About Us


Elmer B. Stewart, P. Geol, MSc.

Chairperson of the Board, President, and CEO

Mr. Stewart has over 44 years of domestic and international experience in mining and exploration for gold, uranium, base metals and copper. During his career, he has been involved in the financing and acquisition of base metal and gold projects as well the development and construction of two underground mines and the construction and operation of three open pit gold mines. Mr. Stewart led the 2013 Feasibility Study on the Schaft Creek project and was directly involved with negotiating the Schaft Creek Joint Venture Agreement with Teck Resources Limited.  Mr. Stewart negotiated the acquisition of Van Dyke and Sombrero Butte projects and supervised the work to advance the Van Dyke project to a development stage project.  With approximately 35 years of experience at the senior management level for various companies listed on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange, he is currently the Chairman, CEO and President of Copper Fox Metals Inc., and a director of Liard Copper Mines Ltd.   Mr. Stewart is Copper Fox’s representative on the Management Committee for the Schaft Creek Joint Venture.

R. Hector Mackay-Dunn, Q.C.


Mr. MacKay-Dunn is a Senior Partner at Farris LLP with 30+ years of experience providing advice to high-growth public and private companies and public institutions, over a broad range of industry sectors including life sciences, technology, health, mining and clean tech.  Hector has extensive experience in advising on corporate domestic & cross-border public & private securities offerings, M&A, international partnering & licensing transactions, and to boards of directors and independent board committees on corporate governance matters.  Hector is recognized by Lexpert® as being among the Top 100 Canada/US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; by Best Lawyers as 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Biotech, 2021 M&A tech, and corporate & securities; Chambers Canada 2021.  Hector is a recipient of the LifeSciences BC Milton Wong Leadership Award, Queen’s Counsel (BC) designation for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession, and AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  Hector has served as board member with several private and public companies including Aurinia Pharmaceuticals and Copper Fox Metals, and the board of the BC Tech Association, chair of the BC Innovation Council, Genome BC, and the board of Tennis Canada.  Admitted to the BC, Alberta, and Ontario Bars.

J. Michael Smith


Mr. Smith has been a director of Copper Fox since September 2004 and was Executive Vice President until his retirement in September 2013. Directly associated with daily activities of Copper Fox, including financings and preparation of a Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility Study on the Schaft Creek project, he was involved in negotiating the Joint Venture Agreement between Copper Fox and Teck in 2013. As well, Mr. Smith had a 38 year banking career with RBC Royal Bank, holding senior management positions in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, and New York.  Mr. Smith is currently a member of the Audit Committee for Copper Fox.

Ernesto Echavarria, CPA


Mr. Echavarria is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive experience both at the executive and board levels of large corporations. He is a significant investor with several major corporations in Mexico including MegaCable Holding Sab, and is a controlling shareholder, executive and director of Franks Distributing which is a major international distributor of fruit and vegetable produce, as well as being an investor and director of numerous other entities including mining companies.

Erik Koudstaal, CPA


Mr. Koudstaal is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and a retired partner of Ernst and Young. His accounting career spans 40 plus years in The Netherlands, Canada, Africa (Nigeria), Asia (Singapore), Europe (Spain) and the United States. He retired from Ernst and Young’s New York International office in 2001. Erik’s multi-national clients were in natural resources, banking, manufacturing and technology. Since retiring he has been a financial consultant and a Board Member (Treasurer) of two organizations. In January 2008 he completed the Governance Essentials Program for Directors (not-for-profit) at the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.