Directors and Officers

William (Bill) Loucks, CPA/CA/Director

Bill received his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph in 1978. He qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant in 1981. Bill joined Collins Barrow in 1989 and retired in December 2017. While working as a partner of the Chatham-Kent practice; Bill provided audit, accounting, tax and various consulting services. The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce awarded Bill the 2007 Business Professional of the year award. Over the years, Bill has been a shareholder of various privately held manufacturing companies.

Luard J. Manning, P.Eng, Director

Luard is a Life Member B.C. Professional Engineers and CIMM and has over 50 years mining experience, and a mining consultant practicing out of Vancouver, B.C. as President of L.J. Manning and Associates since 1967. He has extensive personal expertise in operating underground mines, and has operated small open pit operations.

Luard has supervised and critiqued engineering designs for both surface and underground deposits with emphasis on the effects of design on operating economics. Most notably, completed feasibility studies for Brandywine operation of Northair Mines; the Ruth Vermont project for Columbia River Mines; and the Rabbit Lake open pit project for Gulf Minerals Canada Ltd. He has work experience in Canada, Latin America, and the U.S.A., and has reviewed properties in England and Australia. He is a director and officer of several public companies.

Advisory Board

Hans Smit, P. Geo.

Hans Smit, Mineral Industry Consultant of Telkwa, B.C. is a Professional Geologist who managed the feasibility, environmental assessment, and permitting of Ascot Resources Ltd.’s Swamp Point aggregate project located adjacent to Highbank Resources Ltd. Swamp Point North property on the Portland Canal, B. C. coast. Mr. Smit also assisted in targeting markets for aggregates along the B.C. and U.S.A. west coast.

Mr. Smit has experience in all aspect of the mineral industry from grassroots exploration through to mine feasibility studies, environmental permitting and corporate development. As VP for Grayd Resource Corporation, he was one of the key people who advanced the La India heap-leach gold project in Mexico from the grassroots exploration stage through to a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA"). In 2011, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. paid $275M to acquire Grayd and recently brought La India into production, using a mine and production plan based on Grayd’s work.

Mr. Smit is currently Chief Executive Office of Orla Mining Ltd., a newly-formed Vancouver based junior mining company. Hans is also active in volunteer initiatives that promote education and facilitate discussion between the mineral industry and communities in Northern British Columbia.


  • Levelton Consultants Ltd.
  • Wardrop Engineering
  • Associated Mining Consultants Ltd.
  • Micon International Limited
  • DMT Geosciences Ltd. (formerly Associated Geosciences)
  • Megatech Engineering Ltd.
  • Blackfish Management Ltd.
  • Superior Industries LLC
  • Kleanza Consulting Ltd.
  • Foresight Innovations Ltd. (Gordon Erickson)
  • Solid Holdings Ltd.
  • Mr. Eric Beresford, P.Eng.

Transfer Agent
and Registrar

AST Trust Company Canada
#1600 – 1066 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 3X1


Crowe MacKay LLP
#1100 – 1177 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 4T5


Fang and Associates, Barristers & Solicitors
Suite 1780, 400 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3A6

Executive Office

Highbank Resources Ltd.
#600 - 625 Howe Street
Vancouver, B.C.  V6C 2T6 CANADA
Telephone: (604) 683-6648
Facsimile: (604) 683-1350

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