Directors & Management
John Mears: President & CEO, Director
Mr. Mears, B.Sc, MAusIMM, P.Geo, is a highly respected geologist, corporate officer and director who has sat on the Board of Directors of numerous publicly listed mining companies, including Nevada Star Corp., Azteca Gold Corp., Andover Mining Inc., East African Copper Corp., and Oregon Resources Corp. He also served as a Director of Norsemont Mining during the successful USD$540 Million takeover by Hudbay Mining, and led the corporate rescue effort of Marengo Mining as Interim COO, which resulted in an investment in excess of USD$100 Million.
Mr. Mears also acted as Chief Global Geologist & Senior Investment Manager from 2007 to 2017 for The Sentient Group, a private equity fund specializing in the natural resource sector. During this period he oversaw due diligence, audits, report creation and recommendations for the fund’s Natural Resource Investment portfolio valued at over USD$3 Billion.
Joao Carello : Chairman of the Board
Mr. Carrêlo is a senior mining executive with 34 years of international experience in the mining, metals, refining and fertilizer industries. His experience includes the management of underground and open pit projects and operations, with exposure to base metals, gold, platinum, coal, and industrial minerals in politically and culturally sensitive environments in Latin America, Europe, India, and Africa.
Mr. Carrêlo previously served as President, CEO and Director of Eco Oro Minerals Corp. from 2012 to April 2014, as well as Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer of Lundin Mining Corporation from 2007 to 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Mining Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom in 1983, and obtained a Master’s of Business Administration in 2000 from the European Management School in the United Kingdom.
Shaun Dykes : Vice President and Director
Shaun M. Dykes, M.Sc. (Eng.), P. Geo is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of American CuMo Mining company a company currently developing the large CuMo deposit in Idaho, which Mr. Dykes was responsible for obtaining and developing to its current state. Mr Dykes will continue to work for both companies in aiding and developing the various projects.
Alain Moreau: Vice President, Exploration
Mr. Moreau, M.Sc.A, B.Sc, P.Geo, has been a geologist and entrepreneur in technology development since 1987 and has worked for numerous mining companies around the globe for the last 30 years. Mr. Moreau is a member of the Order of Quebec Geologists and a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association (PDAC).
His expertise is in drone technology applied for mineral exploration (alteration mapping, boulder tracing and 3D imaging), advanced modeling of geological systems and mine targeting platforms (proprietary and non-proprietary software).
Steven Cozine : Corporate Secretary
Mr. Cozine has over 25 years of experience in venture capital markets as an officer and director of publicly listed companies in the mining, industrial and high-tech sectors. His experience covers a wide range of corporate management duties with a focus on governance and regulatory compliance, project management, corporate finance including private funding and prospectus offerings, human resources, strategic planning and corporate operations.
Robert Rosner : CFO & Executive Vice President, Director
Mr. Rosner has significant experience as a mining industry entrepreneur and executive who, in addition to acting as a Director and CFO of Lucky Minerals, is also a Director and CFO of Chimata Gold Corp and Emgold Mining Corporation. Early in his career he initiated the formation of a number of junior exploration mining companies, including Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE: FSM) and Niogold Mining Corp. (TSX.V: NOX – Acquired and wholly owned by Osisko), and played instrumental roles in managing these, and other, resource ventures involved in early stage exploration, resource location, delineation, and development. He has successfully utilized his extensive experience in public and private company management for over 30 years.
Mr. Rosner has acted as an officer and director of both Canadian and U.S. listed companies, providing senior management of reporting compliance, oversight and fiduciary capacities, and directing corporate activities. He also has significant experience in Initial Public Offerings, Mergers & Acquisitions, and reverse takeovers.
Stuart Greene : Director
Mr. Greene is a geologist and former Director of RMB Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Rand Bank that provides equity and debt financing to companies in the minerals and mining industry. His early career was spent as a mine geologist and geological consultant with experience covering mining and geotechnics, the preparation of Competent Person’s Reports and the preparation of independent valuations of mining companies and mineral assets.
Francois Perron : Director
Mr. Perron is a Director and Vice-President of corporate development for Goldstar Minerals Inc. Prior to that he was Vice-President at Renmark Financial Communications until April 2017. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of QMX Gold Corporation and was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Goose Resources. Before joining the resource sector, Mr. Perron was involved in the financial markets as a portfolio manager and managed resource focused portfolios for NBC Alternative Investments and various resource funds for the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec from 2001 to 2007. He has a Bachelor of Science, Computer science from McMaster University (1986) and an MBA from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales which he obtained in 1992.
Santiago Yepez : Director / Ecuador
Santiago Yepez is a mining advisor and executive with over 14 years of well-rounded mining experience and excellent relations with Government Officials and principal mining companies in Ecuador and Latin America. Mr. Yepez is a lawyer with a degree in finance and a resource company entrepreneur with vast experience in the international minerals industry.
Mr. Yepez is the President of the Board of the Ecuador Chamber of Mines, who actively represents the mining industry in discussions with Government authorities and stakeholders.
He has significant expertise in developing the mining business in Latin America, mineral exploration, mining property evaluation and acquisitions, and development of mining projects. He is also well versed in mining Financing, exploration, project and business development, relationship building, strategy management, negotiation, government & public relations, business regulatory framework, and general management.
Shaun Dykes, M.Sc. (Eng); P.Geo (#20044), is a non-independent Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101, who is responsible for the review of all scientific and technical information contained on this website.
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