Our Team

Surge Exploration’s team is built up of extremely hardworking and experienced individuals that are dedicated to the value of our exploration dollar.

Board of Directors & Officers

director member picture

Tim Fernback, MBA, CPA, CMA

President & CEO, Director

Tim has held multiple senior executive positions, including with the Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Divisions at Wolverton Securities. He was responsible for due diligence reviews on corporate clients and investment banking business development relationships. He also planned and opened 3 regional offices in western Canada, and reviewed and analyzed over 300 corporate clients, raising over $750M. Responsible for over 50 IPOs and over 100 Reverse-Mergers on the TMX and Nasdaq, Tim represented Wolverton nationally on various stock exchange committees and industry groups, including the Corporate Finance Advisory Group and Underwriting Groups on various Canadian exchanges.

Tim serves as a Director for several Canadian mining companies, is an MBA graduate in Finance from the University of British Columbia, holds a Certified Professional Accounting Designation (CPA, CMA) and is an active member of many industry and trade organizations in Vancouver.

director member picture

Bill Bennett


Bill is known across Canada for his 3-term role as the BC Minister of Mines and Energy. For many years, Bill led the BC provincial government's efforts to restore BC's competitiveness for exploration investment, including having improved the BC Ministry of Energy & Mines’ permitting process and launching BC's First Nations mine revenue sharing program. Few individuals in Canada have this level of experience with the combined knowledge of government processes, the mining industry and of First Nations.

He has a BA. from the University of Guelph, a law degree from Queens University, and was first elected to office in 2001.

Gordon Jung


Gordon has over 35 years’ experience in business operations, including retail, merchandising, marketing and product development for the Overwaitea Food Group, a major food chain in western Canada. His resume includes positions as regional manager for 10 retail stores, the director of marketing for the Save-On loyalty card program, with over 2 million card holders, and senior category development manager credited with achieving double-digit growth putting together isle international foods from around the world. He specializes in strategic planning, developing new opportunities, driving revenues, improving competitive market position, procurement, and product marketing.

Robert Culbert, P.Eng.


Bob is a professional engineer with over three decades of international project and business experience, predominantly in West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent. He was the president of a Vancouver-based land resource and environmental consulting company and an interior BC ski resort; he was a partner in the acquisition and syndication of a large residential real estate portfolio in western Canada. Over the past decade, he has served as an officer and director of several junior resource exploration and development companies. Bob is also a director of Carlin Gold Corporation.

director member picture

Tina Whyte

Corporate Secretary

Tina Whyte brings over 20 years of experience in the corporate and securities industry. Her expertise spans to areas of corporate governance, continuous disclosure, financing transactions and regulatory filings and compliance. Ms. Whyte holds corporate secretary positions with other publicly listed companies.

Simon (Tak Tsan) Tso, CPA, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Tso is the Principal of Athena Chartered Professional Accountant Ltd., a full-cycle accounting firm that assists companies of all sizes with their financial reporting, regulatory filing and taxation requirements. Simon is also a co-founder of Zeus Capital Ltd., a boutique corporate finance firm that specializes in providing financial advisory, valuation and consulting services. Prior to his current roles, Simon spent a number of years as an associate at a local corporate finance firm and as a Senior Accountant at a firm of Chartered Accountants, where he managed numerous private and publicly-traded corporations, commonly acting as their Controller or Chief Financial Officer. Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business, and is both a CFA Charterholder and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Advisory Board

advisory member picture

Bill MacDonald


Bill is a founder and principal of Macdonald Tuskey, Corporate and Securities Lawyers, a boutique securities and corporate finance firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia established in April 2008. Prior to that, from February 1998 to April 2008, he was a partner with Clark Wilson LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance / Securities Practice Group. Since May 2008, Bill has been a director of Blackbird Energy Inc., an oil and gas exploration company listed on the Exchange and was also the President of Blackbird from May 2008 until February 2013. He currently serves as a director of Viscount Mining Corp., a position he has held since October 2011, a director of Patriot Petroleum Corp. since December 2015 and a director and founder of Black Lion Capital Corp. since its inception on January 20, 2015. Bill was also previously a director of First Americas Gold Corporation, formerly Pannonia Ventures Corp. and Benz Capital Corp.

Bill has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since February 1998 and a member of the New York State Bar since February 2002. His general corporate and securities practice has been focused on Canadian, U.S., Asian and cross-border public offerings, private and institutional financings (including U.S. private investment in public equity, or PIPE transactions), stock exchange listings, reverse takeovers and mergers and acquisitions.

advisory member picture

Bill Morton, MSc. P.GEO.


Bill has an impressive 40+ years in the fields of mining and geoscience, and nearly 20 years in a senior management position for public resource companies. He has been involved with several major metal exploration projects across Canada, the USA, and in Mexico. Bill is a member of APEGBC, and holds or has held director positions for Eastfield Resources Ltd., Lorrain Copper Corp., Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd., and Consolidated Woodjam Copper Corp.

Bill has his B.Sc. from Carleton University, and completed his graduate studies from UBC.

Kura Minerals

Kura Minerals is a consulting firm that offers M&A Strategy and In-Country Services to mining & exploration companies looking to effectively initiate a business venture in Latin America. Currently, they specialize in facilitating the acquisition of mineral properties, prospects and projects in Chile.

kura member picture

Francisco Acuña


Based in Chile, Francisco is the co-founder of KURA Mineral Resources. He was directly involved in strategic development of the Minera Escondida project, working in major Cu-Au feasibility mining projects and geometallurgy. He also supported several BHP Billiton operations in Chile, working in hypogene ore processing research and development. He has extensive interest in natural resource governance and sustainable development.

Francisco holds Chem. Eng. from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and a M.Sc. Industry, Trade & Development from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

kura member picture

Alvaro Florez


A partner with KURA, Alvaro was previously the In-House Counsel for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Lundin Mining Corp. mining operations in Chile, to later join as an associate at the Energy, Mining and Natural Resources Group of Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría Law Firm. He had also collaborated with the Projects, Energy and Natural Resources Group of King & Wood Mallesons, Australia.

Alvaro holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Universidad de los Andes, Chile, and currently is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Queensland, Australia.

kura member picture

Thomas Eggers


Also a partner with KURA, Thomas has supervised over 25 exploration projects in Northern-Central Chile, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia with Anglo American. His expertise in hydrothermal and Cu (Mo – Au) porphyry related systems allowed him to advice on exploration strategies in South America, Africa and Oceania.

Thomas holds an Honours Degree in Geology from Universidad de Concepción, Chile and an MBA Global Management from Macquarie University (Australia) & Universidad de Chile (Chile).