Leigh R. Curyer
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Curyer has over 20 years experience in the resources and corporate sector. Mr. Curyer is the founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of NexGen Energy Ltd. and was previously the Chief Financial Officer and head of corporate development of Southern Cross Resources (now Uranium One). In addition, for three years Mr. Curyer was Head of Corporate Development for Accord Nuclear Resource Management assessing uranium projects worldwide for First Reserve Corporation, a global energy -- focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm.
Mr. Curyer's uranium project assessment experience has been focused on assets located in Canada, Australia, USA, Africa, Central Asia and Europe, incorporating operating mines, advanced development projects and exploration prospects. While Chief Financial Officer of Southern Cross Resources (now Uranium One), Mr. Curyer managed the exploration, permitting and feasibility study of the Honeymoon Uranium Project in South Australia, ensuring full compliance with NI43-101 reporting. Mr Curyer has raised over $500 million of equity in North America, US, Europe and Australia.
Mr. Curyer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Sprague was most recently Partner, Canadian Mining and Metals Sector for Ernst & Young and has over 25 years of experience advising multinational and emerging corporations on business issues in a broad range of countries. Mr. Sprague led key client teams for some of the largest Canada-based mining companies on strategic business initiatives and growth platforms. He is also a frequent lecturer at numerous mining industry forums on a broad range of topics and an author for several publications on tax and mining issues.
Mr. Sprague is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia (AMEBC), a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the UBC Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).
Mr. Sprague is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant (U.S.), Chartered Financial Planner and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Carleton University.
Garrett Ainsworth, BSc, PGeo
Vice President, Exploration & Development
Garrett Ainsworth is a professional geologist and the Vice President Exploration and Development for NexGen Energy Ltd. He has a Diploma of Technology in Mining and Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering with honours from BCIT, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Geology with honours from Birkbeck, University of London.
Mr. Ainsworth was instrumental in the successful progress of the Patterson Lake South (PLS) project, where he was the Project Manager for the Alpha-Fission Joint Venture from 2007 to 2013. During his tenure as Project Manager of PLS he oversaw the staking of new claims, the discovery of the boulder field, the initial high-grade uranium drill hole discovery (R00E zone), and the discovery of the high grade, near surface, uranium zones R390E and R780E during the winter 2013 drill program.
In 2013, Mr. Ainsworth was the AMEBC recipient of the Colin Spence Award (For Excellence in Global Mineral Exploration) in recognition of his efforts which led to the discovery of the high-grade uranium mineralized system at the Patterson Lake South project in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan.
Apart from being involved with numerous uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, he also obtained experience as a field geologist on gold projects in British Columbia, Nevada, and Mexico; and a diamond project in West Africa. Mr. Ainsworth worked as an environmental consultant on a variety of industrial and mining projects from 2002 to 2007.
Travis G. McPherson
Vice President Corporate Development
Mr. McPherson has worked in the global mining sector across a variety of commodities and jurisdictions for 8 years. Mr. McPherson is currently Vice President Corporate Development at NexGen Energy and is also a Senior Advisor to IsoEnergy Ltd. and Vice President of NxGold Ltd. Prior to NexGen, Mr. McPherson was head of corporate development for a TSX-listed gold producer and developer where he was involved in a variety of corporate mandates including M&A as well as mine permitting, feasibility, financing and construction. Mr. McPherson began his career in the natural resource group of an independent boutique Canadian investment bank.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and is a CFA Level 2 candidate.
James Hatley, P.Eng.
Senior Vice President, Project Development
James Hatley was most recently a consultant, upsteam continuous excellence for Saudi Aramco. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, Mr. Hatley spent 13 years at Cameco Corporation where he began as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Cigar Lake, proceeding to Chief Mine Engineer of McArthur River Operations, Superintendent Resource Development at McArthur River, Director, McArthur River Expansion program as well as working on various Life of Asset plans, strategic relationships with customers and regulatory engagement efforts. Mr Hatley joins NexGen as Senior Vice President, Project Development with over 25 years in the metals and mining sector starting with Placer Dome Inc., then to Respec Inc. before moving to Cameco in 2003.
Mr. Hatley is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Masters of Business Administation from Athabasca University. Mr. Hatley was a Board Member of the Saskatchewan Mining Association for three terms and received a CIM Fellowship for “20 Years of Technical Leadership”.
M. Joanna Cameron
Vice President Legal & General Counsel
Joanna Cameron is a lawyer with 18 years experience advising private and public companies with respect to both transactional and operational matters. Most recently she was a partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Joanna has experience with M&A, financings, governance matters, corporate restructuring and reorganizations, proxy battles and continuous disclosure obligations.
Joanna also has experience in drafting, reviewing and/or negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements including option agreements, shareholder agreements, non-disclosure agreements, memorandum of understanding, letters of intent, share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, investment agreements, escrow agreements, trust indentures, shareholder rights agreements, indemnity agreements, and services agreements.
Joanna has worked with clients in a broad range of industries including mining, education, shipping, financial services, information technology, power and forestry.
Joanna received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was called to the bar in Saskatchewan in 1997 and British Columbia in 1999.
Vice President, Finance And Information Technology
Ms. Marosits obtained her Chartered Accountant designation from Deloitte, where she specialized in audit and taxation, and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Marosits previously worked in senior corporate accounting positions at Westcoast Energy (which became Spectra Energy) and Ballard Power.
Troy Boisjoli, BSC
Vice President, Operations & Project Development
Troy Boisjoli is the Vice President Operations and Project Development for NexGen Energy Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from St. Norbert College, De Pere Wisconsin, as well as a geoscience license with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Boisjoli has over a decade of experience in uranium exploration, operations, mining and mineral resource estimation in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. Prior to joining NexGen Energy in 2016, he worked as the Chief Geologist at the underground Eagle Point Uranium mine for Cameco Corporation, where he lead a team that increased the mineral resources threefold while reducing drilling and discovery costs. In addition, while at Eagle Point he lead a team that implemented innovative processes that lead to improved grade control, production reconciliation and short range and life of mine planning.