About

Technical Team

Ross E. McElroy, P.Geo, B.Sc.

Technical Team Leader

Mr. McElroy is a professional geologist with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He is the winner of the 2014 PDAC Bill Dennis award for exploration success and the Northern Miner 'Mining Person of the Year'. He has comprehensive experience with working and managing many types of mineral projects from the grass roots exploration to feasibility and production.

Mr. McElroy has held senior technical and executive positions with both major and junior mining companies, which include BHP Billiton, Cogema Canada, and Cameco. He was a member of the early stage discovery team of the giant MacArthur River uranium deposit.

Mr. McElroy was a key part of the hugely successful Fission Energy Corp. team as President, COO and Chief Geologist. He headed up the technical team that made the discovery at Waterbury Lake, SK and Fission Uranium Corp.'s Triple R deposit at its PLS project. Mr. McElroy assumed the role of CEO in September 2020.

Mr. McElroy received a Bachelor's Degree in Science, with a Specialization in Geology from the University of Alberta in 1987 and is a registered professional geologist in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nunavut/Northwest Territories.

Qualified Person

The technical information in this website has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43- 101 and reviewed on behalf of the company by Ross McElroy, P.Geol. President and COO for Fission Uranium Corp., a Qualified Person.


Gary Haywood, P. Eng.

VP Project Development

Mr Haywood is a professional Mining Engineer licensed in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Yukon with over 35 years of mine engineering and operations experience in underground and surface mining, in commodities including gold, coal and uranium. He has extensive experience with underground uranium mining operations through his previous employment with Cameco Corp. at the Eagle Point and McArthur River operations in various capacities including Senior Mine Engineer, Mine Superintendent and General Manager. For the past three years, Mr Haywood has been providing mine engineering consulting services to the mineral resource industry and has been involved in Pre-feasibility studies, project management and mine operational readiness planning.


Sam Hartmann, B.Sc., P.Geo.

Chief Geologist

Sam Hartmann has been involved in mineral exploration for over a decade and is a registered professional geoscientist in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Mr. Hartmann joined the Fission team in 2012 at the Waterbury Lake property during drill definition of the Tthe Heldeth Túé uranium deposit (formerly named J Zone) and was an integral member of the technical team that discovered and has advanced the Patterson Lake South deposit. Mr. Hartmann is responsible for managing key geotechnical aspects from planning to overseeing on site. Prior to joining Fission, he was employed by Imperial Metals where he worked as a project geologist at underground and open pit projects in both exploration and production mining settings in British Columbia.


Aaron MacDonell, B.Sc. Environmental Science

Environmental Manager

Aaron is an Environmental Professional who has worked in mining and resource extraction for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Fission Uranium he had worked in senior environmental roles for Argonaut Gold Mines, Glencore Canada, Greenstone Goldmines, Min Metals, and LacdesIsle Mine. Most recently as the Environmental Manager for Argonaut Gold where he managed all environmental aspects of the construction of a 10,000 Tonne Per Day Gold Mine in Northern Ontario. Prior to that he was the Environmental Superintendent for Greenstone Goldmines and played a key role in obtaining the Provincial and Federal Environmental Assessment approval.

Aaron's experience spans the life cycle of mining projects from exploration through project development, environmental assessment, permitting, operation and closure. He has worked all across Canada including the territory of Nunavut where he lead the Environmental Assessment Process for Oz Minerals (now MinMetals) for the High Lake Mine, Izok Lake Mine road and port project. While with Oz Minerals he also managed all environmental permitting and regulatory responsibilities for the company including the care and maintenance of the former gold producing Lupin Mine. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Western Ontario.


Mark Wittrup, MSc., P.Eng., P.Geo., CMC

Regulatory and Environmental Permitting

Mr. Wittrup has over 40 years of experience in the uranium sector and specializes in environmental and regulatory work. His background includes environmental and regulatory experience in Canada, the United States, Australia, Greenland, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and was the project lead and lead author for the McArthur River EIS and licensing process. Mr. Wittrup has also worked as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Protection and Audit, with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and is currently VP Environmental and Regulatory Affairs with the Clifton Engineering Group. He is acting as Fission's Head of Environmental Affairs on the development project team and is a Qualified Person on Environmental, Social and Governance "ESG" matters for mining and NI 43-101 reporting.


Richard Elkington

Operations Manager

Richard Elkington has over 30 years of experience in security, logistics and supply chain management including work in the Middle East, Haiti, Ethiopia, United Kingdom and Canada wide operations. He has been involved in building remote logistical platforms and operational solutions to assist in mineral exploration for over a decade with a focus on critical infrastructure, crisis management, and business continuity. Mr. Elkington is an integral member of the technical team that discovered and has advanced the Patterson Lake South deposit. Since 2012 he has been responsible for logistical planning, coordination, management, and integration of all contractor groups supporting the Patterson Lake program. Additionally, he is responsible for integrating local stakeholder businesses, building local capacity, and assisting in the development of indigenous procurement programs to help grow the local industrial base.


Raymond Ashley, P.Geoph.

VP Exploration

Mr. Ashley has worked in the mineral exploration industry for 25 years. From 1990 to 1996, he was employed with BHP-Billiton, first in gold and base metal exploration and later in diamonds. With BHP-Billiton he was a key member of the discovery team of Ekati, Canada’s first diamond mine, and held the position of Exploration Manager Canada Diamonds. From 1996 to 2009 he was VP Exploration for Dia Met Minerals in exploration for diamonds internationally, COO of Trigon Exploration Ltd., a public company he co-founded, and VP Exploration for Diamondex Resources Ltd. Since 2009, he has been an independent consulting geoscientist and was  a member of the Fission Energy team responsible for the high grade uranium J Zone discovery at Waterbury Lake.