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.


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.


Dale Tweed

VP Engineering

Mr. Tweed is a Professional engineer with over 30 years experience in project development. Previous roles include Study Director at Newmont’s Peñasquito mine, VP Projects for Aura Minerals, and Engineering Manager for the Gualcamayo Project. Mr. Tweed holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Project Management. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.


John Le Roux

General Manager

Mr. Le Roux is a proven leader with over 30 years of global mining experience. His many accomplishments includes successfully transitioning multiple greenfield projects from construction into operations.  Mr. Le Roux has demonstrated technical excellence, operational efficiency, and strong people development in managing several successful operations over the course of his career  and has served in top managerial positions for numerous gold mines worldwide.  Previous to Orezone he was the General Manager for NordGold plc’s three gold mines in Burkina Faso and has also held senior positions with AlacerGold Corporation (now SSR Mining), Eldorado Gold Corporation, and Centerra Gold Inc.  


Ricardo Rodrigues

VP Projects and Project Manager

Mr. Rodrigues is an experienced construction manager with over 10 years experience in mineral processing circuit design, infrastructure, project execution, and management of multidisciplinary EPCM teams (including Lycopodium) with an emphasis on safety. Prior to joining Orezone in August 2021 as the Project Manager, he was the construction manager for Perseus Mining Ltd. from August 2016 were he successfully managed the construction of two greenfield gold projects in West Africa (Sissingué and Yaouré). In particular, Yaouré was built ahead of schedule and under budget during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to Perseus, Mr. Rodrigues was the construction manager for Stefanutti Stocks Oil & gas. Mr. Rodrigues is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.


Ousseni Derra

Country Manager, Orezone Bomboré SA,

Mr. Ousseni Derra is the General Manager of Orezone Bomboré SA, the Company’s subsidiary that owns the Bomboré Project. He has held increasingly senior positions with Orezone since its formation in 2009. He is a qualified geologist (Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Ouagadougou) and is completing a MBA from the Sorbonne Business School (IAE Paris – graduating 2021). Mr. Derra is an active member of the Burkina Faso Chamber of Mines serving as a past Chairman.  In addition to his duties as General Manager, he also oversees all exploration activities, permitting, and government relations for Orezone.  Prior to Orezone, Mr. Derra held roles with Billiton Metals BV, Goldfields Limited and Ashanti Goldfields.


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.


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 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. 


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.  Mr. Oliver is a former board member of Cabral Gold, Integra Gold (before its acquisition by Eldorado Gold) and Klondex Mines (before its acquisition by Hecla Mining). Mr. Oliver holds a HBSc. in Geology and is a former Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.


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 Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.


MARCO LOCASCIO

Director

Mr. LoCascio is the VP Corporate Development for Orogen Royalties Inc, a prospect generation and royalty company. Mr. LoCascio was formerly 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.


Rob Doyle

Director

A senior executive with more than 20 years of international experience in corporate finance, functional management and capital planning with roles in consulting, banking and public company. Mr. Doyle is a strategic leader with expertise in negotiating equity and debt financing, supervising finance, treasury and accounting functions, and guiding long term financial and operating strategy across international operations. Mr. Doyle is a founding Board member and previous Chair of the Audit Committee of Maverix Metals Inc. (TSX: MMX, NYSE: MMX) and was the Chief Financial Officer of Pan American Silver Corp. (TSX: PAAS, NASDAQ: PAAS) from January 2004 to March 2022.



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