Board of Directors

The Directors of Canadian Zinc are a group of highly qualified professionals with significant experience to guide the operation of the Company, the development of the Prairie Creek Mine and exploration in central Newfoundland.

Board of Directors of CZNLeft to right: Jean-Charles Potvin, Ian Ward, Robert (Don) MacDonald, John F. Kearney, Malcolm JA Swallow, Dave Nickerson, John Warwick

John F. Kearney

Non-Executive Chairman
Toronto, ON, Canada

Mr. Kearney has over 35 years of experience in the mining industry worldwide. With degrees in law, economics and business administration, he has a strong background in corporate development, finance and managing public companies, primarily in the mining field.


He was previously President and Chief Executive of Northgate Exploration Limited (TSE; NYSE; LSE), Campbell Resources Inc. (TSE; NYSE; MSE) and Sonora Gold Corp. (TSE; NASDAQ). He is currently Chairman of Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited, Anglesey Mining plc (LSE) and Conquest Resources Limited (TSX-V) and a Director of Minco plc (AIM), and Xtierra Inc (TSX-V). He is also a director of the Mining Association of Canada, and of the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines.


A director of Canadian Zinc since 2001, and President from June 2003 to June 2018, Mr. Kearney has led the Company in the redevelopment of the Prairie Creek Mine, including raising over $40 million.




Robert (Don) MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer & President
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Mr. MacDonald is a CPA, CA, with bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering, and has been involved in the financing, development and/or operation of over 20 mines in North and South America over his career. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Quadra FNX (now KGHM International) from 2010 to 2017 and of NovaGold Resources Inc. from 2003 to 2010. Most recently, Don was Acting President and CEO of KGHM International.




Dave Nickerson1,2,3

Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Mr. Nickerson has spent much of his life as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, where he served as Minister of Health and Social Services and as a Member of Parliament for nearly 10 years. He served as Chairman of the Northwest Territories Water Board, a federal body charged with the administration of water rights and environmental protection in the Northwest Territories, and also as a member of the Development Appeal Board for the City of Yellowknife.


A Professional Engineer, Mr. Nickerson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mineral Exploration. He is also a director of Tyhee Gold Corporation.




Jean-Charles Potvin1

Toronto, ON, Canada

Mr. Potvin is Executive Chairman of Murchison Minerals, a public company advancing the exploration and development of the Brabant zinc/copper VMS deposit in Saskatchewan. Mr. Potvin was a director and Vice-President of Burns Fry Limited (now BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.) from February 1981 until January 1994 where he evaluated worldwide mining investment opportunities and was a top-ranked gold mining analyst for many years.


JC took Pangea Goldfields public in the capacity of President and Chief Executive Officer in early 1994 and was a “first mover” into Tanzania discovering four major gold deposits before being acquired by Barrick Gold Corporation for $204 million in 2000. From 1989 Mr. Potvin was the President of Tiomin Resources which acquired and completed a feasibility study on the Cerro Colorado copper deposit in Panama and discovered the Kwale mineral sands titanium deposit in Kenya in 1995. He is also currently a director of Gold Reserve Inc. and Azimut Exploration Inc. both public exploration and development companies.




Malcolm JA Swallow3

Fort Langley, BC, Canada

Mr. Swallow is a Professional Engineer in BC (Mining Engineering), with more than 40 years of operating and project management experience, including the evaluation, development, construction, and operation of numerous underground and open pit mines involving precious and base metals. He is currently a director of Silvercorp Minerals Inc., a mid-scale producer of silver, lead and zinc from a number of operating mines in China.


From 2008 to 2012 he was a Director and VP Development at Inter-Citic Minerals, a company that developed and sold the Dachang gold project in China to a major Chinese mining company. Malcolm was previously President of Canadian Zinc from 2000 to 2003 and prior thereto Vice President Development of Imperial Metals Limited.







Ian Ward2

Toronto, ON, Canada

Mr. Ward is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) and metallurgist with extensive experience in the processing of gold and base metal ores, industrial minerals, and with grinding systems and effluent treatment. From 2010 to 2015 he was Senior Advisor and Vice President of Metallurgy and Processing for Kinross Gold Corporation, and prior thereto Senior Vice President, Project Development for Mustang Minerals Corp. and previously President and Principal Metallurgist with Micon International Limited.


Ian has practical plant operating experience, extensive engineering experience, and has been intimately involved in a variety of feasibility studies, audits, operations support and project evaluations. During 12 years with Micon he was involved with many new mine developments, both in assignments as Independent Engineer on behalf of lending agencies, in project evaluations, and as manager of feasibility studies conducted by Micon. He is a Qualified Person and co-author for a number of NI 43-101 compliant Technical Reports.




John Warwick1,3

Toronto, ON, Canada

Mr. Warwick is a financial consultant. Prior to 2015, he was the Managing Director, Investment Banking, founding partner and Head of Corporate Finance of Paradigm Capital Corporation where he advised and assisted companies on financing and capital structure matters.


Prior to 1999 John was Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of Gordon Capital Corporation and previously a mining analyst at Burns Fry, where he was a top-ranked base metals analyst, and Gardner Watson. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Shaw Festival.







(1) Member of the Audit Committee.
(2) Member of the Health & Safety Committee.
(3) Member of the Compensation Committee.