Board of Directors



David J. Salisbury, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Salisbury has had an extensive career in the mining industry spanning four decades. Seventeen of those years were working for Rio Tinto. While with Rio Tinto, he served as CEO and President of Resolution Copper Mining as well as President and CEO of Kennecott Minerals Company. Mr. Salisbury was the leader for the Rio Tinto global improvement program, Improving Performance Together.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Mr. Salisbury served as the President of Cordero Mining Company / Sun Coal Company and was responsible for the operation of the Cordero Mine.  He also Served as President and COO of the Al Hamilton Operation Company / Bradford Coal Company.

Frank Hoegel, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Hogel currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Peter Beck Performance Fonds, and sits on the advisory board of Concept Capital Management, an asset management Company focused on evaluating and investing in Canadian resource companies through equity investments and convertible bonds in the gold, silver, rare earth and potash spectrum. Mr. Hogel has a Master of Business Administration (FH) degree from the University of Nürtingen, Germany, with a focus on financial management, banking and international business & management.

Joshua Bleak, Director

Mr. Bleak is a fourth generation miner from an Arizona mining family that has developed gold, silver, copper and uranium properties throughout the southwestern United States. He was previously President of American Energy Fields, Inc., a U.S. publicly traded uranium company. Currently he serves as a director for a number of Canadian junior mining exploration companies and is President of North American Environmental Corp., a consulting company specializing in mining project management, permitting, lobbying and land tenure.

John Eckersley, Director

Mr. Eckersley has been with Passport Potash since 2010. He is an attorney focusing on the areas of corporate and securities law. He served as corporate counsel for HNFC, a boutique consulting firm specializing in corporate strategies, corporate mergers, acquisitions, capital and credit placement accommodations, and in various regulatory compliance filings and registrations. He received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah.

Jerry Aiken, Director

Mr. Aiken has more than 41 years of experience in mineral exploration involving base metals, precious metals, and industrial minerals with the most recent emphasis on Borates, Potash and Lithium.  He has been involved in project generation, geologic mapping, geochemical evaluation, drill program supervision, and regional program management throughout the western United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and parts of Europe. Mr. Aiken worked 29 years for US Borax (Rio Tinto Exploration) in Tucson, Arizona and Valencia, California. Mr. Aiken graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Western Michigan University and is a Registered Professional Geologist in the State of Washington, and is a Qualified Person (QP) pursuant to National Instrument 43-101.

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