Management Team

Deepak Varshney, P.Geo. - CEO & Director


Deepak Varshney is a professional geologist and has over 10 years of experience in the capital markets and mineral exploration and development sector. As CEO, Mr. Varshney is involved in the company's marketing, financing and corporate development. He has developed long-standing relationships with an extensive network of high net worth retail investors, brokers, and private equity groups. Mr. Varshney is also the CEO of Castello Q, a boutique real estate firm that focuses on luxury single-family housing and multi-family developments.


Khalid Naeem, CPA, CGA - CFO


Khalid Naeem is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 15 years of financial and executive experience. Mr. Naeem has extensive experience in tax and compliance, public and private enterprises’ financial policy, management and internal financial reporting, including senior roles at junior mining and oil and gas public companies and the Canada Revenue Agency.

Navin Varshney, P.Eng. - Director


Navin Varshney is a co-founder and director of Usha who has had a four decade career in analyzing and speculating in the metals, mining and technology sectors.  Since 2008, he has been instrumental in the creation of several Initial Public Offerings / Capital Pool Companies, successfully closing deals for all of them. He has served on many public company boards, holding various positions from President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial officer, and as a Director. In his capacity as a professional engineer, Mr. Varshney has also led N.K.V. Engineering & Consulting Ltd., a successful boutique structural and engineering consulting firm that has provided services throughout British Columbia for the past 29 years.


Brian Moore, FCPA, FCGA - Director


Brian Moore has been providing taxation, accounting, and business advisory services since 1979, establishing his own firm in 1986. His firm is committed to helping business operators and entrepreneurs in building and maintaining enterprises from start-up, growth and succession. Brian is an active volunteer in his community and has served on various not-for-profit boards and in political organizations. He is a past Governor of CGA Ontario, past member of committees for CGA Ontario and CGA Canada, and currently serves as a Practice Inspector for CGA Ontario. In 2009, CGA Canada awarded Brian the Fellowship designation in recognition of his contributions to CGA and the accounting profession.


Dave Ellett - Director


David “Dave” Ellett is a former defenseman in the National Hockey League who enjoyed a successful 16-year career primarily playing for the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs.  During his NHL career, he co-founded ProIce Management, a wealth management company geared towards professional athletes. After his retirement from the NHL, he continued with ProIce and other business ventures which included owning and managing an automotive dealership, a CHL franchise and working in the mining industry as a director of a a number of junior mining companies with a focus on logistics, fundraising, and project acquisition.


Leif Smither - Director


Leif Smither has had a successful three decade career in the mineral exploration industry as an investor, office, and director of multiple publicly listed companies. He brings both strong technical and management skills to the company and his experience includes a 4-year stint as the Head of Corporate Development for Starfield Resources Inc., a TSX-V Tier 1 issuer and now TSX issuer where he was involved in financing one of the largest undeveloped nickel copper deposits.