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Board of Directors

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BARRY HILDRED

Chair

Ontario, Canada

Entrepreneur and mining executive with extensive capital markets experience

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Founder of The Equicom Group which was acquired by the TMX Group

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Chair of Aquila Resources, former Chair of Aldridge Minerals, Director of The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

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RYAN T. BENNETT

Director

Colorado, USA

Experience mining finance professional; fifth generation Wisconsinite

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Former Partner and Head of Denver Office at Resource Capital Funds (“RCF”). Ryan was involved in deal sourcing, negotiations, due diligence, investment approval process, risk management and portfolio strategy

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Prior to joining RCF, he was a natural resource banker at N.M. Rothschild & Sons in the US and Australia. While there he principally focused on the technical due diligence of mineral projects 

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Currently an Advisory Partner for AI Capital, an artificial intelligence venture capital firm. In addition, he currently serves on the board of Minerals Refining Company 

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Sits on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin (“UW”) – Madison’s Geological Engineering program and acts as Vice-Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Colorado School of Mine’s Mining Engineering Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Geological Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Science, Mining and Earth Systems Engineering from Colorado School of Mines

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STEVE DONOHUE

Director

Wisconsin, USA

Expert in environmental permitting, mine closure, compliance and environmental impact analyses

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Experience includes leading the consulting team that permitted Rio Tinto’s Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill in Michigan. Other projects include the Flambeau Mine, the Back Forty Project, the NorthMet Project, Twin Metals Minnesota, the Tamarack Project, and the Crandon Project

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VP of Mining at Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC; Board of Trustees for the American Mining and Exploration Association, Board of Directors Mining Minnesota

Led effort to reform Wisconsin’s Mining Law

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BILL JOHNSON

Director

Wisconsin, USA

Entrepreneur focused on renewable energy and sustainable forestry

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President of Foresta Energy and Johnson Timber Corp. Foresta develops and manages new technology projects focused on reducing CO2 emissions; Johnson Timber manages three chip mills and a pellet mill in Wisconsin

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Member of the Board of the American Forest and Paper Association; Chair of the Gov’t Affairs Committee for the Wisconsin Paper Council

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SHOBANA THAYA

Director

Ontario, Canada

Accomplished investor relations and corporate affairs professional with years of experience leading corporate communication, corporate development, shareholder relations and branding strategies for private and public companies

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Founder and Principal of Vertex Strategies where she plans, manages and implements strategies on behalf of her mostly mining clients

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B. Comm. from Ryerson University; Executive MBA from the Ivey Business School

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ANDREW WARE

Director

Minnesota, USA

Veteran geologist with experience working on mining projects all over the world

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Focused on the Upper Mid-West, USA for the past 20 years where he is currently the Chief Geologist at PolyMet Mining Company

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Past experience includes several decades with Rio Tinto where he held senior management roles at the now operational Eagle Mine in Michigan

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Registered member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME); BSc, Applied Geology (Hons) from the University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

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GORDON REID

Director

Florida, USA

Seasoned mining executive with decades of development and operations experience

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Former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Centerra Gold Inc.

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B.Sc (mining engineering) from Michigan Technological University and an MBA (accounting/finance) from the University of Manitoba

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