Bringing something new to the mining industry.
The Future.

There are likely few mining companies, if any, that have combined seasoned mining executives and engineers with experts in Ai and Open-Source technology into their executive team. Advance United has done just that.

The leadership team has significant industry and recognizable experience working with notable major mining companies including Newmont, VHP, and Agnico Eagle.

Added to this are industry experts in digital platform technology including open source and Ai.

With over one hundred years cumulative experience, our team has held positions as executives, directors, and advisors of publicly traded companies and are well versed in capital markets, investment banking, international mining projects, and financial and reporting requirements.

Management has a successful track record of bringing projects from start-up through to financing, and from exploration to production, and buy-outs from majors.

Board of directors

James R. Atkinson - M.Sc., P.Geo., CEO, Director

Since 2018, Mr. Atkinson has been the President and CEO of Talisker Gold, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance United. An experienced exploration geologist and project manager with over 45 years of experience, Mr. Atkinson has spent his career in both mineral exploration and mining and in the environmental field as Vice President, Exploration Manager and Regional Manager with junior and major mining companies such as Newmont, Billiton and Agnico Eagle. He has reviewed, evaluated and acquired projects around the world and recently was part of the team responsible for mergers and acquisitions at American Silver. He has worked with investors to form and manage junior exploration companies.

In the area of mineral exploration, James has designed and managed multimillion dollar programs searching for and discovering various commodities including industrial minerals. These projects, comprised of up to 100 staff, involved geophysical, geochemical and drilling programs as well as prospecting and geological mapping. He has also negotiated option and purchase deals for mineral properties.

Walter Henry - BA, CFA, Director

Mr. Henry has been involved in various capacities within the global resource industries and the North American and European finance markets (both debt and equity) since 1991. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Frontline Gold since the fall of 2009. Prior to joining Frontline, Mr. Henry acted as VP, Finance and CFO with several public companies listed on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange, including Tiberon Minerals, Royal Nickel, Juno Special Situations, Satori Resources, and Alturas Minerals. Prior to 2003 He served with CIBC, BNP Paribas, and PWC where he managed portfolios and arranged project financings totaling over $1 billion.

Walter also serves as a Director of Riverside Resources, Alturas Minerals, and Gold Candle. Since 2003, he has since held executive positions with Tiberon Minerals, Royal Nickel Corporation, Alturas Minerals, and Satori Resources. He has held various Chairman, Audit Committee Chairman and Director roles, in the following companies: Alexandria Minerals, Alturas Minerals, Merrex Gold, and Platinex Inc. Mr. Henry has completed the requirements of the CFA program and Institute of Corporate Directors – Director Education Program.

Kevin Wright - P.Eng., Director

Mr. Wright’s career is based on advertising and marketing experience as an award-winning director for multinational marketing and advertising agencies, having worked for businesses in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Kevin has been instrumental in formulating successful marketing strategies and business strategies for clients such as Party Poker, Sympatico MSN, IBM, CIBC, L’Oreal, Rogers, Famous Players, Beck’s Beer and Vonage to name just a few.

With 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, he has a keen eye for reading and predicting customer needs. He combines this talent with a visionary entrepreneurial sense and proven success record. He has appeared on TV and lectured at Queens, Toronto and Western universities on the subjects of marketing and business strategy.

Mr. Wright has served on the boards of both public and private companies. He is a graduate of Queens University, a former diver in the Canadian Navy and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

David Boulette - Independent Director

Mr. Boulette joins as an independent director, effective immediately, demonstrating the Company’s focus on the development of their technology-based Marketplace Platform, commitment to digital growth, and continued goal to increase board independence and corporate governance.

David Boulette has over 20-years’ experience in software development and is the founder of Eva Media, a complex mood targeting AI advertising platform. As Eva’s CEO and Chief Science Officer David has led the company to service Fortune 100 companies managing 100 million display impressions every day across the 192 countries Eva now reaches. In October 2021 David brought Eva public with the purpose to end human ad fraud, lag, and error in the $333 billion digital media buying industry.

Prior to founding Eva, David was the Venture Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures in California, where he led teams of engineers to build out Minimal Viable Products (MVP) products for corporate clients including Starbucks, UPS, and Hertz to name a few.

David graduated from University of Waterloo, Canada’s premier technology institute, with a BSc Computer Science; he quickly found himself immersed in the corporate tech world, developing mobile applications for RIM Blackberry located in Waterloo. While in Canada’s version of Silicon Valley, he then went to ATS Automation where he developed a global MRP system that ran at multiple plants around the world connected real-time using web services which resulted in reducing late shipments by 40%.

David then moved on to LiveHive Systems where he led a team of developers creating the NanoGaming and TVClickr platforms – real-time two screen interactive software systems allowing users to play along as they watch their favorite sports. TVClickr attracted Nascar, ESPN, Global TV, CNN, The Score, CBC, NHL, MLSE, NBC Beijing Olympics, and the NBA.

A seasoned executive, David gained an expertise in every important software language including NoSQL. He’s an Ai pioneer. A natural born innovator. All of this combined with his background in developing advertising technology led naturally to developing the Eva Ai driven digital media platform.

Management team

David Beck - Controller

Mr. Beck has over 30-years of financial, business operations, and capital markets experience, having worked in a C-level capacity with national financial institutions in various capacities as a financial analyst, institutional and proprietary trader, and in investment banking.

Initially, Mr. Beck leveraged his background in engineering to focus on a career in management consulting. After several years, he moved to the capital markets industry as a technology research analyst. He subsequently complemented this experience through work as an investment banker and proprietary trader.

David’s investment and technology background will aid Advance United’s next leg of growth with a focus on analytics and security. During his career, he established himself as a domain expert in analytics largely through his work as a top ranked technology research analyst in both New York and Toronto. David’s security expertise has been developed through work with, and investment in three security software start-up companies, which included Cloakware (acquired by Irdeto) and Assurent Secure Technologies (acquired by TELUS).

Mr. Beck has previously served as a director on four private and two public company boards. He holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario and a B.Sc. (Engineering Physics) from Queens University.

Kevin Glendenning - Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Glendenning leads the technology operations for Advance United’s Marketplace. He brings over 20-years of experience driving technology transformation and overseeing global IT operations, predominantly in the open-source information technology sector. Prior to his role as the CTO at Advance United, he served as the company’s technology consultant, overseeing the launch of the AU Marketplace Beta platform.

Since 2008, Kevin has been the president of Starnix Inc., a leading enterprise Linux and open-source solutions provider in Canada. A proponent of open source, Kevin is passionate about free software, open standards, and open access to information. He has overseen the development and deployment of numerous technology applications for organizations such as BlackBerry, AMD/ATI, Konica Minolta, and The Department of National Defence.

In 2011 Kevin co-founded FOSSter, a mentored Linux training company which became the title sponsor of Girls Learning Code; an organization which helps get more women involved in STEM at an earlier age. He is closely involved with the exam and certification development at Linux Professional Institute, the world’s largest vendor-neutral open-source certification body. Kevin is LPIC-3 Enterprise-certified with LPI.

David McDonald - Hons. B.Comm., CPA, CA, Comptroller

Mr. McDonald has over 15 years’ experience in the gold mining industry. Mr. McDonald spent several years working in Public accounting until joining a junior mining team in 2006. Since that time Mr. McDonald has been CFO of a number of public and private junior mining Companies. Mr. McDonald received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in 1982 and earned his CA in 1991 with Ernst & Young Toronto.