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. 

Paul Taggar | CFO

Mr. Taggar is a CPA with over 15 years of experience within the mining, commodities and professional services industries. He previously worked for Fronteer Gold until its acquisition by Newmont Mining. Most recently, Mr. Taggar was the CFO of an international commodities firm, specializing in exports of grain products. He started his career with KPMG and he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Michelle Borromeo | VP Investor Relations

Ms. Borromeo has over 15 years of experience in the natural resources and renewable energy industries. She previously held the position of Vice President Corporate Development at Mars Investor Relations where she managed numerous mining client companies. She has led the Investor Relations and Corporate Communications efforts for Chakana Copper Corp, Miller Energy Resources, and for Fission Uranium, which was acquired by Denison mines. Ms. Borromeo started her career working as a field biologist, which included performing reclamation/remediation site assessments and preparing Emergency Response Plans for Oil & Gas companies. She holds a BSc. in Biology and Minor in Geology 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.

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)