Board of Directors

Bill Orchow

Lead Independent Director

Mr. Orchow previously served as a director of Revett Minerals, a Canadian company trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange and acquired by Hecla Mining Company in 2015. Mr. Orchow was also the former President and CEO of Kennecott Minerals, and also of Kennecott Energy, the third largest domestic coal producer in the United States. Mr. Orchow is currently a member and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Orchow graduated from the College of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas with a BSc in Business.

Quentin Markin


Mr. Markin is a seasoned mining lawyer with 24 years of experience, all with the Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he had been a partner since 2008. Mr. Markin is currently serving as the Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy Execution at Ivanhoe Electric Inc. Over his career, he has lived and practiced in the world’s mining centers — Sydney, London, Vancouver and Toronto. Mr. Markin’s practice focused on M&A, project development and financing matters for mining companies globally and has been recognized by international legal consultancy Chambers for 11 years as a mining law expert. Mr. Markin has acted for various Ivanhoe Group companies, senior producers, junior exploration companies, and investment banks. His notable transactions outside of the Ivanhoe Group include the C$1.2 billion IPO of Franco-Nevada in 2007, and the C$856 million acquisition by OceanaGold of Romarco Minerals and its Haile Gold Mine in 2015. Mr. Markin holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ottawa, and an M.A. in International Relations from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs.

Dr. Peng Huaisheng


Dr. Peng currently serves as a director of JCHX Mining Management Co., Ltd. and President of JCHX Group Co., Ltd. Dr. Peng is a professional mining engineer and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northeast University in Shenyang, Liaoning, an EMBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a PhD in Science from Central South University in Changsha, China. He is also a supervisor of PhD degree applicants. From 1984 to 2007, Dr. Peng worked in the China Nonferrous Engineering and Research Institute successively as Engineer, Senior Engineer, Vice Director, Vice President, and Deputy General Manager of China ENFI Engineering Corporation. Between 2008 and 2014, Dr. Peng held various roles with Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd. (“Chinalco”), including Executive Director and CEO of Chinalco Mining Corporation International Ltd. During this period, Dr. Peng oversaw the construction and development of the world-class Toromocho copper mine in Peru.

Luis Valencia González


Mr. Valencia is an executive and business consultant with over 14 years of experience in the Colombian private sector. He currently provides legal and commercial consulting services to a large group of multinational corporations, including: Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO), Pernod Ricard S.A. (Euronext:RI) and Bacardi Limited, and previously: Ribera Salud Spain, Indra Sistemas SA (BMAD:IDR), Tradeco Group, Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILT), Pacific Rubiales and Gran Colombia Gold (TSX:GCM). He is also the General Manager of Valencia Cossio Consultores S.A.S., the General Manager of Vagon Capital S.A.S. and is the owner of Dal Cossio Livestock. Mr. Valencia has a specialization in Corporate Finance and received a MBA from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

Dr. Diane Nicolson


Dr. Nicolson is an economic geologist who has been active in the international minerals exploration and mining industry for more than 20 years. Dr. Nicolson has an extensive experience working in both precious and base metals exploration globally, and with a particular focus in Latin America where she was based for more than 10 years. Dr. Nicolson holds a B.Sc. degree in geology from the University of London, a PhD in economic geology from the University of Wales. Dr. Nicolson is currently President and CEO of Amarc Resources Ltd.

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