Officers & Management
Nick AppleyardPresident & CEO, Director
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.
Marcus BrewsterChief Operating Officer
Marcus Brewster is a geologist and mining engineer who has specific experience in both technical and managerial positions operating large scale paleoplacer gold mines. This includes progressively more senior roles at the Tarkwa mine, and Damang Gold Mines in Ghana, ultimately becoming the General Manager at Damang. Marcus' experience also includes General Manager of several other gold mines and previous experience as a Chief Operating Officer. His language skills include English (native), plus German, Swiss German, Portuguese, and French.
Scott BrunsdonChief Financial Officer
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.
Brian C. IrwinCorporate SecretaryMr. Irwin is a former partner of DuMoulin Black, a Vancouver based Securities and Corporate Law firm where he practiced corporate, securities and natural resource law with a focus on mining and corporate finance. During his forty year career, he served as chairman of the natural resources subsection of the Continuing Legal Education Program of the British Columbia Bar. He has served as chairman of Ashton Mining of Canada, director and officer of Brazauro Resources Corporation, Goldbelt Resources Ltd. (acquired by Wega Mining) and has sat on the boards of a number of resource based public companies.
Fabio MozzerVice President
Fabio is an engineering geologist with a Bachelor's degree from the Federal University of Ouro Preto. He has over 25 years of experience in both mining and exploration, mainly in gold and diamonds throughout Brazil but also
including environmental management. Fabio has been with TriStar since inception, before which worked for Brazauro and Rio Tinto.
Andrew GrantVice President
Andrew has a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Barcelona, is a graduate of the McRae Institute of International Management’s Latin American Management Program, and has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Economics from the University of Victoria. He is a corporate social responsibility and strategic operations specialist. Having worked in over 40 countries, he implements stakeholder
engagement strategies, building partnerships between companies, civil society and governments to maximize the positive impact of social and environmental investment.
Tony BrownMgr. Metallurgical Engineering
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 CannuliTechnical Advisor
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.