Management & Directors

Michael Cowin

Chairman & Director

Mr. Cowin has 20 years of investment experience. Since 2007, he has been a director of Northcape Capital ("Northcape"), a boutique investment fund based in Australia which manages over A$8.0 billion. Over that period he has been the portfolio manager/analyst for the Emerging Companies Fund. Prior to Northcape, Mr. Cowin was a senior portfolio manager at AMP from 2004-2007. From 2003-2004, he managed the Small Companies Fund at UBS and was an industrial analyst with sector responsibility for the basic industries, healthcare, media and diversified industries. While at UBS from 1999-2003, he also held the position of Head of Research and Deputy Portfolio Manager for the UBS Australian Share Fund. Between 1996-1999, he was a research analyst with BZW Equities. Mr. Cowin holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honors) from the University of NSW.

John M. Mirko

President, CEO, and Director

Mr. Mirko has 40 years of extensive experience in the mining industry. His most recent work was with Roca Mines Inc. as a founding Director for nine years, where he was instrumental in putting into production a 500 tonne per day (TPD) mine and concentrator. He was co-recipient of Association for Mineral Exploration BC's "E.A. Scholtz Medal" (2008) for excellence in mine development, and the Mining Association of BC's "Mining and Sustainability Award" (2009) for Roca Mines' MAX Molybdenum Mine.

From 1986 to 2010, Mr. Mirko was a founding Director of Auckland Exploration Inc., Pacific Rim Mining Corp., Frontier Pacific Mining Corp., and Stikine Energy Corp. In addition, he held management positions with Skylark Resources Ltd., Solitare Minerals Corp. and Calypso Uranium Corp. Mr. Mirko has been self-employed since 1977 through his company, Canam Mining Corp., as a mining contractor and prospector involved in the exploration, development and construction of numerous mining projects in 11 countries and the production of mineral resources from five such projects.

Mr. Mirko's past clients include Hudson Bay Mining, Corona Corp., Homestake Development, Kennecott, Extotal Resources, Equity Engineering, Stikine Copper and Pioneer Metals. His work included prospecting, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, property evaluation, project management, property acquisition, catering, camp/road/airstrip construction, mine development, mine rehabilitation, concentrator construction and operations, contract negotiations, financing and strategic planning and development.

Adam Pankratz, MBA, MA

Director

Mr. Pankratz is currently a professor of Business Economics and Strategy at the University of British Columbia-Sauder School of Business. He brings experience and expertise ranging from 7 years of financial services management to leading a federal election campaign. He is multilingual in French, Spanish, German, and English.

Dennis Cojuco, CA

CFO and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Cojuco is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BSc. Chemistry and Diploma in Accounting) and is a Chartered Accountant in British Columbia. Mr. Cojuco articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2006 to 2009 and with Staley, Okada and Partners from 2004 until the two firms combined in 2006. Mr. Cojuco worked primarily in the mining practice of both firms where he assisted clients in the areas of public financings, mergers and acquisitions, public company reporting and various other areas. Since the fall of 2009, he has been working in senior accounting capacities with junior mining companies, both in the production and exploration stage.

James (“Jim”) Oliver, Ph.D., P. Geo.

Exploration Manager and Senior Advisor 

Dr. Oliver has more than 38 years of mineral exploration experience specializing in global mineral deposit evaluations and early to advanced stage project valuations. He served as Senior Geologist for Teck Resources from 1992-1995 and V.P. Geology for the Hunter Dickinson (HDI) Group of Companies.

Dr. Oliver has served as a Geological Consultant to major mining companies including Placer Dome Inc., Falconbridge Limited, Esso Minerals Ltd., Homestake Mining Corp., Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Taseko Mines Ltd., as well as numerous junior companies including Dundee Precious Metals, Sun Metals, Serengeti Resources, Detour Gold Corp., Skeena Resources.

Dr. Oliver is an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist’s of British Columbia (P. Geo.) and The Society of Economic Geologists, Inc., Winner of the CIM 2014 Barlow Medal and the 2019 Frank Woodside Award for distinguished service to the mineral exploration industry.  as "Advisor and Consultant

Mark Rebagliati, P.Eng.

Chief Geological Consultant

Mr. Rebagliati is a consulting geological engineer and has held positions with a number of major mining companies. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1969 with a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering. In 1986, Mark formed Rebagliati Geological Consulting Ltd. based in Vancouver, Canada.

As a mineral exploration consultant with a portfolio of ideas he developed an association with the Hunter Dickinson Group exploring for PGE in South Africa and Brazil and epithermal, massive sulphide and porphyry deposits in North and South America, the Pacific Islands and Asia.

He played a leading role in the discovery of the Mount Milligan, Southern Star and Kemess South porphyry copper/gold deposits in British Columbia, a cluster of polymetallic VMS deposits at Campo Morado, Mexico, the Pebble East porphyry copper/gold/silver/moly deposit in Alaska and the Xietongmen and New-Tongmen porphyry copper/gold deposits in China.

Mr. Rebagliati is the recipient of several mining industry awards including the BC Chamber of Mines "H.H. Huestis Award" (1992) for excellence in mineral exploration, the "Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award" (1997) from PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada), a co-recipient of the "Thayer Lindsey International Discovery Award" from PDAC (2007), the "Robert M. Dreyer Award" (2008) from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration to recognize outstanding achievements in applied economic geology accomplished through commercial exploration or development of mineral deposits, and most recently the "Colin Spence Award" (2009) from the Association for Mineral Exploration BC for global exploration excellence.

Ted Muraro, P.Eng.

Advisor and Consultant

Mr. Muraro has dedicated over 40 years to the mineral exploration industry, and spent over 30 years at Cominco Ltd. as Chief Geologist and internal Consulting Geologist to the Exploration Division. Mr. Muraro holds a B.Ap.Sc. In Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a M.Sc. In Geological Engineering from Queens University, and completed post graduate studies at Stanford University. He serves as a Director of Imperial Metals Corp.

Harvey Tremblay

Advisor

Mr. Tremblay is the founder and President of Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd. based in Smithers, BC. A northerner all his life, Mr. Tremblay grew up in Kitimat and eventually moved to Smithers in 1977 to raise his family.

In 1991 Mr. Tremblay founded Hy-Tech Drilling and built it up from a single drill operation to a fleet of 25 drills operating throughout Canada and Europe. Hy-Tech Drilling clients include the Lundin Group, Goldcorp, Seabridge, Xstrata, Rubicon and Dennison. Working closely with his engineering team, Harvey helped design the unique patented diamond drill that is exclusive to Hy-Tech Drilling. Prior to starting Hy-Tech Drilling, Mr. Tremblay worked in every area of the mining industry including camp construction, soil sampling, claim staking and diamond drilling.

Mr. Tremblay is active in the community as a sponsor, volunteer and mentor. He is currently a Director of the Canadian Diamond Drilling Association (CDDA) and is a strong believer in developing and fostering a culture of safety and environmental awareness. He received the "David Barr Award" (2010) for leadership and innovation in mineral exploration, health and safety from the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C.

Fernando Pickmann

Manager Corporate Development Peru

Mr. Pickmann has a law degree and an LLM in corporate Law and over 20 years of corporate, securities and mining law experience. He has managed the listings and financings of several junior mining companies with the Lima Stock Exchange ("BVL"), and is currently the President/COO of Regulus Resources Inc. His legal practice has been focused on advising significant mining companies in Peru. He has acted as internal legal advisor of Peruvian Government on the Mining Privatization Committee of Centromin Peru; he has been board member of several public and private junior mining companies and board member of Petroperu (Peruvian Agency for oil and gas), and is currently partner of Dentons law firm in the Lima office, negotiating multiple transfer, assignment and mining option contracts. Mr. Pickmann has also been a Professor of Mining Law and Strategic Alliances at Lima University.

Luis Igreda, P.Geo.

Geological Consultant

Mr. Igreda is a consulting geologist with more than 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, development and production. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from National Mayor University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru in 1972 and is registered as a Practicing member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Mr. Ingreda's clients include Endeavour Silver Corp. in Mexico, Roca Mines Inc. in Canada and Mexico, Aurelian Resources Inc. in Ecuador, Geomaque Explorations Ltd. in Mexico and Honduras and he worked as a mine geologist over 20 years for Cerro de Pasco Corp. (Centromin Peru), Minas Buenaventura, S.A. and Perubar, S.A.


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