Board of Directors

Peter Tagliamonte, P.Eng., MBA
President & CEO; Director

Mr. Tagliamonte is a professional mining engineer with over 25 years of progressive managerial experience building and operating mines. He was formerly the CEO and a Director of Sulliden Gold Corp. (acquired by Rio Alto Mining), President and CEO of Central Sun Mining Inc. (acquired by B2Gold) and Chief Operating Officer of Desert Sun Mining Corp. (acquired by Yamana) where he was responsible for the development of the Jacobina Mine in Brazil into a 4,200-tonne-per-day mining operation. In 2005, Mr. Tagliamonte received the Mining Journal's "Mine Manager of the Year" award in recognition for his work in the mining sector. Mr. Tagliamonte obtained his Mining Engineering degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario; he also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Mark Eaton
Executive Chairman

Mr. Eaton is an investment professional with over 20 years of experience in equity capital markets specializing in the resource sector, as well as +10 years serving as management and/or board member to several public mining companies. He was formerly a Managing Director of Global Mining Sales, a division of CIBC World Markets of Toronto and Manager of US Equity Sales for CIBC World Markets. He also  formerly acted as a Partner and Director of Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon Ltd., a Toronto-based investment dealer, which he held from January 2007 until he joined the Board of UEX Corporation in March, 2008. Most recently, he acted as President and CEO of Belo Sun Mining (formerly Verena Minerals), from 2010 until 2014. Mr. Eaton is a graduate from Hull University, in England.

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Carol Fries
Independent Director

Ms. Fries has over 30 years of experience in the natural resources and mining sectors managing the preparation and completion of environmental and social impact assessments, EHS (Environmental. Health and Safety) systems, community relations and resettlement programs and other programs central to the mining permitting process. Ms. Fries has held a number of senior roles at major, mid-tier and junior mining companies, including Compania Minera Antamina, Falconbridge, Marcobre (Chariot Resources), Norsemont Peru and Rio Tinto. She formerly served as Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sulliden Gold Corporation Ltd.,Vice President of Environment and Community Relations at Norsemont Peru until its acquisition by HudBay in 2011, Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety and Community Relations at Chariot Resources, as well as Manager of Environment, Health, Safety Security and Community Relations for Marcobre S.A.C.. Ms. Fries formerly served on the Board of Directors for Chariot Resources. Ms. Fries holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Minor in Geology, from the University of Waterloo.

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Peter Nixon
Lead Independent Director

Mr. Nixon has served on the boards of several publicly traded mining companies and has successfully guided many of them through the permitting and development stages. Mr. Nixon is a graduate from McGill University.

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Rui Botica Santos
Independent Director

Mr. Santos is a qualified lawyer in Brazil and is widely regarded as a leading lawyer in the mining sector and has over 25 years representing and assisting international corporations. Mr. Santos is currently, a board member of Somincor, a copper producing mine in Portugal fully owned and operated by Lundin Mining and of Ascendant Resources Inc, a resource company listed on the TSX. Mr. Santos is a Partner of CRA - Coelho Ribeiro e Associados – a Portuguese Law Firm, where he leads the firm’s Arbitration and Mining practices. He is also the founding partner of CRA Timor-Leste, a law firm based in Timor-Leste focused on mining and Oil & Gas. Currently Mr. Santos has the position of President of the International Tribunal of FIA – Fédération Internationale de Automobile, (Paris, France), Judge of the International Court of Appeal of FIA and arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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