Rory Moore has more than 40 years of international experience in diamond exploration and management. He was appointed President and CEO of Arctic Canadian Diamond Company Ltd. in November 2021, after leading the company as its interim president through a challenging period of restarting and ramping up mining operations at Ekati commencing January 2021.
Rory has a long-standing history with the Ekati Mine, having played a role in the initial discovery and evaluation of the kimberlites that confirmed the development of the Ekati Diamond Mine, when he served as Diamond Exploration Manager for BHP. He has a wealth of technical and industry knowledge with experience as a chief executive officer for several exploration and consulting companies over the past 26 years. Prior to joining Arctic Canadian (previously Dominion Diamond Mines), he served as President & CEO of Kennady Diamonds Inc. where he oversaw the evaluation and resource definition of the Kelvin and Faraday kimberlites until the company was acquired by Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. in April 2018.
Rory has a Doctorate and Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is internationally recognized for his early career academic research in the field of diamond exploration methodology and upper mantle petrology, which has been published in the scientific literature.
Rory’s passion for ethical and responsible diamond mining makes him a dynamic leader, who inspires our people to live Arctic Canadian’s corporate values day to day.
Kristal Kaye joined Arctic Canadian Diamond Company Ltd. (formerly Dominion Diamond Mines) as the Chief Financial Officer in 2018. She is responsible for overseeing, developing and carrying out effective financial strategies and is specifically responsible for treasury, financial reporting, governance and risk, corporate tax and audit functions for the company. As a senior executive she also leads sales and marketing, diamond quality assurance, human resources, information technology and supply chain divisions.
Kristal has more than 30 years of corporate finance experience and has held the top corporate financial advisory positions with companies in mining, energy and retail pharmacy industries since 2005.
Throughout her career, Kristal has led companies through numerous acquisitions, divestitures and start-ups. She is a driven and inspirational leader who has expertise in contract negotiations, strategic and tactical planning and stakeholder relations.
Kristal is a Chartered Professional Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University. Kristal earned her ICD.D designation in 2018 and is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ryan Clarke was promoted to General Manager, Operations at the Ekati Diamond Mine in October 2022 after serving as the Interim General Manager since August 2022.
Ryan joined Arctic Canadian in February 2021 as Senior Manager – Misery Underground Project and was responsible for bringing the operation into commercial production and increasing production 30 percent beyond design capacity.
Ryan is currently responsible for all aspects of the Ekati Diamond Mine to ensure safe and efficient operations. He sets short- and long-term plans to deliver results and oversees the day-to-day mining operations, including processing, surface and underground mining, fixed plant and mobile maintenance.
Ryan has 22 years of mining, management and technical experience covering projects that span across five continents. Previously, Ryan advanced through increasingly responsible roles with Golder Associates Ltd, BHP Billiton, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Rio Tinto, focusing on capital and operating project management, mine planning and operational efficiency.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto, an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and mineral engineering technology and geological technician diplomas from Fleming College. In addition, he is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta and in the Northwest Territories.
Jon Carlson has 40 years of diamond exploration and project evaluation experience in North America. Jon supports long-range planning and capital project development for the Ekati Diamond Mine as a member of the senior leadership team. His long-term commitment and passion for the economic production of kimberlite at the Ekati mine originates from his work with the team of geoscientists who discovered the diamond-bearing kimberlites in the early 1990s.
Since the original production of diamonds at Ekati, where Canada’s first diamonds were produced, Jon has been working to further explore and develop the Ekati mine property which most recently has included development of the Point Lake Open Pit Project and the Underwater Remote Mining (URM) initiative. Jon has a Master of Science degree in Economic Geology from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from West Virginia University.
Jeff Moore is a recently retired partner and founding member of Ares Management Corporation a $300 billion alternative asset management company specializing in private equity, private credit and real estate headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff held positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure at Ares and for the last 15 years served as Co-Head of the firms’ special situations investment activities within the private equity group. He served on the investment committees of various of the firm’s funds within the private equity and credit business units, as well as the board of directors of the publicly traded Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund.
Prior to the founding of Ares in 1997, Jeff worked at Apollo Global Management for six years as a portfolio manager in the firm’s public market credit business. Prior to Apollo, Jeff was a Vice President in the Investment Management department at Executive Life Insurance Company of California where he managed a portfolio of non-investment grade bonds and lead several corporate restructurings.
Jeff has sat on the boards of various corporate, charitable, and educational entities over the course of his career. He is a graduate of St. Louis University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Kim Truter brings over 30 years of mining experience in both surface and underground operations and large-scale project development across multiple geographies. He has substantial diamond experience, providing executive global leadership in Canada, Australia and Africa; often in complex, remote and challenging operating environments.
Kim served as Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Canada from 2015 to 2019. During his tenure he led the successful completion and ramp-up to full production of the $1BN Gahcho Kué diamond project in Canada, as well as the value-adding acquisition of the former Peregrine Diamonds assets. He was also a member of the De Beers Group executive team, driving global business performance across operations, sales, and marketing.
Previously, Kim served as Chief Operating Officer of Rio Tinto Diamonds, managing their global portfolio in Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe. He also served as Managing Director of Argyle Diamond Mines Pty Limited in Australia and as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. in Canada.
Kim is a seasoned executive who has worked extensively with communities and governments to ensure that local benefits are sustainably established. His proven leadership capabilities include a very strong dedication to safety, productivity and financial performance improvement.
Trey Jackson has over 20 years of experience in the metals and mining and energy sectors as a private equity investor and executive in U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. He has completed investments in coal, oil and gas, midstream, power generation, terminals, and trading companies within the mining and energy sectors and served on the boards of several private and public companies.
Trey joined The Cline Group in 2011 as an executive on the team which built Foresight Energy from a greenfield development into a public company and developed the Coalspur and Donkin mines in Canada. He also led the acquisition, expansion, and divestment of Cline subsidiary Convent Marine Terminals, where he served as President.
In 2019, Trey co-founded PBE Mining, a mining technology company with global patents and operations in Australia.
Trey’s current and prior Board participation include Natural Resource Partners LP (NYSE: NRP), Material Sciences Corporation, Foresight Energy Resources LLC, PBE Technologies Pty Ltd, and PBE Mining Pty Ltd.
Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee
Mitchell Grossinger Etess served as Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment from May 2006 to September 2015. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Sun, a gaming and entertainment complex owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, from August 2004 to December 2010.
Mitchell previously served as Executive Vice President of Marketing from October 1999 to August 2004 and Senior Vice President of Marketing from November 1995 to October 1999.
Prior to his employment with Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Mohegan Sun, Mitchell served as Vice President of Marketing at Players Island and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Hotel Operations at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. He also held various management positions in the hospitality and advertising industries.
Director and Chair of the Audit Committee
Robert Rasmus is currently Managing Partner of Vencedor Capital and has numerous years of experience in leading organizational strategy, investments and mergers and acquisitions, in multiple industries.
In addition to serving on Arctic Canadian’s Board of Directors, he is also a member of the Board for Carestream Health, Eastern Shelf Royalty Fund III, Headwater Minerals II, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunity, Proppant Holdings LLC and University of Notre Dame’s Arts and Letters Council
Prior to his current Board appointments, Robert was the co-founder, Chairman, CEO and former member of the Board of Hi-Crush Proppants, Hi-Crush GP, National Industrial Sands Association, FB Logistics and NextStage Logistics. During his leadership, he expanded operations to include proppant logistics services, advanced well site storage systems, in-basin terminals and terminal handling, last mile logistics services and logistics software, through a combination of internal growth and external acquisitions.
Robert was also co-founder and Managing Partner of Red Oak Capital Management and Chief Operating Officer at Red Oak Energy Operating Company, before is tenure at Hi-Crush. Prior to Red Oak, Robert spent time leading organizations at Thunderbolt Capital Corp., Banc One Capital Markets (formerly first Chicago Capital Markets and now part of JP Morgan) and First Chicago Limited in London.
Robert has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Advisor Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Wally Schumann is the Senior Advisor on Indigenous and Northern Affairs to Artic Canadian’s Board of Directors.
Formerly, Wally served as the Minister for the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Infrastructure and Environment and Natural Resources, for Canada’s Northwest Territories, until the end of 2019.
During his time in office, Wally, worked to improve the situation of Indigenous communities in Canada. Together with the Diamond Empowerment Fund, (currently known as Diamonds Do Good) and The Mine Training Society, he helped establish the first educational grants for Northern youth, enabling them to gain the skills necessary to succeed in mining.