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Board of Directors

Craig Nelsen

Chairman & Director

  • Over 40 years’ of international mineral exploration experience including 8 years as the Executive VP, Exploration, Gold Fields.
  • Metallica Resources founder and CEO for 9 years and its Chairman for 14 years leading the company through its discovery of the El Morro deposit.
  • Held various senior exploration roles at Lac Minerals culminating as Executive VP, Exploration.
  • Has been involved in a number of major discoveries and development projects in South America including the Pascua gold deposit and the El Morro copper gold deposit, both located in Chile, the Cerro San Pedro gold silver deposit in Mexico and the Cerro Corona gold deposit in Peru.
  • Currently a member of the OceanaGold's Board of Directors.
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Ben Pullinger

President, CEO & Director

  • Geologist with over 19 years' of international mineral exploration and business development experience.
  • Held senior executive positions with Golden Star Resources, until its acquisition in 2022, Excellon Resources and Roxgold Inc.
  • Former Director of Orford Mining which was acquired by Alamos Gold.
  • Until his appointment as President and CEO, served as SVP Exploration and Business development at ATEX.
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Alejandra Wood


  • Over of 20 years’ international and Chilean mineral industry experience and is the former Executive Director of the Center for Copper and Mining Studies (“Cesco”), an international, non-profit organization which focuses on broadening the discussion on new approaches to sustainable mining while creating a more diverse, inclusive and innovative industry.
  • Executive Director of Centro Gabriela Mistral (2010-2015), a performing arts center located in Santiago.
  • From 2005 through 2009, was the External Affairs Manager with BHP Billiton Base Metals, coordinating and implementing communications strategies amongst Billiton’s international base metals operations.
  • Prior to 2005, she was Head of Public Affairs and Communications for Minera Escondida Limitada.
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Jamile Cruz


  • Over 20 years’ international experience in engineering, strategy and capital projects.
  • Director of Joint Ventures and Country Manager, Brazil at Rio Tinto Aluminium.
  • Founder and former Executive Director of I&D 101 Inc.,firm specializing in Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Director of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, founding director of WIM Brasil
  • Former board member of WIM Canada. She holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and Master Certificate in Project Management
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Raymond Jannas


  • Over 40 years’ experience in mining geology, exploration and business development focused in Latin America
  • Headed exploration teams that led to the discovery of Pascua-Lama, El Morro and Johanna in Chile, and Choco 10 in Venezuela, as well as the acquisition of Cerro Corona in Peru
  • Held senior positions with Gold Fields, Barrick Gold, LAC Minerals, Hochschild Mining, Metallica Resources, St. Joe Minerals, Rosario Resources and Minera Fuego
  • Holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University
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Chris Beer


  • Over 30 years of experience in mining finance and exploration.
  • Spent 24 years at RBC Global Asset Management, most recently as Managing Director & Senior Portfolio Manager of North American & Global Natural Resources.
  • Also spent five years as an equity analyst covering the mining sector and worked as an exploration geologist with Noranda.
  • Holds the CFA designation, an MBA from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Geology.
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