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Eugene Puritch, P.Eng., FEC (President)

Mr. Puritch is a professional mining engineer licenced in five Canadian Provices with over 35 years experience in engineering and operations of open-pit and underground mines. Assignments have taken him throughout Canada, Central and South America, Australia, Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, China and Mongolia. Gold, silver, base metal, PGM, and iron deposits have been the focus with projects ranging from small underground narrow vein to large open-pit multi-element properties.


Mr. Puritch is a specialist in geological modeling and mine design and has extensive experience in the use of Gemcom, Whittle 4X, and AutoCad software packages. Many underground and open-pit resource estimates, optimizations and mine designs were developed for Preliminary Economic Assessments and Feasibility Studies. He has authored numerous NI 43-101 technical reports as a Qualified Person on gold, silver, base metal and PGM deposits.

Andrew Bradfield, P.Eng. (Chief Operating Officer)

Mr. Bradfield is a mining engineer with over 35 years of technical, operations, management and corporate experience in the Mineral Resource industry. He has held various positions at mines in Australia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Mali, the Philippines, South Africa and Sweden, and has worked for several consulting engineering firms, including SRK. For the 10 years prior to joining P&E, he was the Vice President Operations or Chief Operating Officer at several junior mining companies, including Avion Gold Corporation.


Mr. Bradfield's experience includes mine start-up, development and operations, technical and financial evaluations, and royalty transactions. He has been involved in numerous Preliminary Economic Assessment studies, Prefeasibility and Feasibility reports, and has authored a variety of NI 43-101 technical reports. He holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Mining Engineering from Queen's University.

Kirk Rodgers, P.Eng. (Vice President, Project Development)

Mr. Rodgers is a mining engineer with over 35 years of mineral industry experience. Prior to joining P&E in 2010, Mr. Rodgers was a Principal at Golder Associates Ltd., where he established a North American mineral resource and project evaluation group. Between 1994 and 2005, Mr. Rodgers worked as a Senior Mineral Industry Consultant with Micon International Ltd., Toronto, where he was involved in technical evaluations of underground and open pit mines, project appraisals, due diligence reviews and providing technical support to mines and projects.


Mr. Rodgers has held a variety of senior engineering, mining contracting, consulting and mine operations positions, up to the level of General Manager. He has been involved in all facets of mine design and operations engineering, on projects in more than twenty countries, including mines in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America. In his mining contracting and consulting career, he has visited more than 100 underground and open pit mines and is considered an expert in mining methodologies and costs.

Dr. Richard Sutcliffe, P.Geo. (Sr. Geological Advisor)

Dr. Sutcliffe is a professional geologist with over 35 years of experience in geological surveys, mineral exploration and mining projects, including executive management and director positions with publically traded mineral exploration and mining companies. He has been involved in numerous resource and reserve estimates for gold, PGM and base metal projects, as well as Preliminary Economic Assessments, Prefeasibility and Feasibility studies.


Dr. Sutcliffe's experience spans a wide range of geological environments, most specifically with igneous rocks and Nickel-Copper-PGM deposits. In addition, he has significant experience in property acquisition, exploration programs, financing, permitting, off-take contracts, and mergers and acquisitions.

Arun Basu, Ph.D. (Director of Technical Services)

Dr. Arun J. Basu is well experienced in the area of strategic planning related to Preliminary Economic Assessments and Feasibility Studies of mining and mineral projects. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto teaching Ventilation and Occupational Health, in the Mineral Engineering Program. Prior to joining P&E, he served JNE Consulting Ltd. (Hamilton, ON, Canada) in the capacity of Director, Industrial and Infrastructure Ventilation Systems.


Dr. Basu has over 30 years of experience in Civil, Structural, and Mining Engineering (with specialties in pit optimization and production scheduling). He also served as RioTinto Lecturer in Mining engineering (1999-2004) at Royal School of Mines (RSM), Imperial College London (UK) and as Senior Lecturer in Mining Engineering (1994-1999) at Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Curtin University of Technology, Kalgoorlie, WA, (Australia).

Alex Veresezan, P.Eng.

Alex Veresezan is a specialist mining engineer with more than 22 years of experience in operating and mine engineering consulting companies. He has expertise in mine operation, Feasibility Studies, capital and operating budgets, properties valuations, mine design and strategic planning.


Mr. Veresezan has previously worked for Barrick Gold Corp, Wardrop Engineering and Cementation Canada. He has specialized expertise in the mine operations management and strategy, design and mine planning, mine systems and controls, underground infrastructure contracts, peer review, operational budgets, control systems, financial reporting for mining operations, audits, due diligence, JV formation, training and mentoring multicultural mine operation staff. He is a Qualified Person, has a Master of Science degree in Underground Mining and holds a Professional Engineer designation in the Province of Ontario.

David Orava, M.Eng., P.Eng.

David Orava is a mining engineer with over 35 years experience which spans open pit and underground mine planning, mine development and operations, mine closure and permitting, and due diligence and compliance assessments. He has completed a range of assignments for base metal, platinum group metal, gold, uranium, iron ore, diamond and industrial mineral producers and others such as the Mining Association of Canada and the International Finance Corporation. He has completed projects in North America, Latin America, Russia and Mauritania.


His extensive work in mine project capital and cost estimating and scheduling, and cost-benefit analysis includes many engineering cost studies; the preparation and management of mine contracting bids; and his direct involvement as a Qualified Person for NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessments, Prefeasibility and Feasibility Studies. He has served as a senior reviewer for mine cost studies and mine projects, and has developed and lead corrective action plans to address concerns. One such project in 2007 involved a practical review of blast hole drilling at an open pit gold mine in Russia.

James Pearson, P.Eng.

James Pearson is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario with over 40 years of extensive operating, development, consulting, contracting and financial experience in the mining industry. Mr. Pearson has held senior level engineering and management positions at large and small scale underground operations and has worked in a consulting capacity on numerous projects and operations in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Africa and Russia.


As a consultant Mr. Pearson has completed a number of assignments including detailed mine design and cost reviews, site engineering and supervision, life-of-mine operating plans, Feasibility Studies, NI 43-101 compliant technical reports, resource and reserve audits, valuations and scheduling for the mining industry. His mine contracting experience includes the management of production and development projects, shaft sinking, and cost estimating. Additionally, he has an excellent knowledge of project financing and the business aspects of project development having worked as a mining analyst for several Canadian brokerage firms.

Richard Routledge, M.Sc. (Applied), P. Geo.

Richard Routledge is a professional geologist with more than 40 years experience in mineral industry consulting and exploration. He worked for two prominent Canadian consulting firms, between 1973 and 1985 and 1994 to 2011, as well as for a major Canadian exploration and producing company from 1985 to 1992. He has been involved in due diligence audits for major companies and financial institutions, estimation of mineral resources and reserves, and evaluations and valuations of mineral properties. He has worked across Canada and in the USA, Central and South America, Finland, Africa, Central Asia, Mongolia and Australia. He has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.


Mr. Routledge is accomplished at resource modelling using Gemcom software and has participated in Preliminary Economic Assessments and Prefeasibility Studies for deposits amenable to underground and open pit mining. He has evaluated industrial minerals deposits and has estimated or audited resources for deposits of volcanogenic base metals, magmatic nickel-copper-platinum group metals, porphyry copper and oxide/secondary copper, gold/placer gold, uranium, kimberlite diamonds, chromite and iron ore. He has authored and co-authored numerous NI 43-101 Technical Reports.

Antoine Yassa, P.Geo.

Mr. Yassa is a professional Geologist with more than 35 years experience in the exploration of precious and base metals, uranium and industrial minerals. He has specialized for the last 15 years in 3D modelling, database management and QA/QC supervision.


During his career, Mr. Yassa has worked in Canada, Russia, Central Asia and in West African countries. He has been involved in various project stages from grass-roots exploration to production. He has held positions as senior geologist, QA/QC supervisor, database manager as well as resource evaluation senior geologist. Some of the projects in which he was involved with at Placer Dome are open-pit optimization at Dome Mine in Timmins, Prefeasibility on Vasilskovskoye in Kazakhstan and Prefeasibility of Samira Hill in Niger. While employed with McWatters Mining, he worked on block modeling and resource evaluation of the Sigma Mine and Kiena Mine in Abitibi, Qu├ębec. For Bema Gold Mr. Yassa managed the databases, QAQC and resource evaluation at Julietta Mine in Far-East Russia. Mr. Yassa is a highly proficient Gemcom software user.

Fred Brown, M.Sc. (Eng), CPG, Pr.Sci.Nat., P.Geo.

Mr. Brown is a professional mining geologist with over 25 years experience in mineral resource management, including open-pit and underground operations. He has worked on precious metal, base metal and diamond mining projects in eastern and southern Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada and South America. His experience includes operational management, Feasibility Studies, due diligence audits, mine evaluation, resource estimation and deposit modeling.


Mr. Brown specializes in resource modeling of complex deposits, and has authored several NI 43-101 technical reports as a Qualified Person.

Greg Robinson, P.Eng.

Mr. Robinson is a professional mining engineer with 10 years of underground and open pit experience at operations across Canada and Australia in commodities including coal, base metals, diamonds and precious metals. He specializes in trade-off studies and financial modelling; as well as the design and optimization of blasting, mine development, and ventilation; and is proficient with numerous software systems including Deswik, Ventsim, MineSched and Vulcan.


Mr. Robinson has previously worked as a project manager; been a blaster/shotfirer in surface and underground operations; and managed technical and operations teams at development-stage projects and operational sites. Additionally, he expects to receive MBA degrees from Cornell University and Queens University in early 2018.

Ganesh Guntur, P.Eng.

Mr. Guntur is a mining engineer with 25 years experience in engineering and operations of underground mines. The main areas of his work in underground mines include selection of mining method, drilling and blasting design, mine ventilation design, shaft sinking and instrumentation of stopes for ground control. Technical assignments have been in Canada, India, France and Indonesia.


Mr. Guntur currently specializes in open pit and underground mine design and production scheduling for small to large scale worldwide projects for gold, silver, PGM and base metal deposits. He is proficient with the operation of Datamine, Gemcom, Autocad and Excel software.

Yungang Wu, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Yungang Wu is a professional geologist with more than 25 years experience in mineral resource estimation, exploration and mining in China and Canada. He has worked in mining operations and in the consulting industry on diamond, gold, copper, silver, zinc, lead, iron. He has involved in exploration project management, resource estimation, mineral project evaluation, due diligence, and NI 43-101 Technical Reports.


Mr. Wu specializes in resource modeling using Gemcom and Datamine software, grade control and mineral exploration, including project management, planning, desk top studies, sampling, logging, drilling and interpretation.

Alfred Hayden, P.Eng.

Mr. Hayden is a metallurgical engineer with 10 years operating experience in hydrometallurgical and mineral processing and over 30 years experience as a consultant to the mineral industry. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Designated Consulting Engineer in the Province of Ontario. His assignments have taken him throughout Canada, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guyana, Australia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Russia. Gold, silver, PGM, base metals, cobalt, uranium and minor metals projects have been the focus of experience with projects ranging from small heap leach gold operations to large low-grade base metals projects.


Mr. Hayden has expertise in the areas of metallurgical process development, flow sheet design, plant operations, capital and operating cost estimates, technical evaluations, project audits, sampling studies and market surveys. Numerous process design and cost estimates were developed for scoping through Feasibility Studies. He has contributed to many NI 43-101 technical report metallurgical sections as a Qualified Person. In addition, Mr. Hayden has developed two patented processes related to precious metals processing.

Ken Kuchling, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Ken Kuchling is a mining engineer with over 35 years experience mainly encompassing open pit mining. He has worked in mining operations and in the consulting industry, with commodities such as gold, copper, potash, diamonds, oil sands, bauxite, tungsten, nickel, molybdenum, and industrial minerals. He has had direct involvement in scoping and Feasibility Studies, NI 43-101 Technical Reports, mine design, permitting, geotechnical engineering, tailings design, hydrogeology, and equipment selection. His equipment experience includes truck & shovel, dredging, large walking draglines, bucket wheel excavators & conveyor systems, and underground continuous mining systems.


Mr. Kuchling has been involved in the evaluation of early stage and advanced stage opportunities on behalf of clients, including due diligence reviews, technical evaluation of data, site visits, preliminary financial modeling and "what-if" economic analyses. He has assisted clients in developing corporate strategies for studying, advancing, or selling projects. Globally his involvement includes projects in Canada, United States, Suriname, Russia, Korea, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Senegal, and Papua New Guinea, with experience ranging from Arctic to tropical conditions.

David Burga, P.Geo.

Mr. Burga is a geologist with 15 years experience in mining exploration and environmental projects. He has worked on precious metal, base metal and diamond projects in northern Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Mexico, Peru and Chile and is fluent in Spanish.


Mr. Burga was previously involved with managing the Chilean operations of a Canadian junior exploration company and brings his project management experience to P&E. He has co-authored numerous NI 43-101 technical reports.

James Gardner, P.Eng.

Mr. Gardner is a mining engineer with 15 years of underground and open pit experience. He has on-site experience in Canada, Australia and Chile with specialization in mine production design and planning. He utilizes Gemcom, Datamine, Whittle, and Ventsim software for projects with major producers, mid-tier producers, and international mine contracting firms.


Mr. Gardner performs due diligence reviews for operating projects in production design and planning and contributes in this same manner to Preliminary Economic Assessment, Prefeasibility, and Feasibility Studies.

Jarita Barry, P.Geo.

Ms. Barry has over 15 years experience since obtaining her degree in geology, gaining field experience in various exploration projects located within Canada, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru. She has worked on early to late stage exploration projects, investigating gold, silver, base metal and uranium mineralization.


Ms. Barry has specialized in GIS and has also been heavily involved in and ran quality control programs for various drilling exploration projects. She has also built, managed and 'cleaned-up' small and large exploration databases to comply with NI 43-101 standards. Ms. Barry has also been involved in NI 43-101 technical report writing.

Brian Ray, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Brian Ray is a professional geologist with more than 30 years experience in mineral industry consulting and exploration of precious and base metals. Mr. Ray has held a senior level exploration and management positions at large and small scale underground operations and exploration projects for: Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold, Miramar Mining, Sandspring Resources and various junior exploration companies in North and South America, and Europe.


Mr. Ray specializes in resource and geological modeling using Gemcom, Leapfrog, IoGas and GIS software. He has authored and co-authored numerous NI 43-101 Technical Reports as a Qualified Person. Mr. Ray has a working knowledge of Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Bulgarian.

Dylan Shacker, P.Eng.

Mr. Shacker is a mining engineer with 10 years of experience in the mining industry in Canada and New Zealand. He has worked in mining operations, mine planning and on mining studies with coal, oil sands and base metals.


Mr. Shacker has completed pit optimizations, production schedules, mine designs and been part of a project engineering team for open pit and underground deposits. He has experience using Whittle, MineSight, Vulcan, Deswik and EPS depending on the project demands. He has also completed reviews of financial models and technical reports for NI 43-101 Preliminary Economic Assessments and Prefeasibility Studies.