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

Patrick G. Downey

President, CEO and Director

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. He has held numerous senior engineering positions at several large-scale global gold mining operations and has also held operating positions at several mining projects for Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. Mr. Downey was a member of the boards of Claude Resources and Dalradian Resources before their recent successful acquisitions and he is a member of the board of a number of active resource companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) degree in Engineering from Queen’s University.


Peter Tam

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Tam is a seasoned financial executive and brings to Orezone over twenty-five 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 Inc. 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.


Louis Archambeault

VP Corporate Development and Strategy

Mr. Archambeault has over 15 years of capital markets and finance experience, and has been involved with the Company as a consultant since July 2018. Prior to joining Orezone, Mr. Archambeault was the Director of Corporate Development for Goldcorp Inc. Before that, he spent several years in the CIBC Mining Investment Banking Group and prior to that, he worked as a mining engineering consultant at AMEC. Mr. Archambeault holds a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University.


Pascal Marquis

Senior VP, Exploration

Mr. Marquis is a graduate in geology from the University of Montreal and earned a PhD for his study of the La Ronde gold mine in 1990.  He has 35 years of experience in mineral exploration, with companies such as Agnico-Eagle and Trillion Resources before joining Orezone in 2002, including extensive experience in Africa.  He was previously Vice President of Exploration and President of Orezone Resources Inc.


Ryan Goodman

VP Legal and Administration

Mr. Goodman has over 16 years of experience working with mining companies in various stages of growth and development, and specializes in such areas as financings, M&A and corporate governance. Most recently, Mr. Goodman was the VP Legal Affairs of Aura Minerals Inc. for the past 7 years. Previous to Aura Minerals, Mr. Goodman practiced law with a large Canadian multinational law firm with a focus on securities and mining. Mr. Goodman holds a J.D. from the University of Manitoba.


Mark Humphery

Project Director

Mr. Humphery is a mechanical engineer with 25 years experience in the mining industry. Most recently Mr. Humphery was the General Manager, Projects and Senior Construction Manager at Alufer Mining Limited’s Bel Air bauxite mine in Guinea where he delivered the US$110 million greenfield bauxite project on time and on budget and prior to that in Colombia where he led the successful construction and commissioning of the Santa Rosa gold project. He has also previously worked in Burkina Faso in senior engineering, project implementation and construction roles.  He has extensive experience in mineral processing circuit design, infrastructure, project execution, and management of multidisciplinary EPC and EPCM teams. Mr. Humphery holds a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Technikon Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


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

President, CEO and Director

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. He has held numerous senior engineering positions at several large-scale global gold mining operations and has also held operating positions at several mining projects for Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. Mr. Downey was a member of the boards of Claude Resources and Dalradian Resources before their recent successful acquisitions and he is a member of the board of a number of active resource companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) degree in Engineering from Queen’s University.


Michael Halvorson

Director (Chairman)

Mr. Halvorson has extensive experience as a board member for natural resource companies. Notable past directorships in the mineral exploration and mining sector include Viceroy Exploration Ltd., Western Silver Inc., Novagold Resources Inc., Pediment Gold Corporation, Esperanza Resources Corp., Fission Energy Corp. and Strathmore Minerals Corporation. In addition, in the oil and gas business, he served on the boards of Gentry Resources Ltd. and Novus Energy Inc.


Ronald Batt

Director

Mr. Batt is a Chartered Professional 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

Director

Mr. Conway has over 30 years of mining and financial industry experience. During his executive leadership, he has been intimately involved in strategic development including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and accessing the capital markets for approximately 1.2 billion dollars in debt and equity. Mr. Conway has held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of Primero Mining prior to its acquisition by First Majestic Silver Corp in 2018. Mr. Conway was the President and CEO of IAMGOLD Corporation growing the company and its affiliates from a $50 million joint venture company to a $6 billion leading intermediate gold producer. He was the President, CEO and Director of Repadre Capital Corporation which merged with IAMGOLD in 2003. Mr. Conway is a former Vice President and Director with Nesbitt Burns (a Canadian investment dealer) from 1989 to 1995, focussed on advisory services to the mining and steel industries. Prior to 1989, he was a research analyst with Walwyn Stodgell Cochran and Murray from 1987 to 1989. Mr. Conway obtained field experience as a mine and exploration geologist from 1981 to 1985. Mr. Conway has a B.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1981), and an MBA from Dalhousie University (1987). Mr Conway has also been a director of a number of public companies during his career to date.


Charles Oliver

Director

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 Cabral Gold, and was a board member with Integra Gold before its acquisition by Eldorado Gold and with Klondex Mines before its acquisition by Hecla Mining. Mr. Oliver holds a CFA and HB. Sc. in Geology.


Stephen Axcell

Director

Mr. Axcell has over 38 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.


Kate Harcourt

Director

Ms. Harcourt is a sustainability professional with nearly 30 years of experience, principally in the mining industry. Ms. Harcourt has worked as a member of the owner’s team of several mining companies and has extensive project and permitting experience in Africa, including in Guinea, Mali, Central African Republic, Cameroon, DRC and ROC. She worked as director of Health, Safety, Environment, Communities and Security for MagIndustries on their potash project in ROC and has also worked on behalf of Equator Principles signatory financial institutions and the International Finance Corporation. She has been involved in several due diligence processes for high profile projects and in the ESG aspects of project financing. 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 Inc.


Marco LoCascio

Director

Mr. LoCascio is the Chief Executive Officer of Adia Resources Inc., a private company engaged in exploration for diamonds. Mr. LoCascio is a former portfolio manager at Mason Hill Advisors focusing on precious metals equities. He spent over 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.



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