The company’s current focus is on maximizing Copperstone’s potential by defining and expanding current resources and further optimizing the mine’s economics for purposes of the restart of gold production in Q4-2023 as a result of the recent project funding transaction entered into with Star Royalties Ltd.
https://starroyalties.com/ is providing financing etc!
Mr. Bonifacio has over 30 years of experience in senior executive roles in the mining industry. Mr. Bonifacio is the Founder and former Director, President & CEO of Nevada Copper Corp. since its inception in 2005 until his retirement in February 2018. Among his many accomplishments Mr. Bonifacio has raised directly over $700 million through equity and project debt financings for projects of merit as well as being involved in corporate transactions aggregating in excess of a billion dollars. Mr. Bonifacio has led and directed efforts at every stage of development from exploration, development, permitting and construction.
Mr. Bonifacio is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience and knowledge of operations, capital markets, project finance and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Bonifacio has held previous senior executive roles with Getty Resources Limited, TOTAL Energold Corp., an energy and gold producer and Vengold Inc., gold producer prior to founding Nevada Copper in 2005.
Mr. Tolbert is a mining engineer with more than 30 years of experience focused on underground operations and engineering. Mr. Tolbert has held various Mine Manager and General Manager positions with Hecla Mining and Klondex Mines Ltd. He was instrumental in moving Klondex’s Fire Creek Mine from an exploration stage project to an operating mine. While at Fire Creek Mr. Tolbert optimized mining operations by changing the mining method to better fit the narrow character of the ore. He led the transition from long-hole stoping to cut and fill and shrink stoping where he reduced costs by an average of 40% per ounce, increased production and reduced dilution, all maintaining a keen focus on safety with an exceptional safety record. Previous to working with Klondex, Mr. Tolbert worked at Newmont Mining for fourteen years starting as an underground miner before achieving his engineering degree and advancing to Superintendent for the Midas Mine and Vista Project. He holds Mining Engineering degree from the Haileybury School of Mines and is a certified Project Management Professional.
John Galassini is a mining operations executive with over 30 years of mining and processing experience in copper, gold, silver, and base metals. Recognized as a hands-on operations specialist, he has managed some of the world’s largest open-pit and underground mining and processing facilities. He also successfully led smaller single asset private undertakings requiring specialization in multiple roles. With expertise in change management, he has catalyzed $14.5B in revenue throughout his industry tenure. A tenacious business strategist with exceptional people management skills, John excels at leading operational excellence, innovative solution development, process improvement methodologies, and building collaborative relationships.
John began his career with Phelps Dodge as a shift supervisor, and subsequently became senior vice president of operations for North America, responsible for seven large mining operations and two smelters. He held roles as regional vice president – North America for Kinross Gold, chief operating officer for Sunshine Silver Mines, and senior vice president of Nyrstar mining. John has a track record of greenfield start-ups, brownfield expansions, and extensive process improvement and maintenance experience. He presided over $2 billion in potential expansion investments, improved fleet reliability and availability gains, and saved well over $100 million annually through Six Sigma best practices. he championed a revolutionary methodology via a $220M state-of-the-art production facility, and upgraded copper mining operations and reined in long-term production expenses. He is content rolling up his sleeves in the field, or presenting strategy and results in the Boardroom.
John holds a bachelor degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University and attended the Advanced Business Management Program at American Graduate School of International Management. He is a long-time member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Counsel of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. He is a distinguished alumnus from this institution.
Stefan Spears has over a decade of experience as a senior executive in the resource exploration and mining industry. He began his mining career at Goldcorp, and in 2005 joined McEwen Capital Corporation to focus on resource sector investments. In 2008 he joined McEwen Mining (TSX/NYSE:MUX) as a Vice President in charge of U.S. Projects. After successfully founding Coreprint Patterns Inc., an innovative sand casting pattern manufacturer whose repeat clients have included several multi-national corporations in the mining and industrial sectors, Mr. Spears rejoined McEwen Mining to address Special Projects with a focus on corporate development and to tackle technical challenges in operations. He has experience in gold exploration in Canada, USA and Mexico, and was involved in raising over C$500 million in equity capital for exploration and development projects. Mr. Spears holds a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from Queen's University. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inventus Mining Corp. (TSX-V:IVS).
Tony Lesiak is currently the Senior Advisor, Investment Banking at Canaccord Genuity Corp. (Canada). He previously held the position of Managing Director and Global Head of Mining Research and was responsible for coverage of the Canadian large capitalization precious metal equities. He has been researching the metals and mining sector for over 20 years. Prior to rejoining Canaccord Genuity in September 2013, he was Managing Director and Senior Mining Analyst at Macquarie Capital Markets. Mr. Lesiak was a Principal and Senior Mining Analyst at Genuity Capital Markets from 2007 to 2010 and previously held senior positions in mining equity research at UBS (Toronto) and HSBC (New York and Toronto). Mr. Lesiak earned a B.Sc in Geology and an MBA (Rotman) from the University of Toronto and holds an International MBA specializing in Economics from Johannes Kepler University in Austria.
Mr. Maslowski is a geological engineer with a career in the mineral resource industry spanning more than 35 years in exploration, engineering, underground and open pit mining design and operation in the Americas and East Africa. Mr. Maslowski previously worked with Golden Predator from 2011 to 2014 as Vice President of Exploration and then Chief Operating Officer, expanding the Brewery Creek resource more than 5 fold in 3 years and directing the Brewery Creek Preliminary Economic Assessment Study. Since 2017 he has been the Technical Services Superintendent for Teck Washington Inc. at their Pend Oreille mine in NE Washington State, an underground lead-zinc mine. Prior to 2011, he was with Coeur d’Alene Mines for ten years in numerous positions including Director of Exploration and Assistant General Manager of the Palmarejo Mine in Mexico. He was the team leader for the discovery of the Diamond Hill Mine for Pegasus Gold then was responsible for advancing the mine into production. Mike is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He holds a B. S. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and a Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
Mr. Found has more than 30 years of international accounting & finance experience, of which, the last 13 have been spent in progressively more senior roles within the mining industry. He has significant experience both in mine site operational finance and Corporately having been part of the senior leadership team at Nevada Copper Corp. that positioned the mine for the final construction phase. Additionally, he was a key member of the management team that took New Gold Inc.’s New Afton Mine through the construction phase and into commercial production delivering the mine on time and on budget, immediately prior to that he was responsible for all financial matters for New Gold Inc. in Mexico. He has also held the role of Corporate Controller for a junior gold producer. Mr. Found is a Chartered Professional Account, CA and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and has a wealth of experience in financial reporting, operational planning, treasury management and ERP/systems implementations.