Mark O’Dea, Ph.D., P.Geo
Dr. O'Dea is a mining industry entrepreneur. A seasoned geologist and deal maker, Dr. O'Dea has built and financed international mining companies from Canada to Africa, taking them from exploration and discovery to development and operations. Most recently, Dr. O'Dea co-founded and served as Executive Chairman of True Gold Mining. After building the Karma Heap Leach Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, West Africa, True Gold was sold to Endeavour Mining in 2016. As co-founder and CEO of Fronteer Gold, Dr. O'Dea grew the company from start-up to its 2011 sale to Newmont Mining in 2011, a deal which included the spin-out of Liberty Gold. He also co-founded and served as Chairman of True North Nickel and CEO of Aurora Energy sold to RNC Minerals and Paladin Energy in 2014 and 2011, respectively. Founder of Oxygen Capital Corp., Dr. O'Dea is currently Chairman of Liberty Gold, Director of PureGold Mining and Executive Chairman of NorthWest Copper. His honours include EY's Entrepreneur of the Year(tm) for 2014 in the Pacific mining and metals category, the Globe and Mail's Top 40 Under 40, and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia's Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration. Most recently, Dr. O'Dea was awarded the PDAC's 2021 Viola MacMillan Award for building and financing several international mining companies, taking them from exploration and discovery to development and operations.