President and CEO, Erdene Resource Development Corp. (TSX:ERD)
Mr. Akerley has over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, corporate financing, project development and management of publicly listed resource companies. He is one of the founders and principals of the Erdene group of companies and has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation since March 2003. Mr. Akerley is a geologist who has worked extensively in foreign jurisdictions throughout his career, predominately in North and South America and Asia, with a focus on Mongolia, where he has led the technical team through the confirmation of a major molybdenum and copper deposit, the discovery and definition of the Altan Nar gold deposit and recent discovery of the Bayan Khundii gold project. He has extensive experience in corporate M&A, joint venture arrangements and financings, leading the companies through more than 20 such business arrangements since taking the corporation public in 2004. Mr. Akerley served on the Board and Special Committee of Temex Resources Corp. advising on the sale of the company to Lake Shore Gold Corp., and is chairman of the TSX-V listed Morien Resources Corp. where he was involved in the sale of the Donkin Coal and Black Point Aggregate projects, converting those interests into royalties. He also pioneered the company’s involvement as the founding and lead sponsor of the very successful Catapult leadership program in Nova Scotia. Mr. Akerley has a BSc (1988) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, specializing in geology, and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Audit Committee Effectiveness course in December 2012. He is also a director of TSX-V listed Barisan Gold Corp.