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Mark O’Dea, Ph.D., P.Geo


Dr. O’Dea is a mining industry entrepreneur. A seasoned geologist and deal maker, Dr. O’Dea has built and financed international mining companies from Canada to Africa, taking them from exploration and discovery to development and operations. Most recently, Dr. O’Dea co-founded and served as Executive Chairman of True Gold Mining Inc. (“True Gold”).  After building the Karma Heap Leach Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, West Africa, True Gold was sold to Endeavour Mining Corp. in 2016.  As co-founder and CEO of Fronteer Gold, Dr. O’Dea grew the company from start-up to its 2011 sale to Newmont Mining Corp.in 2011, a deal which included the spin-out of Liberty Gold.  He also co-founded and served as Chairman of True North Nickel Inc. (“TNN”) and CEO of Aurora Energy Resources Inc. (“Aurora”), sold to RNC Minerals (“RNC”) and Paladin Energy Ltd in 2014 and 2011, respectively.  Dr. O’Dea is the founder of Oxygen Capital Corp. (“Oxygen”)1, and co-founder and director of each of Liberty Gold (Chairman), Pure Gold Mining Inc. (“Pure Gold”), Discovery Metals Corp. (“Discovery”) and Sun Metals Corp. (“Sun”).  His honours include EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year™ for 2014 in the Pacific mining and metals category, the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 Under 40, and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration.

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