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David Gower, P.Geo.  
CEO and Director

David Gower has been involved in the mineral industry for over 30 years, including positions with Falconbridge Limited and Noranda Inc. (now Glencore Canada Corporation). While at Falconbridge he was General Manager of Global Nickel and PGM Exploration and a member of the senior operating team that approved capital budgets for new mining projects. Mr. Gower has been involved in numerous discoveries and mine development projects including at Raglan, Matagami, and Sudbury, Canada and green field discoveries in Brazil and Tanzania. He also previously held positions as Director of several junior mineral exploration companies focused in South America and Europe and has been a Director of Alamos Gold since 2009. Mr. Gower has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master of Science degree in Earth Sciences from Memorial University.

Joaquin Merino-Marquez, P.Geo.  
President and Director

A professional geologist with 20 years of experience in the mining industry. He was previously Vice President, Exploration for Primero Mining Corp. and before that Vice President Exploration for Apogee Minerals Ltd. Previously was the exploration manager for Placer Dome at Porgera Mine and a mine geologist at Hecla Mining's La Camorra mine. Joaquin has extensive international experience in South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Joaquin holds a MSc from Queens University, and a BSc in Geology from University of Seville (Spain). Mr. Merino is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Marilia Bento  
Director

Marilia Bento has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and Canadian capital markets. Some of Ms. Bento’s previous positions include, Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets Canada at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. (formerly Orion Securities Inc.) and Vice President of Corporate Development for various resource companies. Marilia was on the Board of Directors of Orion Securities Inc. and has been a board member of junior mining companies.

Lawrence Guy  
Director

Larry Guy is a Managing Director with Next Edge Capital focused on driving the business forward via strategic partnerships, corporate development, and development of new products. Previously, Mr. Guy was a Vice President with Purpose Investments having joined the firm in its infancy and saw vast growth prior to his departure. Prior to Purpose, Mr. Guy was a Portfolio Manager with Aston Hill Financial Inc. Prior to Aston Hill Larry Guy was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Navina Asset Management Inc., a company he co-founded that was subsequently acquired by Aston Hill Financial Inc. Mr. Guy holds a BA (Economics) degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Catherine Stretch  
Director

Catherine Stretch is Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Troilus Gold Corp., a TSX listed advanced stage exploration and early-development company focused on the mineral expansion and potential mine re-start of the former gold and copper Troilus mine in Quebec.  From 2015 to 2019, Catherine was Chief Commercial Officer of Aguia Resources Limited, an ASX and TSX Venture listed company developing phosphate and copper assets in Brazil.  She has 20 years of experience in capital markets with a particular focus on the formation, development and operation of resource companies and was previously a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of a Canadian investment firm which had $1 billion in assets under management.  She is currently a Director of TSX Venture listed AnalytixInsight Inc and TSX listed UEX Corporation.  Ms. Stretch has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Western University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. 

Michael Jones  
Director

Michael Jones is a natural resources specialist with 29 years of experience in the mining and metals industries. He is currently a Director of Taurus Funds Management in London. His technical background, working internationally as a geologist, has been augmented with 23 years of financing and advisory experience across a range of mining projects, geographies and companies. Mr. Jones has lead-arranged financings for both the Aguas Tenidas and the Neves Corvo mines providing unique insights and experience related to the business environment in the project area. Mr. Jones has a well-developed appreciation of due diligence requirements, risk identification and mitigation measures with a sound understanding of the risks faced by companies at all stages of development in the mining industry.

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