Brian Testo, serving as President, CEO, and Director, is a seasoned entrepreneur hailing from Alberta, with an illustrious career spanning over 40 years in mineral exploration and prospecting across Alberta and British Columbia. As the visionary founder of Grizzly, he has played a pivotal role in amassing substantial land holdings in British Columbia, Canada, known for their potential in gold, silver, copper, zinc, and mineral deposits. He is the driving force behind securing funding for the company's exploration initiatives.
Brian's hands-on approach sets him apart, providing him with a deep understanding of field operations. Actively engaging with geologists on the ground, he fosters direct communication and collaboration. Beyond the business realm, Brian is a staunch advocate for environmental preservation, making strategic investments in exploration commodities crucial for the energy transition. His commitment extends to delivering attractive returns to shareholders while maintaining financial discipline.
A community-minded entrepreneur, Brian actively promotes communication and collaboration with indigenous neighbors, reflecting a genuine commitment to fostering positive relationships. His unwavering "never quit" attitude serves as a driving force, propelling Grizzly to the zenith of success under his leadership. Brian Testo's multifaceted approach and dedication make him a dynamic leader, steering Grizzly towards sustainable growth and success in the ever-evolving mineral exploration landscape.
Jeremy StrautmanChief Financial Officer
Jeremy Strautman’s career in accounting and business administration within the junior mineral exploration industry spans over 18 years. With a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus on accounting, Jeremy has been a pivotal asset to Grizzly, offering advice and strategic direction across various facets of the business.
Jeremy’s expertise includes business processes, financial reporting, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance in tax and securities. With a wholesome understanding of management and governance of public corporations, Jeremy is adept at navigating challenging Canadian and US securities regulatory environments in conjunction with the Company’s counsel.
Jeremy assumes a key role in Grizzly's financial landscape, overseeing cash management, investments, insurance, budgeting, and financial reporting. His commitment and expertise make him an invaluable asset to Grizzly, contributing significantly to the company's growth and financial management.
Michael DufresneMSc, P.Geol., P.Geo. Chief Geology Officer
As the Chief Geology Officer of the company, Michael Dufresne brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the role. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology, an M.Sc. in Economic Geology, and has been a registered Professional Geologist (P.Geol.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) since 1989.
With a career spanning over 30 years as a consulting geologist, Michael has played a pivotal role in conducting and directing exploration programs for both junior and major exploration companies. His extensive work has covered a diverse range of commodities, including precious metals such as gold and silver, base metals like copper and zinc, as well as uranium, diamonds, and industrial minerals. His professional journey has taken him across Canada, the USA, Central and South America, and Australia.
Michael has a proven track record in developing Technical Reports, Valuation Reports, and NI 43-101 reports for both private and public companies, covering projects in the early to advanced exploration stages. Notably, he was a key member of exploration teams credited with the discovery of significant deposits, including the George Lake – Goose Lake gold deposits in Nunavut, the Three Bluffs gold deposit in Nunavut, and the Perseverance gold deposit in the Coolgardie area of Western Australia.
Since 2012, Michael has been actively engaged in numerous projects in the USA, particularly in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and California. His contributions have included property evaluations, the design and execution of exploration programs, completion of mineral resource estimates, and preparation of NI 43-101 Technical Reports. Michael has played a direct role in the feasibility and assessments of several Nevada-based Carlin and volcanic hosted gold deposits, such as Railroad, North Bullion, Pinion, Dark Star, Pony, Mineral Ridge, Pan, Gold Rock, Battle Mountain, Northumberland, Iceberg, Manhattan, Camp Douglas, East Bailey, Reward, Mt Hamilton, Bolo, Kinsley Mountain, and others.
Michael's capabilities and expertise make him an invaluable asset to Grizzly Discoveries, contributing significantly to the company's success in the field of geology and exploration.
Nancy MassicotteInvestor and Public Relations Officer
Nancy Massicotte, with over 23 years of experience in investor and public relations, brings a wealth of industry expertise spanning mining, oil and gas, bio-tech, telecommunications, and technology to Grizzly management. Her extensive background provides invaluable insights into the investment community, allowing her to play a pivotal role in conveying the Grizzly Discoveries narrative.
Nancy's primary objective is to articulate the Grizzly story, effectively communicating the company's activities to a diverse audience including investors, shareholders, brokers, analysts, and other investment professionals. This strategic communication approach aims to significantly enhance Grizzly's visibility within the investment landscape.
With a global network of contacts, Nancy's influence extends across a spectrum of individuals, including brokers, traders, commodity dealers, journalists, hedge fund managers, and venture capitalists. Her relationships with these key players position her as a trusted source for unbiased information, supporting informed decision-making.
Nancy's proficiency extends beyond traditional channels, encompassing social media, podcasts, news wire services, video services, and in-person communications. These capabilities are reinforced by robust media relationships, ensuring that her messaging aligns seamlessly with Grizzly's communications strategy.
Specializing in working with emerging publicly-traded companies like Grizzly, Nancy focuses on providing targeted strategies to elevate their profiles in financial markets and establish a global brand presence. This approach aims not only to resonate with current shareholders but also to captivate the attention of potential investors, thereby fostering Grizzly's growth and success in the dynamic investment landscape.