Directors and Management

Michael Cooney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Cooney was appointed Chairman of NEMI in March 2009 after successfully leading a contested proxy contest prior to the 2009 Annual General Meeting. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2010. He is a private investor who previously worked for 15 years as a market maker on both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Pacific Exchange in San Francisco.

Mr. Cooney obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1983. He is a resident of Larkspur, California.

Jay Sujir, Director

Jay Sujir joined the NEMI Board in April 2012. Mr. Sujir is a corporate, securities and natural resources lawyer who has over twenty-five years of experience in advising and assisting public companies in Canada. He has been a partner with Anfield, Sujir Kennedy & Durno and its predecessor firms since 1991 and is currently the senior partner of that firm. During the past three years Mr. Sujir has acted as director or officer of client mining companies which have completed in excess of $800 million in equity financings. Mr. Sujir is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, and the British Columbia Advisory Committee of the TSX Venture Exchange. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Joel Leonard, Director

Joel Leonard joined the NEMI Board in April 2012. He is the managing member of Cornerstone Trading LLC, a professional trading firm in Chicago, Illinois.  In his 30 years of professional trading experience, Mr. Leonard worked on the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  He co-managed the Advent Fund, a hedge fund specializing in risk arbitrage from 1997-2002.  Mr. Leonard obtained his Bachelors of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics in 1981. He lives in Deerfield, Illinois.

Joe Helmer, Director

Joe Helmer joined the NEMI Board in April 2012. He is the President of Caldwell Securities, Inc., a full service broker-dealer and investment advisory firm based in Sausalito California and is a CFA Charterholder. Prior to that from 1997 to 2004, he was an options market maker on the Pacific Exchange, now NYSE Arca, Inc. He lives in Kentfield, California.

Robert Chisholm, Chief Financial Officer

Robert Chisholm joined NEMI as Chief Financial Officer in August 2013. A veteran finance and administration executive with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Chisholm has significant expertise in corporate finance, strategic business initiatives and the unique requirements of growth-oriented public companies. He lives in British Columbia.