Who We Are


  • Kent Pearson

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Kent Pearson is a professional geologist with more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry and in the capital markets sector. His mining experience spans from grassroots exploration through to mine production. In the capital markets sector, his experience includes equity and debt research, as well as, executive roles in investment banking in the resources sector. Since 2008, Mr. Pearson is President of Locarno Advisory Inc., a firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions, mineral and mining asset review and disposition and strategic planning. Kent holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queen's University.

    Erik H. Martin

    Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

    Erik H. Martin has been Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Corporation since 2007. He has 25 years of financial disclosure and management experience with a focus on publicly listed resource companies. Mr. Martin is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Qu├ębec at Rimouski with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) accreditation in 1996.

  • Jean-Charles Potvin, B.Sc (Hon), MBA


    Jean-Charles Potvin, a co-founder of the Company, was President and CEO of Murchison from inception to November 2015, and a director since 2007. Jean Charles was President and CEO of Pangea Goldfields Inc., which had extensive holdings in Tanzania, until its acquisition in July 2000 by Barrick Gold Corporation for $204 million. Until 1994, he was a Director and Vice-President of Burns Fry (subsequently BMO Nesbitt Burns and currently BMO Capital Markets) and responsible for evaluating world-wide mining investment opportunities as a top-ranked Equity Research Gold Analyst. Jean-Charles served as the Chairman of Vaaldiam Mining Inc. from 1992 to 2012 (formerly Tiomin Resources). He is currently a director and Audit Committee member of Azimut Exploration Inc., Canadian Zinc Corporation and Gold Reserve Inc. all public exploration and development companies.

    Denis C. Arsenault, B.Comm., CA

    Director, Independent

    Denis Arsenault also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Arsenault has more than 36 years of professional experience and has held senior financial positions in a range of sectors including manufacturing, mining and resources. He has extensive board and governance committee experience with private and publicly-listed companies. Mr. Arsenault is currently a director of Belo Sun Mining Corp. (a TSX-listed company). Mr. Arsenault was CFO of Sulliden Gold Corporation Ltd. (a TSX listed company) from November 2010 and to when it was acquired by Rio Alto Mining Limited in August 2014. He was also director of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc., Stonegate Agricom Ltd. and MBAC Fertilizer Corp. Mr. Arsenault is a chartered professional accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

    Donald K. Johnson, B.Eng, MBA, O.C.

    Director, Independent

    Donald Johnson also serves as a member of the Compensation Committee. Donald currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of BMO Capital Markets, having joined a predecessor firm in 1963. During his career with the firm, he was President of Burns Fry from 1984 to 1989 and subsequently served as Vice Chairman of BMO Nesbitt burns until 2004. He is currently Chairman of goeasy Ltd. and serves as a volunteer board member on not-for-profit organizations. He was formerly a Director of the Toronto Stock Exchange and Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    David Pyper, B.Eng., MBA

    Director, Independent

    David Pyper also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Pyper is currently the Managing Partner at Blair Franklin Capital Partners Inc. of Toronto, a leading independent Canadian mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. Mr. Pyper has over 26 years of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance experience in a wide variety of industries including the mining sector. Mr. Pyper holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a B. Eng. from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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