Joanne C. Freeze, P.Geo.
CEO and President
Joanne (Joey) C. Freeze is CEO and co-founder of the Company. Ms. Freeze has 25+ years in senior executive roles in the global mining industry and is a Professional Geologist with considerable experience and knowledge of exploration, valuations, resource definition and economic studies, capital markets and finance. Ms. Freeze has raised over $120M to date for advanced projects.
Since entering the mineral exploration business 40+ years ago, Ms. Freeze has worked predominately in gold and copper exploration in Canada, Peru and Mexico but also in diamonds, coal and other commodities for both junior and major companies such as Queenstake Resources Ltd., Arequipa Resources Ltd., Placer Dome Inc., Dia Met Minerals Corp. and Utah Mines Ltd. (BHP).
Ms. Freeze lived and worked in Peru in the mid 1990’s where she was the Qualified Person for various Canadian and Peruvian companies. She co-founded Candente Resource Corp with Peruvian geologist Ing. Fredy Huanqui (co-discoverer of the Pierina gold mine) in 1997. Since then, Candente Resource Corp. has spun-out various assets to form two other companies, also listed on the TSX/TSX.V and Ms. Freeze is currently President and CEO of Xali Gold Corp as well as President and CEO of Alta Copper Corp.
Ms. Freeze obtained a B.A. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 and a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1981. She is a Fellow Member of the Geological Association of Canada and is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Canada.
In 2011, Ms. Freeze was appointed as a Member of the Board of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University - http://www.mcgill.ca/isid/
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Giulio T. Bonifacio, CPA
Mr. Bonifacio has over 30 years of experience in senior executive roles in the mining industry in both the base and precious metals sector. Mr. Bonifacio was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Nevada Copper from 2005 until his retirement in February 2018. Mr. Bonifacio led and directed every stage of advancement of the Pumpkin Hollow copper mine from exploration, development, permitting and construction. Mr. Bonifacio is a Chartered Professional Accountant with considerable experience and knowledge of operations, capital markets and project finance while raising significant amounts of capital for projects of merit by way of project debt, offtake, and equity. During his 12 years at Nevada Copper Mr. Bonifacio successfully permitted both the underground and open pit operations at Pumpkin Hollow, which is the only permitted copper project of scale in the United States in the past 25 years.
Mr. Bonifacio has held previous senior executive roles with Getty Resources Limited, TOTAL Energold Corp., an energy and gold producer and Vengold Inc., gold producer prior to founding Nevada Copper in 2005. Mr. Bonifacio was formerly President, Chief Executive Officer and Non-Executive Chair of Faraday Copper Corp. from May 2018 until April 2022.
Mr. Bonifacio is currently the Executive Chair of the Company and Non-Executive Chair of Nevgold Corp. and Terra Balcanica Resources Corp.
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Dale Found, CPA CA, FCA (UK)
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Found has more than 30 years of international accounting & finance experience, of which, the last 13 have been spent in progressively more senior roles within the mining industry. He has significant experience both in mine site operational finance and Corporately having been part of the senior leadership team at Nevada Copper Corp. that positioned the mine for the final construction phase. Additionally, he was a key member of the management team that took New Gold Inc’s New Afton Mine through the construction phase and into commercial production delivering the mine on time and on budget, immediately prior to that he was responsible for all financial matters for New Gold Inc. in Mexico. He has also held the role of Corporate Controller for a junior gold producer.
Mr. Found is a Chartered Professional Account, CA and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and has a wealth of experience in financial reporting, operational planning, treasury management and ERP/systems implementations.
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