Mr. Bitelli has over 30 years of experience in the resource industry and in public accounting, having worked both in North America and Europe. A member of the senior management team at the Lundin Group of Companies, he currently holds the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lundin Gold Inc. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Red Back Mining Inc., a gold mining company with two African operations that traded on the TSX until its $9.2 billion takeover in 2010, and most recently, Orca Gold Inc. He is also a director of one other natural resource company, Filo Mining Corp.
Mr. Cahill has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Excellon Resources Inc. since 2012, where he has led turnaround efforts at the high-grade silver/lead/zinc Platosa Mine in Durango, Mexico and the company’s milling operation in Zacatecas. Previously, he was Corporate Secretary and Vice President Corporate Development with the Pelangio group of companies, where he was involved in negotiating Pelangio Mines’ merger with Detour Gold Corp. and Pelangio Exploration’s acquisition of the Manfo Project in Ghana (site of seven subsequent gold discoveries). Mr. Cahill began his career as an associate lawyer at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where he provided advice on a number of public/private M&A and financing transactions valued at over $15 billion. Mr. Cahill is a member of the Young President’s Association, a board member of the Mining Association of Canada and the Transplant Cabinet at the University Health Network, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Mr. MacInnis is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of MAG Silver Corp. (“MAG”). During his tenure at MAG, he directed and led one of the mineral industry’s most successful explorers through the discoveries of the high-grade Juanicipio/Valdecanas silver veins and the discoveries of the Upper Manto and Pegaso silver, lead and zinc mantos at Cinco de Mayo, all in Mexico. Mr. MacInnis has forty years experience in mineral exploration worldwide. He has managed and directed multi-million dollar exploration programs for MAG, Noranda Exploration, Battle Mountain Gold/Hemlo Gold and Sargold Resources. Mr. MacInnis has extensive global experience (including Ireland) in exploration, property acquisitions and joint ventures, management and operations. A significant number of exploitable mineral discoveries have been made under his guidance, including gold and base metal deposits in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is also a director of MAG and the present Chairman of the Board of Balmoral Resources Ltd. Mr. MacInnis is an accredited director and is a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University with a B.Sc. in Geology.
Mr. Jaworski, based in Kilkenny, Ireland, has been the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company since incorporation and a director of GERL since June 15, 2015 and provides his services on a full time basis. Mr. Jaworski has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, commencing his career as an exploration geologist for over 6 years followed by 12 years as a mining analyst at J & E Davy and Raymond James Ltd. During his time as an exploration geologist he was involved in properties located in Canada, Russia and Costa Rica and was associated with the early stages of the Coffee Creek gold discovery in the Yukon. Mr. Jaworski has a Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Geology from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Furlong has served as a director of the Company since incorporation until October 2017 and was a founding Director of GERL since August 2013 and is also the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Furlong has over 22 years of industry experience as a geologist, most recently spending 7 years (2007 to 2014) as General Manager, Projects for Rathdowney Resources Ltd. Mr. Furlong provides expertise in the design, implementation and management of mineral exploration programs. Mr. Furlong has a Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Exploration and Mining Geology from the University of Wales and holds the P.Geo designation from the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.
Mr. Barry, based in Dublin, Ireland, is the Managing Director of Irus Consulting Limited, a provider of geological consulting services. He served as a director of the Company since incorporation until October, 2017 and a director of GERL since December 8, 2014 and will devote approximately 50 percent of his time to the affairs of the Company. Mr. Barry has over 29 years’ experience in the precious and base metal mining industry and has served in a senior executive capacity in a number of public companies during that time. Currently since September 2014 he has been a non-executive director of Pasinex Resources Ltd. which has a zine mine in Turkey. From April 2007 to November 2013 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Rathdowney Resources Ltd., focused on developing a major zinc project in Poland. During that time he also served as Exploration Director for Sovereign Mines of Africa (June 2007 to June 2015), Independent Director of Orogen Gold Ltd. (March 2011 to November 2013), and Independent Director of Heatherdale Resources Ltd (September 2012 to November 2013). Mr. Barry has a Masters in Science (Geology), Pennsylvania State University, and Masters in Business Administration from the Edinburgh School of Business, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.
Shaun Heinrichs, based in Vancouver, Canada, is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and provides his services on a part-time basis. He has served with the Company since February 2017 and devotes approximately 60% of his time to the affairs of the Company. Mr. Heinrichs has over 19 years of financial accounting experience primarily in the mining industry, and has over seven years of public practice experience with Ernst & Young LLP in Vancouver where he provided assurance and advisory services to several U.S and Canadian public companies. He subsequently held senior management roles in several public companies, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer Veris Gold Corp., a precious metals producer listed in Canada and the US, from 2008 to 2015, and as Chief Financial Officer of VMS Ventures Inc., a base metals producer listed in Canada, from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Heinrichs holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ms. Dhillon is a highly experienced corporate secretary with over ten years of experience. She has extensive knowledge of corporate governance, as well as strong management skills and excellent corporate communications abilities. Ms. Dhillon acts as Corporate Secretary for several TSX, TSXV and CSE listed companies.