Board of Directors

John Budreski |

Executive Chairman

Mr. Budreski is a Director and Executive Chairman of the Board for EnWave Corp. He was formerly a Vice Chairman of Cormark Securities Inc. and prior to that, President and CEO of Orion Securities Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the resource and resource financing industries. Mr. Budreski is also a Director of Sandstorm Gold Ltd. and NuLegacy Corporation. John holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie / TUNS University and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Dawson Brisco |

President, CEO and Director, P.Geo

Mr. Brisco was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in 2018.

Dawson is a Professional Geologist with over 15 years of business development and mining industry experience in a variety of roles in the bulk commodity and energy sectors.  Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr. Brisco managed an exploration alliance with Xstrata Coal in Asia from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Brisco is an independent Director of Atco Mining Ltd. (CSE:ATCM), as well as the Mining Association of Nova Scotia.  Mr. Brisco holds a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

John Byrne |


John Byrne has been a director of Morien since October 2012. Mr. Byrne is President of Petroleum Corporation of Canada Exploration Limited (“Petrex”) since 1997 and brings more than 30 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience to Morien. Pretrex helped establish and finance Enerplus Energy Services Ltd. for which Mr. Byrne served as its Vice Chairman (1986-2000). Mr. Byrne has also served in senior executive roles with Levesque Beaubien Geoffrion Inc. (now National Bank Financial), A.E. Ames & Company/Dominion Securities Ames and The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Byrne holds a B.A. from McGill University and an LL.B from the University of Toronto Law School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Charles Pitcher |


Charles Pitcher was appointed as an independent director in Oct 2012. He has four decades of experience in operations, engineering, management and project development of both civil and mining projects. His most recent coal experience was President of Wilson Creek Coal in Pennsylvania. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Canadian Coal Corp. from 2002 through June 2004 where he led the acquisition, development and startup of two major coal projects in Northeast British Columbia. He continued as a Director of the Company until 2010. Additionally he has served as Director of PBS Coals Limited (TSX-PBS) from November 2007 until August 2008. Mr. Pitcher holds a B.Sc. Mining Engineering degree (1979) from the Colorado School of Mines and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Mary Ritchie |

Director, Audit Committee Chair

Ms. Ritchie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Richford Holdings Ltd., an accounting and investment advisory services firm based in Edmonton, Alberta. Ms. Ritchie has over 30 years of experience in both the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and is a Fellow of CPA Alberta. She is a member of the board of directors and audit committees of Alaris Royalty Corp. (TSX), EnWave Corporation (TSXV) and IPL Plastics Inc. (TSX). She has been a past director on a number of boards, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Industrial Alliance Insurance, Financial Services Inc. (TSX), iA Financial Corporation Inc. (TSX) and a past member of the RBC Global Asset Management’s independent oversight committee.

Beau White |


Beau White was appointed as an independent director in May, 2023.  Beau brings significant experience in finance and accounting in both the public and private company sectors.  Ms. White currently serves as the Director of Treasury and Finance at Sandstorm Gold Royalties (TSX:SSL; NYSE:SAND), a multi-billion dollar company with a portfolio of hundreds of stream and royalty assets. Previously, Ms. White was an Audit and Assurance Manager for PwC Canada, specialising in the Financial Services industry. Beau is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

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