Management and Directors

Mike Bandrowski

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Bandrowski has over 15 years of capital markets and exploration experience on both domestic and international markets. Most recently he was Director, Mining Investment Banking at a Canadian bank where he focused on small and mid-cap mining companies. Previously, he was a mining research analyst covering precious and base metals. Mike has a B.Sc., an MBA and has previously served on public and private company Boards.

Jim Kirke, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kirke is a Canadian Chartered Public Accountant with over 35 years’ experience in public accounting and corporate management. In addition to 12 years of international experience in public accounting and consulting with Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Kirke has held senior finance roles in the natural resource and entertainment industries, including roles as CFO of a number of TSX and TSXV listed companies. Most recently, Mr. Kirke served as CFO of Marathon Gold Corporation and its predecessor Marathon PGM Corp. from 2005 to 2019, where he was involved in raising over 150 million in equity, assisting in the purchase and subsequent resale of NSR’s on Marathon’s Valentine Gold Project, financial reporting, budgeting and planning, treasury, taxation, and investor relations.

Mr. Kirke holds a B. Comm. From McMaster University (1985) and received his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (1989).

Rick Mazur, P. Geo.*


Mr. Richard Mazur, P. Geo, MBA is a geoscientist who has held positions in the international exploration and mining industry for over 35 years as a project geologist, financial analyst and senior executive on uranium, gold and base metals. Director of Forum Energy Metals Corp., Impact Silver Corp., and Midnight Sun Mining Corp. Mr. Mazur graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto in 1975 and obtained an MBA from Queen's University in 1985.

Bill Williams, Ph.D., CPG*


Dr. Williams is an economic geologist with nearly 40 years experience related to the exploration and development of mining and oil & gas projects as well as oversight of mining operations. He provides consulting services to the mining industry with a focus on M & A analyses, risk analysis, project management, and permitting strategies. He is a Director of Western Copper and Gold and recently served as the Interim CEO and Director of Detour Gold Corporation as well as a Director and COO of Zinc One Resources Inc., with whom he led the team that made the discovery of the Mina Chica zinc-oxide deposit in the Bongará district, north-central Peru. He is the former CEO, President, and Director of Orvana Minerals Corp., prior to which he was a Vice President for Phelps Dodge Exploration overseeing activity in the Americas, which included the discovery of the Haquira porphyry copper deposit in Peru. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Professional Geologist.

Nick Tintor*


Nick is a geologist and mining executive with more than 35 years of experience in mineral exploration, project generation, evaluation and company management. For the past 30 years, Nick has been involved with junior company start-ups, financing and corporate management, leading to deep relationships In the Canadian mining banking community. A Qualified Professional Member of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, Nick is a Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101.

Ken Engquist


Ken brings over 25 years of engineering and project leadership experience to his role, and has extensive experience overseeing the advancement of assets through development. Most recently, he oversaw the development of various aspects of Tinka Resources’ Ayawilca project in Peru, and the feasibility engineering study for Arizona Mining’s Hermosa Zinc Project in the United States which was acquired by South32 Limited in the summer of 2018 for C$2.1 billion. Ken’s prior roles include Vice President of Project Development for Nevsun Resources where he was responsible for the Timok copper project in Serbia, and roles with Oxygen Capital, where he was responsible for advancing a portfolio of projects within Oxygen’s managed group of companies (True Gold, Pilot Gold and Pure Gold) through various stages of development from advanced exploration to the start of production. He has also held positions with AngloGold Ashanti and Rio Tinto. Ken holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered Project Management Professional.

Kristina Bates, CPA, CA


Kristina is an accomplished financial executive, board director and volunteer with over 20 years of investment, strategic and governance expertise with mining, technology, and high growth companies. Kristina has spent the majority of her career in capital markets, raising equity and debt financing for early and mid stage companies. She currently serves on two private company Boards in addition to her roles on the Company’s board of directors and on its Audit and Corporate Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committees. Kristina is a Canadian CPA, CA, holds an MBA and started her career in finance with Ernst & Young LLP.

Most recently, Kristina has worked as an Investment Advisor at Manulife Securities, managing investments for high-net-worth clients with a focus on growing and preserving wealth. From 2013 to 2018, she worked in a similar role at RBC Dominion Securities.

* Is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101

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