Mr. Abenante is a seasoned executive with extensive public company experience. Mr. Abenante is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) who also holds a Masters, who has founded and/or served as an officer/director of several public and private companies across various industries, ranging from energy and mining to agriculture technology and life sciences.
Richard (Dick) Walters
Dick Walters is certified by the American Association of Professional Geologists, and is licensed to practice geology in two states of the U.S. He is a Qualified Person by definition in Canadian NI 43-101. Mr. Walters has worked for 45 years in the mining industry as a mineral deposit explorer and developer with a world-wide reach, particularly in Southeast Asia and North and South America. He has held various field and management positions in Kennecott Copper Corp., Joe Minerals Co., Sunshine Mining Co. and others. He has been consistently active in Argentina’s mining scene since 1990 where in 1994 his private Argentinean company, Compania Minera Polimet S.A., gave birth to Yamana Resources Inc. via a shares exchange, thence gaining a listing on the Canadian stock exchange. In addition to being a co-founder of Yamana Resources he was a director and its COO and President for several years. Mr. Walters has been involved in supporting and running the Company’s wholly owned Argentinean subsidiary, Marifil S.A., since 2000, and remains responsible for its mineral exploration and acquisition activities. At least eight notable mineral deposits have been discovered under his direction, including two that have become mines currently in production: Mina Martha in Argentina – one of the richest silver mines in the world, and Chandalar – the largest gold placer mine in Alaska.
Mr. Buffone is a geologist with 30 years mineral exploration experience in Argentina, and is a successful independent Argentinean cattle rancher as well. His background includes dealings in oil properties, acquisitions of hydrological rights and training in agricultural engineering. Amongst others, he formerly worked as a geologist for Yamana Resources Inc. helping launch the company. In 1997, he founded Marifil S.A. underpinned by a slate of his own mineral properties. Marifil S.A. was folded into Marifil Mines Ltd. by way of a shares exchange in 2005 upon becoming a public company on the Canadian exchange. The Company relies on his abilities as a prospector and businessman to continually generate or find new properties for acquisition in Argentina, and to manage all affairs of the Company in the country in a legal and socially responsible manner.
John B. Hite
Mr. Hite is a Registered Geologist with significant experience in the junior mining industry, having worked as a geologic consultant since August, 1978, and is a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101. Previously he was a Director and President of East Asia Gold Corp.
Mr. Sweatman is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has operated MDS Management Ltd., a Vancouver-based management consulting company, since November 1992. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and commerce from Simon Fraser University, gained his CA designation in 1982, and is a member of CPA BC and CPA Yukon . He has served as a director and officer of a number of public companies over the past 30 years and is currently a director and the CEO of Eureka Resources Inc (TSX-V: EUK) and a director of Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. (TSXV: NEV).
John W. Pearson
Mr. Pearson holds a Honours B.Sc. in Geology and has extensive experience in investor relations as an Investor Relations Executive with over 35 years experience in the natural resources industry, which includes 30 years of direct investor relations and corporate communications experience. Currently, he is Centerra Gold Inc.’s Vice President Investor Relations. Previously, he held increasingly senior executive investor relations roles and was the executive in charge of Investor Relations at Stillwater Mining Company, SouthernEra Resources Limited, Pegasus Gold Inc., LAC Minerals Ltd., and Canamax Resources. Mr. Pearson began his career as an exploration field geologist in 1981 working throughout Canada and has also served as an Investor Relations Consultant to the mining industry and has served on various committees with the Ontario Mining Association and the Mining Association of Canada.
Mr. Burnett has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, and has extensive experience acting as president of Carob Management, a business development consulting company.