MANAGEMENT & BOARD

Vishal Gupta, M.Sc., P.Geo.
President & CEO, Director

Mr. Gupta brings considerable mining industry expertise and public markets experience to his role as President and CEO. Prior to joining Caprock, Mr. Gupta served as the President and CEO of California Gold Mining Inc. (CSE:CGM). Previously, he worked as an equity research analyst covering junior precious and base metals companies for a number of Toronto-based financial institutions including Dundee Capital Markets, Fraser Mackenzie and Global Financial. Mr. Gupta holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Toronto and started his career as an exploration geologist working for numerous junior resource companies. 

Daniel Cohen
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Cohen has over 20 years of capital markets experience, most recently spending several years as Head of Sales at Beacon Securities. During this time, he successfully financed and launched multiple public companies. Mr. Cohen currently serves as a Director of Pharmadrug Inc. 

Okunola Joshua Aina
CFO

Mr. Aina is a senior finance and accounting professional who brings over 15 years of experience to his role of CFO at Caprock. He began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), followed by numerous roles in both public and private companies within and outside Canada. His experience spans across several sectors and markets, and includes the domains of corporate financial reporting advisory, regulatory compliance, SOX internal controls, risk management and strategic business process improvement. In addition to Caprock, Mr. Aina also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Jubilee Gold Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V:JUB). His previous leadership roles include serving as the Stat-to-Tax Leader at General Electric in West Africa, and the position of Head of Finance at a privately-held agri-tech corporation.

Mr. Aina is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), registered with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO). He is also an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He obtained his bachelor’s degree (honours) in Accounting from the University of Lagos.

Amy Stephenson
CFO

Mrs. Stephenson brings over 20 years of experience in capital markets and public company management to Caprock. She has a strong pedigree in strategic corporate advisory, financial services and compliance. Previously, she was CFO of Cura Cannabis Solutions, The Green Organic Dutchman, Aurora Cannabis, Nutritional High International, Tinley Beverage Company, Lineage Grow Company (now Harborside) and Bedrocan Cannabis Corp. Prior to her foray in public company management, Mrs. Stephenson was a business valuator and equity research writer at Evans & Evans. She obtained her MBA in Finance from California State University, Sacramento. She is a CFA charter-holder and a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

Dean Fraser, P.Geo.
Project Geologist

Mr. Fraser is a professional geologist and geophysicist with over 30 years of experience working in the resource sector, both within North America and internationally. He has worked in a variety of geological environments while holding various management and technical positions for several junior exploration and senior mining companies. He holds a combined B.Sc. degree in Geology & Geophysics from Memorial University in Newfoundland. Mr. Fraser joined Caprock’s technical team in January 2023 concurrent with the inclusion of the Ackley property in Caprock’s property portfolio. 

Jim Kirke, CPA, CA
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mr. Kirke is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant with over 35 years experience in public accounting and corporate management. In addition to 12 years of international experience in public accounting and consulting with Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Kirke has held senior finance roles in the natural resource and entertainment industries, including roles as CFO of several TSX and TSXV listed companies. Currently, Mr. Kirke serves as CFO of Big Ridge Gold Corp. Before that, Mr. Kirke served as CFO of Marathon Gold Corporation and its predecessor Marathon PGM Corp. from 2005 to 2019, where he was involved in raising over $150 million in equity, assisting in the purchase and subsequent resale of NSRs on Marathon’s Valentine Gold Project, financial reporting, budgeting and planning, treasury, taxation, and investor relations.

Mr. Kirke holds a B. Comm. From McMaster University (1985) and received his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (1989). He is the Chairman of Caprock’s Audit Committee.