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Management & Directors

Orezone is led by an experienced management team, Board of Directors and Advisory Committee comprised of professional geologists, engineers and financers who have significant hands-on experience at every stage of gold exploration, development and production. They have been involved in the exploration, discovery, development and operation of more than 20 gold mines including many in West Africa. They are passionate about what they do, and are persistent, aggressive and extremely efficient in their approach.

Management

Ronald N. Little

Ronald N. Little - President and Chief Executive Officer

Ron Little is a Professional Engineer and geologist with more than 30 years of experience in mine operations, mine development, project finance and exploration. He has spent the last 20 years focused on African projects and was the founder of Orezone Resources Inc., a company that developed Essakane, the largest gold mine in Burkina Faso and was taken over by IAMGOLD in 2009 in a deal worth $350M. Mr. Little is or has been a director of other public and private companies and held operating positions in both major and junior gold producing companies.

Pascal Marquis

Pascal Marquis - Senior Vice President Exploration

Dr. Marquis graduated in geology from the University of Montreal in 1985 and earned a PhD for his study of Agnico-Eagle’s La Ronde Gold Mine in 1990. Dr. Marquis has 30 years of experience in mineral exploration with major and junior companies including extensive experience in Africa. He joined the predecessor company Orezone Resources Inc. in 2002.

Tim Miller

Tim Miller - Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Miller's background includes over 30 years of construction and management experience with major heap leach and agitated leach operations in the United States, Latin America and Africa. He spent many years with Glamis Gold Ltd and Goldcorp as Vice President for their Central and South American Operations where he was intimately involved with the construction and development of their operations. Prior to that, he spent several years working in West Africa developing and operating heap leach operations in the Tarkwa region of Ghana. More recently Tim was CEO of Atacama Minerals until its takeover by Sirocco. He has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from University of New Mexico and an MBA from Webster University.

Joe McCoy

Joe McCoy - Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

Joe holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a Project Management diploma from McGill University. Joe brings over 25 years of financial and operational experience gained from small high technology companies to large manufacturing firms with projects over $300 million. Prior to joining Orezone, Joe was the CFO and COO at AutoSkill International Inc. where he closed several rounds of financing and played a key role in the growth of the company leading to its sale in 2009. His work experience also includes senior positions with Lockheed Martin and Canadair.

Board of Directors

Orezone’s board complements the management team by providing additional expertise in exploration, mining, operations, and finance. Members of the board have extensive previous experience working in West Africa and Burkina Faso. They have also worked with gold mining companies, negotiated with the Burkina Faso government, and are well-connected within West Africa.

Ronald N. Little

Ronald N. Little - Director / Founder

Ron Little is a Professional Engineer and geologist with more than 30 years of experience in mine operations, mine development, project finance and exploration. He has spent the last 20 years focused on African projects and was the founder of Orezone Resources Inc., a company that developed Essakane, the largest gold mine in Burkina Faso and was taken over by IAMGOLD in 2009 in a deal worth $350M. Mr. Little is or has been a director of other public and private companies and held operating positions in both major and junior gold producing companies.

Ronald Batt

Ronald Batt - Director

Ronald Batt is a Chartered Accountant and a retired Senior Partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Batt has over 35 years of public accounting experience and for a number of years, managed Ernst & Young's Ottawa tax practice of over 50 professionals. He has advised many of the largest Ottawa based public companies. Mr. Batt has extensive experience in cross border tax issues, international structures, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate reorganizations. He has advised companies on establishing and implementing the appropriate controls over financial reporting to comply with the rules established by the Canadian and US securities commissions. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several associations and organizations.

Joseph Conway

Joseph Conway - Director

Joseph Conway became Primero Mining’s Executive Vice Chairman on January 31, 2016 after serving as Chief Executive Officer from June 2010. Mr. Conway has 30 years of mining and financial industry experience. He was most recently President and CEO of IAMGOLD Corporation, having grown it from a $50 million joint venture company to a $6 billion leading intermediate gold producer. Mr. Conway has a B.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1981), and an MBA from Dalhousie University (1987). He was a mine and exploration geologist from 1981 to 1985. After completing his MBA in 1987, he joined Walwyn Stodgell Cochran and Murray as a stock analyst from 1987 to 1989. From 1989 to 1995, he was a Vice President and Director with Nesbitt Burns, a Canadian investment dealer. From September 1995 to January 2003, Mr. Conway was President, CEO and Director of Repadre Capital Corporation.

Patrick G. Downey

Patrick G. Downey - Director

Mr. Downey over 30 years of international experience in the resource industry. Mr. Downey held the position of President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Elgin Mining Inc., Aura Minerals Inc. and previously Viceroy Exploration Ltd. before its acquisition by Yamana Gold Inc. in 2006 for $600 million. Mr. Downey also served as President of Consolidated Trillion Resources Ltd. and Oliver Gold Corporation, where he negotiated their successful merger to form Canico Resource Corp., which was purchased by CVRD in 2006 for over $800 million. He has held numerous senior engineering positions at several large-scale gold mining operations and has also held operating positions at several mining projects for Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. Mr. Downey is a member of the board to a number of resource companies in the mining sector, and he holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) degree in Engineering from Queen’s University.

Michael H. Halvorson

Michael H. Halvorson - Director

Michael Halvorson has been involved in various aspects of the securities industry since 1967. Since 1980, he has been the President of Halcorp Capital Ltd., a private investment corporation. Mr. Halvorson also serves as a director of Strathmore Minerals Corporation, Esperanza Silver Corporation, Novus Energy Inc. and Pediment Exploration Ltd. Notable past directorships include Gentry Resources Ltd., Western Silver Inc., Fission Energy Corp. and Viceroy Exploration Ltd.

Keith L. Peck

Keith L. Peck - Director

Mr. Peck is Chairman and CEO of Lincoln Peck Financial Inc., a financial advisory firm focused on the resource sector. He has over 27 years investment banking experience including Vice-President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Haywood Securities Inc. and Vice-Chairman of Yorkton Securities Inc. Mr. Peck has a broad business background that includes billions of dollars of financings in public and private markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, business valuations and expert financial testimony. Mr. Peck was a founder of Centenario Copper Corporation, a Chilean copper company which was acquired by Quadra Mining Ltd. in 2009. He has a BA in Economics from Princeton University and is a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).