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Board of Directors

DAVID SMITH , , , Chair of the Board

David Smith is a Corporate Director who has had a career on both the finance and the supply sides of business within the mining sector. Mr. Smith has 40 years of executive and board leadership experience with extensive international exposure. Mr. Smith served 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, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Finning, Mr. Smith served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Ballard Power Systems, Inc. from 2002 to 2009. Previously, he spent 16 years with Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick) in various senior positions and 4 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Smith is currently a director of Hudbay Minerals Inc. Mr. Smith has previously served on other public mining company boards of directors, specifically, Pretium Resources Inc. (acquired by Newcrest Mining), Nevsun Resources Ltd. (acquired by Zijin Mining Group Limited), Dominion Diamonds Corp. (acquired by the Washington Companies), Northwest Copper Corp. and Paramount Gold Nevada. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting from California State University, Sacramento and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program (ICD.D).

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. 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.


Christiane Bergevin is President of Bergevin Capital and provides strategic counselling to major international consulting firms, private equity firms and corporate clients. She is a Senior Advisor with Roland Berger Canada (Energy and Sustainability) and serves as Chief Representative Canada for Astris Finance, a financial advisory group in renewables and infrastructure. She was previously a senior consultant with Hydro One (Strategy, Innovation and Corporate Development Group). Ms. Bergevin has extensive board and governance experience, including her current service on the board of Azimut Exploration Inc. (TSXV), the supervisory board of RATP Développement S.A. (RATPDev), and the advisory board of AGF Group Inc. Ms. Bergevin previously served on the boards of Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX/NYSE/LSE) (until it was acquired and delisted  in 2023), Fiera Capital Corporation (TSX), Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX/NYSE) and CareRx Corporation (TSX). Ms. Bergevin has also served on the boards of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Business Development Bank of Canada. Ms. Bergevin is a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and previously served as its chair. She also currently serves as the chair of the board of Tennis Québec.


Ms. Bergevin’s executive experience includes positions as Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Business Development of Desjardins Group and executive committee member of Desjardins Financial Corporation, and for 19 years prior to that she held leadership positions with SNC-Lavalin Group including as managing executive and President of SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc.   Ms. Bergevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Entrepreneurship with Distinction from McGill University, and graduated from the Wharton School of Business (Advanced Management Program). She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.


Dr. Ann K. Masse has over 40 years of experience across the fields of health, safety, environment, security, and product stewardship. She was the Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Security for Rio Tinto. She is a passionate advocate for safety and sustainability in mining. During her tenure, Rio Tinto adopted an industry-leading approach to advancing safety culture and maturity resulting in sustained fatality free performance. Previous roles held by Dr. Masse include Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment with Barrick Gold Corporation and Vice President, Safety and Health with Goldcorp Inc.

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 has also served on the boards of Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. Dr. Masse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from St. Michael’s College (Vermont), 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.


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, 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, where he is chairman of the Compensation Committee, and Rigel Resource Acquisition Corporation, where he is chairman of the Audit Committee. 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.


Kevin P. O'Kane has more than 40 years' experience in the global mining industry in senior executive and operations positions. 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 Vice President Health, Safety, Environment & Community for BHP’s copper business. From 2018 to 2020, 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 Almaden Minerals Ltd., NorthIsle Copper and Gold Inc. and Autlan (BMV). Mr. O’Kane holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia.


Murray Suey has over 40 years of experience in financial advisory, operations and auditing with KPMG Canada, a global leading accounting and professional services firm. Mr. Suey most recently served as a Regional Managing Partner in KPMG Canada. Prior to this, he was a Partner-in-Charge of the Calgary audit practice with decades of experience advising global natural resource companies and SEC registrants. Mr. Suey was proudly a founding member of KPMG Canada's Inclusion and Diversity Council which guided KPMG Canada to actively manage diversity and representation of women in senior management positions. Mr. Suey is currently the Director, Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of the Board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Canada.

Mr. Suey was awarded the Fellow designation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCPA, FCA) in 2019, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary. In 2023, Mr. Suey received the Executive Certificate in Advancing Sustainability from the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and completed the Directors' Consortium from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Anne Marie Toutant has over 35 years of experience in the resources industry as a director and executive with extensive operations and technical expertise. She served on several boards including IAMGOLD, the Suncor Energy Foundation, and the Mining Association of Canada. A Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Ms. Toutant is currently serving as the Institute's Past-President and chair of the governance committee.

Anne Marie held executive roles at Suncor focused on leading priorities such as: the safe commissioning, world class start-up and initial operations of the $18B Fort Hills project, deployment testing of autonomous trucks in northern Alberta, and the consolidation of mining activities in the world-scale Millennium mine. Prior to Suncor, Ms. Toutant held operations and engineering roles of increasing responsibility in metallurgical and thermal coal mines in western Canada for Luscar Ltd. and Cardinal River Coals Ltd. becoming one of Canada’s early female mine managers in 1998. Ms. Toutant holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta.


Audra Walsh is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of technical, operating, management and board experience in the mining industry. She 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 chair and member in the areas of Technical, Safety, Health, Environment, Sustainability and Corporate Governance. 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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