Our Board of Directors consists of a council of experts in areas of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, economics, sustainable development, social responsibility, human and environmental health, and gold.
Dr. David F. Strong, PhD, DSc, LLD, FRSC, KSJ, – Chairman of the Board
A leading Canadian research scientist and mineral deposits expert. Dr. Strong has a distinguished career in the business, academic and public service fields for which he has received numerous national honors and awards. His distinctions include Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Honorary Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, Canadian Institute of Mining Distinguished Service Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from St. Francis Xavier University.
As an entrepreneur from 2003 to 2008 Dr. Strong was the founding President and Vice-Chancellor of University Canada West, Canada’s first private for-profit university. Throughout his career he has been a consultant to the mining industry on the geological controls of all types of mineral deposits. He established the technology-transfer companies at both Memorial University, (now the Genesis Centre), and the University of Victoria, BC (the Innovation and Development Corporation), and wrote the original proposal for the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Park.
As an academic, from 1990 to 2000 Dr. Strong was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria, and professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. From 1970 to 1990 he held positions as professor of geology, University Research Professor, and Vice-President Academic at Memorial University of Newfoundland, during which time he was a leading researcher in metallogeny and ore genesis, publishing more than 200 scientific papers and consulting reports, and was recognized by numerous industry and academic awards.
In the public service sector Dr. Strong has filled many roles which include serving six years each on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, twelve years on the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, and also fulfilling terms on the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Advisory Councils on Science and Technology for the Premiers of both Newfoundland and British Columbia.
In February 2009 the National Research Council (NRC) announced the results of a strategic review of its programs conducted by the Federal Government of Canada. It was decided that the journals and services of NRC Research Press would be transferred to the private sector. In November 2010 Dr. David Strong was appointed as Chair of the Board of Canadian Science Publishing. David Strong, with his extensive senior management experience in academic, research, and business communities, brought great understanding of the challenges and provided strong direction to the new not-for-profit. The newly developed private organization is carrying out the same original NRC mission and mandate to serve the scientific community.
Dr. Strong also sits on several other boards which are relative to the AGC. For example, he has accepted appointment to the Board of Directors of Puddle Pond Resources Inc. (PPR), a junior gold exploration company in Canada and so brings familiarity with organisations that are often the ones making first contact with Artisanal Gold Miners. Dr. Strong’s extensive background and expert knowledge of the mining industry, his international network, and his senior management experience in academic, research, and business communities serve the AGC well.
Susan Egan Keane, MSc.
Ms. Keane is a senior scientist and Deputy Director of the Health and Environment Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington DC. She is a public health specialist with over 25 years of experience working on domestic and international environmental health issues. In the US, her work experience has covered a range of topics, including toxic emissions reporting, air pollution regulation, pesticides management, and water quality standards and criteria. Internationally, she has worked with local, regional, and national-level stakeholders, and with the international donor community, to evaluate priority environmental health issues and to recommend appropriate solutions, from community- based programs to new national polices. Her work has included projects in Russia, the Caspian Sea Region, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, and Yemen. She has also visited Jamaica, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to investigate water- related issues in those countries with local NGOs, government officials and international institutions.
At NRDC, Susan’s main responsibilities are international advocacy for global mercury supply and demand and reductions, and collaboration with the US-based retailers to reduce the environmental impacts of their supply chains and to eliminate the sale of toxic chemicals in their stores. Ms. Keane has been working in partnership capacity with the Artisanal Gold Council since its founding in 2008, she holds a Masters degree in environmental health management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dru Narwani, B.Com, CPA, CMA, FEA
Dru is an international banking executive with 25 years of banking experience in Bay Street Toronto, Wall Street, Glasgow, London England, Mumbai India, and Bangkok Thailand. He is currently a board director for two companies, a Family Enterprise Advisor and executive coach. Dru began his banking career with CIBC in Toronto and later joined the British banking groups, Barclays and Standard Chartered. As President & CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Standard Chartered Bank in Bangkok, he had the rare opportunity during the Asian crisis of 1997 to spearhead the acquisition of a large Thai bank for US $ 314 million and merge it with the parent British bank, a process that spanned 24 months from due diligence and negotiations to post-merger integration.
Currently Dru serves as Chairman of the board of a Vancouver based private company, engaged in manufacturing steel poles for highway lighting, electrical and telecommunication applications. As a qualified FEA (Family Enterprise Advisor) he is also an independent board member, Senior Advisor and Executive/Life Coach for a Vancouver based family enterprise. Additionally, he consults with two other private businesses in Vancouver engaged in real estate development, hotel & hospitality and organic farming.
Over the past decade Dru has held numerous and diverse board and senior executive positions: He was a Director for three public companies, involved in garment manufacturing, wireless products and women’s apparel. He was President of an airline pilot training division of a Toronto based public aerospace company. He led the establishment of a captive private bank and insurance company in Barbados for a Toronto based family enterprise. He was also an executive coach for the Managing Director of a Victoria based BC Crown Corporation. Dru is an executive mentor for MBA students at the University of Victoria. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). In 2013 he received his FEA designation (Family Enterprise Advisor) after completing a one year academic program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Aviation is his passion with 40 years of flying experience, having flown his Cessna around the world with his family.
Dr. Paul Schure, PhD
Paul Schure is a Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria where he has been since 2000. He spent a year as a Postdoc student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1999-2000) and four months as a consultant at the European Investment Bank in 1998. He has held visiting positions at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European Investment Institute (2002 and 2005), the University of Bonn (2003), Utrecht University (2008), and the University of Amsterdam (2009). Dr. Schure’s research is on Financial Intermediation, Industrial Organization, and European Integration. His work has appeared in various international Economics and Finance journals. He has been Secretary/ Treasurer of the European Community Studies Association- Canada (ECSA-C) since 2004. He was co-organizer of of the ECSA-C biennial conferences of 2008 and 2010 and organizer of the 2010 Financial Institutions Summer School, that was held at the University of Victoria. He was guest co-editor of the 2008 special issue of the Canadian Journal of Agriculture Economics.
Dr. Schure has been a board member of the Artisanal Gold Council since 2010.
Hugh L. Stephens, MA
Mr. Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and an associate faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. Before returning to Canada in December 2009, he was Senior Vice President (Public Policy) for Asia-Pacific for Time Warner for almost a decade, located at the company’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong. In this capacity he managed Time Warner’s public policy program in Asia Pacific for Turner Broadcasting, HBO, Warner Bros, Time Inc. and AOL.
Mr. Stephens has been an active leader in a number of regional business organizations in Asia. He served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the US National Center for APEC and is a past Executive Committee Board member of the US-Korea Business Council. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the US-ASEAN Business Council, Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Vice Chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee, a coalition of more than 180 multinational companies engaged in strengthening IPR protection in China.
In recent years, he has written and commented extensively on Canada’s engagement with the Asia Pacific region and has testified before the Foreign Affairs and International Trade committee of the Canadian Senate.
Prior to joining Time Warner in 2000, Mr. Stephens spent 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service with the Department of External Affairs, later the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). His last Ottawa assignment was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in DFAIT. He also served abroad as Canadian Representative in Taiwan (Head of Mission-Canadian Trade Office in Taipei), Counsellor and Charge d’affaires at the Canadian Embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan, among a number other overseas and headquarters assignments, including service at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Mandarin language training in Hong Kong.
Mr. Stephens was educated at the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Toronto and Duke University, and has a Certificate in Mandarin from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.