> Management And Technical Team

Zach Flood
President and CEO, Director

Mr. Flood is an experienced geologist who has managed mineral exploration in various countries around the world including Mongolia, China, Dem. Rep. Congo, Peru, Argentina, Canada, and the U.S. over the past 15 years. Zach also spent numerous years within the Ivanhoe Group, evaluating early to advanced stage M&A opportunities in the mining sector.

Francis MacDonald
Executive Vice President of Exploration

Mr. MacDonald is an exploration geologist who has spent the majority of his career with Newmont Mining Corporation managing grassroots exploration projects in North America, West Africa, and East Africa.  He has extensive knowledge of exploration and targeting techniques related to orogenic gold and VMS deposits in Precambrian terranes.

Scott Smits
Chief Geologist

Mr. Smits has been involved in a broad range of positions and responsibilities, including mineral exploration and project evaluations since 2007.  He honed his technically driven skillset during his time as a leading geologist on the Madrid deposit, at the Hope Bay Project for Newmont Mining Corporation.  Scott’s ability to develop comprehensive three dimensional geologic models integrating wide ranges of datasets has been an integral part of his success from grassroots exploration to resource development.  His most recent role was Senior Geologist within Newmont Mining Corporation’s Exploration Development Group conducting project generation and evaluations.

Dave Stevenson
Chief Geophysicist

Dave is a mineral exploration geoscientist with over 10 years combined experience in mineral exploration and geoscientific research throughout Canada, Australia and South America. He has worked with a number of junior and mid-tier companies focusing on regional scale targeting to deposit scale resource definition. His current PhD research (being concluded at The Centre for Exploration Targeting; The University of Western Australia) involves developing and implementing an integrated structural geology and potential field geophysical approach to identifying crustal-scale architectural controls on mineralized systems. With combined experience in mineral exploration and exploration focused academic research Dave is positioned to be a leader among the next generation of mineral exploration geoscientists through applying sound scientific reasoning to develop exploration strategies capable of unlocking the mineral potential in previously overlooked terranes.

Thomas Hawkins
VP Exploration, PhD, P.Geo

Thomas Hawkins has 18 years of international experience identifying, assessing and advancing mineral projects. He was Vice President of Exploration for Santa Fe Metals, a Vancouver based mineral exploration with several projects in Mexico. He has contributed research that has furthered understanding of the Central Asian deposit camps and IOCG type deposits. He graduated in 2004 from Imperial College, London with a Masters in Geology and Geophysics in 2004, and gained a PhD in Geology in 2012 from the Natural History Museum, London. Thomas has extensive experience managing projects in Ghana, Mexico, Canada, The U.K. and Kazakhstan.

Janek Wozniewski
Exploration Manager, P.Geo
Mr. Wozniewski is an exploration geologist and geoscientist with experience in early to late stage mineral exploration projects as well as mid-stream oil and gas projects in Canada, US, Australia and Peru. Since 2009, Janek has consulted with several junior to major energy and resource companies and has gained a broad multidisciplinary skillset with a focus on program planning and project management.

> Directors

Peter Meredith

Currently Mr. Meredith is a Director of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (formerly Ivanplats Limited), Peregrine Diamonds, Cordoba Minerals and Great Canadian Gaming. Mr. Meredith was formerly a Director and  Deputy Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (now Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.), where he was involved in overseeing Ivanhoe’s business development and corporate relations. Mr. Meredith was also Chairman of SouthGobi Resources Ltd. as well as the President and CEO of Global Mining Management Corp. Peter Meredith previously spent 31 years with Deloitte LLP, chartered accountants, and retired as a partner in 1996. Mr. Meredith is a Chartered Professional  Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, the Institute of Chartered Professional  Accountants of Ontario.. Mr. Meredith was certified as a Chartered Accountant (now Chartered Professional Accountant) by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1968.

Alex Ruggieri

Mr. Ruggieri is a finance professional and holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of John Tognetti’s team at Haywood Securities and has experience in all aspects of the Canadian Capital Markets. Prior to Haywood he served as an assistant to Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Waterfront Partners a Real Estate Development firm based in San Francisco.

> Technical Advisors

David Broughton
PhD, Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada

Dr. Broughton is recognized as an expert in sediment-hosted copper deposits, and has been a key participant in several discoveries and successful development projects. After completing BSc and MSc degrees at Univ. of Waterloo, he worked 10 years in gold exploration and mining in Canada, primarily in the Abitibi, for companies including Hemlo Gold, Agnico-Eagle, Canamax and Cyprus Amax. From 1997 to 2000 he was Geology and Project Manager for Cyprus Amax’ Kansanshi pre-feasibility project, now Africa’s largest producing copper mine.  This lead to PhD studies on the Central African Copperbelt at the Colorado School of Mines. Joining Ivanhoe Mines in January 2008 as VP Exploration, he was co-leader of the Kamoa discovery team that was the 2015 recipient of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) prestigious Thayer Lindsley Award for International mineral discovery of the year. He also lead the Ivanhoe team that discovered the world-class Flatreef PGE-Ni-Cu deposit in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, which is currently being developed.  Dr. Broughton is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, and recently transitioned to a role at Ivanhoe Mines as a Senior Technical Advisor.

David I. Groves
PhD, Honorary DSc, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences (FAAS)

David is currently an internationally known geological consultant who has consulted to both global major gold mining companies, including Newmont and AngloGoldAshanti, and Australian and Canadian junior gold and lithium exploration companies. David joined the Geology Department at the University of Western Australia as a Lecturer and progressed to Professor (Personal Chair) as he became Director of the Key Centre for Strategic Mineral Deposits and Centre for Global Metallogeny. During his academic career, David supervised/co-supervised over 250 BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD students and was author/co-author of approximately 500 publications. He has been awarded 12 medals/awards for this research including the Gold Medals of both the US–based Society for Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Europe-based Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA). Before retiring as Emeritus Professor, he co-founded the successful Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) at UWA for his successor.  David has been President of the Geological Society of Australia, the SEG, and the SGA. In the past, he has acted as an advisor on commodity-based geological mapping, GIS-based mineral endowment studies, and publications promoting mineral potential to CPRM (Brazil Geological Survey) and the Geological Surveys of Finland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. His major expertise remains lithospheric to deposit scale assessment of mineral resources, adopting a hierarchical approach to scientific exploration, and emphasizing the commonly undervalued importance of basic geology, geological maps, and Government databases in mineral exploration.

Rick Valenta
PhD, FAusimm, P. Geo

Mr. Valenta is a structural and economic geologist with over 30 years experience in mineral exploration research, consultancy and management.  He has played a key role in numerous successful exploration programs with a range in focus including regional project generation, opportunity review and sourcing, regional and local 3D modelling of mineralised systems, and advanced exploration of known prospects, working with a range of major and junior companies.  He is a specialist in high quality structural interpretation of geophysical datasets, and has taught short courses on the subject to a large number of industry, government and university clients.  He has a strong background in a wide range of gold, copper, base metal, uranium and tin/tungsten deposit styles, and has worked extensively in Australia, Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia. He has held senior management and technical positions in a number of ASX and TSX junior companies who have successfully created significant value for their shareholders through sale of the company or individual projects.  He is currently an Executive Director with Mantle Mining Corporation (ASX:MNM).