Gil Clausen, P.Eng.
Director, President, CEO
Gilmour Clausen, P.Eng. is a mining executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the areas of management, finance, development and operations in the base metals and precious metals industry. Gil is President and Chief Executive Officer and director of Copper Mountain Mining as of June 1, 2018. Gil was the Chief Executive Officer of Brio Gold Inc. and held that position from 2015 until the acquisition of Brio Gold by Leagold Inc. in May, 2018. Gil was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Augusta Resource Corporation from its inception in 2005 until Augusta was acquired by HudBay Minerals Inc. in July 2014. He was Executive Vice President, Mining at Washington Group International, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and served as the Vice President of Operations of Stillwater Mining Company from 1995 to 1999. Prior to 1995, Gil was a mine general manager at several precious and base metals operations of Placer Dome Inc in British Columbia and Ontario. Gil is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. He is a graduate of Queen’s University’s executive business program and the Harvard University Business School’s program in corporate board governance.
Rodney A. (Rod) Shier, CPA-CA
Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Rodney A. Shier, CA 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 twenty years experience as a corporate officer and director to a number of publicly–traded mining companies, and has experience in raising over $1 billion in debt and equity financing transactions. Currently, Mr. Shier is Chief Financial Officer, Director and a founding shareholder of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation. 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, 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 and the 2013 recipient of the Edgar A. Scholz Medal for Excellence In Mine Development in British Columbia.
Don Strickland, B.Sc (Hons), P.Eng.
VP Operations, COO
Don Strickland graduated from Queens University with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering (1993) and has over 25 years Canadian as well as international mining experience. Mr. Strickland has gained extensive experience in mineral processing, project development and mine management while working with Placer Dome, Barrick Gold Corp and Yukon Zinc. Mr. Strickland is a senior executive with proven leadership, team building skills with a track record of success.
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 an M.Sc. in Economic Geology (1988), and has 35 years of experience in mineral exploration and mine development. Prior to joining Copper Mountain Mining, he served as Vice President for Western Keltic Mines and Blackstone Ventures working for 5 years on the discovery and development of VMS and Nickel deposits. 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.
VP Technical Services
Richard Klue, NHD Ext.Met, B-Com (VP Technical Services) is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (SAIMM) and a Metallurgical Engineer by profession who holds a B-Commerce degree. He has more than 35 years in the mining minerals and metals industry. Mr. Klue has developed and implemented new technologies in Canada, USA, Africa, India, Iran, Russia, Europe, Australia and China. Mr. Klue excelled in senior positions such as Senior Vice President, Metallurgical Manager and Plant Superintendent for companies such as Tetra Tech, Hatch and Messina Copper. Signature projects include Skorpion Zinc for Anglo American in Namibia, Rampura Agucha Lead-Zinc concentrator expansion for Vedanta in India, Kamoto Copper-Cobalt refinery for Nikanor in the DRC and Lumwana Copper for Equinox in Zambia.
Lance Newman, B.Sc (Hons)
Vice President, Project Development
Lance Newman was most recently Senior Vice President, Technical Services at Brio Gold Inc. He has 30 years of experience in project management and development, concentrating, smelting and refining operations in base and precious metals. Mr. Newman has also been Vice President, Project Development at Augusta Resource Corporation and previously he held various senior technical positions in operations at Stillwater Mining Company and Gold Fields Limited. Mr. Newman holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Rhodes University and is a graduate of the Management Advancement Program at the University of Witwatersrand Graduate School of Business.
Vice President Corporate Development / Investor Relations
Letitia Wong was most recently Vice President, Corporate Development at Brio Gold Inc., which was acquired in May 2018. She has 15 years of experience in corporate development, strategic transactions, finance and investor relations in the mining industry. Ms. Wong has also been Vice President, Investor Relations at Augusta Resource Corporation, which was acquired in July 2014, Arizona Mining and Ventana Gold, which was acquired in March 2011. Ms. Wong was also formerly Director of Investor Relations at Yamana Gold. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and is a CFA Charterholder.
Richard J. Joyes, BSc. Geo
Senior Exploration Geologist
Richard Joyes graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1999 with a bachelors degree majoring in ore–deposit geology and moved to Western Australia where he worked 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 B.C.
With a particular focus on 3D modeling, mineral inventory and deposit estimation and database administration, Richard brings a wide variety of both field and computer based skills to the exploration team.