Board of Directors
R. W. (Bob) Garnett, CPA, CA, ICD.D.
Mr. Garnett is a Chartered Professional Accountant and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) from Simon Fraser University. He is currently a Commissioner for the Financial Institutions Commission of BC (FICOM). FICOM is responsible for administering 10 statutes that regulate the pension, financial services and real estate sectors in British Columbia.
Mr. Garnett also serves on the board of MediaValet Inc., (previously named VRX Worldwide). MediaValet creates, and distributes high-quality rich media content that educates, inspires, and compels online travel consumers. Most recently Mr. Garnett was the Vice-Chair of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (Translink) and chaired their Audit Committee. TransLink is responsible for the buses, trains, bridges and major roads in the lower mainland of BC administering $8 billion of assets. From 2009 to 2010 he was a director and member of the Audit Committee of Central 1 Credit Union which is the liquidity provider to credit unions in Ontario and British Columbia. Mr. Garnett served 11 years as Chair or Vice-Chair of Coast Capital Savings, a $12 billion financial institution. In 2007 he completed the Certified Director's Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
James M. Bannantine, PE, MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bannantine was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Panther in August 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bannantine is responsible for the development of the Company’s strategic direction, as well as for its day to day operations. He has more than 20 years' experience in senior management level roles in both private and public companies spanning several industries.
Before joining Great Panther, Mr. Bannantine served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aura Minerals Inc. and was the co-founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Capital Group. Prior to Atlantic Capital Group, Mr. Bannantine had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Broadwing Corporation and held several positions over 10 years at Enron Corporation culminating as CEO of Enron South America. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering concentration, from West Point. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and served 12 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Robert A. Archer, P.Geo.
Mr. Archer is a co-founder of Great Panther Limited and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 until he stepped down in August 2017. Mr. Archer has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry, working for mining companies throughout North America, including Newmont Exploration of Canada Ltd., Rio Algom Exploration Inc., Placer Dome Canada Ltd. and Noranda Exploration Inc. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Archer held several senior management positions in the junior mining sector, leading to his role with Great Panther. Mr. Archer is a Professional Geologist and holds an Honours BSc from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
John Jennings, MBA, CFA
John Jennings started his early career in mining operations before transitioning to the financial services industry as a mining analyst with one of Canada's leading investment dealers. Following post-graduate studies, he spent 25 years as an investment banker in Canada and the U.K., executing M&A assignments and raising debt and equity capital for public, private and sovereign clients. In 2012, he transitioned again into executive search with a global talent management firm. Today, he is Practice Lead, Director and Executive Search with WATSON, a leading boutique focused on corporate governance and recruiting board directors and executive talent.
Mr. Jennings earned his B.Sc. (Chemistry) from Western University and an MBA from London Business School. He also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.
W.J. (James) Mullin, B.Sc.
Mr. Mullin, spent his entire 33-year career with Newmont Mining Corporation. After advancing through progressively senior roles at the Similkameen Mine in Princeton, BC (now Copper Mountain), he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of that operation. In 1989, he moved to Nevada where he managed several of Newmont's operations. His career culminated in the position of Senior Vice President of North American Operations. His responsibilities included open pit and underground mines and processing plants in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Mr. Mullin has a lengthy, successful history of establishing safety and production records, with particular emphasis on reducing cost, improving efficiencies and developing operating synergies between mine sites. Mr. Mullin holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a retired Professional Engineer in British Columbia.
Elise Rees, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Ms. Rees is an experienced director, having served on the boards of a number of profit and not-for profit organizations, including as board chair, treasurer, and audit and finance committee chair. She currently sits on the boards of Enmax Corporation, EasyPark, and Westland Insurance, as well as the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Ms. Rees retired from Ernst & Young LLP in June 2016 after a 35-year career in professional accountancy. She spent 18 years as a partner with Ernst & Young, LLP with the last 14 years of her tenure focused on acquisitions, mergers and corporate reorganizations. She has a breadth of experience in a large variety of industries with specific focus on mining, infrastructure, transportation, technology, real estate, retail and distribution.
Ms. Rees has been recognized for her leadership with the designation of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (“FCPA”) and Fellow Chartered Accountant (“FCA”) in 2010; Community Builder Award, Association of Women in Finance (2012); Influential Woman in Business Award (2007); and the Ernst & Young Rosemarie Meschi Award for Advancing Gender Diversity (2007). She was also recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2015 by Women’s Executive Network. She was a frequent lecturer and tutor for CPA Canada and the Canadian Tax Foundation. Ms. Rees has a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program with the designation of ICD.D.
Jeffrey R. Mason , CA, ICD.D
Mr. Mason has over 25 years of public company experience in mineral exploration, development, construction and operations in precious and base metals and other minerals in the Americas, Asia and Africa. He was previously awarded the BC Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Natural Resources Category). Mr. Mason has extensive experience in corporate governance, financial and regulatory reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, including 15 years as a Principal and Chief Financial Officer of Hunter Dickinson Inc. In addition, he has served in roles as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Director for 15 public companies listed on the TSX, TSXV, NYSE MKT and NASDAQ. Mr. Mason began his career with Deloitte LLP as a Chartered Accountant, followed by 6 years at Homestake Mining Company in mineral exploration, construction and operations reporting.