Dr. Rui Feng
Ph. D., Geology
Founder and Director
Rui Feng is a successful entrepreneur, explorer, and mine builder with over 25 years of global mining industry experience. His passion for discovery has led him to explore and acquire mineral opportunities worldwide. He was integral in discovering Jinshan Gold’s CSH Gold Mine in China in 2002, which was acquired by China Gold International.
Dr. Feng founded Silvercorp in 2003 by acquiring early-stage properties in China. Through discovery and development, Silvercorp has become one of the most profitable Canadian mining companies, with multiple mines in China. As CEO of New Pacific Metals, Dr. Feng led the company to Bolivia in 2017 and acquired the Silver Sand project which has recently led to a significant discovery.
In addition to delivering value to employees and shareholders through discovery and development, Dr. Feng also believes a sustainable operation requires innovation and more effective management. He pioneered a digital information management tool for Silvercorp’s mines, which has contributed to improved organizational performance and operational profitability.
Dr. Feng obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geology in China, his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1992, and received a Post-Doctorial fellowship from the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada in 1992. Dr. Feng supports many community and social causes through contributions made personally and through the actions of the companies he leads.
CEOAndrew Williams has 15 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining New Pacific, Andrew spent the last 11 years with an SEC-registered precious metals investment fund, most recently as portfolio manager. Andrew began his career at Deloitte providing audit and financial advisory services to mining companies in Vancouver. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of British Colombia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
CFOJalen Yuan is a professional accountant with over sixteen years of diverse international experience in financial reporting, auditing, internal control, and accounting. Mr. Yuan is a member of Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (“CPA, CA – BC”). Aside from his duty for the company, Mr. Yuan has also been appointed as chief staff officer at Silvercorp Metals Inc. recently where he previously served as financial controller for over fourteen years.
Prior to joining the mining industry, Mr. Yuan had three years audit experience with Grant Thornton LLP where he focused on audits of financial information and internal controls for Canadian companies. Mr. Yuan has a Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Laurentian University, Canada and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Tongji University, China.
M. Eng., M.Sci., P. Geo.
Vice President, ExplorationAlex Zhang is a professional geoscientist registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC). With more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, Mr. Zhang has brought his range of technical and managerial skills to work on major gold and silver-lead-zinc polymetallic projects in China, Canada, and Bolivia with Eldorado Gold, Afcan Mining, Sino Gold, Silvercorp and New Pacific Metals, supervising activities from exploration and development to production. His roles have included senior exploration geologist, senior resource geologist, exploration manager chief geologist, and vice president of exploration. Mr. Zhang received his M.Eng. in mineral exploration from the China University of Mining and Technology and his M.Sc.in mineral exploration from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
Vice President, OperationsDustin VanDoorselaere is a Canadian Mining Engineer with over 25 years of experience in exploration projects, underground and open pit mining operations throughout the world. He has led several operations across Canada, Australia, West Africa and Latin America, having successfully advanced projects from exploration through to engineering and permitting, mine development and operations and eventually into closure. He has built and operated mines in several challenging jurisdictions which have demonstrated a deep understanding of local community and government relations, a strong commitment to safety, and is highly focused on tangible ESG results and operational excellence, delivering benefits for all stakeholders. Mr. VanDoorselaere previously served as VP Operations at Calibre Mining Corp and COO at First Majestic Silver Corp. Mr. VanDoorselaere graduated with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Carolina has over 15 years of experience in the resource sector as a liaison between Governments, Corporations, Mining subsidiaries and Investors, with extensive experience in government relations and global affairs. She was a former Director of several NGOs promoting and engaging Latin-American business and culture strengths. Fluent in English and Spanish.
Born and raised in Bolivia. Holds a global designation in International Trade Business and a Diploma in Business Management and International Commerce from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
B.A., MBA, D. Tech., h.c.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Salman has over 35 years of experience in exploration and mining finance. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Salman Capital Inc. and Salman Partners Inc. At Salman Partners Inc., he raised over $20 billion for over 400 exploration and mining companies. Previously, Mr. Salman held positions with Nesbitt Thomson, subsequently acquired by the Bank of Montreal (“BMO”), where he was an Executive Vice-President and a Director. Mr. Salman was instrumental in forming the mining team at Nesbitt Thomson and its mining conference in the early 1990’s, which subsequently became the BMO Mining and Metals Conference. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation. Formerly, he acted as the Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and a director or chairman of numerous charities. Mr. Salman was the recipient of the 2016 Murray Pezim Award in recognition of his career in Canadian mining finance and was inducted to the Cambridge House Resource Hall of Fame in 2018. He was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to mining exploration and for his generous philanthropy and community activism. Mr. Salman is an Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Singapore and received the Public Service Star from the Office of the President of Singapore in 2021. He served with the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam veteran. Mr. Salman received an MBA from the University of Hartford.
Mr. Simpson is a Vancouver-based corporate securities and mining lawyer with the firm Armstrong Simpson. He has over 25 years’ experience, predominately advising public companies with international natural resource property holdings.He has been a director and officer of a number of public companies, and is currently the lead independent director of Silvercorp Metals Inc.
Mr. Hall has over 40 years of experience in finance and corporate development, with a strong emphasis on the mining sector. He is a Partner at Valuestone Advisors Limited, sole advisor of Valuestone Global Resource Fund 1, a director of Bunker Hill Mining Corp. and MEC Advisors Limited.
He is also the sole manager of Can-China Global Resources Fund and a former consultant for Hunter Dickson Inc. Fluent in Mandarin and well-experienced in Chinese business culture, Mr. Hall has worked with an extensive group of multinationals, trade associations and government organizations with China operations, including British Petroleum, Ranger Petroleum, BC Council of Forest Industries, Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia.
Mr. Hall is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.
DirectorMs. Tang has over 20 years of experience in accounting with focus on the mining industry. She has held a number of executive and board leadership positions within this period. Ms. Tang is the President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of HempNova LifeTech Corp. She sits on the Board of Directors of Minco Silver Corporation.
Previously, Ms. Tang served as the Director of Finance at Revery Architect until 2019 as well as the Chief Financial Officer at Silvercorp Metals Inc. and the Chief Financial Officer at New Pacific until 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Tang held positions with Ernst & Yong LLP, where she focused on public company audits of mining, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.
Ms. Tang holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Nankai University and the Chartered Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant designations.
DirectorMr. Wafforn is a mining engineer who brings with him more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He has been at Pan American Silver since early 2004, and is currently Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Process Optimization where he is involved in the technical aspects of the feasibility, development and successful operation of that company ‘s mines in addition to leading the safety department.
Prior to joining Pan American Silver, Mr. Wafforn spent 15 years working with Barrick and its predecessor Homestake at different underground mines and was Manager of Mine Engineering for Barrick ‘s global operations.
He holds a B.Sc Mining Honours from Camborne School of Mines in England and is registered as a P.Eng in British Columbia.
Dr. Peter Megaw
DirectorDr. Megaw has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona and more than 35 years of relevant experience focused on silver and gold exploration. He has been instrumental in a number of mineral discoveries including MAG Silver’s Juanicipio and Cinco de Mayo Properties, Excellon Resources’ Platosa Mine, and new ore bodies at existing mines.
He is the author of numerous scientific publications on ore deposits and is a frequent speaker at academic and international exploration conferences.
Dr. Megaw was also awarded the 2017 Thayer Lindsley Award for the 2003 discovery of the Juanicipio silver deposit in the Fresnillo District, Mexico.