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Lisa Riley

Managing Director & CEO

Ms Riley has 30 years of experience in global capital markets, finance, mining advisory and government relations in Canada and Latin America.

She has extensive experience advising companies on improving stakeholder relations and incorporating ESG focuses in real and measurable ways, and is also fluent in three languages.

Ms Riley serves as the Non-Executive Lead Director of Star Diamond Corp (TSX: DIAM), chairing its audit committee and is a member of its corporate governance, compensation and nomination committee. She is also a Director of GFG Resources Inc (TSX-V: GFG), and is a member of GFG’s corporate governance/compensation and audit committees. She was Chair of Tribeca Resources’ (TSX-V: TRBC) Board and a member of its corporate governance/compensation and audit committees from its listing until Dec. 2023. Previously, she was Lead Director of Scorpio Mining Corp (TSX: SPM), which became Americas Gold and Silver (TSX: USA), and chaired its audit committee. She was also a director of Scorpio Gold (TSXV: SGN).


Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud

VICE PRESIDENT - EXPLORATION

Dr Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud is a Professional Geologist with more than 20 years mineral exploration and research experience in a variety of deposit types. She has extensive experience in developing and managing exploration programs including world-class gold and rare earth element (REE) deposits.

Dr Pietrzak-Renaud has acted in the Vice President Exploration role in publicly-traded and private junior exploration companies focused on gold and REEs. She has led and managed the development and execution of geological and testing programs for Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. and later Torngat Metals Ltd., at the Strange Lake REE deposit in Quebec, Canada.

She brings expertise in REE mineralogy, processing and ore deposit modelling to the Nechalacho deposit.  Dr Pietrzak-Renaud holds a PhD. in Geology from Western University, Ontario with specialisation in ore deposit modelling and geometallurgy. She also completed her post-doctoral research in REE mineralogy at Western University, Ontario, Canada.


Steven Woolfenden

Vice President - Sustainability

Mr Woolfenden has more than 25 years of mining industry experience and a history of leading environmental, community, governance and regulatory processes.

Previously, he held positions as Vice President of Environment and Community Affairs for McEwen Mining and IAMGOLD’s corporate Environment Director where he was responsible for environmental, regulatory and community engagement teams to develop major resource projects and large-scale infrastructure works. He also has more than 10 years of experience in the public sector, with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).


Lara Iacusso

Chief Financial Officer

Ms Iacusso has more than 30 years’ experience in financial advisory services in Australia and overseas across a wide range of industries, including mining and exploration.

She was previously a partner of Deloitte Corporate Finance and is the former CFO of ASX-listed Oklo Resources, which merged with B2Gold in September 2022, and TSXV-listed Compass Gold Corp. She is currently CFO for a West African lime company and several private companies.

Ms Iacusso specialises in providing financial advisory services to emerging companies and has experience working with companies with operations in multiple jurisdictions including optimising cashflow, taxation and other cross-border matters.


Louisa Martino

Company Secretary

Ms Martino has provided company secretarial and accounting services for eight years to a number of listed entities. Previously she worked for a corporate finance company, assisting with company compliance (ASIC and ASX) and capital raising.

She also has experience working for a government organisation in its Business Development division where she performed reviews of business opportunities and prepared business case analysis for those seeking Government funding.

Prior to that, Ms Martino worked for a major accounting firm in Perth, London and Sydney where she provided corporate advisory services and performed due diligence reviews.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).