Tara Christie, M.Sc., P.Eng
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Christie has served as President & CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Banyan since 2016. She has over 26 years of experience in the exploration and mining business. Prior to that, Ms. Christie was President of privately owned Gimlex Gold Mines Ltd. (2006-2016), one of Yukon's largest placer mining operations and consulted in exploration, mining, environmental assessment, government, community and First Nation relations, including working with First Nation development corporations. She is currently a member of the boards of Western Copper and Gold Corporation and Osisko Green Acquisition Limited. Ms. Christie previously served as a board member of Constantine Metal Resources Ltd., Klondike Gold Corp., PDAC, AMEBC and other industry associations and was a founding board member of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (2004-2016). She is active in non-profits and charities, including being President of "Every Student, Every Day", a charity that works to improve attendance in Yukon schools. Ms. Christie has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of British Columbia and is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and Yukon.
David Rutt, CMA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rutt is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CMA) in Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. He has been a management consultant since September 2006 with a focus on senior management financial roles in private and public companies. During this time he has brought four companies public onto the Venture Exchange while holding the positions of President and/or Chief Financial Officer. In addition to his roles with Banyan Gold, Mr. Rutt is Chief Financial Officer of Stratus Aeronautics a private company developing unmanned aerial vehicles. Between October 2002 and March 2010, Mr. Rutt was the Secretary-Treasurer of Landis Energy. Between April 2009 and March 2010 he was the Chief Financial Officer of Landis Energy until it was sold.
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Ms. Sangria is a seasoned Brand Strategist with over 20 years of experience in innovative marketing and collaborative leadership. Prior to joining Banyan Gold, Ms. Sangria worked in the marketing industries in Vancouver and Whitehorse for the better part of two decades with brands such as Vespa®, Best Western, and the First Nations Chamber of Commerce and held positions as the Director of Marketing for Yukon Brewing and Two Brewers Whisky, and most recently the CEO of Tourism Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. During her tenure with Yukon Brewing, the brewery and distillery garnered northern and national recognition, including the distinction of being the only Yukon business shortlisted by Canadian Business magazine in the Top 100 for the 2015 Top 25 Brands in Canada. Through her community work and dedication, Ms. Sangria co-founded the Yukon Culinary Festival, leading it to national acclaim. She received the 2011 Golden Bravo award from the Yukon Convention Bureau for her partnership in the marketing and execution of BreakOut West Music Awards. As well, Ms. Sangria served as a Marketing Committee Chair and created the slogan, “Play Your Part”, for the 2012 Arctic Winter Games. Ms. Sangria has a Bachelor of Applied Design from Kwantlen University and a Master of Business Administration from University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business.
James Thom has worked in the exploration industry since 1997. He has expertise in developing drill targets from grass root exploration surveys, as well as experience in developing geological models and target refinement from more advanced stages of exploration. James has been involved in exploration programs in Western Canada, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic. He has been involved in the design and implementation of geochemical, geophysical and geological surveys and drilling programs for many of these projects.