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 and director of Xander Resources Inc., a publicly traded issuer.

 

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.

 

Adrian Smith, P.Geo.

 

Adrian Smith, P.Geo., B.Sc., has worked as a professional geologist for over ten years with experience working in the Mining and Exploration industries. Mr. Smith began working for Exploration Companies as an Underground Mine Geologist in the Shasta Gold-Silver Mine in Northern BC. He then began work for North American Tungsten Corp. at the Cantung Mine in the Northwest Territories where he was involved in successfully identifying, modeling, and producing ore in addition to known reserves. Since then Mr. Smith has taken his mining and exploration experience from underground and applied it to exploration projects across Canada and the United States. Currently Mr. Smith is CEO of ArcPacific Resources and sits on the boards of ML Gold Corp. and Go Cobalt Mining Corp., and founded Divitiae Resources Ltd. Mr. Smith graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Geology, and has been a member of APEG BC since 2008.

 

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.