Board of Directors

OUR HIGHLY QUALIFIED, STRATEGICALLY SELECTED BOARD GUIDES OUR EFFORTS.

Our Board of Directors is composed of senior mining and financial executives who have broad domestic and international experience in mineral exploration, development, and mining. The Board has extensive experience in the resource industry, and their specialized skills and knowledge will enhance our ability to explore and develop our existing projects, as well as pursue other regional growth opportunities.

Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Electrum Group LLC, a privately held global natural resources investment management company. Dr. Kaplan has over 25 years of experience in the resources sector. Dr. Kaplan served as Chairman of Leor Exploration & Production LLC, a natural gas exploration and development company, which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2007 to EnCana Corporation.

Janice Stairs, Lead Director, was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Namibia Critical Metals Inc, General Counsel at Endeavour Mining Corporation, and Vice President and General Counsel at Etruscan Resources Inc. Ms. Stairs has more than 30 years of experience in the resources sector, including service on the Board of Directors of Gabriel Resources Ltd., Trilogy Metals Inc., and Marathon Gold Corporation.

Jeb Burns brings exceptional qualifications to SSMRC. In addition to his role as CIO at Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan (MERS), he serves on the Western Michigan University Foundation Investment Committee, the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute Board of Directors, the Michigan History Foundation Board of Directions and the Mackinac Associates Board of Trustees. He is also the Co-founder and past President of the West Michigan Global Initiative (WMGI).

Ali Erfan, Director, is Vice Chairman of The Electrum Group LLC, a privately held global natural resources investment management company. Mr. Erfan is a founding board member of Leor Energy. Mr. Erfan has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles in the venture capital and private equity industry.

Mr. Gonzales is from Cusco, Peru and has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He is the Chief Operating Officer at Appian Capital Advisory, a leading investment advisor in the metals and mining industry. Previously, he was with the Barrick Gold Corporation as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Between 1980 and 1996, Mr. Gonzales served in various roles with Southern Peru Copper Corporation. Mr. Gonzales has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco, Peru, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Extractive Metallurgy.

Karl Hanneman, Director, is Chief Executive Officer of International Tower Hill Mines, Ltd., where he leads a team advancing a 10-million-ounce gold resource in Alaska through project optimization. Mr. Hanneman has more than 35 years of mining industry management and technical experience as an executive, manager, mining engineer, mine operator, and entrepreneur.

Wayne Kirk, Director, has over 35 years of experience specializing in corporate and business law, including nine years’ experience as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Homestake Mining Company and over 15 years of experience as a director of publicly held companies engaged in the mining business.

Igor Levental, Director, is President of The Electrum Group LLC, a privately held global natural resources investment management company. Mr. Levental has held senior executive positions with major mining companies, including Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Capital Corp. Mr. Levental has more than 30 years of experience across a broad cross section of the international mining industry.

Stephen Orr, Chief Executive Officer, who joined SSMRC in 2011, has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry, including international commercial experience at both executive and operational levels. Previously, Mr. Orr served as President, Director, and Chief Executive Officer at Ventana Gold Corp., a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company; as Director and Chief Executive Officer at OceanaGold Corporation (“OceanaGold”), where under his leadership OceanaGold built and commissioned two new mines in New Zealand and increased production by 90%; as Vice President of North American Operations and then Managing Director of Australia and Africa operations at Barrick Gold Corporation; and as President and Chief Executive Officer at Homestake Canada Inc.

David Peat, Director, was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Frontera Copper Corporation, Vice President and Global Controller at Newmont Mining Corporation, and Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Homestake Mining Company. Mr. Peat has over 30 years of experience in financial leadership in support of mining corporations.