Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chairman
Mr. Brennan is currently Executive Chairman of Ascendant Resources Inc. Prior to co-founding Ascendant, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Metals Inc., a multi-mine polymetallic producer, from April 2015 to March 2017. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Largo Resources Ltd., a greenfield to production mining company, from March 2005 to March 2015. He was the co-founder of Brasoil do Brasil Exploracao Petrolifera S.A., a private oil and gas producing exploration Corporation in Brazil. In addition, he has been President of Linear Capital Corporation, a private merchant bank, since February 1998. He is a Founder and a director of James Bay Resources Limited since November 2007.
Mr. Shefsky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancap Investments Limited, a private merchant bank providing venture capital al and project financing for private and public companies, since 1985. He is involved in strategic planning and corporate development of its investee companies in the mineral resources and technology sector.
Mr. Shefsky is the Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of James Bay Resources Limited (CSE:JBR) and Crestar Integrated Natural Resources Limited (CINL) since incorporation. Mr. Shefsky is currently Co-Chairman and Founder of Cerrado Gold, a precious metals exploration and production company in Brazil and Argentina. Mr. Shefsky is a founder and executive chairman of tilr Corporation, a leading patent pending on demand recruitment technology platform that connects companies with immediately qualified employees. Mr. Shefsky was the co-founder of Brasoil do Brasil Exploracao Petrolifera S.A., a private oil and gas producing and exploration company operating in Brazil from 2006-2017. From 1996 to August 2007, Mr. Shefsky held the positions of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Verena Minerals Corporation (TSXV:VML), a minerals exploration company with a focus on precious metal properties in Brazil (currently Belo Sun Mining Corp., (TSXV:BSX). Mr. Shefsky is also a former director and the Executive Chair man of Castle Resources Inc. (TSXV:CRI) since February 2008 and July 2011, respectively until July 2014. Mr. Shefsky became the Chairman and Director of Ascendant Resources Inc. in December 2009, and is currently a Director. Mr. Shefsky was a Founder of Silver Bear Resources Inc. (TSX:SBR). Mr. Shefsky has been a Director and Officer of BB1 Acquisition Corp. (TSXV:BB1.P), a capital pool company, since March, 2018. 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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer & 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.
Vice President of Exploration & Director
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.
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.
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.