John Black is an economic geologist with more than 30 years of exploration experience in the Americas, Central Asia, the SW Pacific, and Eastern Europe/Western Asia. He first worked in South America in 1993 and has been actively involved in mineral exploration throughout the continent for several companies since that time. His professional credentials include a B.Sc. degree in Geology from Stanford University in 1983 and an M.S. degree in Geology – Ore Deposits Exploration from the same University in 1988. John was the founding President of Antares Minerals Inc. and was instrumental in acquiring the Haquira project in Peru for Antares. He was the key driver in negotiating the sale of Antares to First Quantum Minerals for C$650 million. John’s early career included work with Bear Creek Mining Company, Kennecott Minerals Corporation, Rio Tinto and Western Mining Corporation and he currently serves as the CEO and director of Aldebaran Resources Inc.
Dr. Kevin B Heather, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D
Chief Geological Officer & Director
Dr. Kevin B. Heather is an economic geologist with more than 35 years of field experience in North and South America. Dr. Heather was a founding member of both Antares and Regulus and directed the exploration that led to the discovery of the high-grade Haquira East deposit in Southern Peru, which sold to First Quantum Minerals in December 2010 for C$650 million. His professional credentials include a BSc. (honours) degree in Geology from UBC in 1982, a MSc. degree in Geology from Queen’s University in 1985, and a PhD. degree from the University of Keele in 2001. Dr. Heather is currently the Chief Geological Officer (CGO) for Regulus and Aldebaran and is the QP (FAUSIMM) responsible at a corporate level for overseeing the technical aspects of both company’s exploration activities. During his career Dr. Heather has been involved with several discoveries and has worked on various world-class ore deposits including the El Indio Au-Ag-Cu Mine (Chile), the Pascua-Lama Au-Ag deposit (Chile-Argentina), and the Au-Ag Cerro Vanguardia Au-Ag deposit (Patagonia, Argentina).
Mark Wayne, LL.B, CFA
Chief Financial Officer & Director
Mark Wayne is a co-founder, director and the Chief Financial Officer of Regulus and, prior to that, Antares. Mr. Wayne has a law degree and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He practiced law from 1980 – 1987, specializing in the fields of corporate and securities law. In 1987 he founded and became President of AltaFund Investment Corp., a public investment company that raised $110 million. In 1991, AltaFund joined the Altamira group of mutual funds and Mr. Wayne subsequently served as Vice-President, Western Canada for Altamira until November 1998. Mr. Wayne has raised money for, and served as a director or officer of, a number of public and private companies over the years in the mining, oil and gas and technology sectors. Mr. Wayne is based in Calgary, Alberta and is also an investment advisor with IA Securities Inc., a full service investment dealer.
Fernando Pickmann, LLM
Mr. Pickmann has a law degree and an LLM in corporate Law and over 20 years of corporate, securities and mining law experience. His legal practice has been focused on advising significant mining companies in Peru. He has acted as internal legal advisor of Peruvian Government on the Mining Privatization Committee of Centromin Peru; he has been board member of several public and private junior mining companies and board member of Petroperu (Peruvian Agency for oil and gas) and is currently partner of Dentons law firm in the Lima office, negotiating multiple transfer, assignment and mining option contracts. Mr. Pickmann has also been Professor of Mining Law and Strategic Alliances at Lima University. Mr. Pickmann was CEO of Southern Legacy Minerals prior to its amalgamation with Regulus.
John Sibley, LL.B, ICD.D
John Sibley is a corporate director with extensive public and private company board and senior management experience, with a particular focus on mining and financial services. John currently serves as a director of Stillwater Canada, a member of the Sibanye-Stillwater Group, one of the world’s largest producers of palladium, platinum and gold. John was formerly the EVP and General Counsel of Uranium One and for more than 10 years played a leading role in that company’s growth and development into a global uranium producer, with a market valuation of $3 billion when it was privatized in 2013. John served as Chairman of Qtrade Canada from 2003 until 2018; he chaired the Qtrade Special Committee formed to oversee the 2018 merger of Qtrade, NEI and Credential into Aviso Wealth – now the primary financial, brokerage and wealth management services provider to the Canadian credit union system, with over $55 billion in combined assets under management and administration. Prior to 2006, John practiced securities, M&A and mining law in Vancouver and Toronto, as a partner in several major Canadian law firms, including Bull, Housser & Tupper (now Norton Rose Fulbright) and Davis & Co. (now DLA Piper). He received his ICD.D designation in 2013.
James M. MacDonald PGeo
Mr. McDonald has more than 30 years of combined technical and financial experience in the mining sector. He founded and is President, CEO and director of Kootenay Silver. He also co-founded and successfully developed National Gold (which merged with Alamos Minerals) to form Alamos Gold for which he was a director and served on numerous committees until June 2012. Mr. McDonald also served as President of Genco Resources which operated the La Guitarra Silver Mine located in Mexico. Mr. McDonald is a co-founder and director of Northern Vertex Mining Corp.
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