Management

Mark Smith

Executive Chairman

Mr. Smith has more than 40 years of experience in the industry with expertise ranging from exploration, mining, research, advising, and arranging financings. Mr. Smith started his career as a geologist in the mining and exploration industry and throughout his career became a Senior Mining Analyst and later a Managing Director Investment Banker. He spent 20 years working for several mining companies including Cominco, and the Mineral Deposits Section of the Ontario Geological Survey before transitioning into the brokerage industry in 1997. For the next 11 years he worked as a mining analyst with Marleau-Lemire, C.M. Oliver, First Associates, and Dundee Securities, specializing in gold. Over the next decade Mr. Smith was an Investment Banker with Dundee Securities, Stifel Nicolas, and M Partners where he provided financial, technical, marketing, general corporate, and strategic advice as well as arranged financing for private and public companies in the mining and exploration sector. From the mid 1990's Mr. Smith served on the PDAC technical committee responsible for the highly successful PDAC convention in Toronto, Canada. In 2001 and 2002 he was Chairman of the convention, and remained as a Director of the PDAC until 2005. Mr. Smith has B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo.


Alan Carter

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director.

Dr. Carter has over 25 years of experience in the minerals exploration industry. He spent seven years working for Rio Tinto Corp. in South America and the United Kingdom, most recently as Exploration Manager in Bolivia. In 1996, he became President and CEO of Balaclava Mines and moved to Lima, Peru. Dr. Carter joined Billiton Plc in 1998 and in 2000 moved from Lima to Vancouver. Following the merger of Billiton with BHP, he assumed the role of Manager, Business Development within the BHP Billiton Exploration Group and was the Chief Operating Officer of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. from mid-2004 to late 2006. Dr. Carter was a co-founder of both Peregrine Metals Ltd. and Cuprum Resources Ltd., Blackrock Gold Corp., and Chairman of Fremont Gold Inc. He has a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Nottingham, U.K. and a Ph.D. degree in gold geochemistry from the University of Southampton, U.K. Most recently, Dr. Carter founded Magellan Minerals Inc. which listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in early 2008 and was acquired by Anfield Gold Corp. in May 2016.


Paul Hansed

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Hansed has more than 25 years of accounting and finance experience, including eight years as CFO of Magellan Minerals Ltd. from 2008 until 2016, when the company was acquired by Anfield Gold Corp., and five years as CFO of ECI Exploration and Mining Inc. from 2010 until 2014. Prior to joining Magellan Minerals Ltd. in 2008, Mr. Hansed worked for 20 years with KPMG in Canada and Europe. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University.


Ruari McKnight

Country Manager Brazil

Mr. Ruari Macartan McKnight, Country Manager Brazil, worked in gold and base metal exploration for Mt Isa Mines Exploration Pty Ltd (MIMEX) from 1993 to 1996 before moving to South America where he became fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.  He joined Serabi Mining Plc in 2003 and as Chief Operating Officer, he oversaw management of the Palito gold project including exploration planning, successful plant commissioning and project generation. Mr McKnight was a founding partner of Dourave and has held the position of VP Exploration of Dourave Mining and Country Director of Dourave Mineracao & Exploracao Mineral since September 2007. He has an Honours degree in Geology and graduated with a Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance.  He is also the treasurer of the SIMEOESPA (Syndicate of Miners of West Para).


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