About Us

Board Of Directors

Robert Dickinson


Robert Dickinson, an economic geologist with more than 40 years of mineral exploration experience who is an inductee of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, leads Northern Dynasty’s project development activities. In addition to his role as Chairman, Mr. Dickinson is a director of the Pebble Limited Partnership. He is also Chairman of Hunter Dickinson Inc.

Ron Thiessen

CEO and Director

Ronald Thiessen, a Chartered Professional Accountant (FPCA, FCA) with more than 25 years of corporate development experience, leads Northern Dynasty’s corporate development and financing activities. In addition to his role as President and CEO, Mr. Thiessen is a Director of the Pebble Limited Partnership. He is also President and CEO of Hunter Dickinson Inc.

Desmond Balakrishnan


Desmond Balakrishnan is a lawyer practicing in the areas of Corporate Finance and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Lending, Private Equity and Gaming and Entertainment for McMillan LLP, where he has been a partner since 2004. Mr. Balakrishnan has been lead counsel on over $500 million in financing transactions and in mergers and acquisitions aggregating in excess of $1 billion. He also serves as a director and/or officer of several resource, finance and gaming firms. He holds CLA and BA from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Laws (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta.

Steven Decker


Steven Decker is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder with more than 20 years of investment experience as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California where he received the Marcia Israel Award for Entrepreneurship and was a manager of the California Equity Fund.

Siri C. Genik


Siri Genik is a senior executive in the Natural Resources and Infrastructure industries. She is a subject-matter expert in Sustainability and ESG, Stakeholder Engagement and Governance, as well as Strategic Communications and Supply Chain.  Siri is the Principle and Founder of BRIDGE©, a firm providing sustainability strategies to Boards and Leadership. She has over 25 years of experience working on major capital projects through the world.  Her background with the mining industry includes serving as Head of Project Services for BHP Canada as well as Glencore (Xstrata) working on projects in Australia, Malaysia and New Caledonia. Siri is a lawyer and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Gordon Keep


Gordon Keep is a Professional Geologist with extensive business experience in investment banking and creating public natural resource companies, Mr. Keep is CEO of Fiore Management & Advisory Corp., a private financial advisory firm. He also serves as an officer and/or director for several natural resource companies. He holds a B.Sc. in Geological Science from Queen's University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

David Laing


David Laing is a mining engineer and executive, with 40 years' experience in mining operations, projects, engineering studies, mining finance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development and company building. He has also held senior positions in mining investment banking and technical consulting, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Equinox Gold, and True Gold.

Christian Milau


Christian Milau is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and mining executive, currently serving as CEO of Blue Dot Carbon Corp, with experience in acquisition, financing, development, and operation of mines. Mr. Milau was CEO of Equinox Gold until August 2022 and also has background in finance and capital markets, and government and stakeholder relations, including successfully negotiating with governments on various community, security, fiscal and tax matters.

Ken Pickering


Ken Pickering is a Professional Engineer, mining executive and international consultant with 40 years of experience in a variety of capacities in the natural resources industry. He has led the development, construction and operation of mining projects throughout the world. These include: the Escondida Mine in Chile and several billion dollar expansion phases, the Tintaya copper operations in Peru, BHP Iron ore operations in Western Australia, the Spence copper leaching project in Northern Chile and Pinto Valley operations/Resolution project in the Western United States. Mr. Pickering is also a Director of Teck Resources and Endeavour Silver.

Isabel Satra


Isabel Satra is an equity analyst and portfolio manager with over 20 years of investment management experience.  She is a Principal of Kopernik Global Investors and serves as the firm's CFO. Ms Satra holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and a BS in Engineering from Rutgers University.

Wayne Kirk


Wayne Kirk has over 35 years of experience as a corporate attorney, including nine years' experience as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Homestake Mining Company, and over 16 years of experience as a director of publicly held companies.  Mr Kirk holds a B.A. in Economics (Distinction) from the University of California (Berkeley) and an LL.B (magna cum laude) degree from Harvard University, and has been a member of the California Bar since 1969. He was also a director of the company from July 2004 to February 2016.

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