PRODUCTION CONTINUES IN THE MINTO COPPER BELT
Minto operates the producing Minto mine located in the Minto Copper Belt, Yukon. The Minto mine has been in operation since 2007 with underground mining commencing in 2014. Since 2007, approximately 500Mlbs of copper have been produced from the Minto mine. The current mine operations are based on underground mining, a process plant to produce high-grade copper, gold and silver concentrate and all supporting infrastructure associated with a remote location in Yukon. The Minto property is located west of the Yukon River, about 20 km WNW of Minto Landing, the latter on the east side of the river, and approximately 250 road-km north of the City of Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon.
Be a safe, sustainable and socially responsible mining company with multiple operations delivering exceptional value through operational excellence.
OUR VALUES GUIDE EVERYTHING WE DO
President & CEO, Director
Christopher Stewart is a Professional Engineer with over 29 years of management, operational and technical experience in the mining industry. Chris has worked for the first 14 years of his career with DMC Mining building, expanding and operating various mine operations across Canada and the USA and for the past 15 years, he has worked for several mining companies. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.Prior to joining Minto Exploration, Chris was President & COO for McEwen Mining, a precious metals producer with operations in Canada, USA, Mexico and Argentina. Prior to that he held various senior roles including President & CEO for Treasury Metals, Vice President of Operations for Kirkland Lake Gold, President & CEO of Liberty Mines, BHP Billiton, Lake Shore Gold Corporation and DMC Mining Services.
David J. Birch
Chief Financial Officer
David Birch has over 20 years of senior financial management experience at publicly traded, enterprise-level companies. Prior to joining Minto, David worked at Waterloo Brewing Ltd. as Chief Financial Officer & Secretary from January 2018 to July 2021. Subsequently, David served as CFO for Liberty Mines along with serving at Anheuser Busch InBev in senior financial roles including Vice President, Commercial Finance, and Director of Finance. David is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA) and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from York University.
Vice President, Environment Social Governance
Loralee Johnstone has over 25 years of experience in Community and Government Relations, Environmental Management, Permitting, and Policies and Procedures. Loralee has held several senior leadership roles and most recently VP, Corporate Social Responsibility at Whitehorse Corp. and Director, Permitting & Community Relations at Coeur Mining. Loralee has considerable knowledge in the mining industry in British Columbia and the Yukon and has also held key local roles including Manager for Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB) and Chair of the Yukon Water Board.
Vice President, Exploration
David Benson is a Professional Geologist and has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry, in various leadership roles where he was accountable for leading the Exploration Department. He has spent a great deal of his career on successful exploration and drilling programs at the organizations he worked for including most recently at Impala Lac Des Isle Mine where he and his team discovered new, high-grade ore lenses. David has held various Geologist and Exploration Manager positions in the past including Vice President, Exploration and Director at Bison Gold Resources.
Brendan Zuidema has over 30 years of experience working in the mining industry in both Operations and Technical Services roles. He has held various senior positions over the last 10 years including Mine General Manager at Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, General Manager for Dumas Contracting, and Operations Manager at Nyrstar’s Myra Falls Operations. Brendan is a graduate of the Mine Engineering Technology program from the Haileybury School of mines and received a master’s Certificate in Project Management from York University.
Vice President, HR & Camp Operations
Tracy Dormer has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications, and Camp Administration. Tracy spent her early career in Information Technology before transitioning to Human Resources where she has worked for 20 years building teams and creating strong company cultures both domestically and internationally. She built her career working with large oil and gas companies in Alberta with Cenovus Energy, Nexen, Vermilion Energy, and SNC Lavalin before moving into the mining industry with Coeur Mining. She holds a diploma in Information Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, a diploma in Geological Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Administration from Athabasca University.
Director, Investor Relations
Tania Barreto has 17 years of experience in Investor Relations and has spent her entire career in the mining industry developing relationships. Her strong understanding of the capital markets and financial industry has elevated many publicly traded companies to success and marketed them to new heights. Tania recently was the Head of Investor Relations at Maritime Resources and past roles has held roles as VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs at Golden Star Resources, VP, Investor Relations at Oceanus Resources along with senior roles at Roxgold Inc. Primero Mining and Detour Gold Corporation. Tania holds a CPIR designation from the Ivey School of Business and has a General Arts and Sciences Diploma from Humber College.”
Director, Health, Safety & Training
Nadine Trodel has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry focusing on risk management, health and safety, training and continuous improvement. She has held various senior positions at DMC Mining Services, Westmoreland Coal Company, K+S Potash Canada and recently Workplace Safety North. Nadine has two science degrees in Microbiology and Socio-Cultural Anthropology and spent the first part of her career as a microbiologist in laboratory and field.
Director, Mill & Surface Operations
Dennis Bigras has over 25 years of experience in milling and mineral processing (copper, gold, platinum, palladium, lead, zinc, coal) in Canada including roles with Teck Resources in the Applied Research and Technology group, as well as with North American Palladium, Kinross, and Royal Oak Mines. Most recently he had the role of Metallurgist and Mill Superintendent with Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Operation and most recently, was the Mill Manager with the McEwen Mining team in Timmins, Ontario. Dennis holds a diploma in Mining Engineering Technology from the Haileybury School of Mines.
Director, Supply Chain
Hank Schmidt has over 30 years of Supply Chain and Construction management experience leading large complex projects. He has held various senior positions over the last 10 years including Procurement Superintendent at Nyrstar’s Myra Falls, Supply Chain Manager at Marine Harvest Canada and Quality Assurance & Project Manager at Northview Apartment REIT. Hank is a seasoned Supply Chain professional with a solid background in contract management, procurement, logistics, project management and quality assurance; bridging across the mining, forestry and construction industries.
Director, Corporate Development
Channa Kumarage has 8 years of experience all in the mining industry as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. His strength in strategic mine planning, reserve estimation and financial modelling has supported companies similar to his recent role at McEwen Mining and previously Alamos Gold. He brings a great deal of knowledge and value to Minto in being able to provide strength to our engineering team and support on corporate development opportunities going forward. Channa has a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
R. Greg McKnight
Greg McKnight has over 30 years of mining focused investment banking and corporate experience. He is currently the Co-Chairman of Northstar Gold Corp., a junior exploration company focused in Northeastern Ontario. For 15 years ending December 2018, he was the Executive Vice President, Business Development at Yamana Gold Inc. ("Yamana") where he helped grow the business from a junior gold producer to a senior gold and copper mining company with operations spanning multiple jurisdictions. During the year prior to joining Yamana, Mr. McKnight was instrumental in his capacity as an investment banker in structuring the reverse takeover transaction and raising the equity for Yamana that enabled the company to recapitalize and re-position itself as a gold production company. Mr. McKnight holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also earned his ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors in early 2021.
Lazaros Nikeas has more than 20 years of strategy and capital markets advisory for resource, chemicals and industrial companies, with over US$25B of M&A transactions completed. He is currently a Principal Investment Manager of Weston Energy LLC, a Yorktown Partners LLC portfolio company with investments in energy minerals assets. Prior to that, he was a partner of Traxys Capital Partners, a private equity firm backed by The Carlyle Group. Previously he was the Head of North American Advisory for materials and mining for BNP Paribas, Partner with Hill Street Capital and M&A analyst for Morgan Stanley.
Gati Al-Jebouri has 30 years of international operations and trading experience in the natural resources sector. He is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pembridge from September 2019, having served as a non-executive director since September 2017. Prior to that Mr. Al-Jebouri worked at LUKOIL where he was VP Middle East Upstream and Managing Director of their 400,000 barrel per day Iraq operations. Before LUKOIL upstream management roles, Mr. Al-Jebouri was CFO and latterly CEO of LITASCO (LUKOIL International Trading and Supply Company). Mr. Al-Jebouri has also held positions of Deputy Minister of Energy and First Deputy Minister of Finance in Bulgaria. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Bristol and is a UK Chartered Accountant.
Edie Hofmeister has worked as an advocate for extractive companies for 17 years. Most recently she served as EVP Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of Tahoe Resources where she headed the Legal, Sustainability and Government Affairs Departments. Since 2006 Edie has worked alongside rural and Indigenous communities in India, Peru, Guatemala and Canada to enhance food, work and water security. She serves as the Vice Chair of the International Bar Association's Business and Human Rights Committee. Edie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from UCLA, a Master of Arts degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco.
Derek White has over 33 years of experience in the mining and metals industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is also a Chartered Accountant. He is currently President & CEO of Ascot Resources Ltd. ("Ascot"). Prior to joining Ascot, Mr. White was the Principal of Traxys Capital Partners LLP, a private equity firm specializing in the mining and minerals sectors. Mr. White was President and CEO of KGHM International Ltd. from 2012 to 2015, and also held the positions of Executive Vice President, Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. from 2004 to 2012. Mr. White has held executive positions with International Vision Direct Ltd., BHP-Billiton Plc, Billiton International Metals BV and Impala Platinum Ltd., in Vancouver, Toronto, London, The Hague, and Johannesburg. Mr. White is also an ICSA Accredited Director.
Jay Johnson has over 20 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions and capital structure investiments across the natural resources space. Jay is currently a Partner at Lion Point Capital where he has led many of Lion Point's energy and natural resources investments. Prior to joining Lion Point, Jay spent seven years in the Rothschild Restructuring Group as an Associate, Vice President and Director. During his time at Rothschild, Jay advised debtors and creditors on a variety of in-court and out-of-court transactions in several industries including telecommunications, oil field services, general industrials, financials, consumer/retail, automotive, aviation and chemicals. Jay graduated with honors from Columbia Business School in 2007 and from University of Vermont in 2001. At Lion Point some of the representative investments include: Ocean Rig UDW, Veresen Incorporated, HighPoint Resources, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Callon Petroleum, Battalion Oil, Resolute Energy, PDCE Energy, ARC Resources, CenterPoint Energy, Cheniere, Energy, Encana Corp, Energy Transfer, EQT, Equitrans Midstream, Linn Energy, Penn Virginia, QEP Resources, Extraction Oil & Gas, Breitburn Energy, Genon Energy, Oasis Petroleum and SM Energy.
Joe Phillips is a senior mining executive with 48 years of experience in the construction, commissioning and operation of mining projects in 13 countries (7 in Latin America) in 5 continents. Over his career he has directed the construction, commissioning and operation of 11 plants and mining operations, all of which met or exceeded their designed capacities. Joe has held senior positions in US and Canadian mining companies including COO and Chairman of the Board of Lydian Resources, Armenia, Chief Development Officer of Coeur Mining, COO of Silver Standard Resources, and Senior VP Development for Pan American Silver Corp. Mr. Phillips is a non-practicing Registered Professional Mining Engineer, graduating from the Colorado School of Mines ("CSM"), and with graduate studies in Engineering Management at the University of South Florida. Mr. Phillips’ experience includes the mining of several different minerals including coal, phosphate rock, gold, silver, zinc, copper, limestone, clay and aggregates. He has held Directorships in the Chambers of Mines in three countries including Chile, Mexico and Ghana, Africa.