Management

  • Rick Gittleman
    President & Interim CEO

    Mr. Gittleman is a legal, government relations and public affairs executive with over 35 years’ experience advising multinational companies on M&A, project finance, mining, oil and gas, agriculture and power projects across the globe. Most recently he served as Senior Executive overseeing legal issues and stakeholder engagement at Glencore SA where he developed corporate strategies to improve relations with government, community, and civil society stakeholders at mine sites in Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Preceding that, Mr. Gittleman held the position of Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at Freeport-McMoRan Africa, where over his 7-year tenure, oversaw the Tenke Fungurume mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo from development through to full commercial production. He also has 20 years’ experience at partner level where he worked on merger, acquisitions and project finance in the energy and mining sectors. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire/DRC and graduated with a bachelor’s concentration in Political Science and American Civilization at Brown University and received his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from American University, Washington College of Law.

  • Jason Nickel
    Director, COO

    Mr. Nickel is an experienced Mining Executive and Engineer, Investor and Entrepreneur with a diverse 25-year mining background in operations, engineering, feasibility and exploration / development of venture capital projects. Most recently he held position as Mine Manager for a significant Canadian emerging gold producer, leading the production and development of new underground and pit operations. He has provided management and consulting services to the industry since 2008 and has been heavily involved with several junior resource public companies and mining project start-ups, mainly in BC and the Arctic. Since 2011, Jason has served on four TSX-V / CDNX / CSE venture company boards. He holds a degree in Mine Engineering from UBC and a GDBA in Business Administration from SFU Segal Graduate School of Business. His previous experience includes several roles from Mine Planner, Sr. Mine Engineer, Mine Foreman, to Chief Engineer, Mine Manager and Vice-President, primarily in copper and gold operations and projects.

  • Paul Robertson
    Chief Financial Officer

    Paul Robertson, CPA, CA is the founding partner of Quantum Advisory LLP and has over 20 years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience. He has developed extensive experience in the mining sector and provides financial reporting, regulatory compliance, internal controls and taxation advisory services to a number of junior resource companies.

  • Oscar Oviedo
    Country Manager, Chile

    Mr. Oviedo is an exploration geologist with over 20 years' experience in the exploration and discovery of copper deposits in Latin America. Mr. Oviedo most recently served as Project Geologist for Freeport-McMoRan South America Ltda. In Chile where he played an integral part in the discovery of the Don Manuel copper project over his 13-year tenure. Prior to that he spent 7 years as Exploration Geologist at Minera Phelps Dodge of Peru SAC. where he we were involved in the discovery of the Haquira deposit. Mr. Oviedo holds a degree in engineering geology from the National University of San Agustin in Peru.

  • Dr. Thomas Hawkins, Ph.D, P.Geo
    Technical Advisor

    Thomas Hawkins is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 as a registered professional geologist (EGBC) who has nearly 20 years of international experience identifying, assessing, and advancing mineral exploration projects. He graduated in 2004 from Imperial College, London, with a Masters in Geology and Geophysics, and gained a PhD in Geology in 2012 from the Natural History Museum, U.K. Thomas has extensive experience managing projects in Ghana, Mexico, Canada, U.S.A. the U.K., and Kazakhstan. Most recently, Thomas was part of the Kenorland Minerals team that discovered the Regnault deposit and was Vice President of Exploration of Northway Resources, a Vancouver-based Alaska exploration company. In 2018, as President of Vanmin Development Corp., Thomas discovered the Vanadium Pass deposit, British Columbia. His PhD research furthered the understanding of the Central Asian deposit camps and IOCG type deposits.

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