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Board of Directors

Gary O'Connor

Executive Chair

Gary O'Connor has over 40 years of diverse experience as a mineral exploration and development professional in the management of successful resource projects as well as the evaluation and technical due diligence of large mineral exploration and development projects within various geologic settings and locations covering a variety of metals and minerals. Mr. O'Connor was recently CEO and President of Moneta Gold Inc. Previously he worked as Vice-President of Dundee Resources for 10 years, responsible for the technical due diligence of resource projects for investment purposes for the corporation and managed funds. In previous roles he worked as the Vice-President, Exploration of Gabriel Resources and European Goldfields in Romania, and as District Exploration Manager for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold in Indonesia.

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Shaun Heinrichs

President and CEO

Shaun Heinrichs has over 20 years of experience in senior financial management and reporting, primarily in the mining industry. His career began at Ernst & Young in Vancouver where he managed assurance and advisory services to several U.S and Canadian public companies. He subsequently held senior management roles in several public companies including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Veris Gold Corp., a precious metals producer listed in Canada and the US, from 2008 to 2015, and also as the CFO of VMS Ventures Inc. from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Heinrichs also served as a director of Veris Gold Corp from 2012 to 2013. Presently Mr. Heinrichs is also the CFO of Group Eleven Resources Corp., a zinc exploration company based in Ireland. Mr. Heinrichs is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and holds a holds a business degree from Simon Fraser University.

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Mike Hoffman


Mike Hoffman is an experienced mining executive with over 30 years of practice in the mining industry including engineering, mine operations, corporate development, contracting, consulting, projects and construction. He has direct experience in a number of commodities including coal, precious metals, base metals and potash. In his past duties as CEO, he was directly involved in numerous financings. Mr. Hoffman started his career in the Canadian mining industry, working his way through engineering and mine operating roles for a number of mines across Canada, including the Arctic. In the late 1990’s, he moved to Toronto with Rio Algom and worked on both the Antamina and Spence projects in Peru and Chile, respectively. He worked for Goldcorp as Vice President, Projects and oversaw both feasibility and construction of the #3 shaft mining complex, and was responsible for the due diligence and integration of Goldcorp with Wheaton River Minerals. He worked as Vice President, Projects for Desert Sun Mining on the expansion of the Jacobina Mine in Brazil and stayed with Yamana as an executive after the merger with Desert Sun Mining. After Yamana, Mr. Hoffman then became President and CEO of Kria Resources, which acquired a number of base metal projects in Canada and later merged with Trevali Resources. He was one of the founders and CEO of Crocodile Gold, which acquired a number of gold assets in Australia and subsequently, after he left, merged with Newmarket Gold. Since his time with Crocodile Gold, Mr. Hoffman has been active as Principal of M Hoffman Consulting Ltd. which provides advisory services to the mining industry. He has assisted on a number of projects including Belo Sun Mining, Brazil Potash and African Thunder Platinum.

Mr. Hoffman’s northern Canadian experience includes operating roles, contracting experience and construction experience in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern Manitoba and northern Ontario. In addition to being a director of 1911 Gold, he is also a director of Eastmain Resources. He has experience serving on audit committees, sustainability committees and compensation committees. Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. He has also completed the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Director Course and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Blair Schultz


Mr. Schultz brings over 25 years of experience in financial, operational, project finance and capital markets experience. He held the position of Interim CEO for both 1911 Gold Corp. (TSXV:AUMB) from June 2018 to January 2019 and Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSXV:ER) from December 2019 to October 2020. Mr. Schultz initially began his career with one of Canada’s top hedge funds, spending 13 years from 2001 to 2014 with K2 and Associates Investment Management Inc. He was Vice President and held various positions most notably, Head of Special Situations, Portfolio Management and Trading. Mr. Schultz holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo with a Business Administration option from Wilfred Laurier University.

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