Cobourg Campus celebrates graduates, community partnerships

The Cobourg Campus celebrated a year of successes at a special event held on August 25.

Students graduating from the Esthetician diploma program and the Academic Upgrading program, as well as graduates of the Food Service Worker, Solar Installation and Maintenance and Leadership Principles training programs at the campus were honoured for their commitment and academic work at the afternoon event.

About 150 family and friends gathered at Victoria Hall Concert Hall along with Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier, campus community partners, and Fleming staff.

Mayor Brocanier brought greetings on behalf of the Town.

“The people being honoured today have reached a significant achievement in their life,” he said, welcoming the graduates as new contributors to the local economy.

“We need to get young people educated and get jobs for them – it’s an important part of our economy.”

Keri Gray, of Alderville First Nations, said the majority of the 18 graduates of the innovative Solar Installation and Maintenance program are already employed in the green industry.

The program was offered for the first time in 2010-11 in a unique partnership between the campus and Alderville.

“Working with the Cobourg Campus has been absolutely fabulous and an experience I won’t forget,” she said.

Wendy Curtis of Northumberland Community Futures lauded the campus for its partnership with Community Futures in the development of a social media conference and now new social media courses through the campus’ continuing education program.

In fact, Campus Manager Deborah Clifford said continuing education enrolment at the campus increased by 43% from 2009-10 to 2010-11 with approximately  950 students enrolled in part-time courses last year. She noted that, “lifelong learning is both a wonderful personal growth opportunity and a necessity for advancing in our careers…especially in light of current economic realities.”

Of the students graduating from the Academic Upgrading program, many are going on to further education at Fleming College – taking programs such as Business and Police Foundations.

Academic Upgrading class valedictorian Pat Hallett said she was worried about returning to school.

“But I realized I wasn’t alone,” she said, referring to the support of faculty and fellow classmates.

“Achieving Grade 12 is a goal I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” she added.
Esthetician Program Awards

Academic Achievement
Emily Jones

Faculty Award
Chelsea Lockhart

Mature Student Award – sponsored by Port Hope Medical Cosmetic Clinic, owner Paula Tickle
Christina Nicholson

Aesthetician’s Supply Award – sponsored by owner Angee Morro-Verre
Tyla Rideout

Ste. Anne’s Spa Award – presented by Natalie Kellar, spa manager
Shelby Post

Ste. Anne’s Spa Body Treatment Award – presented by Natalie Kellar, spa manager
Nicola Butler

Sales Achievement Award for Essentials the Spa at Fleming
Emily Jones
Academic Upgrading Program Awards

Academic Achievement
Reagh Stewart

Bonnie Johnston Award
Deborah Alley

Extension of Trans Canada Trail agreement

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Rick Johnson visited the Frost Campus on Aug. 30 to celebrate the extension of an agreement the province has with the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association (KTCTA).

The KTCTA, a non-profit organization, has reached an agreement with the province to extend its current agreement by five years, until 2018, continuing to maintain and improve the trail in the Kawartha Lakes area.

The trail runs through the campus and the KTCTA has a close working relationship with Fleming College to ensure the campus portion is maintained and safe for all users. On the campus portion of the trail, users can view a regional map of the trail as well as signage that details local plants and wildlife, and a donor wall. The campus has also extended its lease agreement with KTCTA.

The strengthened partnership between Ontario and the KTCTA will ensure that this once-abandoned railway corridor will continue to offer Ontario families a healthy all year round experience.

“This extension will allow our Association to maintain its momentum and focus on updating, developing and managing a critical link for the Trans Canada Trail system,” said Allen MacPherson, president of the KTCTA.

“The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association will continue to develop and maintain a key green space that is enjoyed by the community while promoting tourism and economic development in the City of Kawartha Lakes,” said MPP Johnson, who is also Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli.

Quick Facts
• The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association was established in 2006 as a charitable, community organization and has invested more than $1 million in upgrades to the trail, through the participation of about 120 volunteers.

• Since 2006, the number of trail users has increased from a few dozen to an estimated 2,000 per year, which benefits the community and the local economy.

• The trail is used by local schools for both physical activity and outdoor education such as biology or geography field trips.

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Community partnership: Blueboxing @ Fleming

Blueboxing @ Fleming is a group of volunteers who work together to help staff, students and visitors to Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus better understand how to reduce waste and divert from landfill.

You have probably seen us in the lower part of the cafeteria and wondered what we do. Blueboxing works in partnership with Fleming and Community Living Peterborough, which provides the opportunity for people with or without disabilities to work together for a greener campus.

Blueboxing @ Fleming has been at the college for over 20 years. It started at the college by helping sort recycling, washing trays and cleaning tables.

This job has now evolved and Blueboxing now focuses on educating students and visitors, collecting paper and reusing it when possible, collecting ink cartridges, batteries from drop-off locations, washing blue bins that are located around the college, working with the Green Objective (GO) Committee and Student Administrative Council (SAC) on many of their environmental initiatives, as well as making bookmarks for the library and other groups out of reusable resources found throughout the college. We also have been making a wide range of notepads and scratch pads for students and faculty to use.

The Blueboxing Volunteers are looking for more opportunities to work for you so please come and see us, or call us at 705-743-2412 Ext. 306 if you have any ideas. You can also e-mail us at phbaker@flemingc.on.ca or check us out on Facebook (Blueboxing at Fleming).

Blueboxing is currently looking for the following items to collect:

  • Used greeting cards for all occasions – drop box in the staff room
  • Pennies for the Humane Society – drop off to room 607 during the summer or come see us in the cafeteria in the fall
  • Used cell phones – drop box located in room 607 during the summer and in the cafeteria in the fall
  • Used batteries – drop boxes located in the staff room or room 607 during the summer and in the cafeteria in the fall
  • Used eye glasses and hearing aids for the Lion’s Club – drop box in the library
  • Pop can tabs for the March of Dimes – drop off to room 607 during the summer or in the cafeteria in the fall

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CAWT Director named to provincial water advisory board

Fleming College Senior Scientist Dr. Brent Wootton has been appointed to the Province of Ontario’s Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP).

The Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation, named Wootton to the WaterTAP board for a term of one year. Dr. Wootton is the director of Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) at the Frost Campus.

“Being on the board of WaterTAP will give me an opportunity to promote the development of Ontario’s water and wastewater industries. It’s a very exciting time for the water management sector in the province and I’m privileged to be a part of WaterTAP,” said Dr. Wootton.

Created by the Ministry of Research and Innovation, WaterTAP supports the research and development, as well as the commercialization, of new technologies and innovations in Ontario’s water sector. It also will assist in promoting the development of Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors.

Eight individuals from the private and public sectors have been appointed to the WaterTAP board. The chair is Nicholas Parker, co-founder and Chair of the Cleantech Group.

At Fleming College, the CAWT promotes innovative forms of water and wastewater treatment technology through applied research, education and demonstration projects.

In addition to his role with the CAWT, Dr. Wootton is a member of the Northern Research Working Group, which shares knowledge and research with the federal government on the implementation of the Canada Wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent.

As an International Polar Year researcher, he has been conducting research on sanitation in Northern communities since 2005. Dr. Wootton was also an advisor to the provincial government’s Water Opportunities Act and has participated in United Nations wastewater meetings in Japan and Geneva as a participant in the UN Wastewater Taskforce.

Dr. Wootton has a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, a PhD in aquatic ecology from Trent University, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 60,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

NEW: Solar Photovoltaic Installer Certificate

Join the growing green energy sector by taking Fleming College’s comprehensive Solar Photovoltaic Installer Certificate program at the Cobourg Campus.

Be job ready in just 15 weeks. As a Certified Photovoltaic Installer you will install, inspect and maintain photovoltaic systems that convert solar energy into electricity.

There is already a significant and growing labour shortage in this field. According to a 2009 Labour Force Survey of the Canadian Solar Industry, 41% of companies were experiencing labour shortages.

The same report predicts that by the end of 2011, more than half of all companies will be understaffed, while the industry will have grown by more than 100%.

With curriculum designed to meet the criteria for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, the program includes courses such as Drafting Applications and AutoCAD, Electricity Basics and Safety, and Construction Job Site Safety.

While the program is hosted at the Cobourg Campus, there will be some instruction at off-site locations for hands-on training.

The full-time program runs from Oct. 17, 2011 until Feb. 2, 2012.

For more information or to register, call 905-372-6865 x 5000.

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The Links Project: Linking community and the environment

Call for community participants

The new C-Links Centre for Community-Based Projects and Social Mapping and the Faculty of the Environmental Leadership course at Fleming College’s Frost Campus are seeking interested non-profit organizations to participate in a unique, community-based research project.

As part of the Environmental Leadership course, all first semester students at the Frost Campus explore the links between community and the environment. Working in teams, students choose a non-profit organization in the City of Kawartha Lakes area and an issue or project that that agency is involved with. Students will then prepare a poster board presentation and submit a mock grant application to their instructors, advocating for their organization and issue.

Organizations interested in working with the students would provide issue(s) or project ideas for the students to research. The projects support increased student understanding about the role that community organizations play in relation to caring for and contributing to a healthy environment.

Some examples of this could include: environment and health, community participation in land/watershed stewardship, farming and protection of the natural environment, the impact of living in towns and cities on the natural environment, financial benefits of living or working in a green environment, or providing children with exposure to the wilderness.

Participating organizations will be required to support the information-gathering of student groups. The college will facilitate this by setting up information sessions at the Frost Campus where organization representatives will meet with the groups of students doing research for their organization. During these information sessions, organizations will be asked to provide an information package to student groups outlining some basic background information about the organization.

The End Result: Student teams will give poster board presentations in class and submit their ‘grant’ applications for marking. Participating organizations will be provided with the results of all research conducted for their organization. As well, the best student presentation will be awarded a $1,000 grant that will go to their chosen organization to help fund the issue or project that the students researched.

Non-profit organizations interested in participating are asked to respond by Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 to Shantal Ingram, C-Links Project Co-ordinator, shingram@flemingc.on.ca.

The Community Links (C-Links) Centre for Community-Based Education and Social Mapping in the City of Kawartha Lakes was made possible through the generous funding of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

C-Links is an independent organization that facilitates community-academic relationships through community-based education and community service-learning. Its goal is to engage students, faculty and the community in educational experiences which develop collaboration, innovation and empowerment for all involved.

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 60,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Shantal Ingram, C-Links Project Coordinator, at 705-324-9144 x 3092 shingram@flemingc.on.ca

Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Free professional business consultations for Fleming graduates

In partnership with the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation’s Business Advisory Centre (BAC), the Fleming College Advancement & Alumni Relations office is proud to be offering professional onsite business consultations at no charge for Fleming alumni beginning in September 2011.

Whether you are thinking about starting a business, or have an existing business, the BAC professional consultants can guide you towards effective business planning and operations. Consultations will be scheduled on the second Tuesday of every month between 1 and 5 p.m. Book your 45-minute appointment today by contacting Alumni Officer Nicole Grady at 705-749-5530 ext 1390 or by email at ngrady@flemingc.on.ca.

In addition, Fleming College alumni can receive discounted access to seminars and events run by the Business Advisory Centre throughout the year. Please visit www.businessadvisorycentre.ca for details on upcoming events. To register for your free or discounted admission, please contact the Alumni Relations office.

The Business Advisory Centre is a member of the Ministry of Economic Development & Trade’s network of Small Business Enterprise Centres across Ontario. Offering a range of services, programs and locations for entrepreneurs in the City and County of Peterborough, the Business Advisory Centre provides access to start up information, rules and regulations, resource library, seminars, business consultations and free legal and accounting advice from local industry professionals.

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 60,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

New! 911 Operator program in Cobourg

You can fast track to a new career with Fleming College’s 12-week Public Safety Communications Professional (911 Operator) program.

Offered at the Cobourg Campus, the Certificate program prepares graduates for a career in police, fire and ambulance dispatching with a starting salary of $35,000 to $65,000 per year.

This is no ordinary 9 to 5 job. You will work in a stimulating environment bringing a life saving service to your community. Your training will include taking calls in a simulated emergency environment, so that you will become proficient in Call Taking, Dispatching, 911 and Computer Aided Dispatch.

Not only will you be doing the job, but you will also be gaining the skills and confidence to get you “job ready.”

The program is offered in partnership with Proven Ways, a leader in public safety communications throughout North America.

Register now for the program, which starts on September 12, 2011. For registration information, please contact Colleen Johnston at coljohns@flemingc.on.ca or 905-372-6865 x 5220.

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Historic alumnus donation to Fleming College's Frost Campus

$1 million donation positions Fleming’s renamed training centre to continue as
world leader in technical mining education

Fleming College’s Resources Drilling and Blasting Training Centre will be the beneficiary of a historic $1 million donation from entrepreneur, businessman and college alumnus, Duane Parnham.

Mr. Parnham’s gift is the largest alumni donation in Fleming College’s history and the largest ever by a college alumnus to a community college in Ontario.  In recognition of this donation, the Centre will be renamed The Parnham RDB Training Centre – Canada’s leading training centre for Resources Drilling and Blasting.

In response to an increased demand for highly trained mining professionals, this $1 million donation will support the purchase of equipment such as a multi-purpose drill, a blast hole drill rig with simulator, and a drilling fluid management system. Funds will also go toward upgrades and enhancements to the Centre. $200,000 of the donation will be used to create an endowed fund to provide financial assistance for students at the Frost Campus of Fleming College.

“Fleming College has provided me many of the skills that have made this donation possible,” said Mr. Parnham. “I am very pleased to support an educational institution focused on providing world class technical skills to the next generation of mining professionals.”

Born in Burlington, Ontario, Mr. Parnham is a graduate of Fleming’s Mineral Engineering Technology Program (1985). Since graduation he has had a very successful career as an entrepreneur managing resources based companies in both Canada and Namibia, Africa. Most recently he championed the merger of UNX Energy with Brazilian based HRT Oil and Gas.

“On behalf of myself, our faculty members and current and future students of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program, we want to thank Duane Parnham for his generous gift. This will enable us to train our students on the most current drilling equipment found anywhere well into the future,” said Gord Bailey, Coordinator of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program.

“This gift is a tremendous statement by an accomplished graduate. It expresses appreciation to the college, belief in our students, and a commitment to ensuring that Fleming graduates have learned using state-of-the-art resources. The Parnham RDB Training Centre will be North America’s best-equipped Resources Drilling and Blasting facility, in large part because of Duane Parnham’s generosity,” said Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College.

About Mr. Duane Parnham
With a Diploma in Mining Technology from Fleming College, Mr. Parnham went on to launch a successful career developing exploration companies from formation to fully permitted world class resources. This experience includes working internationally with governments and landowners to identify high-impact projects, and providing the capital and managerial resources necessary to create value for investors. Mr. Parnham has founded and developed multiple resource focused companies, including Giyani Gold Corp., Forsys Metals Corp., UNX Energy Corp., Angus Mining Namibia Inc., and Temex Resources Corp. Mr. Parnham also has considerable experience in corporate governance, stakeholder relations and raising capital for resource focused projects.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

BIOGRAPHY – Duane Parnham
Duane Parnham has a successful track-record of developing exploration companies from
start-up to fully permitted projects with considerable resources and reserves. This experience includes working internationally with governments and landowners to identify high-impact and underdeveloped projects, and providing the capital and managerial resources necessary to create shareholder value.

Mr. Parnham has founded and developed multiple resource focused companies, including Giyani Gold Corp., Forsys Metals Corp., UNX Energy Corp., Angus Mining Namibia Inc., and Temex Resources Corp. Mr. Parnham also has considerable experience in corporate governance, stakeholder relations and raised capital providing a high rate of success in realizing shareholder value. Based on his track record of successfully creating large scale shareholder value, Mr. Parnham has established a substantial following by institutional and retail investors.

Mr. Parnham is currently the Executive Chairman Giyani Gold Corp. (WDG,TSXV), formerly known as 99 Capital Corporation and changed its name to Giyani Gold Corp. in January 2011 to reflect the company’s focus on exploration and development in the Giyani greenstone belt of the Republic of South Africa.

The Giyani greenstone belt is located within a key geologically prospective and historically prolific gold producing region in the northeast part of South Africa in the Limpopo province. The “Giyani Greenstone Belt” represents a historically under-explored region of the country and a key industry development initiative for both the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and the Geological Society of South Africa. The properties are all located within a 13 km long corridor of the highly prospective Giyani Greenstones that host considerable past production and exploration potential.

Most recently, Mr. Parnham founded, financed, developed, and sold UNX Energy Corp. for greater than $700 million to HRT Participacoes em Pertroleo SA, a leading Brazilian based oil company having a market capitalization of over C$6 billion. HRT has selected and secured strategically located exploration blocks in onshore basins in Brazil and offshore basins in Namibia, focusing its exploration and development efforts on areas that are largely underexplored but with high untapped hydrocarbon potential.
HRT believes it is one of the largest independent Brazilian oil companies, measured by acreage, with a portfolio of exploration blocks of approximately 75,425 km² (18.6 million acres) in onshore blocks in the Solimões, Espírito Santo, Recôncavo and Rio do Peixe Basins in Brazil, and offshore blocks in the Walvis and Orange Sub-basins in Namibia.

Mr. Parnham is also an independent Director of Angus Mining (Namibia) Ltd.  Angus Mining (Namibia) Ltd. is a junior exploration company focused on building precious metal resources in West Africa.

Historic alumnus donation to Fleming College’s Frost Campus

$1 million donation positions Fleming’s renamed training centre to continue as
world leader in technical mining education

Fleming College’s Resources Drilling and Blasting Training Centre will be the beneficiary of a historic $1 million donation from entrepreneur, businessman and college alumnus, Duane Parnham.

Mr. Parnham’s gift is the largest alumni donation in Fleming College’s history and the largest ever by a college alumnus to a community college in Ontario.  In recognition of this donation, the Centre will be renamed The Parnham RDB Training Centre – Canada’s leading training centre for Resources Drilling and Blasting.

In response to an increased demand for highly trained mining professionals, this $1 million donation will support the purchase of equipment such as a multi-purpose drill, a blast hole drill rig with simulator, and a drilling fluid management system. Funds will also go toward upgrades and enhancements to the Centre. $200,000 of the donation will be used to create an endowed fund to provide financial assistance for students at the Frost Campus of Fleming College.

“Fleming College has provided me many of the skills that have made this donation possible,” said Mr. Parnham. “I am very pleased to support an educational institution focused on providing world class technical skills to the next generation of mining professionals.”

Born in Burlington, Ontario, Mr. Parnham is a graduate of Fleming’s Mineral Engineering Technology Program (1985). Since graduation he has had a very successful career as an entrepreneur managing resources based companies in both Canada and Namibia, Africa. Most recently he championed the merger of UNX Energy with Brazilian based HRT Oil and Gas.

“On behalf of myself, our faculty members and current and future students of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program, we want to thank Duane Parnham for his generous gift. This will enable us to train our students on the most current drilling equipment found anywhere well into the future,” said Gord Bailey, Coordinator of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program.

“This gift is a tremendous statement by an accomplished graduate. It expresses appreciation to the college, belief in our students, and a commitment to ensuring that Fleming graduates have learned using state-of-the-art resources. The Parnham RDB Training Centre will be North America’s best-equipped Resources Drilling and Blasting facility, in large part because of Duane Parnham’s generosity,” said Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College.

About Mr. Duane Parnham
With a Diploma in Mining Technology from Fleming College, Mr. Parnham went on to launch a successful career developing exploration companies from formation to fully permitted world class resources. This experience includes working internationally with governments and landowners to identify high-impact projects, and providing the capital and managerial resources necessary to create value for investors. Mr. Parnham has founded and developed multiple resource focused companies, including Giyani Gold Corp., Forsys Metals Corp., UNX Energy Corp., Angus Mining Namibia Inc., and Temex Resources Corp. Mr. Parnham also has considerable experience in corporate governance, stakeholder relations and raising capital for resource focused projects.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

BIOGRAPHY – Duane Parnham
Duane Parnham has a successful track-record of developing exploration companies from
start-up to fully permitted projects with considerable resources and reserves. This experience includes working internationally with governments and landowners to identify high-impact and underdeveloped projects, and providing the capital and managerial resources necessary to create shareholder value.

Mr. Parnham has founded and developed multiple resource focused companies, including Giyani Gold Corp., Forsys Metals Corp., UNX Energy Corp., Angus Mining Namibia Inc., and Temex Resources Corp. Mr. Parnham also has considerable experience in corporate governance, stakeholder relations and raised capital providing a high rate of success in realizing shareholder value. Based on his track record of successfully creating large scale shareholder value, Mr. Parnham has established a substantial following by institutional and retail investors.

Mr. Parnham is currently the Executive Chairman Giyani Gold Corp. (WDG,TSXV), formerly known as 99 Capital Corporation and changed its name to Giyani Gold Corp. in January 2011 to reflect the company’s focus on exploration and development in the Giyani greenstone belt of the Republic of South Africa.

The Giyani greenstone belt is located within a key geologically prospective and historically prolific gold producing region in the northeast part of South Africa in the Limpopo province. The “Giyani Greenstone Belt” represents a historically under-explored region of the country and a key industry development initiative for both the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and the Geological Society of South Africa. The properties are all located within a 13 km long corridor of the highly prospective Giyani Greenstones that host considerable past production and exploration potential.

Most recently, Mr. Parnham founded, financed, developed, and sold UNX Energy Corp. for greater than $700 million to HRT Participacoes em Pertroleo SA, a leading Brazilian based oil company having a market capitalization of over C$6 billion. HRT has selected and secured strategically located exploration blocks in onshore basins in Brazil and offshore basins in Namibia, focusing its exploration and development efforts on areas that are largely underexplored but with high untapped hydrocarbon potential.
HRT believes it is one of the largest independent Brazilian oil companies, measured by acreage, with a portfolio of exploration blocks of approximately 75,425 km² (18.6 million acres) in onshore blocks in the Solimões, Espírito Santo, Recôncavo and Rio do Peixe Basins in Brazil, and offshore blocks in the Walvis and Orange Sub-basins in Namibia.

Mr. Parnham is also an independent Director of Angus Mining (Namibia) Ltd.  Angus Mining (Namibia) Ltd. is a junior exploration company focused on building precious metal resources in West Africa.