Board of Directors

Mr. Robert Francis
Director, Audit Committee Chair
Mr. Francis is a retired (2007) senior partner of the Toronto office of Deloitte & Touche, having enjoyed an extensive career in public accounting. During his 39 years of public accounting experience, and 30 years as a partner, he focused on financial statement audits and securities engagements of companies operating in the resources, retail, manufacturing, electronics and real estate industries. Mr. Francis led the Deloitte & Touche Resource Sector Mining Group practice providing a complete range of services to companies in the metals/mining sector. Mr. Francis also has vast experience in engagement management and audit reporting, with a variety of Canadian public companies and SEC registrants, including multi-billion dollar multinationals, and major Canadian subsidiaries of foreign (U.S. and U.K.) public companies.

Mr. Eddie Scholtz
Mr. Scholtz is a recently retired mining engineer, with 39 years experience in the coal industry, the majority of which were spent with BHP Billiton Limited (“BHP”). He held General Manager positions on BHP’s largest mines and was ultimately appointed as Managing Director of BHP's coal mining operations in South Africa, where he managed 85 million tons per annum of coal production, setting record performances in production, productivity, safety and profitability. After spending 37 years at BHP, Mr. Scholtz joined CIC Energy Corp., from which he retired in 2012. Mr. Scholtz was born and raised in Dundee, South Africa, where Buffalo’s mines are situated.

Mr. Craig Wiggill
Mr. Wiggill has held management, executive and directorship positions on several international mining and marketing companies in the coal sector and, as CEO of Coal Americas at Anglo American plc. was responsible for all of that company’s coal activities in North and South America. He was previously Managing Director of Anglo Coal Marketing Ltd from 2000 to 2004 and is an engineer by profession (B.Sc. Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, 1984).