Trent Mell
President & CEO

Trent is a mining executive and capital markets professional with extensive international transactional experience acquired through more than 200 transactions, including M&A and over $2.6 billion in equity and debt financings. After a career as a Bay Street lawyer, Trent worked for both global producers and junior miners. More recently he built a securities team to advise issuers and investors on Canadian exploration and development opportunities, which became the largest provider of flow through capital in Canada. Trent is also Chairman of the Board for the Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

Trent previously served as President & Head of Mining at Peartree Securities, President & CEO Falco Resources, as well as senior management positions with Aurico Gold Inc., North American Palladium Ltd., Sherritt International Corp., First Cobalt Corp. Gold Corp., Strikeman Elliott LLP, and Michelin North America. He has a B.A., a B.C.L. & LL.B from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University & Schulich School of Business, and an LL.M from Osgoode Hall.

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Kevin Ma, CPA CFO
Kevin Ma, CPA

Kevin is a Senior Financial Professional specializing in corporate financing, public company reporting and regulatory compliance in Canada and United States, as well as strategic planning, financial management, and capital markets. Kevin started his career with Deloitte LLP and more recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Gatekeeper Systems Inc., where he raised a significant amount of growth capital, and oversaw financial operations. Kevin previously served as Director of Finance for Alexco Resource Corp., where he was core member of the senior team that put the Bellekeno silver mine into production in the historic Keno Hill Silver District.

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and has a Diploma in Accounting and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

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Dr. Frank Santaguida, P.Geo.
Vice President, Exploration

Frank is a geoscientist with over 25 years of experience who has worked around the world on a wide range of base and precious metal ore deposits. His extensive experience in world-class base metal mining camps such as the Kidd Creek (Canada), Mt. Isa (Australia), the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt (Finland), and the African Copperbelt (Zambia-DRC).

Frank started his career with the Ontario Geological Survey before joining Falconbridge Limited where he held various positions in near-mine to regional grassroots exploration and in operating mines in Canada and Australia. He subsequently joined First Quantum Minerals Limited as Principal Geologist, where he was responsible for global exploration project generation and property evaluations for cobalt, copper, nickel and PGE properties. Notably, Frank was part of the team that discovered new resources at the Frontier Mine as well as new copper and cobalt prospects in the DRC.

Frank has a PhD from Carleton University and an MSc from the University of Waterloo.

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Peter Campbell
Peter Campbell, P.Eng.
Vice President, Business Development

Peter is a Professional Engineer with 35 years of experience in mining operations, mineral exploration and capital markets. He spent much of his early career in northern Ontario, with more than 10 years working in Sudbury, including with the Ontario Ministry of Labour and an Associate Professorship with Laurentian University teaching Underground Mine Design. His experience as a mine builder brought him to Falconbridge Limited (now Glencore) where he spent over a decade working in senior engineering roles, culminating with Exploration Manager. As Exploration Manager, he was responsible for global exploration activities as well as prospect valuation and risk management. Peter moved into the capital markets in 2006 and earned a reputation as an astute mining analyst, eventually becoming Chairman of Jennings Capital, an independent Canadian broker-dealer. During his career a as an analyst, he developed a reputation for being the first to uncover hidden value – he was the first analyst to cover Probe Mines, Integra Gold, and Trelawney Mines, which was eventually sold to IAMGOLD for $350 million dollars, among other companies he covered. Peter was Chairman of Jennings Capital during their sale to Mackie Research in 2015. Peter has an Engineering degree from Queen’s University.

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Jason Rickard
Jason Rickard
Exploration Manager, Greater Cobalt Project

Jason brings has more than 15 years’ experience throughout Canada, including in Ontario, Nunavut, Manitoba, Quebec and Labrador. He was previously a Senior Geologist for Goldcorp Inc., managing their 100,000+ metre drill program at their Bordon project as well as planning and leading the regional exploration program. He was also a Senior Geologist for Vale Exploration Canada where he was heavily involved in both exploration program management as well as permitting and community consultation.

Jason has his Hon.B.Sc and MSc in Geology from Carleton University.

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Heather Smiles
Heather Smiles
Investor Relations

Heather has more than six years of experience in the mining sector, and more than a decade in communications. She was previously with Investor Relations for Golden Star Resources, a producing gold company with operations in West Africa. Prior to this, Heather worked at North American Palladium Ltd. Heather started her career managing the operations of an independent small business in Toronto, which eventually grew to more than four locations in the GTA during her tenure.

Heather is a designated CPIR and has an Hon.B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

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