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Management and Directors

Pascal HamelinInterim Chief Executive Officer and VP, Operations


Mr. Hamelin has 30 years in mining project management acquired mainly in the Sudbury and Abitibi camps.  Mr. Hamelin holds a Mining Engineering Degree from Polytechnique Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and Professional Engineers of Ontario.  In 2010, Mr. Hamelin joined Metanor Resources as the general manager of Bachelor Mine and moved up to VP, Operations and eventually president and COO until it was acquired by Bonterra in September 2018 when Bonterra acquired Metanor and he became VP, Operations for Bonterra.

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Johnny OliveiraChief Financial Officer


Mr. Oliveira has 20 years of experience in the accounting profession including audit, accounting, tax, financial management and reporting and corporate finance.  Over the past 10 years Mr. Oliveira has served as chief financial officer, corporate secretary or financial reporting manager of several junior mining companies.  Mr. Oliveira graduated from the University of Wilfred Laurier with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

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Cesar GonzalezChairman


Mr. Gonzalez serves as the VP Corporate Development of Mako Mining Corp.  Previously, Cesar served as the VP Corporate Development and a Director of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. through the construction and commissioning of the La Trinidad gold mine, the spinout of Sailfish Royalty Corp. and the merger with Golden Reign Resources Ltd. to form Mako.  He also serves as the VP Corporate Development and a Director of Sailfish, and as a consultant at Wexford Capital LP.  At Wexford he co-manages the precious metals public and private equity portfolios. Previously, he worked at Lehman Brothers as an Associate in the Private Equity Group where he focused on investments in energy master limited partnerships.  Cesar graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration.

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Akiba LeismanDirector


Mr. Leisman serves as the CEO and a Director of Mako Mining Corp.  Previously, Akiba was Executive Chairman and Interim CEO of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd., leading the company through the spinout of Sailfish Royalty Corp. and the merger of Marlin with Golden Reign Resources Ltd. to form Mako.  He also serves as the CEO of Sailfish and as a consultant at Wexford Capital LP, where he oversees the precious metals public and private equity portfolios.  Prior to consulting for Wexford, he was a Senior Analyst at Red Kite Capital Management for the Mine Finance funds where he was responsible for senior secured investments on metal mining assets.  Previously, he was an Associate at Standard Bank working in the Structured Commodity Products and Mine Finance groups.  Akiba has an MBA from New York University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.Mako Mining Corp. Mr. Leisman is also a consultant at Wexford Capital LP where he oversees the precious metals public and private equity portfolios. Prior to consulting for Wexford, he was a Senior Analyst at Red Kite Capital Management for the Mine Finance funds where he was responsible for senior secured investments on metal mining assets. Previously, he was an Associate at Standard Bank working in the Structured Commodity Products and Mine Finance groups. Mr. Leisman has an MBA from New York University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Matthew HappyjackDirector


Mr. Happjack is currently the President of Air Creebec, a regional airline based in Val-d’Or, Québec, that operates regularly scheduled flights, charters and freight services to 16 destinations in Quebec and Ontario, with its 400 employees. Prior to joining Air Creebec in 2010, Mr. Happyjack held various positions in the financial, management and accounting fields, all the while remaining actively involved in various projects to promote the economic development of The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. Mr. Happyjack holds an MBA from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscaminque, where he also completed a Certificate in Accounting. He also holds certificates in Community Economic Development and Management and in Community Management, from Concordia University.

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Normand ChampignyDirector


Mr. Champigny is a geological engineer with extensive experience with both public and private companies, both domestically and internationally and is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Quebec Precious Metals Corporation.  He has been involved in many facets of the mining industry, including engineering, project evaluation, and project management.  Mr. Champigny is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec and Director of Mining Matters.  Until recently, Mr. Champigny was an Executive Committee Member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of Minalliance, an organization raising awareness about the mining industry in Quebec and highlighting its positive contribution to Quebec’s social, economic, and environmental development.  Mr. Champigny is a graduate from École Polytechnique in Montreal (B.A.Sc), University of British Columbia (M.A.Sc), and Paris School of Mines (Specialized Diploma in Geostatistics).

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Peter O’MalleyDirector


Mr. O’Malley is an investment banker with 29 years of international experience covering natural resources and technology companies.  He has executed over $500 billion in transactions across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines including, but not limited to; mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, convertibles, commodities and liability management.  He worked at Credit Suisse First Boston for some 13 years in New York and Johannesburg.  He eventually moved to Deutsche Bank and was named Head of Natural Resources Investment Banking Asia-Pacific based in Hong Kong.  He lived in Hong Kong for 8-years and has an in depth understanding of China’s role in the natural resources sector and in Africa in particular.  He received a BA from Siena College in 1988 and a Juris Doctor from St John’s University School of Law in 1991.  He has worked as an Election Monitor in Africa and in America and is an active member of his local parish.

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Jean RainvilleDirector


Mr. Rainville has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry and financial markets.  From 2008, his principal occupation was President and CEO of Blackrock Metals Inc.  In 2018, Mr. Rainville ceased to serve as CEO, while retaining his position as President until late 2019, at which time he became a consultant. Previously, Mr. Rainville worked as an engineer, a fund manager and a director of corporate finance and has also served as a director or advisor for several public companies.  He holds bachelor’s degrees in Mining Engineering and Commerce, both from McGill University.

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