Board of Directors

Mark Ayranto


Mark has 20 years project development experience including ten years' experience working in the Yukon, in which he has been focused on project development including first nations, engineering studies and permitting. In 2007, Mark completed the first modern exploration agreement with the first nation of Na'cho Nyak Dun as well as the comprehensive cooperation benefits agreement (CBA) in 2011 to develop Victoria Gold's Eagle Gold Mine. Mark is Chief Operating Officer of Victoria Gold Corp. and a chairman of the Yukon Minerals Advisory Board.

Tara Christie, M.Sc., P.Eng

Ms. Christie has over 20 years of experience in the exploration and mining business. She became the President and CEO of Banyan in 2016. Prior to that, she was the President of privately owned Gimlex Gold Mines Ltd. (2006-2016), one the Yukon's largest placer mining operations and was involved in consulting for exploration, mining, environmental assessment, government, community and First Nation relations, including working with First Nation development corporations. She currently serves on the Board of Constantine Metal Resources Ltd (since 2006), Klondike Gold Corp., and Western Copper and Gold. Ms. Christie has been a board member of PDAC, AMEBC and other industry associations and was a founding board member of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (2004-2016). She is active in non-profits and charities, including being President of a charity “Every Student, Every Day” that works to improve attendance in Yukon schools.  Ms. Christie has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of British Columbia and is a registered professional engineer in BC and Yukon.

David Reid, LL.B

Mr. Reid is a senior partner and Global Co-Chair of Mining with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP with over 30 years of experience in mining and securities law, including over $2 billion in corporate finance and M&A transactions since 2011. Mr. Reid is recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Canadian Lawyer in Global Mining, The Legal 500 Canada (Energy-Mining-Corporate-M&A), and Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of mining, natural resources law and securities law.  Mr. Reid led a team in connection with a transaction awarded Mining Deal of the Year by Canadian Dealmakers in 2012 and has served on the board of several TSX, NYSE and TSXV resource companies, including Far West Mining Ltd. (acquired in 2011 by Capstone Mining Corp. in a $1.1 billion M&A transaction).

Steve Burleton, M.B.A, CFA

Steve Burleton, CFA, MBA, is an experienced mining executive with significant experience in capital raising, corporate development and strategy. He currently is the President & CEO of GT Gold and was Vice President, Business Development, at Richmont Mines Inc. prior to Richmont being acquired by Alamos Gold Inc. for US$770 million in November 2017. Mr. Burleton was responsible for the financing at Richmont and worked closely with its executive team in determining the Company's strategic direction. He has over 18 years of experience in the Canadian investment banking industry as Managing Director of Investment Banking at Wellington West Capital Markets Inc. and at Scotia Capital Inc. advising and executing debt and equity financing for companies in the mining, fertilizer and industrial products sectors. Mr. Burleton is a CFA Charterholder and has an MBA from York University.

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