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).
FEISAL SOMJI, B.Sc., MBA
Executive Chairman, Director
Mr. Somji has 20+ years of experience ranging from grassroots exploration to mine development. Mr. Somji started his career managing an exploration and mine development services company with over 100 employees and divisions including diamond drilling, ground and airborne geophysics, geological consulting, geochemical analysis and laboratory services. He has acted as an officer and director of several public companies involved in gold, diamond, silver, copper, base metal and platinum assets in North America, South America, Asia and Africa. Most recently Mr. Somji was the founding President and CEO of Rio Alto Mining Ltd, with it’s La Arena gold/copper mine in Peru, having achieved commercial production in 2011, with a current annual production rate of approximately 150,000 ounces of gold from 4,000,000 tonnes of ore. Rio Alto was acquired by Tahoe Resources in 2015 for approximately $1.3 Billion. Mr. Somji also provides expertise in areas of corporate finance and governance where he has raised over $125 million and helped several projects go public. Mr. Somji has a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Queens University.
Mr. Schmidt completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Mining) at the University of British Columbia in May, 2000, and since then has been working as a self-employed consultant to mineral exploration companies. He assists with financings, corporate and financial disclosure and corporate development. Mr. Schmidt is also currently a director of several other public companies.
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.
ROBERT ARCHER, P.Geo.
Mr. Archer is a co-founder and director of Great Panther Silver Limited, a highly successful primary silver producer with two operating mines in Mexico and a third under development in Peru. As the former President & CEO, he led the growth of the company through acquisition, resource development, production growth, financing and a dual listing on the TSX and NYSE American stock exchanges. Mr. Archer brings more than 37 years’ experience in international exploration, mining and executive management with senior and junior resource companies and holds an Honours B.Sc. in Geology from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
Tom has over twenty-five years of experience in the mining industry, most recently as a senior executive with a private mineral trading and investment company based in Singapore. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Grande Cache Coal LP. From 2009 to 2012, he was Vice President, Business Development with Grande Cache Coal Corporation. He also acted as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer with Grande Cache Coal and Controller with Fording Coal Limited. Tom has vast experience in financial accounting, corporate planning, mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s and marketing and holds the CPA designation.