Senior Management

  • Richard Clement

    Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Clement was the Deputy Chairman from February 2015 to August 2015.  He was the President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2006 until February 2015. He has been a director from May 2006 until present. Mr. Clement is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in uranium corporate management. He spent the early part of his career with Mobil Oil Corp., where he was responsible for operations management of uranium exploration in the United States. He also developed a worldwide mineral exploration strategy for Mobil. In 1983, he joined Uranium Resources Inc., a US company specializing in ISR development. He later became President of Uranium Resources’ New Mexico Subsidiary, Hydro Resources. Mr. Clement stayed with Hydro Resources until 2000, where he was responsible for securing the company’s mining permits for ISR development.

  • Blake Steele

    President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

    Mr. Steele began his career with Deloitte & Touche, where he worked in both the audit and financial advisory practices. Prior to joining Azarga Resources, which merged with Powertech Uranium to form Azarga Uranium, Mr. Steele worked at SouthGobi Resources as Director of Finance and prior to that as Manager, Corporate Development. Mr. Steele graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator in Canada.

  • John Mays

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Mays brings more than 20 years of engineering experience in the uranium industry, focusing on ISR mining in both the US and internationally. He has experience in all facets of ISR mining spanning from design, construction, and operation of ISR uranium mines. From 2006 until joining Powertech Uranium, Mr. Mays served as the Chief In-situ Mining Engineer at UrAsia’s three ISR projects in Kazakhstan, and later Uranium One. Prior to joining UrAsia, he held the position of Senior Mining Engineer with Searles Valley Minerals of Trona, California. Mr. Mays also held the position of Superintendent of Well Field Construction for Power Resources Inc on both their Smith Ranch and Highland Uranium Project in Douglas, Wyoming. Mr. Mays holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refinement from the Colorado School of Mines. John Mays is a licensed professional engineer in South Dakota and Colorado.

  • Curtis Church

    VP International Operations, Director

    Mr. Church has been involved in the resource sector for over 16 years, 8 of which were in Central Asia. Prior to founding Azarga Resources, which merged with Powertech Uranium to form Azarga Uranium, Curtis held several positions, latest one being Chief Operating Officer, at Southgobi Resources, a coal production and exploration company listed on the TSX and HKEx with assets in Mongolia. Throughout his career, Curtis has received a wide variety of training ranging from mining, people management, safety and even fire fighting.