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David Petroff
Position: President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Petroff has nearly 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Most recently, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Breakwater Resources Ltd. from November 2009 until it was acquired by Nyrstar Canada in August 2011. For nearly 25 years prior to that, he held senior management positions with Centerra Gold Inc., Cameco Corporation and Denison Mines Limited. Mr. Petroff received a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration degree (finance concentration) from the Schulich School of Business, York University in 1980.

Gordon Babcock
Position: Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Babcock is a professional engineer with over 32 years of mining experience. Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Manager for Nyrstar's El Mochito Mine operation in Las Vegas, Honduras. He has also held various executive positions in South America with Coeur d'Alene Mines and Plata Peru Resources, Inc. Mr. Babcock earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Mining Engineering from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Douglas Willock
Position: Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Willock has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance with leading Canadian and international investment banks, as well as managing junior resource companies. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Polar Star Mining Corporation and is currently a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Orestone Mining Corp. Mr. Willock holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in finance from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and a Bachelor of Arts (History) degree from the University of British Columbia. He attended the Beijing Language Institute on a joint Government of Canada and China scholarship from 1976 to 1977.

Marcela Castro
Position: Vice President of Treasury Management

Ms. Castro is a financial professional with over 15 years of experience who has held leading positions, such as Auditor and Finance Director, for multinational corporations such as Colgate Palmolive and Arthur Andersen. Ms. Castro holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais.

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