Directors & Management

Michael R. McPhie, M.Sc., B.Sc.

Director, Interim Chairman & CEO

Mr. McPhie is a senior mining executive with more than 20 years of operational, financial and project development experience in the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of IDM Mining Ltd. and CEO of Falkirk Resource Consultants Ltd. Prior to this Mr. McPhie was the President & CEO of Curis Resources Ltd. a company he led until its acquisition by Taseko Mines in 2014. He also served as a Director and Executive Vice President of Exeter Resource Corporation, President & CEO of the Mining Association of BC and as a senior policy director with Natural Resources Canada. Mr. McPhie is a past Chair of the Board of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME) and the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).He holds a Bachelor Science from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Science from Royal Roads University.

Kendra Johnston, B.Sc., MBA, P.Geo

Interim President

Ms. Johnston is an active member of the mineral exploration community who has held various positions with the Company over the past 9 years, including overseeing the Yukon exploration programs, building relationships with the company’s various stakeholders, and managing the land, environment and health and safety programs.In addition to her role at Independence, Ms. Johnston is the Vice Chair of the Board of AME, a Director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines and Past Chair of AME’s Roundup Conference.Prior to joining Independence, Ms. Johnston was the Investor Relations Manager and Geologist with Atna Resources and a Geological Assistant with the BC Geological Survey.Ms. Johnston is a registered Professional Geologist in BC and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Randy C. Turner, B.Sc., P.Geo

President & CEO, Director (currently on leave)

Mr. Turner is a professional geologist with over 40 years of experience in Canadian and International mineral exploration, business and finance. Mr. Turner spent 20 years with Esso Minerals Canada and AGIP Mining Ltd. exploring for uranium, gold and base metals. As President of Trimin Resources Ltd. he was involved in the development and sale of the McIlvenna Bay copper/zinc deposit in Saskatchewan. Mr. Turner's notable career achievements include guiding Winspear Diamonds Inc. from the discovery of the Snap Lake diamond deposit in northern Canada through to its sale to De Beers Mining for $305 million. In 2011, as President of Silver Quest Resources Ltd., Mr. Turner was involved in the acquisition by New Gold Inc. of the Capoose and Blackwater Projects for $180 million.

John McDonald, Ph.D., P.Geo


Dr. McDonald is a Professional Geologist with over 45 years of mineral exploration and research experience, including 20 years providing technical advice to junior companies and 13 years as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and the Australian National University. Dr. McDonald was Vice President, Exploration of Winspear Diamonds Inc., where he and his technical team were directly responsible for the discovery and development of the Snap Lake diamond deposit. Dr. McDonald was the first Director and co-founder of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia. In 2000 Dr. McDonald received the H.H. "Spud" Huestis award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration from the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines. In 2008 he received the Hugo Dummett Diamond Award for Excellence in Diamond Exploration and Development.

Terry Salman, BA, MBA, D. Tech h.c.


Mr. Salman has 35 years of experience financing exploration. At Nesbitt Thomson, he advanced from Research Analyst to Executive Vice-President before leaving to form Salman Partners, where he was President, CEO and Co-Director of Research helping to raise over $20 billion for more than 400 explorers.Today, Mr. Salman is President & CEO of Salman Capital Inc., was the recipient of the 2017 Murray Pezim award for his success in financing mineral explorers.

Louis Montpellier


Mr. Montpellier is a lawyer with over 30 years experience in mining, corporate finance and M&A work who currently acts as an independent director and committee member for a number of mineral exploration and development companies.

Susan Neale, CGA


Ms. Neale is a chartered accountant with over 20 years experience in corporate transactions, public markets and in-depth accounting and auditing, working with mineral exploration, development and operating companies in Canada and throughout the world.

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