Felix Lee BSc, MBA - PGeo Director, Principal Geologist
Mr. Lee is the director – principal geologist A.C.A. Howe International Limited’s Toronto office. Mr. Lee has practiced as an economic geologist for over 25 years and since 1991, as both a consulting and senior geologist with Howe in 1991. Mr. Lee is an economic / exploration geologist with varied and extensive experience in initiating, developing, conducting and supervising all phases of mineral exploration projects located in North and South America and Africa. Mr. Lee has also completed several evaluation and valuation technical reports that conform to National Instrument 43-101 and former National Policy 2A standards. Mr. Lee is well versed with the various international rules, policies and guidelines with respect to the mining industry such as the “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects” (“National Instrument 43-101”), the “Standards and Guidelines for Valuation of Mineral Properties” (“CIMVAL”), “CIM Definition Standards on the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” (“CIM MRMR”), the “CIM Guidelines for the Reporting of Diamond Exploration Results” as well as with the London Stock Exchange’s AIM “Chapter 19” and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s “Section 12 for Mineral Companies” respectively. Mr. Lee is also familiar with foreign standards of disclosure for the reporting of mineral resources and mineral reserves such as the “South African Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Reserves” (the “SAMREC Code”) and the Australasian Code for the Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves prepared by the Joint Ore Reserve Committee of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (the “JORC Code”). Mr. Lee has also gained business / corporate affairs experience in the creation, development, management and operation of a start-up company. Mr. Lee holds a B.Sc. degree from McMaster University and an M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Schulich School of Business, York University. Mr Lee is a registered member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). Mr. Lee is currently a Director and member of the Prospectors and Developers Association.
Ian Trinder MSc, PGeo Senior Geologist
Ian obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) Geology from the University of Manitoba in 1983 and a Masters in Geology from the University of Western Ontario in 1989. Ian’s career has developed through field and project management experience in the exploration for volcanogenic base-metal massive sulphide, komatiite-hosted nickel, epithermal gold and Archean and Proterozoic-hosted gold deposits in glaciated, desert and tropical weathered terrains. Ian has also participated in the exploration and evaluation of a variety of other mineral deposit types including volcanic and collapse breccia pipe hosted uranium, porphyry copper-gold, diamonds, platinum-group metals, tungsten, barite, fluorite, graphite, dolomite, limestone aggregate and sand and gravel. Ian has set-up, implemented and maintained a digital data management systems to support corporate and exploration offices, and is skilled in GIS, image processing and mining software skills to compile, integrate and interpret exploration datasets including: drill hole, geology, geophysics, geochemistry and satellite imagery. Ian is a registered member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM), and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
Leon McGarry BSc, PGeo Senior Project Geologist
Leon McGarry is a Senior Project Geologist at ACA Howe International Limited with over eight years’ experience as a consultant to the mining and exploration industry. Mr. McGarry has designed and implemented successful mineral exploration programs for a wide variety of commodities in a range of geological environments. Mr. McGarry has extensive experience in completion of mineral resource estimations and is well versed with the various international best practice guidelines and reporting standards applicable to the exploration and mining industry. Mr McGarry is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and holds a B.Sc. Honours degree in Earth Science from Brunel University gained in 2005. His work has taken him to the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Bruce Brady BEng, PEng, FCIM Senior Associate Mining Engineer
Bruce Brady gained a B.Eng. in Mining from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1972. He is a Member, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), a Member, Order of Engineers of Quebec (OIQ), a Fellow, Life Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Member, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).
He has carried out mining engineering studies for clients throughout the world. Assignments include feasibility studies, scoping studies (preliminary economic assessments), due diligence, qualifying reports (NI 43-101 Technical Reports), acting as consultant for a gold project loan and valuations in countries such as Chile, China, DR Congo, Kazakhstan, Norway, Thailand and Turkey.
Howard Coopersmith BSc, MSc, Peo, FSEG Senior Associate Geologist
Mr. Coopersmith has practiced as an economic geologist with both major exploration / mining companies for over 30 plus years and since 2007 as a consulting geologist with ACA Howe International Limited. Throughout Mr. Coopersmith’s 30 year career, he has been directly involved in the generation, development and management of many projects ranging from grassroots (conceptual) stages through to advanced and partially developed prospects / deposits. His work culminated in the discovery of more than 30 kimberlites and lamproites in addition to the discovery of commercial sized diamonds in excess of 28 carats in size. Mr. Coopersmith has gained a broad range of hands on experience that covers a wide array of commodities, geological, geographical and operational settings. Mr. Coopersmith has designed, managed and worked on numerous grass roots and/or advanced surface and underground exploration projects for diamond deposits located in Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Mr. Coopersmith is well versed with the various Canadian rules, policies and guidelines with respect to the mining industry such as the “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects” (“National Instrument 43-101”), the “Standards and Guidelines for Valuation of Mineral Properties” (“CIMVAL”), “CIM Definition Standards on the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” (“CIM MRMR”), the “CIM Guidelines for the Reporting of Diamond Exploration Results”, as well as CIM’s “Estimation of Mineral Resources & Reserves Best Practices Guidelines Specific to Rock Hosted Diamonds” (“CIM MRMR-HRD”). Mr. Coopersmith is also familiar with foreign standards of disclosure for the reporting of mineral resources and mineral reserves such as the “South African Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Reserves” (the “SAMREC Code”). Prior to starting his consultancy, Mr. Coopersmith was employed with the following mining companies: Cominco, Diamond Company NL, Ashton Mining Limited, Great Western Diamond Company and Redaurum Limited. Mr. Coopersmith also provides diamond consulting services to AMEC Mining and Metals (on Shore Gold Inc.’s Star Diamond Project) and Pincock, Allen & Holt. Mr. Coopersmith holds a B.Sc. degree (Geology) and a M.Sc. degree (Geology) from Colorado State University. He is a Professional Geologist with the state of Wyoming, a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (“SEG”), the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“CIM”) and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”).
Pat Hannon MASc, PEng, FCIM Senior Engineer
Pat Hannon received a Senior Mining Technician diploma from the Haliebury School of Mines in 1968, a Bachelor’s in Applied Science from Queens University in 1972, and a MASc from Dalhousie University in 1987. He previously worked as Atlantic Regional Manager with Esso Resources from 1972 to 1983, as Manager of Mining Engineering with the Nova Scotian Department of Natural Resources (1983 to 1987), and as Chief Mining Engineer (Canada) with ACA Howe (1987 to 1989). His experience in the industry includes mineral exploration management, production (underground and surface) and regulatory work with the Departments of labour and Natural Resources. His projects at MineTech have included acting as expert witness for Seabright from 1988 to 1992, managing the Bishop magnetite mine in Stephenville, Newfoundland from 1994 to 1995, assisting both the government of Nova Scotia and the government of Malaysia in drafting underground coal mine safety regulations, and providing independent mine valuation reports on sites around the world. He is the prime liaison between MineTech and its clients. His duties include working on engineering projects, delegating work to other members of the team, reviewing project work and progress, and promoting MineTech at trade shows and conferences. Patrick lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and cultivates an interest in painting and amateur astronomy while away from work.
Al Hayden PEng Associate Metallurgical Engineer
Mr. Hayden has been a consulting mining engineer for ACA Howe International Limited since 2002. Mr. Hayden is a metallurgical engineer with 35 years of experience in operations, engineering, and management in underground and open pit operations in Africa and Canada. In addition, he has been consulting worldwide for over 10 years. A former mine manager, Mr. Hayden has extensive experience in mine design, budgeting and cost control, due diligence, preparation of feasibility studies, and preparation of qualifying reports. He specializes in precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals, and iron ore. Mr. Hayden holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Hayden is a registered member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM).
Sherri Hodder PGeo Associate Geologist
Ms. Hodder has been a consulting geologist since 2003 and joined ACA Howe International in 2005. She is an economic/exploration geologist with experience at the grassroots level in diamond, gold and base metal projects. Ms. Hodder has experience initiating, conducting and supervising at the early phases of mineral exploration and specializes in diamond exploration/evaluation, and prior to joining Howe, Ms. Hodder was directly involved with several high-potential diamond exploration projects in Alberta, Ontario, Nunavut and NWT. Ms. Hodder holds a joint B.Sc. degree in Geology/Geography (Honors/Geology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1997) and a M.Sc. degree from the University of Calgary with a Specialization in Economic Geology (2003). Ms. Hodder is a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) and the Calgary Mineral Exploration Group (MEG).
Normand Goulet Ph.D, PGeo Associate Geologist
Dr. Goulet is a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (“UQAM”) specializing in structural geology, analysis of deformation and tectonics, stratigraphy, metamorphism, metallogeny and sedimentology. Dr. Goulet has more than thirty years’ experience in managing geological teams for the Ministry of Natural Resources of Quebec, Geological Survey of Canada, and mining companies working in Canada and abroad (West Africa and North, South America and Northern Europe, Australia, Asia). As well, Dr. Goulet has also worked as geologist in charge of research projects or as a consultant. Dr. Goulet is a registered professional geoscientist with the Ordre des géologues du Québec.
Robert Kuehnbaum MSc, PGeo Senior Associate Geologist
Mr. Kuehnbaum has been a consulting geologist for 20 years of his 32-year career in mineral exploration, and has been an Associate for ACA Howe International Limited since 1995. He is an economic geologist with varied and extensive experience in initiating, developing, conducting and supervising all phases of mineral exploration from grass-roots to deposit delineation, mineral resource estimation, numerous property/project evaluations and valuations, and legal negotiations. He has also been involved in extensive reviews of mineral exploration data. Mr. Kuehnbaum was employed as a geologist with Union Carbide Exploration Corporation in Canada, Brazil and Portugal between 1974 and 1980. As Project Manager with Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd. between 1980 and 1984, he was responsible for the company’s extensive mineral landholdings, in the Canadian Cordillera, including project supervision and generation. From 1984-1986, he was employed by Kennco Explorations, (Canada) Ltd. with responsibilities of the company’s precious metals (gold) exploration projects in Ontario, western Canada and the Maritime provinces. In early 1986, Mr. Kuehnbaum established his own consulting practice. Over the years, he has acquired experience in tungsten, base metals (including copper-nickel-PGEs), gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, and industrial minerals. Mr. Kuehnbaum holds both a B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGGS), and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
Rod O'Leary BSc Associate Geologist
Mr. O’Leary joined ACA Howe International Limited as a consulting geologist in June 2008. He is an economic/exploration geologist with 17 years of varied experience (international and domestic, exploration and mining) in several geological environments with respect to geology, climates and culture : Proterozoic volcanogenic massive sulphides; shear-hosted, narrow vein, mesothermal gold deposits; Cu-Au porphyry, skarns and epithermal deposits / mineralization; kimberlite ore body development and uranium exploration. Mr. O’Leary also has experience in managing and supervising both large diameter RC drilling programs and sample processing through DMS process plants for advance staged diamond exploration programs. Prior to joining Howe, Mr. O’Leary was employed from June 2006 to July 2008 with DeBeers Canada as a Mine Geologist at the Snap Lake Mine located in the NWT and from June 2005 to June 2006 as Senior Project Geologist with Shore Gold Inc. (“Shore”) where his tasks and duties included the day to day management of the various geological work programs, drill supervision, geological core logging, and the collection of various samples (i.e. geochemical, microdiamond, ODS) for Shore’s on-going advanced exploration program on both it’s Star Kimberlite and FALC diamond projects. From 1989 to 2005, Mr. O’Leary worked various mining companies such as Granges Inc. (1989-1995), Aur Resources Inc. (1995-1996), PT Freeport Indonesia (1996-1998), and Claude Resources Inc. (2002 – 2003). Mr. O’Leary holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan (1985). Mr. O’Leary is a registered member of the Geological Association of Canada (“GAC”).
W. Douglas Roy MASc, PEng Senior Engineer
Mr. Roy has over 13 years of experience in the operations, engineering, and management of underground and open pit operations in Africa, South America and Canada. Mr. Roy has extensive experience in completion of resource estimations, mine design, budgeting and cost control, due diligence, preparation of feasibility studies and technical qualifying reports. Mr. Roy is well versed with the various Canadian rules, policies and guidelines with respect to the mining industry such as the “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects” (“National Instrument 43-101”), the “Standards and Guidelines for Valuation of Mineral Properties” (“CIMVAL”), and “CIM Definition Standards on the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” (“CIM MRMR”). Mr. Roy is also familiar with foreign standards of disclosure for the reporting of mineral resources and mineral reserves such as the “South African Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Reserves” (the “SAMREC Code”). Mr. Roy obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Dalhousie University in 1997 and a Master of Applied Science degree in geostatistical resource estimation from Dalhousie University in 2000. He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (“APENS”), the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“CIM”) and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”).
Gord Watts BEng, PEng Senior Associate Mining Engineer, Financial Analyst
Mr. Watts is a mining engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining from the University of Toronto. Mr. Watts has over 42+ years experience in mining exploration, mine operation, mine engineering, project evaluation, feasibility studies and financial evaluation. Mr. Watts’ relevant experience is listed below:
- The preparation of over 250 financial models during the past 28 years;
- Skilled in tax modelling, risk analysis and Monte Carlo simulations;
- Constructed numerous mining cash flows models for mining consulting companies e.g. A.C.A. Howe International Limited; Watts, Griffis and McOuat; Scott Wilson Roscoe Postle Associate; MPH; Derry Michener Booth and Wahl; and;
- Prepared reports on mineral properties throughout Canada, the United States of America and internationally.
Mr. Watts is well versed with the various Canadian rules, policies and guidelines with respect to the mining industry such as the “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects” (“National Instrument 43-101”), the “Standards and Guidelines for Valuation of Mineral Properties” (“CIMVAL”), and “CIM Definition Standards on the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” (“CIM MRMR”). Mr. Watts is also familiar with foreign standards of disclosure for the reporting of mineral resources and mineral reserves such as the “South African Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Reserves” (the “SAMREC Code”). Mr. Watts is a graduate from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario with a B.A.Sc. degree in Mining Engineering (1966). He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (“PEO”).
Dennis Arne BSc (Hons) Geology, MSc, PhD, Grad Diploma - Managing Director (Vancouver), Principal Consultant
Mr Arne has over 30 years’ experience in applied geochemistry in a wide range of environments, in both the minerals and the petroleum industries, and as an academic and in geological surveys. For the last 10 years, he has been involved as a consultant in the development of geochemical exploration programs for precious and base metals exploration in Australia, North America, South America and Africa. Mr Arne works with our clients to better understand and use their geochemical data to target new deposits and optimise the understanding of the entire mineral system to ensure cost effective and well targeted exploration.
Rob Mackie BSc MSc, BSc (Geology), P.Geo
Mr Mackie is a professional geologist with more than 10 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry with a focus on Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide and gold exploration. Through his involvement in numerous reconnaissance and early-stage drilling programs, Mr Mackie has gained significant experience in a full range of technical and managerial aspects of exploration including data compilation, targeting, design and management of field campaigns, bedrock mapping, core logging, mentoring and reporting. He has a strong background in the interpretation of surficial media and rock geochemistry, and is an advocate of team-based targeting studies involving the integration of geological, eochemical, geophysical data.
Chris Pennimpede BSc (Earth Sciences) - GIS Geologist
Mr Pennimpede has more than eight years’ experience working in mineral exploration in Canada and the United States of America. He has focused on utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) to plot, analyze and interpret field data for clients. As a Project Geologist, Mr Pennimpede has led several successful gold and copper exploration projects in Yukon, Nunavut and Alaska. He has extensively used GIS and modeling software for project planning and marketing materials, and has completed annual technical reports and NI43 – 101 reports. His strong analytical skills and geological knowledge have been utilized in completing research and valuation of mineral properties for potential merger and acquisition opportunities.
David Johnson Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment), MSc (Geophysics), BSc (Hon) Geology - Associate
Mr Johnson is a geophysicist with over 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration, covering a wide range of commodities and project locations in Australia, Asia, North America, Africa and Scandinavia. Mr Johnson played a leading role in the discovery of the Moran nickel orebody at Kambalda and the Rosie nickel deposit in the Duketon greenstone belt. He has been instrumental in the discovery of the Silver Star North graphite deposit near Manitouwadge, Ontario. He has led technical teams to exploration success in both grassroots and near-mine settings, has strong written and verbal communications skills and is effective in presenting technical information to non-specialists. Mr Johnson has the ability to deliver analysis and interpret regional geoscientific datasets to identify new exploration opportunities and has recognised theoretical and practical expertise in electrical and electromagnetic geophysical methods. He has significant experience dealing with indigenous people (Aboriginal, Mongolian and Indian).
Eric Grunsky Phd (Geology), MSc (Geology, Bsc Geology (Hons) - Associate
Mr Grunsky has more than 35 years of experience in a range of geoscience disciplines, including mineral exploration, geologic mapping, geochemical surveys, resource assessment and geospatial analysis. He is an internationally recognized expert in the evaluation and interpretation of geochemical survey data at continental, regional and camp scales. His experience includes geochemical data derived from exposed rock, till, lake sediment, stream, soil and weathered materials geochemistry. Mr Grunsky’s expertise has been used to identify and isolate areas of mineralization for a range of commodities, including precious metal, diamond, base metal and uranium deposits. He employs the use of advanced statistical methods that include spatial analysis to characterize and validate geochemical processes associated with background lithologies, alteration assemblages and key mineralization signatures. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has made many presentations at mineral industry conferences.