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Mark Brennan

Chief Executive Officer & Co Chairman

Mark Brennan is Cerrado Gold’s CEO and Co-Chairman. He is a Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of Ascendant Resources Inc. and Executive Chairman of Voyager Metals, and has more than 30 years of financial and operating experience in the Americas and Europe. Mr. Brennan most recently served as president and CEO of Sierra Metals Inc., a major zinc-lead-silver-copper mining company with operations in Peru and Mexico. Prior to that, he was the president and CEO of Largo Resources Ltd., and a founder of several resource companies, including Desert Sun Mining, Brasoil Corp., Morumbi Oil and Gas, and Admiral Bay Resources.

Stephen Shefsky

Co Chairman

Stephen Shefsky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancap Investments since 1985. He is currently the President & CEO of James Bay Resources and a Director of Crestar Integrated Natural Resources. 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 to 2017. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Shefsky held the positions of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Verena Minerals Corporation (currently Belo Sun Mining). Mr. Shefsky is a Director of Ascendant Resources and was a Founder of Silver Bear Resources and Castle Resoures. He 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


Elmer Prata 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, from 1990 to 1995. Mr. Salomão is founder and now managing director of well recognized GEOS-Mining Services, originally incorporated in 1974, and is now managing director of EPS Consulting, a solely owned mining consulting company. Mr Salamao was a Director of Verna Minerals Corporate (currently Belo Sun Mining) working with Jad Salomao and Oscar Neto, as part of the team credited with the discovery and definition of Belo Sun’s the Volta Grande Project, a deposit with over 7.0MM ounces of gold

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. Jonathan Gilligan is a senior mining executive with over 35-years of multi-commodity, international experience across technical services, capital projects, open pit mine construction and operations. He held senior technical and projects roles with both Torex Gold Resources Inc., SSR Mining Inc., and BHP. Dr. Gilligan has been instrumental in advancing many mining operations around the world including the Marigold open-pit heap leach operation, Nevada, USA; Chinchillas open pit mine, Argentina; Olympic Dam Expansion Project, South Australia; Escondida Mine, Chile; Escondida Norte open pit copper mine, Chile, and many more. Dr. Gilligan holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from University College London, UK and obtained a Ph.D. in gold mineralization in Archean rocks from the University of Southampton, UK.

Petra Decher, CPA


Ms. Decher is a finance executive currently sitting on the Board of the Corporation and Coro Mining Corp. Ms. Decher served as the Vice President, Finance and Assistant Secretary for Franco-Nevada Corporation from 2009 to 2016. She previously served as the Lead Independent Director of Integra Gold Corp. until its acquisition by Eldorado Gold Corporation and as Chairwoman of the Board at Red Pine Exploration Inc. Prior to Franco-Nevada, Ms. Decher was President and Chief Financial Officer for Geoinformatics Exploration Inc., an exploration company focused on projects in British Columbia, Nevada, Mexico and Australia. Ms. Decher is a Chartered Public Accountant and is Chair of the Audit Committee.