Board of Directors

Anastasios (Tom) Drivas

President, CEO, Director

Tom Drivas is a business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in various industries, including over 20 years in the mineral resource industry and is also currently a Director of Romios Gold Resources Inc., a publicly traded company he founded in 1995.

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Frank van de Water B. Com., CPA, CA

CFO, Secretary, Director

Frank van de Water has been involved with international mining, metals and resource companies in North and Latin Americas, Europe and Africa for over 40 years.

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Brian Robertson B.Sc., P.Eng., Grad. Dipl. Business Administration


Mr. Robertson is a registered Professional Engineer (Ontario) with over 40 years of experience in the mineral resources industry and has served as an officer and director of a number of exploration and mining companies listed on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchanges. Mr. Robertson has extensive experience in the development and direction of exploration programs, project management, mine permitting, mine construction and development as well as mine operations and the evaluation of corporate acquisitions. He served as president of Victory Nickel Inc., Nuinsco Resources Ltd., and Mexican Gold Mining Corp., and is currently a director of Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp., Romios Gold Resources Inc. and Minnova Corp.

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Thomas Skimming B.Sc. Geology, P.Geo, P.Eng.


Thomas Skimming has been instrumental in the discovery and development of several mineral deposits including the world-class Teck-Corona gold deposit at (Hemlo) in Canada. He has over 50 years of experience in the mineral resources industry and he has served as an officer and/or director in a number of public exploration and mining companies.

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Douglas H. Underhill Ph.D., MBA, CPG


Dr. Underhill is an economic geologist with more than 45 years of international experience in the uranium industry at the commercial level including nearly 10 years with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.  His specialties range from world uranium geology and resource estimation through supply-demand analysis.  He has presented on these topics on five continents and has advised governments on uranium developments in the USA, Australia and China. He has also worked in the exploration and evaluation of Rare Earth Element projects for over 10 years. 

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William Johnstone L.L.B.

Legal Counsel & Director

Bill Johnstone is a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP, practicing corporate and securities law and is the Practice Leader of the firm’s Securities Law Group.  He is also a director and officer of numerous public companies.

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Nick Bontis Ph.D., B.A.


Nick Bontis is a tenured professor of strategic management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He received both his Bachelor of Arts (Honours Business Administration, 1992) and his Ph.D. (1999) from the Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.  He is also an Executive Board Member and Director at Harvest Portfolios Group.

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Dr. John Belhumer PhD.

Senior Advisor

Dr. Belhumeur has served as an advisor and consultant to Appia since March 2021. Dr. Belhumeur has spent over 30 years as a consultant for Aboriginal affairs about project development in the resource industry, coordinating between Aboriginal citizens, resource companies, and various levels of government. Dr. Belhumeur has worked on many projects, from the EIA process through to the construction and operation phases of a mine.

Coming from St. Lazare and Pine Creek, Manitoba, Dr. Belhumeur's Cree /Ojibwa ancestry gives him first-hand knowledge of the Indigenous experience, lending a deeper understanding of issues facing Aboriginal people today, in society and in the workplace. Dr. Belhumeur believes in protecting the environment first and foremost, using Traditional, Ecological Knowledge and sustainable mineral development.

Dr. Belhumeur is the Founder and publisher of The Aboriginal Miner, in partnership with The Prospector Resource Investment News. He is an accomplished publisher, miner, and adviser to First Nations, Industry and Government and is well-known throughout the mining, forestry, and petroleum industries, and in resource development communities.

Dr. Belhumeur was one of the first publishers to endorse mining, hydro, oil & gas, alternative energy, and other resource development projects in Canada, believing that it would bring employment, training, and prosperity to Indigenous communities.

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Jack Lifton

Strategic Advisor

Jack Lifton is a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of technology metals. Technology metals is a term that he coined to describe strategic metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, the platinum group metals, lithium, graphite and most of the rare metals and materials. Jack is the leading rare earths expert in the US and he also advises the US Department of Energy as well as other companies.

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Robert (Bob) MacGregor P.Eng.


Bob MacGregor has over 30 years of experience as a mining engineer and geological consultant, including 14 years working at Elliot Lake uranium mining camp. He has been involved in uranium leaching facilities, deep mining studies and was also involved in the development of a Yttrium oxide recovery process at Elliot Lake.

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Alan D. MacEachern B.Sc. Geology

Consulting Geologist

Alan MacEachern is the former chief geologist for Denison Mines Ltd. Elliot Lake, Ontario, and has 39 years of experience with all aspects of Elliot Lake geology.

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Watts, Griffis and McOuat (WGM) Limited


An independent firm of consulting Professional Geologists and Engineers based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Since 1962, WGM has served the international mining community by completing projects in over 120 countries.

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