Management

Ian Harris | President & CEO | Director

Mr. Harris is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ experience leading mining projects worldwide including over 10 years working and living in South America. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of AMAK Mining and Para Resources. Mr. Harris was also Senior Vice President and Country Manager of Corriente Resources through feasibility, initial engineering, and commencement of construction at the Mirador mine in Ecuador. He successfully led the push to reactivate Corriente’s mining projects in Ecuador by building national and local support and navigating through a new constitution and a new mining law, leading to the sale of Corriente for $690 million. Mr. Harris is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Matthew Wunder | VP Exploration

Mr. Wunder is a Professional Geologist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Western University in London, Ontario. He has over 30 years international exploration and mining industry experience, including 15 years with Noranda and more than 15 years as a senior executive for several junior and mid-size mining companies. Mr. Wunder has substantial experience working on and evaluating various intrusive related porphyry copper-gold systems throughout the Cordillera from Alaska to southern Peru. He has participated in major projects such as the exploration of the Antamina porphyry skarn deposit in Peru prior to the development of the deposit and successfully led several significant discoveries in Latin America that were fast tracked into production. 

Lisa Peterson | Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Peterson has over 13 years’ experience within the mining, renewable energy, infrastructure, and professional services industries. Most recently, she served as Vice-President of Corporate Reporting & Global Accounting at SkyPower Global, a large-scale, international, renewable energy developer, and provider. Prior to joining SkyPower Global, Ms. Peterson spent 3 years at Barrick Gold Corporation as Chief of Staff Capital Projects and Chief of Staff of the Frontera District within their technical services, project development, and life of mine planning group. In these roles, she helped advance large-scale projects, liaised with stakeholders and joint venture partners, and performed value assurance reviews on the companies’ operating and expansion assets. Prior to joining Barrick, Ms. Peterson spent 5 years working at KGHM leading their international Corporate Reporting group. Ms. Peterson started her career in finance and accounting at KPMG. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.

Melissa Martensen | Corporate Secretary

Melissa Martensen is an experienced administrator with over 12 years as a corporate secretary, primarily in junior mining companies. Prior to transitioning to junior mining, she worked in private banking at RBC. Ms. Martensen graduated with a degree in finance from UNBC in Prince George. She is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada.

Patricio Vazquez Calvo | Exploration Manager - Argentina

Mr. Vazquez Calvo is an exploration geologist, based in Argentina.  He has over 18 years’ experience in mineral exploration, project generation, project management, and project evaluation in South America. Mr. Vazquez Calvo specializes in the exploration of porphyry copper and epithermal systems in South America's high-Andes region.  Previously, he worked in Argentina with Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration and Lumina Copper Corp at the Taca Taca, participating in the major copper-gold porphyry discovery later acquired by First Quantum Minerals for US$470M. Mr. Vazquez Calvo holds a B.S. from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Edwin Naranjo | Exploration Manager - Mocoa

Mr. Naranjo has over 12 years of experience in mineral exploration. He has been involved in several mineral exploration programs in the Central and Western Cordillera of Colombia and the golden triangle in Nicaragua. Mr. Naranjo holds a M.Sc. from Universidad de Caldas, Colombia in Metallogenesis and Ore Deposits. He is a Fellow member of the Society of Economic Geologist (SEG) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)