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Board of Directors
Mr. Finlayson is a geologist with over 35 years of global exploration experience. He was appointed President of High Power Exploration Inc. ("HPX") in 2015 after serving as Senior Adviser-Business Development since 2013. Prior to joining HPX, Mr. Finlayson spent 24 years with Rio Tinto including 5 years as Global Head of Exploration.
Mr. Friedland is the Executive Chairman of GoviEx Uranium and a Principal and Co-Founder of Ivanhoe Industries, the parent company of I-Pulse, a hi-tech company providing innovative solutions for mining, oil & gas, and advanced manufacturing sectors based in Toulouse, France. He has a degree in Geology and Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines with a focus on Exploration Geology. Mr. Friedland was the former Business Development Manager for Ivanhoe Mines based in China, and has significant experience in emerging markets.
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.
Dr. Peng HuaishengDirector
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.
Mr. Pierce has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry working in engineering, operations, project evaluation, construction, acquisition and divestment in Canada, United States, Peru, Chile, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and other countries. He is the owner of Pierce Mining Consultants, started in 2008. Prior to launching Pierce Mining Consultants, which provides peer reviews, project management and evaluation services to the mining industry, Mr. Pierce worked for BHP Billiton for 31 years in various roles.
He was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy from 1994 to 2008; a director of Overland Resources from 2008 to 2015 and obtained his BSc Geology from the University of Alberta in 1976.
Luis Valencia GonzálezDirector
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.