corporate finance consulting and advisory company since May 1998. He is also a past independent director of the Lil’Wat Business Corporations, the business arm of the Mt. Currie (Pemberton) First Nations Band.

Overall, the focus of Mr. Thomson’s career has been the capital markets, and taking companies public. He has been the founder or co-founder of a number of capital pool companies that have completed arm’s length business combinations and Qualifying Transactions with various private companies, including a number of companies in the resource sector. Currently, he is a Director of four TSX.V Listed companies.

Mr. Thomson obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1983. He is a former member of the Listings Advisory Committee (Calgary) of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Craig LindsayDirector

Mr. Lindsay is the Managing Director of Arbutus Grove Capital Corp. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance, investment banking and business development in both North America and Asia. His focus has been on mineral resources in the western United States, most recent serving as Founder, President and CEO of Otis Gold Corp. until its sale to Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX) in 2020. Previously, Mr. Lindsay was Founder, President and CEO of Magnum Uranium Corp. until its merger with Energy Fuels Inc. in July 2009.

Prior to that he was a Vice President in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and a Partner in the Pacific Rim Group, a financial and business services company located in Hong Kong. Lindsay was a founding Director of Malaspina Capital Ltd. (ASE) and was responsible for identifying its merger with Miranda Mining Corp (a Mexican based gold producer that was subsequently acquired by Wheaton River Minerals). He was also a Founding Director of Rebel Capital Inc (TSXV), and was responsible for identifying and negotiating its merger with Electric Royalties Ltd. He is currently a Director of Excellon Resources Inc (TSX), Electric Royalties Ltd (TSXV), Alianza Minerals Ltd. (TSXV) and Philippine Metals Inc. (TSXV).

Mr. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is the Immediate Past National Chair of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and former President of the Vancouver Section, a past Chair of the Family Services of Greater Vancouver and a member of the Board of Governors of Crofton House School


Blaine Bailey, CPA, CGA Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bailey is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CGA working with public and private companies over the past 20 years. Mr. Bailey brings complementary skills to the team in areas of finance, administration, and financial reporting. Mr. Bailey is currently the CFO of GR Silver Mining Ltd., Panorama Capital Corp., and Cirrus Gold Corp.

Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 1977, and qualified for the CPA, CGA designation in British Columbia in 1983. Mr. Bailey has served in the capacity of accountant for Molson Brewery B.C. Ltd. and controller for Nabob Coffee Co. with head offices in Zurich, Switzerland.

Cyndi LavalCorporate Secretary

Ms. Laval is a partner at the law firm of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Vancouver, B.C. and is the leader of the firm’s Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group in Canada.

Ms. Laval practices M&A, Corporate Finance and Mining Law, and has over 20 years of experience. Her practice involves advising issuers on merger transactions, corporate finance activities, such as equity and debt financings, stock exchange listings, corporate and securities regulatory compliance, corporate reorganizations, corporate governance, and mining-related transactions.

Ms. Laval was named Vancouver “Lawyer of the Year” for Mining by the Best Lawyers in Canada in its 2017 edition. She has also been named one of Vancouver’s 30 leading lawyers by the National Post and is recognized as a leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers in Canada, Legal 500 Canada, Lexpert’s Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal: Canada and Who’s Who Legal: 100.

Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Laval worked in the policy department of the now TSX-V. Ms. Laval was a member of the TSX-V’s Local Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2013 and an instructor of the TSX-V Rules and Tools Corporate Governance Workshop from 2004 to 2010.

Frances PetryshenCorporate Compliance

Ms. Petryshen brings over 25 years of management experience with a specialization in corporate compliance and governance for public, private and not-for-profit organizations. She has been a Director and Officer of several public and private companies. Ms. Petryshen is an Accredited Director (“Acc.Dir.”) and a Fellow with the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (“FCG”) where she currently serves as Director of the British Columbia branch of the Institute.