James C. (Jim) O'Rourke, P.ENG.
Chief Executive Officer
James C. O’Rourke graduated in 1964 with a B.A.Sc. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He gained valuable mine development and operating experience while involved in the start–up phase of five major mines over 14 years with Placer Development Limited. Jim has more than 40 years of hands–on experience in mine; evaluations, development, project financing, marketing and operations in Canada, the United States, South America and the Philippines. As President of Princeton Mining Corporation (1987–1997), he was responsible for the acquisition of the Similco open pit copper mine; the evaluation, financing and development of the Cassiar underground block cave mine; and the acquisition, evaluation, financing and development the Huckleberry open pit copper mine in northern BC. The Huckleberry project was completed on schedule at its budgeted cost. Jim continues as a director of Huckleberry.
Currently, Jim is President and founding shareholder of Copper Mountain Mining Corp. which became public in 2007, Chairman of Compliance Energy Corporation, former President of Huckleberry Mines Limited and a director of numerous public and private companies in mining and property development. Jim has served as a director of the Mining Association of Canada (1987–1990), the Vancouver Board of Trade (1990) and Chairman (1992) and Director (1987–Present) of the British Columbia Mining Association.Jim was the 2005 recipient of the Edgar A. Scholz Medal for Excellence In Mine Development in British Columbia and the Yukon and the recipient of the Mining Person of the Year award for British Columbia in 2010. He was a recipient of the Order of British Columbia in 2011. In 2013 Jim was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
Rodney A. (Rod) Shier, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Rod Shier graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989 while articling at the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he also worked overseas for two years. Mr. Shier has over fifteen years experience as a corporate officer and director to a number of publicly–traded mining companies, and has experience in raising over $500 million in debt and equity financing transactions. Mr. Shier’s responsibilities include all aspects of the Company’s financial operations, controls and financial disclosure, as well as maintaining the Company’s corporate records, coordinating Board and management meetings and providing support to other members of the senior management team and the Board, in addition to overseeing all aspects of the Company’s investor relations activities. Rod is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.
Peter Holbek, BSc. (Hons) M.Sc., P.Geo
Vice President Exploration
Peter Holbek graduated in 1981 from The University of British Columbia with a B.Sc.(hons) in geology and a Masters of Science in Economic Geology (1988), and has 25 years experience in mineral exploration and mine development. Prior to joining Copper Mountain Mining, he served as Vice President, Exploration for Atna Resources Ltd. for six years and prior to that as Exploration Manager and mine geologist for Princeton Mining Ltd. From 1984 to 1993 he was employed as senior exploration geologist for Esso Minerals Canada and subsequently, Homestake Canada Ltd.
William (Bill) Mracek, P.Eng
Vice President Mining
Bill Mracek graduated from University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelorof Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a professional engineer registered in the province of Ontario. Has 40 years of practical and management experience in both undergroundand surface mines across Canada. Prior to Copper Mountain he was Vice President and General Manager at Thompson Creek’s Endako mine and Vice President and General Manager for Huckleberry Mines Ltd.
Ernest Mast M. Eng, P.Eng
VP Corporate Development
Ernest (Ernie) Mast graduated in 1987 with Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University and obtained his Master’s Degree in 1989 from the same institution. He has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry and prior to joining Copper Mountain he has served as VP Operations for New Gold between 2012 and April 2014, President and CEO of Minera Panama a subsidiary of Inmet Mining between 2009 and 2012. Previously he was President and General Manager for Falconbridge Dominicana a subsidiary of Xstrata Nickel and Technical Director for Noranda’s South American Copper Group.
Mr. Mast has been a member of the Boards of the Mining Association of Panama (2010–2012), American and Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic (2007–2009) and the Metallurgical Society of Canada (1995–1996). He is a registered professional engineer and has two patents related to processing of metals.
J. Peter Campbell, BSc.
Peter Campbell graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. in Marine Biology in 1976 and has over 30 years experience in environmental and permitting in the mining industry in British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Prior to joining Copper Mountain Mining, Peter served as Vice President, Environmental, Government and First Nations Affairs with bcMetals Corporation. He was responsible for managing the environmental affairs of the Red Chris Project since the resumption of bcMetal's activities on the property in August 2003. Peter also managed the environmental assessment and permitting process for the Huckleberry Mine, which is a 20,000 tpd open pit copper mine, and the Similco Mine in the early 1990s.
Richard J. Joyes, BSc. Geo
Richard Joyes graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1999 with a bachelors degree majoring in ore–deposit geology. He then moved to Western Australia to work on Archean gold–lode deposits within the Yandal Belt as both a production and underground mine geologist for Normandy and Newmont Mining Ltd. In 2004, Richard moved from Australia to Canada and began work as an exploration geologist exploring for precious metal deposits, porphyry Cu–Au and Nickel–Cobalt sulphide deposits in south–central BC. With a particular focus on 3D modelling, mineral inventory and deposit estimation and database administration, Richard brings a wide variety of both field– and computer–based skills to the exploration team.