Directors & Management
Position: Acting President / CEO
Bringing over 31 years in the resource sector to the company, James Walchuk is the ex-President & CEO of Tournigan Energy (formerly Tournigan Gold), and has overseen the development of mines in West and East Africa. Mr. Walchuck was the Manager of Mining for Barrick Gold at Tanzania's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine from 1999 until 2002. There, he oversaw the building of a multi-million-ounce, high-grade underground mine in 24 months and achieved over 2 million man-hours without a lost-time accident. Mr. Walchuck also served with Royal Oak Mines as Manager of Mining and Manager of Corporate Operations. This was preceded by a 5-year term as Chief Mining Engineer for Tarkwa Goldfields in Ghana. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario for 31 years, and holds Bachelor Degrees in both Science and Engineering.
Mr. Soronow is a Barrister and Solicitor. He has been a member of the Law Society of Manitoba since 1972. Mr. Soronow's practice focuses primarily on corporate and commercial law, real estate and administrative law. He received his law degree from the University of Manitoba as the Gold Medalist. He is a director of Karoo Exploration Corp. and previously served as its President.
Robert Dzisiak is the current President and CEO of Karoo Exploration Corp. He was the past President and CEO of R.J. O'Brien & Associates Canada Inc an IIROC member firm and the past President and CEO of CFG Canada which he started as a branch office of LFG,LLC in 1994. CFG was subsequently sold to Refco Canada where he served as President of Retail Operations until 2006. Rob has a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics and started his career as a consultant with Wharton Econometrics in Philadelphia. He subsequently worked in strategic planning for UGG and was the Canadian VP of Operations for Benson Quinn Co. Rob is a past Chairman of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange where he also served as a director of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Clearing Corporation. Rob has also spent several years in the public markets where he worked as the COO of a Merchant Bank and as a director/Chairman of several publically listed companies.
The former First Lady of Tanzania, wife of Benjamin Mkapa, Mama Mkapa is one of Tanzania's most respected social and political figures. She brings invaluable expertise, guidance and networking within the complex East African political climate. A strong advocate for social causes, she is the founder and Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities for All Trust Fund, a non-profit philanthropic organization she established during her husband's presidency. EOTF supports many good causes with a focus on women in poverty and orphans.
In Memoriam: On 14 April 2013, Major General Makame Rashid passed away. He was a dear friend and partner of Tanzania Minerals Corp. He will be sorely missed by all in the company. He served as the Tanzanian Ambassador to Malawi and boasted an illustrious 37 year career within Tanzania's military as the 5th commanding officer of the National Service. He remained dedicated to Tanzania and strongly influential within the government and military circles until his passing this year.
A long standing leader within the business and social community of Tanzania, Mr. Marealle has enjoyed success in operating a private business construction equipment company. His ties within the local community have allowed him to act as an independent advisor to various companies, assisting them in navigating bureaucracy within the Tanzanian government.
Tanzania Minerals Corp. has engaged the services of Aurum Exploration Services Ltd. (www.aurumexploration.com) as the contract exploration services provider on exploration projects undertaken by the Company. Aurum specializes in the provision of geological and data solutions to the minerals exploration industry. Primarily, Tanzania Minerals Corp. works with Dr. Sandy Archibald, PGeo in executing its exploration programmes. Dr. Archibald holds a PhD from McGill University in Economic Geology and has over 20 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry. He has participated in academic and industry projects throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. He has been involved in gold, base-metal, uranium, diamond, and nickel exploration and has carried out extensive research on Au-Ag metal-rich geothermal systems. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology (SEG), Council Member for the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA), and is a past-President of the Irish Association of Economic Geology.