Sam Houston
Principal & Founder | Strategist Solutions

Sam Houston is a talented mining industry Business Executive, having held previous executive roles at Rio Tinto and Eldorado Gold, with a focus on people, sustainability, and technology. Sam develops and delivers resilient growth strategies to ensure future delivery success and is an accomplished change leader in growth environments. He relishes undertaking critical executive roles focused upon transforming commercial underperformance to profit, rationalising dysfunctional structures, and galvanising stakeholders and high-performance teams to stretch levels of accomplishment. He has a deep technical background in strategy and delivery and a functional background in leadership, strategy, business change, sustainability, digitalisation and diversity and inclusion. Sam is also an entrepreneur, having launched his own successful advisory practice, Strategist Solutions, which he is focusing on at the present time.

Brent Gilchrist
President | JDS Resources Inc

Brent is an accomplished finance executive with extensive experience in the investment and banking sectors. He is the President of JDS Resources Inc., the JDS Group of Companies’ venture capital and private equity arm responsible for investment management, acquisitions and project financing for JDS opportunities.


Brent was the President and Co-founder of JDS Silver Inc. (along with Jeff Stibbard, CEO), the owner, developer and operator of the Silvertip Mine located in Northern British Columbia. Brent and Jeff sold JDS Silver to Coeur Mining in November 2017.


Prior to joining the JDS Group of Companies in 2012, Brent led the management of individual portfolios at RBC Dominion Securities, the investment branch of the Royal Bank of Canada, for seven years.


Prior to RBC, Brent played for 15 years in the National Hockey League with five teams, drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and debuting with the club in 1988. Brent was a member of the 1998 Stanley Cup champion, Detroit Red Wings. He retired from the NHL in 2003.


Karla Mills
Senior Vice President, Projects | Teck Resources Limited

As the Senior Vice President of Teck’s Projects Group, Karla Mills is responsible for the successful delivery of capital projects across Teck. Karla brings more than 25 years of project development experience and leverages her successful leadership and project development experience to embed Teck’s values and sustainability goals in every aspect of Project Development and Project Delivery. Karla graduated with a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba, has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia. Karla is an advocate for equity, inclusion, and diversity in both the mining and construction industry and is passionate about promoting diverse thinking to innovatively challenge the way Teck develops and delivers projects. Karla is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Capital Projects Steering Committee and a former Chair of Mining for Miracles (2019-2022).

John Gravel
CEO & Founder | Bedrock-Service

CEO of Bedrock-Service Group, brings 27 years of global expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure project delivery. With offices across North and South America, Bedrock-Service has a portfolio of successful projects spanning open pit and underground mines, processing plants, power generation, transportation infrastructures, and more.  John specializes in commercial matters including, strategic sourcing, procurement, contract negotiation, and administration. He has also served as an expert witness on litigation and commercial dispute matters related to damages assessments.