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Leadership Team

Raymond Jannas

CEO & Director

  • Over 35 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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Thomas Pladsen


  • 30 years' of experience as a senior manager or director with public companies including presently serving as a director of Northfield Capital Corporation and Neo Lithium Corp.
  • Previously served as Chief Financial Officer of several public companies including Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation, Katanga Mining Limited, Andina Minerals Inc. and Merc International Minerals, Inc.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and received his Chartered Accountant designation with KPMG LLP
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Ben Pullinger

Senior Vice President Exploration and Business Development

  • 20 years’ of international mineral exploration and business development experience.
  • Held senior exploration positions with Golden Star Resources, Excellon Resources and Roxgold.
  • From 2010 to 2012, was a Mining Research Analyst with Toll Cross Securities.
  • Graduated with a HBSc in Geology from University of Johannesburg.
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Craig Nelsen

Chairman & Director

  • Over 35 years’ of international mineral exploration experience including 8 years as the Executive VP, Exploration, Gold Fields.
  • Metallica Resources founder and CEO for 5 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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Rob Suttie


  • Currently Vice President at Marrelli Support Services Inc. with over 20 years’ experience in corporate accounting and financial disclosure
  • Has served as Chief Financial Officer to a number of junior mining companies
  • Through his role at Marrelli Support Services, he is currently CFO of a number of public listed companies including Drone Delivery Canada, Novocarbon Corporation, and Noble Minerals Exploration Inc.
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Alejandra Wood


  • Over of 20 years’ international and Chilean mineral industry experience and is currently the 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


  • Founder and currently Executive Director of I&D 101 Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion services.
  • Has held senior capital projects consulting roles with a number of international mining companies.
  • Currently a Director of the  Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Women in Mining Brasil.
  • Holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering  and Master Certificate in Project Management.
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Albrecht Schneider

Business Development

  • 40 years’ experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry
  • Previously the Chairman and co-founder of Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation (2010-2018), general manager and co-founder of Andina Minerals Inc. (2003-2010) and Senior VP of Exploration, TVX Gold (1996-2002)
  • Has acted as a consultant for numerous major mining companies including Antofagasta, TVX Normandy Americas, Newmont Mining, Kinross Gold and Gold Fields
  • Instrumental in the discovery of a number precious metals deposits in Chile including Cerro Maricunga, Volcan and Salares Norte as well as led the teams outlining the Asacha and Zolotoe deposits in Russia, Kasperske Hory deposit in the Czech Republic, and the Skouries deposit in Greece.
  • President of SBX Consultores Ltda. and currently a director of Rio2 Limited
  • Holds a Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London
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