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Officers & Management

Nick Appleyard was appointed President and CEO in December 2015. He has executive experience in mining having previously been the CEO of Chaparral Gold and Vice President Corporate Development for International Minerals. Nick has over 25 years international experience in precious metals exploration and mining. He has managed exploration, development and production JVs in North and South America, including extensive project development experience in South America with more than ten years in-country, and prior to that in Australia.

Nick is fluent in Spanish, holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Curtin University, Australia, and is a Chartered Professional (Geology) member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Scott Brunsdon was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2015. He brings extensive experience as a senior-level finance executive in the mining industry including as CFO for Chaparral Gold, International Minerals and Placer Dome NA. He has been a Director and senior manager with several mining companies and has over 28 years’ experience in public company management, corporate development, public listings, mergers and acquisitions.

Scott holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.

Mo Srivastava is one of the world’s pre-eminent authorities on resource estimation and geostatistics. He is a geologist and geostatistician with more than 30 years of experience in economic geology, has been an Advisor to Boards of Directors, President and Founder of consultancy firm FSS Canada, and coordinator of Benchmark Six, an industry-wide initiative to improve information on the reliability of assay data. He has served as an expert witness and is respected as an advisor to governments and to standards-development organisations. Mo is co-author of the most widely-used textbook on geostatistics, and of more than 40 papers on the theory and practice of geostatistics. With advancements in technology, Mo continues to develop leading techniques for resource estimation.

Mo has a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from MIT, a Master’s degree in Geostatistics from Stanford University and was the inaugural recipient in 2016 of the Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Elton Pereira is a geologist with over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration throughout Brazil. He was previously Vice President Exploration of Brazauro, and prior to that was with the Rio Tinto Group where he acted as manager of several projects, being involved in the discovery of some of the known gold deposits in the Amazon Craton.

Elton is a member of CREA- the Brazilian Regional Council of Engineering, Architecture and Geology, a graduate of Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, and has a M.Sc from Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Tony Brown has over 40 years of international experience in mining and metals including metallurgical testing, flowsheet design, feasibility studies, detailed engineering, cost estimating, commissioning and operations. Projects have included mineral dressing and hydrometallurgy of precious metals, base metals and non-metallic minerals. He was a Founding Partner and ultimately President of MRDI, an internationally recognized consulting group based in San Mateo, California. Previous employers include Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, Bechtel and Fluor Engineers.

Tony holds the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Metallurgy from the University of Sheffield, England. 

Mark Cannuli has previously been the Exploration Manager for Chaparral Gold and International Minerals. His experience includes discovering the Inmaculada gold-silver deposit in Peru, and includes over 30 years in use of geology, geophysics and geochemistry to identify and assess mineral deposits.

Mark holds a M.Sc. Minerals Exploration degree from McGill University, Quebec.