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Mark Brennan

Chief Executive Officer & Co Chairman

Mr. Brennan is currently a founding partner and Executive Chairman of Ascendant Resources Inc. and Executive Chairman of Vanadium One Iron Corp., with over 30 years of financing and operating experience in the Americas and Europe. Mr. Brennan most recently served as President and CEO of Sierra Metals Inc., where he overhauled the corporate foundation and led a campaign to restructure the Yaricocha mine, a significant zinc-lead-silver-copper mine in Peru; he also oversaw the growth of the resource base and production at its Cusi and Bolivar mines in Mexico. Prior to that, Mr. Brennan served as President and CEO at Largo Resources Ltd., where he facilitated the acquisition of its flagship Maracas Vanadium Project in 2006 and advanced the project through a maiden resource, definitive feasibility, and completion of a $300 million financing, construction and first production.  Prior to Largo Resources Ltd., Mr. Brennan was a founder or founding member of several resource companies, including Desert Sun Mining, Brasoil Corporation, Morumbi Oil and Gas, and Admiral Bay Resources. Mr. Brennan began his professional career as an investment banker in London, England.

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Stephen Shefsky

Co Chairman

Mr. Shefsky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancap Investments Limited, since 1985. He is currently the President & CEO of James Bay Resources Limited and Crestar Integrated Natural Resources Limited. Mr. Shefsky is a founder and executive chairman of tilr Corporation, Mr. Shefsky was the co-founder of Brasoil do Brasil Exploracao Petrolifera S.A., from 2006-2017. From 1996 to August 2007, Mr. Shefsky held the positions of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Verena Minerals Corporation (currently Belo Sun Mining Corp.). Mr. Shefsky is a Director of Ascendant Resources Inc. Mr. Shefsky was a Founder of Silver Bear Resources Inc. Mr. Shefsky holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Pepperdine University School of law.


Kurt Menchen

President & Country Manager, Brazil & Director

Mr. Menchen is the past-President of Operations, Brazil, of Largo Resources Ltd, and has over 42 years of experience operating and managing mining projects, including over 20 years as General Manager at the Jacobina Gold project in Bahia State, Brazil. His prior experience also includes Anglo American's Vaal Reefs underground gold mine in South Africa and De Beers Diamonds in Angola. Mr. Menchen holds a degree in mining engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Robert Campbell


Mr. Campbell is an exploration geologist with over 42 years experience in mining and exploration industry through Canada, United States and Latin America. He has worked for a number of major mining companies, most notably Noranda and Lac Minerals and is currently the Vice President of Exploration for Ascendant Resources.. Mr. Campbell most recently worked with Largo Resources from its inception in November 2003 to November 2018 as Vice President of Exploration. He has also held other senior management positions such as Vice President of Exploration for Apogee Minerals Ltd.

Elmer Prata Salomão


From 1990-1995, Mr. Salomão served as General Director of Brazil’s National Department of Mineral Production, DNPM, the federal agency in charge of administration of mineral concessions and the implementation of Brazilian mining policy.  Mr. Salomão is founder and now managing director of well recognized GEOS-Mining Services Ltda., originally incorporated in 1974, and is now managing director of EPS Consulting Ltda., a solely owned mining consulting company.

Jad Salomão

Mr. Salomão has 42 years of experience in mineral exploration & mining and project evaluation with both major and Junior company in Brazil and Canada. He has managed several base metals projects (in special massive sulphides and sedimentary copper), precious metals (gold, PGM), diamonds, Industrial minerals (Ilmenite) and gem (Emerald, Alexandrite) projects. He is presently a major shareholder of the company Monte Sinai Mineração Ltda., which holds the Serra Alta project. Together with his partner, Oscar Neto, Mr. Salomão founded Verena Mineração Ltda - which became a junior mining company listed in the Toronto Stock Market in Canada from 1996 through 2010 – Verena Minerals Corporation (VMC) – which is now known as Belo Sun Mining Corp. Mr. Salomão and Mr. Oscar Neto are credited with the discovery and definition of the Belo Sun Volta Grande deposit; a deposit with over 7 million ounces of gold.



Oscar Neto


Mr. Neto worked as a field and project geologist for Billiton between 1980 to 1985 exploring for base metals in volcano-sedimentary environments in the states of Goias and Pará. He also worked for BP Minerals in the state of Rondonia as a mine geologist at the Potosi Mine, 14 de Abril and Serra da Onça Mines, directly in charge of the mining operations. He also worked as Chief Project geologist for Master Incosa Engenharia S/A in gold exploration in the state of Pará. In late 1985, working with Brazilian geologist, Jad Salomão, Neto started exploration for gold in the state of Tocantins, Brazil. In mid-1986, founded the company Verena Mineração Ltda. and started accumulating an extensive portfolio of gold in the municipalities of Porto Nacional, Natividade and Conceição, state of Tocantins, Brazil. Between 1988 and 1994, participated of several negotiations with major companies – RTZ (1989), Paranapanema (1991), Bank of Bahia (1993) and TVX (1994) – which spent close to US$5 million on these properties.  In 1996, together with his partner, Jad Salomão, Mr. Neto founded Verena Mineração Ltda - which became a junior mining company listed in the Toronto Stock Market in Canada from 1996 through 2010 – Verena Minerals Corporation (VMC) – which is now known as Belo Sun Mining Corp. Mr. Neto and Mr. Salomão are credited with the discovery and definition of the Belo Sun Volta Grande deposit; a deposit with over 6 million ounces of gold.

Dr. Jon Gilligan


Dr. Gilligan is currently Vice President, Automated Mine Design at Torex Gold Resources Inc., a mid-tier gold producer with assets in Mexico. He previously held senior technical and operating roles with SSR Mining and prior to that, multiple executive positions with BHP. During his 35-year career in the mining industry Dr. Gilligan has led teams in advanced exploration, resource development, capital projects, technical services and mine operations. Dr. Gilligan brings extensive technical, advanced projects, mines start-up and operating experience across multiple commodities in South America, Australia and Central/Southern Africa. Dr. Gilligan holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Geology (University College London) and a Doctorate in economic geology (University of Southampton).

David Ball


Mr. Ball is currently Chief Financial Officer of Santiago Metals Limitada. A private Chilean based copper producer and portfolio company of US Private Equity group, Denham Capital. Prior to his current role he held several positions at Macquarie Capital, an Australian Investment Bank. During his career in the metals and mining sector, Mr. Ball has been actively involved in M&A, corporate advisory and fund raising of both equity and debt. Mr. Ball brings mining focused operational and capital markets experience from Australia, South East Asia and North & South America. Mr. Ball holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction (Curtin University) and a Masters of Finance (INSEAD).