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DAVID SMITH , , , Chair of the Board

Mr. Smith is a Corporate Director who has had a career on both the finance and the supply sides of the mining business, with extensive international exposure and experience in the acquisition, sale, development, financing and operations of base and precious metal operations. Mr. Smith served six years as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finning International Inc., a major equipment supplier to the mining industry with significant operations in Canada and South America. Previous to joining Finning, Mr. Smith's career included serving as Chief Financial Officer of Ballard Power Systems, and various senior executive positions over 16 years with Placer Dome Inc. and four years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Smith currently is a director of Hudbay Minerals Inc. and NorthWest Copper Corporation. Mr. Smith has extensive board experience with public mining companies, having served as chair for several audit, governance and special committees, including previously with Pretium Resources Inc., Nevsun Resources Ltd. and Dominion Diamond Corporation, where Mr. Smith served on the special committees that oversaw the execution of strategic transactions that ultimately resulted in significant value appreciation for shareholders. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors course, Directors Education Program.

RENAUD ADAMS , , , President and Chief Executive Officer

Renaud Adams has over 30 years of global mining experience in senior executive positions and operations. Mr. Adams was President and Chief Executive Officer of New Gold Inc. from 2018 to 2022, where he led the strategic repositioning of the company and turnaround of its operations. Prior to New Gold, Mr. Adams was President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmont Inc. from 2014 until the company was sold to Alamos Gold in November 2017. During Mr. Adams' time at Richmont Mines, production at the company's principal mine more than doubled, mineral reserves more than tripled, and costs were reduced to make the Island Gold Mine in Ontario one of the lowest cost operating underground mines in the Americas. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Adams was Chief Operating Officer at Primero Mining Corporation, and prior to that he was General Manager of IAMGOLD's Rosebel mine in Suriname before being appointed Senior Vice President, Americas Operations. Prior to IAMGOLD, Mr. Adams held various senior operations positions at mining operations located in the Americas. Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining and Mineral Processing from Laval University in Quebec, Canada.


Ian Ashby served as President of Iron Ore for BHP Billiton between 2006 and 2012, when he retired from the company. During his 25-year tenure with BHP Billiton, Ian held numerous roles in its iron ore, base metals and gold businesses in Australia, the USA, and Chile, as well as projects roles in the corporate office.
Mr. Ashby began his career as an underground miner at the Mount Isa Mines base metals operations in Queensland, Australia. Mr. Ashby holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Mr. Ashby is also a director of Anglo American plc and previously served as chairman of Petropavlovsk plc, and a non-executive director of Alderon Iron Ore Corp., Nevsun Resources Ltd., New World Resources PLC and Genco Shipping & Trading, and in an advisory capacity with Apollo Global Management and Temasek.


Ms. Bergevin concurrently serves as Sr. Advisor, Power/Utility and Sustainability within the North American practice of Roland Berger, an international management consultancy; and as Country Head – Canada for Astris Finance, an international investment advisory firm in infrastructure and renewable energy. From 2009 to 2015, Ms. Bergevin served as Executive Vice-President, Desjardins Group, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, where she led mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and business development. She was also a member of Desjardins Group's finance and risk management committee. For the 19 years prior to that, Ms. Bergevin held executive positions with SNC-Lavalin Group, a global engineering and construction firm, including as President of SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc., its project finance advisory arm. She was involved in several transport and mining developments worldwide, and also served as Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Corporate Projects.

Ms. Bergevin previously worked as a Director of Yamana Gold Inc. and of Azimut Exploration Inc. Ms. Bergevin serves on the supervisory board of RATP Dev, an international public transport operator, and on the advisory committee of AGF Group, a private Canadian reinforcing steel business. Ms. Bergevin is a former Chair and a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. She is the Chair of the Board of Tennis Quebec and is a member of the McGill Principal's International Advisory Board. Ms. Bergevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from McGill University and graduated from the Wharton School's Business Advanced Management Program. In 2013, she was awarded the ICD.D designation and has served as a volunteer examiner for the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Dr. Ann K. Masse, Ph.D., is a proven leader in safety, health and environmental stewardship. Dr. Masse currently is Global Head, Health, Safety, Environment and Security with Rio Tinto with responsibility for over 140 professionals globally. Under her leadership, the global Rio Tinto organization experienced zero fatalities in the last three years, successfully managed operations over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and was one of the first corporations to introduce testing and vaccinations clinics. Previous roles held by Dr. Masse include Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment with Barrick Gold and Vice President, Safety and Health with Goldcorp. Dr. Masse spent 23 years at DuPont where she held various leadership positions culminating in Global Safety, Health and Environment Leader - Strategy. DuPont is recognized as a world leader in safety and health practices and performance. Dr. Masse holds a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Delaware and completed her post-doctoral appointment with the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. Dr. Masse also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from St. Michael's College (Vermont).


Peter O'Hagan brings 35 years of experience in commodities, natural resource investing, capital markets and structured finance. He worked at Goldman Sachs from 1991 to 2013, where he was a partner from 2002 to 2013 and was most recently Co-Head of Global Commodities. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. O'Hagan was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm where he focused on industrial and natural resource investments within the $4 billion Equity Opportunity Fund. Immediately prior to joining Carlyle, he was an operating advisor at KKR & Co. in the Energy and Real Assets group.
Mr. O'Hagan is currently a director of Triple Flag Precious Metals and Rigel Resource Acquisition Corp. He was a board member and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Stillwater Mining from 2015 to 2017 until its sale to Sibanye Gold. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Trinity College (BA) and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He serves on the advisory board of Johns Hopkins SAIS and is a board member of World Bicycle Relief, a social enterprise operating in sub-Saharan Africa.


Mr. O'Kane is a mining engineer with almost 40 years' experience in the global mining industry. Mr. O’Kane spent over 35 years with BHP in various roles including leading multibillion-dollar projects from conception, through permitting and into execution and operations, President of Pampa Norte copper operations in Chile, in various major project development, technical and operating roles at La Escondida copper mine in Chile and in various health, safety, environment and community leadership roles including as Vice President Health, Safety, Environment & Community for BHP’s copper business. Most recently, Mr. O’Kane served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SSR Mining Inc. Mr. O'Kane also serves on the Boards of SolGold Plc, Almaden Minerals Ltd. and NorthIsle Copper and Gold Inc.


Ms. Walsh is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of technical, operating, management and board experience in the mining industry. Ms. Walsh previously served as the CEO of Minas de Aguas Teñidas S.A.U (MATSA), prior to the acquisition by Sandfire Resources in 2022. She has extensive public mining company board experience, having served and continuing to serve as a board committee member in the areas of Technical, Safety, Health, Environment and Sustainability. She also formerly held the position of President and CEO of Sierra Metals Inc., Minera S.A. and A2Z Mining Inc. Ms. Walsh has also held senior positions with Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Mining Corporation. Ms. Walsh is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Mine Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota; and is a registered member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

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