Management Team

Joseph Ovsenek

President & CEO, Chairman

Mr. Ovsenek has over 20 years of international management and legal experience in the precious metals industry. He has been responsible for building teams and leading the growth of public resource companies from early exploration stage to production.  Before founding P2 Gold, Mr. Ovsenek was President and CEO of Pretium Resources Inc. where he led the advance of the high-grade gold Brucejack Mine which has been operating profitably since commercial start-up in 2017. Mr. Ovsenek began his nine-year tenure at Pretium in 2011 as Chief Development Officer and led the financing of the company from exploration stage to operations and was subsequently appointed President in 2015 and President and CEO in 2017. Prior to Pretium he served for 15 years in senior management roles for Silver Standard Resources Inc., lastly as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development responsible for the sale of the Brucejack and Snowfield assets to the newly created Pretium Resources Inc.  Mr. Ovsenek holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. Mr. Ovsenek is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation.

Grant Bond


Mr. Bond has over 12 years of financial management experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining P2 Gold, he was the Corporate Controller of Pretium Resources Inc. He began his tenure at Pretium in 2016 as Manager, Financial Reporting before moving into the Corporate Controller role in 2017. He was responsible for managing the accounting and financial reporting functions as Pretium evolved from an explorer to a profitable intermediate gold producer. Additionally, he was responsible for the SOX internal control framework. Mr. Bond began his career in the assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP primarily focusing on operating and exploration mining clients. Mr. Bond is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Diploma in Accounting and Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.

Ken McNaughton

Chief Exploration Officer and Director

Mr. McNaughton is a professional geological engineer with over 30 years of global experience developing and leading mineral exploration programs.  Prior to P2 Gold he was Chief Exploration Officer at Pretium Resources Inc., where he had been responsible for greenfield exploration programs since joining the company in 2011, shortly after it was formed to advance the early exploration-stage Brucejack Project. Prior to Pretium, Mr. McNaughton was Vice President, Exploration at Silver Standard Resources Inc. for 20 years, and he oversaw all exploration activities of the company including the exploration program for the Snowfield Project and the 2009 program when bonanza-grade drilling results established Brucejack as a high-grade gold discovery. Prior to Silver Standard, he was employed by Corona Corporation and its affiliate Mascot Gold Mines Ltd. as a project geologist and engineer for projects in British Columbia. Mr. McNaughton holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Master of Applied Science degree in geological engineering from the University of Windsor.

Michelle Romero

Executive Vice President and Director

Ms. Romero has over 17 years of management experience in the mining industry.  Prior to joining P2 Gold she was Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Pretium Resources Inc. with responsibility for community affairs, ESG, enterprise risk management, and human resources. Ms. Romero joined Pretium in 2011 as Director, Investor Relations shortly after it was formed to advance the high-grade gold Brucejack Project.  With the advance of the Project through permitting and development, construction, and operations she was responsible for the negotiation of Pretium’s community agreements and establishing the platforms for community relations, human resources and enterprise risk management.  Prior to Pretium, Ms. Romero was Director, Investor Relations for Silver Standard Resources Inc.  Ms. Romero holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University, and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation.

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