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Management and Directors

David Kelley

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Mr. Kelley is an economic geologist and exploration geochemist with more than 25 years of international exploration experience throughout the Americas, Central Asia and Australasia. Most recently David was responsible for developing the exploration program at Las Bambas for MMG as the General Manager Exploration - Americas. Prior to this he worked for Oz Minerals, Zinifex, Newmont, WMC, BHP, Westmont Mining and Gold Standard. He was directly involved in the discovery of the Zuun Mod Mo-Cu deposit in Mongolia, the Wayamaga Au deposit in French Guiana, and the High Lake East VHMS deposit in Nunavut. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in geology from Colorado State University in 1985 and an M.Sc. degree in geology/geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines in 1989. He is a past President of both the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation and the Association of Applied Geochemists.

Douglas J. Kirwin

Chairman and Director

Mr. Kirwin is an independent geologist with 45 years of international exploration experience. He held senior positions with Anglo American and Amax during the 1970’s and was Managing Director of a successful international geological consulting firm during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. In 1995 he accepted a role as Vice President, Exploration for Indochina Goldfields and subsequently became the Executive Vice President for Ivanhoe Mines Limited until 2012 after which Ivanhoe was acquired by Rio Tinto. Mr. Kirwin was also a director of South Gobi Energy, Jinshan Gold and a founding non-executive director of Ivanhoe Australia Ltd. and an adjunct professor at James Cook University, Australia.

As a member of the joint discovery team for the Hugo Dummett deposit at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, he was a co-recipient of the PDAC inaugural Thayer Lindsley medal awarded for the most significant international mineral discovery in 2004. Other mineral discoveries made by Mr. Kirwin’s exploration teams include the Jelai-Mewet and Seryung epithermal deposits in north east Kalimantan, the Eunsan-Moisan gold mines in South Korea, the Moditaung gold deposits in Myanmar and the Merlin Re-Mo deposit in Australia.

John Black


Mr. Black is an economic geologist with more than 30 years of exploration experience in the Americas, Central Asia, the SW Pacific, and Eastern Europe/Western Asia. He first worked in South America in 1993 and has been actively involved in mineral exploration throughout the continent for several companies since that time. Mr. Black was the founding President of Antares Minerals Inc. and was instrumental in acquiring the Haquira project in Peru for Antares. He was the key driver in negotiating the sale of Antares to First Quantum Minerals for C$650 million. Mr. Black’s early career included work with Bear Creek Mining Company, Kennecott Minerals Corporation, Rio Tinto and Western Mining Corporation and he currently serves as a Director or Technical Advisor for several private and public exploration companies.

His professional credentials include a B.Sc. degree in Geology from Stanford University in 1983 and an M.S. degree in Geology - Ore Deposits Exploration from the same University in 1988.

Darren Devine


Mr. Devine is the principal of CDM Capital Partners, a firm that provides corporate finance advisory services to private and public companies. Mr. Devine also acts as a director and/or officer to a number of junior public companies in the natural resource and technology sectors. In addition, he is currently an active member of the TSX Venture Exchange’s Local Advisory Committee. Mr. Devine is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia and in England & Wales and prior to founding CDM Capital Partners, practiced exclusively in the areas of corporate finance and securities law.

Thomas E. Wharton, Jr.


Mr. Wharton has over 30 years of experience in the development, marketing, management, financing, and the sale of early stage companies. Since January 2011 Mr. Wharton has been the Investment Manager for Saint Thomas Capital Partners, evaluating and managing investments in the areas of junior mining, oil & gas, and business to business technology services. Mr. Wharton has had integral experience working with all aspects of public and private companies in both junior exploration and mining and is a Director of Ely Gold Royalties, Dolly Varden Silver and Angel Gold.

Mr. Wharton received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1983 and began his career at Bozell & Jacob’s Advertising. In 1988 Tom was promoted to Bozell’s Business to Business New York Advertising division Poppe Tyson where he advanced to CFO and CIO in 1992. While CIO at Poppe Tyson, Mr. Wharton co-founded, managed, and was a Director for Poppe’s ad sales network, Doubleclick Inc. where he assisted in its early management and initial financing. DoubleClick is now owned by Google.

From 1998 to 2011 Mr. Wharton was an independent consultant offering “startup” consulting services or equity capital financing to various developing internet companies including Vente Inc and Cheetamail Inc., which were purchased by Experian, and Trancentrix Inc., which was purchased by Ruesch International.

Juan Valdivia

Country Manager, SVP Chakana Resources Sac, Peru

Mr. Valdivia is a senior Executive with 15 years of experience in mining and power companies in Peru, Colombia & Brazil. Most recently, he has been an advisor for Energia Azul, responsible for building a 750MW HPP in the Peruvian Andes, and Founder and Director of Inka Hydro S.A, a developer of small hydroelectric assets. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice President of NRI, LLC a global mining company pursuing investments in coal and other industrial minerals backed by Barclays Natural Resources Investments. He also built a global supply chain of recycled plastic waste with multiple facilities in South America. He obtained a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Lima and a Master in International Business from the University of Nebraska.

Kevin Ma

CFO and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Kevin Ma is a senior financial professional specializing in corporate finance, public company reporting and regulatory compliance in Canada and the United States. With over 10 years experience in strategic planning, financial management, and capital markets, Kevin has worked in a broad spectrum of industries in natural resources, software, clean tech, security, and a variety of industrial projects for SME and multi-national companies, both in private and public corporate structures.  Mr. Ma was a core member of the senior management team at Alexco Resource Corp. that put the Bellekeno Mine into commercial operations in 2011 in the historic Keno Hill Silver District, Yukon Territory, Canada. Mr. Ma assisted the Alexco team in completing over $100 million financing, including a $50 million silver stream sales to Silver Wheaton Corp.

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