People

Board of Directors

Mona Forster

Mona Forster

Chair Of The Board And Director

Mona M. Forster brings a deep understanding of the mining industry to WIMBC as well as considerable experience in strategic planning, corporate communications and business development. WIMBC serves an important role within the mining community, providing opportunities to empower women, share stor...

Mona M. Forster brings a deep understanding of the mining industry to WIMBC as well as considerable experience in strategic planning, corporate communications and business development. WIMBC serves an important role within the mining community, providing opportunities to empower women, share stories and connect in a supportive environment. She has been a passionate member of the mining and mineral exploration sectors for over 25 years, building her career on the ability to collaborate and engage with internal and external stakeholders and partners. During 12 years with Entrée Gold Inc., most recently as Executive Vice President, she balanced the needs of the employees and project teams with the demands for a return on investment from shareholders and mitigating the risks of managing operations globally. She also believes in giving back to the industry and has done so by serving on the board or advisory council for several industry related organizations, including seven years as an elected director and a term as Chair of the Board for the Association for Mineral Exploration. Mona also currently volunteers as a member of the Advisory Council for the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining and as a member of the Advisory Council for Resource Works.

Johanna Fipke

Johanna Fipke

Director

Johanna is a partner in the Global Mining Group of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a leading global law firm with international recognition in the mining industry. With 12 years of experience in corporate/commercial law focused on Vancouver’s prominent mining industry, Johanna is well known in the...

Johanna is a partner in the Global Mining Group of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a leading global law firm with international recognition in the mining industry. With 12 years of experience in corporate/commercial law focused on Vancouver’s prominent mining industry, Johanna is well known in the business community and has been involved in many high profile mining transactions. She has also been repeatedly recommended as a leading practitioner in mining in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Johanna has been involved with WIMBC since 2009 and has been integral in organizing Fasken Martineau’s gold sponsorship of the monthly Lunch and Learns for WIMBC. Johanna had a significant role in the incorporation and organization of WIMBC as a non-profit corporation and now, as a Director of WIMBC, she provides advice on organizational structure and growth, corporate governance, and strategic vision. She is helping the development of WIMBC as a visionary organization, focused not only at celebrating successes by women in mining, but aiming to help women build careers and become leaders in the industry.

Joey Freeze

Joey Freeze

Director

Joanne (Joey) Freeze has over 30 years of experience in exploration with junior and major mining companies. Joey co-founded, Candente Resource Corp. while living in Peru in 1997. She guided significant acquisitions in Peru and Mexico as well as the split of Candente Resource Corp into: Candente C...

Joanne (Joey) Freeze has over 30 years of experience in exploration with junior and major mining companies. Joey co-founded, Candente Resource Corp. while living in Peru in 1997. She guided significant acquisitions in Peru and Mexico as well as the split of Candente Resource Corp into: Candente Copper Corp. and Candente Gold Corp. in 2009 and Cobriza Metals Inc. in 2012. Joey oversaw the listing of the companies on the TSXV, TSX and the Lima Stock Exchange (BVL) and to date has raised over $100 million in equity financings.

Joey guided the acquisition, delineation and development of the Cañariaco project and developed Cañariaco Norte into a large scale advanced copper project with robust economics at US$2.50 Cu for Candente Copper Corp. To date the Company has spent US$62M developing Cañariaco and the Peruvian government has committed US$22M to community infrastructure near the Cañariaco project.

Joey also guided the acquisition and current exploration at one of Mexico’s highest grade historic gold and silver past producers, the El Oro Project. At El Oro, 8 million ounces gold equivalent of gold and silver were mined historically from four mines.

Since 2011, Joey has been on the Advisory Board of the Institute of International Development at McGill University. She also participates as part of the Peruvian delegation in Shared Value Initiative Leadership Summits. Joey also joined the Board of Directors of Durango Resources in December 2018. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Canada (APEGBC). Joey holds a B.A. in Geography (University of Western Ontario 1978) and a B.Sc. in Geology (University of British Columbia 1981). She also previously served as a Trustee to the Society of Economic Geologists.

Tessa Jolly

Tessa Jolly

Director

Ms. Tessa Jolly is Communications Specialist with Eldorado Gold Corp, a Vancouver based gold and base metals producer with assets in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Romania, Serbia, and Brazil. Tessa brings over 10 years of communication experience, specializing in shareholder activism, M&A, corporat...

Ms. Tessa Jolly is Communications Specialist with Eldorado Gold Corp, a Vancouver based gold and base metals producer with assets in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Romania, Serbia, and Brazil. Tessa brings over 10 years of communication experience, specializing in shareholder activism, M&A, corporate governance, and social media for public companies. Tessa is a current member and Director of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI). Tessa joined the Board of Directors of Women In Mining BC in January 2019. Outside of her professional life, Tessa is an avid tennis player and can often be found at the local park or the aquarium on the weekend with Paige, her two-year old daughter.

Monica Moretto

Monica Moretto

Director

Ms Monica Moretto, VP, Social Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion for Pan American Silver Corp, is an experienced CSR and Corporate Affairs professional with more than 16 years experience in communications and social responsibility. Ms Moretto holds a BA in Communications from Argentina and h...

Ms Monica Moretto, VP, Social Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion for Pan American Silver Corp, is an experienced CSR and Corporate Affairs professional with more than 16 years experience in communications and social responsibility. Ms Moretto holds a BA in Communications from Argentina and has been employed by Pan American Silver Corp (“PAS”) for the past 10 years, specializing in stakeholder engagement. During her tenure with PAS Monica recognized a need for more engagement in CSR and therefore created and developed a CSR department for this organization that has now become a model for other agencies to follow. In addition to developing this department, Monica regularly travels to remote Indigenous mining communities throughout Latin and South America developing relationships with workers and their families and advocating their concerns to local governments, industry leaders and international NGO’s. Monica is a much sought after speaker at venues such as a PDAC and the World Bank Ventures Program on the role of CSR in modern corporations. As a result of first-hand experience with local communities Monica has developed a passion for championing women’s rights, not only abroad but in corporate North America as well.

Zara Boldt

Zara Boldt

Director

Ms. Zara Boldt is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) who has served as the senior financial executive for several publicly-traded companies in Canada over the course of her career. Currently, Ms. Boldt is the CFO & Corporate Secretary for Lucara Diamond Corp. and a director and Chair of the...

Ms. Zara Boldt is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) who has served as the senior financial executive for several publicly-traded companies in Canada over the course of her career. Currently, Ms. Boldt is the CFO & Corporate Secretary for Lucara Diamond Corp. and a director and Chair of the Audit Committee for both Bluestone Resources Inc. and Gold Standard Ventures Corp. Before Lucara, she served as the CFO & Corporate Secretary for Kaminak Gold Corporation where she was responsible for corporate due diligence and the negotiation, documentation and execution of a plan of arrangement for an acquisition transaction valued at $520 million. Prior to Kaminak, Ms. Boldt served as the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Stornoway Diamond Corporation where she was a member of the senior management team responsible for arranging financing in excess of $900 million for the development of the Renard Diamond Mine in Quebec. In addition, Ms. Boldt served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for Strongbow Exploration Inc. for a number of years. Ms. Boldt has a Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from the University of Puget Sound (1994) and she earned a professional accounting designation in 2002.

'Lyn Anglin

'Lyn Anglin

Director

Dr. Anglin has built a successful career in the resource sector, based on strong technical knowledge and research management expertise, combined with superior relationship-building, communication, and leadership skills. She is presently semi-retired and Principal Consultant at Anglin and Associat...

Dr. Anglin has built a successful career in the resource sector, based on strong technical knowledge and research management expertise, combined with superior relationship-building, communication, and leadership skills. She is presently semi-retired and Principal Consultant at Anglin and Associates, providing consulting services in research management and community engagement for the minerals sector. She was recruited by Imperial Metals Corporation approximately three weeks after the August 4, 2014 Mount Polley Mine tailings spill to assist the company with their response to the incident. As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Anglin provided scientific leadership and guidance on the assessment, remediation and monitoring of the impacts of the spill. This role involved extensive public communication and consultation with local communities, First Nations, local business organizations and community leaders, industry associations, government regulators and provincial politicians. Dr. Anglin retired from Imperial Metals in December of 2018. 

As President and CEO of Geoscience BC (GBC) from 2006 to 2013, Dr. Anglin was responsible for providing overall leadership to GBC and achieving the organization’s mandate of conducting applied geoscience work to attract exploration and development investment to British Columbia. She was responsible for building and maintaining key relationships with various stakeholders including provincial and local politicians, First Nations, community leaders, government departments, industry, academia, non-profits, and other relevant organizations.  Under her leadership, GBC achieved numerous technical successes and earned a national and international reputation as a highly respected, innovative, geoscience organization. Prior to joining Geoscience BC, Dr. Anglin gained extensive experience in the federal government from 1984 to 2005, in research management, policy development, administrative and financial management, and community engagement and outreach, advancing through progressively more responsible positions with the Geological Survey of Canada in Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and with the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Investment Tax Credit Program with Revenue Canada.

Dr. Anglin has won several prestigious awards from her peers in the geoscience community, including the C.J. Westerman Award from EGBC (2019), and the Ambrose Medal from GAC (2019). She is presently serving as the President of the Society of Economic Geologists Board of Trustees, and Past-Chair of the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC. She is a former President of the Geological Association of Canada and served for 7 years on the board of Science World in Vancouver.

Jill Arias

Jill Arias

Director

Jill Arias has been in the mining sector since 2004 as VP of Corporate Communications and Marketing for First Majestic Silver Corp.  She plays a key role in the perception of the company through its branding in the media, and marketing materials for the company and for valued shareholders. F...

Jill Arias has been in the mining sector since 2004 as VP of Corporate Communications and Marketing for First Majestic Silver Corp.  She plays a key role in the perception of the company through its branding in the media, and marketing materials for the company and for valued shareholders. First Majestic values diversity in the workplace and Jill also plays a role in mentorship within the company assisting with empowering and educating managers and shares efforts in the inclusion of a women in mining group within the office environment.

Outside of First Majestic, Jill also sits on the Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Gala Committee, and volunteers her time towards Make-A-Wish Foundation when she isn’t off on a plane to the next mining conference or being a mother to her sassy 7-year-old daughter.

Mariana Fregonese

Mariana Fregonese

Director

Ms. Mariana Fregonese has over 13 years of experience working in the mining industry in Canada. As Vice President, Social Responsibility Mariana leads Great Panther Mining’s overarching social performance and stakeholder engagement strategy for its projects and operations.  Since 2014 she ha...

Ms. Mariana Fregonese has over 13 years of experience working in the mining industry in Canada. As Vice President, Social Responsibility Mariana leads Great Panther Mining’s overarching social performance and stakeholder engagement strategy for its projects and operations.  Since 2014 she has been committed to advancing the social and sustainable development of the local communities in which Great Panther operates in Mexico, Peru, and Brazil.  Prior to this, she also has held roles in corporate communications and investor relations which allowed her to experience first-hand the changes around environmental, social and governance issues and how these have changed expectations of corporate performance and transparency among a wide range of stakeholders.

Mariana also manages strategic relationships on behalf of the company with the appropriate governments, public agencies, and non-governmental organizations.  She focuses on building strategic partnerships with numerous stakeholder groups to maximize the local benefits of mining and to achieve effective and sustainable community development.  

Visiting Great Panther’s hosting communities regularly and engaging first-hand with its neighbours for over a decade have allowed her to appreciate the power of women coming together.  As a proud aunt of four beautiful nieces, she is committed to joining bright men and women to advance women’s and girls’ rights towards an inclusive and equitable world.

Mariana is a Certified Sustainability Practitioner (CSR-P), certification issued by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (Hons) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She is also a member of the stewardship group of the Social Practice Forum which was established to provide active leadership on social performance around the world.