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.
Patrick G. Downey
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Downey has 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Tam is a seasoned financial executive and brings to Orezone over twenty years of managerial experience in senior-level finance positions with a broad focus in mining both in North America and internationally. Prior to joining the Company in March 2018, he was VP Finance at Nevsun Resources Ltd. and previous to that, he was CFO at Elgin Mining Inc. from 2012 up to date of its acquisition in September 2014. He also served as VP Finance for Aura Minerals and Treasurer for Thompson Creek Metals Company. Mr. Tam holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, from the University of British Columbia. He is a registered Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
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.
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.
Vice President Administration & 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.
Patrick G. Downey
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
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 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.
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 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.
Mr. Oliver has over 30 years experience as an award-winning fund manager. He retired from Sprott Asset Management in 2015 as Lead Portfolio Manager of the Gold and Precious Metals Fund. Prior to that in 2008, Mr. Oliver was at AGF Funds where he was Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager of a team that managed over $4 billion in several funds, including their Precious Metals Funds. He is currently on the board of Klondex Mines, and was a board member with Integra Gold before it was acquired by Eldorado. Mr. Oliver holds a CFA and HB. Sc. in Geology.
Mr. LoCascio is a portfolio manager at Mason Hill Advisors focusing on precious metals equities. He has spent 11 years with the firm as an analyst and portfolio manager. Mason Hill Advisors is a global, value-oriented investment manager based in New York. Marco received his B.A. in Economics from Amherst College.
Mr. Axcell has over 37 years of experience in mining operations management, project management execution, process plant design and construction management. He served as a Senior Vice President for Jacobs, a large professional services company focused on engineering and construction. His experience includes management of large and small projects, complex process facilities in both green-fields and retro-fit (brown fields) with projects in Asia, Africa, USA, Canada, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to rejoining Jacobs in 2012 he worked for the Debswana Diamond Company in Botswana, Africa from 2007 to 2012 as head of projects and Deputy Managing Director managing a large multi-billion-dollar capital project portfolio with responsibility for all technical functions within the company. From 1999 to 2007 Mr. Axcell held several senior positions with Jacobs. Mr. Axcell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Minerals Processing and a Business Management Diploma from the University of Witwatersrand.
Ms. Harcourt is a sustainability professional with over 27 years of experience, principally in the mining industry. Ms. Harcourt has worked with a number of mining companies and on behalf of Equator Principles signatory financial institutions and has performed a number of consultancy assignments for International Finance Corporation. Ms. Harcourt received a BSc Hons, Environmental Science, from Sheffield University and a MSc Environmental Technology, from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Scientists. Ms. Harcourt is a non-executive director of Condor Gold plc and Roxgold.