Ron Thiessen holds a BComm degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Chartered Accountant designation. Since the 1980's, he has concentrated on the management and financing of public and private companies. As Director of Corporate Development for HDI, beginning in 1996, and as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2000, he and his associates have completed in excess of 20 property or project acquisitions, raised over $1.4 billion in equity financing, and built an impressive portfolio of advanced mineral exploration, development and mining projects. Mr. Thiessen and the HDI directors won the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, and he and the Northern Dynasty team received the Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award for the Pebble East deposit in 2007. He was awarded the E.A. Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in 2008 and was named the Business Person of the Year by the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business in 2011. Most recently, he was presented with the 2013 William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration and a fellowship (FCA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.