President and CEO
Joaquín Merino-Márquez is a professional geologist with 18 years of experience in the mining industry. He was previously Vice President, Exploration for Primero Mining Corp. and before that Vice President Exploration for Apogee Minerals Ltd. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Merino was the exploration manager for Placer Dome at Porgera Mine and prior to that chief mine geologist at Hecla Mining’s La Camorra mine. Joaquin has extensive international experience in South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Joaquin holds a Master degree in Sciences from Queens University (Ontario), and a Bachelor degree in Geology from University of Seville (Spain). Mr. Merino is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Greg Duras has over 10 years of corporate and project finance experience in the resource sector. Some of his previous positions include, Vice President of Finance and Administration at S.C. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation S.A. (RMGC), a mineral exploration and mining development company based in Romania and a number of senior finance roles, including Controller of TSX-listed Gabriel Resources Ltd. and High River Gold Mines Ltd. He is a Certified General Accountant and a Certified Professional Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead University.
Mr. Damian Lopez is a corporate securities lawyer who works as a legal consultant to various Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. He previously worked as a securities and merger & acquisitions lawyer at a large Toronto corporate legal firm, where he worked on a variety of corporate and commercial transactions. Mr. Lopez obtained a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall and he received a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lopez is also a director of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association.