Michael McPhie M.Sc., QEP
President & CEO, Director
Mr. McPhie brings over 20 years as an executive in the mining and minerals industry with significant experience in taking projects and companies from discovery through to development and operations. This includes capital markets, IPO’s, M&A, and project financing. His primary expertise focused on copper, gold and silver projects in leading their design, permitting and development. Michael currently serves as Chair of the Board of IDM Mining Ltd., Founder and CEO of Falkirk Resource Consultants Ltd. and Chair of the Board of Ridley Terminals Inc. Previously, Michael was the founding President and CEO of Curis Resources Ltd., a copper development company which he led to IPO in 2010 and was subsequently taken-over by Taseko Mines Ltd. in 2014. He has served as a Director and EVP of Exeter Resource Corporation, CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia and a Policy Director with Canada’s Department of Natural Resources. He is recent past Chair of the Board of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AMEBC) and Chair of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Michael earned his B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, M.Sc. from Royal Roads University and is a registered Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).
José Aviña, BA
Mr. Aviña has more than 20 years of administrative and finance experience within a range of diverse sectors. He supervised administrative and financial processes for insurance, construction, mortgage, and mining companies. His experience includes senior administrative roles with Rew Materials, Vistas International Mortgage Company in the United States, and Mexican Moly Mines and Scion Mines in Mexico. Mr. Aviña held the position of Regional Administration Manager with Rew Materials and CFO for Vistas International Mortgage before going back to Mexico as the CFO for Mexican Moly Mines and then Scion Mines. Mr. Aviña holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Raul Ramirez Morton
Mr. Ramirez Morton was one of two principals of Scion Mines SA de CV, which was purchased as part of the Manto Negro acquisition. He is the president and chief executive officer of Molycomex, a private Mexican corporation involved in the exploration and development of copper, molybdenum and gold deposits in Mexico. He was a founding shareholder of Mexican Silver Mines in 2006 and was a Director and VP, Operations to 2010, when it was merged with Rio Alto. Mr. Ramirez Morton is the chairman and CEO of Mexican Moly Mines SA de CV, a privately held company operating a copper-molybdenum-gold mine located in Coahuila, Mexico. Mr. Ramirez Morton is well respected within the Mexican mining industry and brings vast experience in mine management, government relations, licensing and regulatory issues. Mr. Ramirez Morton earned his BA a major in finance from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
Dallas Pretty, B.Comm., CA
Mr. Pretty brings more than 20 years of corporate finance experience focused mainly in the technology sector. He has supervised the finances, operations and process improvements of rapidly growing companies, has participated in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and has managed public company reporting. His extensive technology industry experience also includes senior finance roles at Unity Wireless, Meridex Software, and Sideware Systems. Prior to leaving public practice, Mr. Pretty was a manager in the audit and advisory services group at KPMG LLP, where he worked with a portfolio of private and public companies primarily in the technology sector. Mr. Pretty holds a Chartered Accountant designation and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Yuying Liang, BA, CPA
Ms. Liang has vast expertise in financial reporting services for both public and private companies. She has extensive experience in public company environments and full cycle accounting, as well as providing accounting services for business acquisitions and RTO. Ms. Liang earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, concentrating in both Accounting and Finance, and holds the professional designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).