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Advisors

Geological Advisor

Dave_Mathewson.jpgMr. Mathewson, geologist, is a renowned Carlin Gold Trend specialist, mine finder and former Newmont Mining Corporation Regional Exploration Manager. Mr. Mathewson was instrumental in several significant gold discoveries in the Rain and Railroad Mining Districts in the southern portion of the Carlin Gold Trend, where the Carlin Vanadium Project is located. During the 1990’s while at Newmont, Mr. Mathewson led the team which discovered the Tess, Northwest Rain, Saddle, and South Emigrant gold deposits in the Rain District, which total over 4 million ounces of gold. In 2009, he was a founder of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (GSV-TSX and NYSE) and served as its Vice President of Exploration until 2015. During this period, his exploration team discovered the North Bullion gold, Bald Mountain gold and copper, and Sylvania silver and copper deposits, as well as acquired the Pinion gold deposit, all in the Railroad District.

Business Advisor

Tookie Angus photo croppedMr. Angus is an independent business advisor to the mining industry and is presently Chair of San Marco Resources Inc, K92 Mining Inc,  and Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) Corp. He was formerly Head of the Global Mining Group for Fasken Martineau. For the past 40 years, Mr. Angus has focused on structuring and financing significant international exploration, development and mining ventures. More recently, he was managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Endeavour Financial and was responsible for merger and acquisition mandates. Mr. Angus is the former Chairman of the Board of BC Sugar Refinery Limited, he was a Director of First Quantum Minerals until June 2005, a Director of Canico Resources Corporation until its takeover by Brazil’s CVRD in 2005, a Director of Bema Gold Corp. until its takeover by Kinross Gold Corporation in 2007, a Director of Ventana Gold Corp. until its takeover by AUX Canada Acquisition Inc. in 2011 and a Director of Plutonic Power Corporation until its merger with Magma Energy Corp. in 2011.  He resigned June 30, 2017 as Chair of Nevsun Resources Ltd following its acquisition of Reservoir Minerals.

Metallurgical Advisor

David Dreisinger Colour 2008 croppedDavid Dreisinger is a Professor and Chairholder of the Hydrometallurgy Chair at the University of British Columbia. The UBC Hydrometallurgy Chair is funded by 16 industrial companies. Dr. Dreisinger works actively with industry and has co-invented a number of metallurgical processes, including the Sepon Copper process (Laos), the Mt Gordon Copper process (Australia), the PLATSOL process (to be used in the US). Together with his students and colleagues, he has published over 300 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. He holds 21 US Patents. Dr. Dreisinger serves as a director of a number of TSX listed companies including PolyMet Mining, Search Minerals, Euro Manganese and LeadFX.

Metallurgical Advisor

Gary Kordosky picDr. Gary Kordosky a world-renowned expert in Solvent Extraction. He holds an MS in Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, from The Ohio State University. His work in solvent extraction began in 1974 when he joined General Mills Chemicals, the inventors of the Alamine, Aliquat and LIX families of metal recovery agents. His experience includes development and evaluation of metal recovery reagents, metal recovery process development and process evaluation, technical service, marketing and plant troubleshooting and he has been a member of part plant startup teams for SX plants in the United States, Chile, Peru, Australia and Zambia. Dr. Kordosky is an inventor on 18 US patents and has authored more than 40 papers. He was awarded the 1989 Fritz Henkel Innovation Award for the development of LIX 87QN, the reagent used to recover Ni at the Queensland Nickel plant and he also won the 2007 Cognis Innovation Award for helping develop a flowsheet that saves significant amounts of acid when agitation leaching copper oxide ores. He is the recipient of the 2013 Milton Wadsworth Award from the SME for “His life-long contributions to the development of SX technology”. Dr. Kordosky has served on the editorial board for the journal Hydrometallurgy and on the International Committee for Solvent Extraction. He was the Co-chair of the organizing committee for the 2008 International Solvent Extraction Conference, held in Tucson, Arizona.

Construction Advisor

Bill Matheson photo croppedBill Matheson has worked in the mining and industrial sectors for over 37 years in the roles of Field Engineer (Electrical/Instrumentation ), Construction and Project Manager and advisor. From 1979 to 1994, Mr. Matheson worked initially in mining operations, followed by performing startups, commissioning, and construction management on mining projects including Canada Tungsten, Echo Bay Mines, Luscar Coal, Baker Mine, Cullaton Lake Gold Mines, Vista Mining, Cluff Lake, Hope Brook Gold, Teck Corona Hemlo, Tonkin Springs Gold Project, Cassiar Asbestos and Yanococha. Between 1994 and 2004, Mr. Matheson focused on industrial operations as a Field Engineer (Electrical/Instrumentation ) for a general contractor (The Industrial Company) on multiple industrial projects followed by working  on two nuclear power plants, three gas fired turbine power plants, one oil refinery, and two High Fructose Corn Syrup / Ethanol Refineries under his own company. In 2004 Bill was recruited by Merit Consultants International where he was Construction Manager on the dismantle/relocation of the Equatorial SX/EW facility to the Lisbon Valley mine site in SE Utah, and the complete construction of the Carlota Copper SX/EW project in Miami, Arizona which completed in 2008. At the end of the project Bill went to work for Quadra Mining, the owner of the Carlota Copper Project as Manager of Construction Projects. Bill assisted Quadra with the acquisition and the start-up of the Franke Mine in Northern Chile and the second phase of the leach facility at Carlota Copper. With Quadra, that became Quadra FNX and ultimately KGHM International, Bill worked as Manager of Project Construction, Interim Project Manager of the Victoria Project, and Project Development Manager of the Ajax Project until the end of 2013. In 2014 Bill formed his own company W. Matheson Consulting Inc. and served on the Technical Committees for the Sierra Gorda Oxide Project and the Ajax Project for KGHM International. Paralleling with that work Bill provided oversite on the Phase II Project for CS Mining in SE Utah on their Agitated Leach, SX/EW facility. Bill is currently providing oversite on an AMD conveyance system on the Leviathan Mine Site, in NE California and preparing for his Project Management Professional Certification Exam.  Bill has an Industrial Instrumentation diploma from Saskatchewan Technical Institute. 

Metallurgical Advisor

JMcMullen croppedMr. McMullen holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Sciences, Metallurgical Engineering (BASc) and a Master Degree of Applied Sciences in Mineral Processing (MASc.) both from Laval University, Quebec. He spent the initial 15 years of his career with LAC Minerals where he gained operations’ management experience to eventually be involved with the optimization of all Milling Operations of the Company. Joining Barrick Gold through the take-over of LAC, Mr. McMullen rose to Senior Vice President roles during his 18 year operating career with Barrick. While having been a Director on various Boards, namely Orvana Minerals, Minera S.A., Highland Gold and currently NewCastle Gold, he also presently acts as corporate technical advisor to Detour Gold Corporation. Through his technical exposure to a very large number of mining assets over the years, in operations, development and management of capital projects, he can identify key value drivers and gaps, and generate turn-around strategies to create shareholder value and catalyze business growth.

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