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About Copper Standard Resources Inc.

Copper Standard is a resource-stage mining company with a focus on copper and gold, with an option to acquire 100% of the Colpayoc Property in Peru. Colpayoc has significant, untested potential for supergene and porphyry copper – gold mineralization at depth, beneath drill holes bottoming in oxide gold-copper mineralization. Colpayoc is largely untested with limited drilling and is similar to many of the world class porphyry copper-gold deposits within the prolific Yanacocha District. Copper Standard Resources continues to evaluate opportunities in the mineral sector on an ongoing basis.

Management, Directors & Advisors

Andrew Swarthout  Chairman and Director

Andrew Swarthout is a recognized leader and mineral explorer with an extensive history of ore deposit discoveries and project acquisitions in the Americas. With a vast breadth and depth of experience in mineral exploration in Peru, Andrew has taken an active role in promoting environmental stewardship, good governance and foreign investment in the country’s mineral industry.

Prior to founding Bear Creek Mining in 2000, Andrew was Vice-President of Exploration for Southern Peru Copper during which time he was responsible for the discovery of the Shahuindo and Los Chancas deposits and significant reserve expansions on the company’s two porphyry copper deposits as well as initiation of the acquisition of the Tia Maria copper deposit. Prior to this, he was the exploration manager (Mexico) for Kennecott Minerals (now RTZ) where he contributed to the discovery and expansion of a number of precious metal deposits.

Andrew has helped raise over USD $250 million in equity financing for Bear Creek. Under his management, the Company has discovered two world-class silver deposits with combined reserves in excess of 450 million ounces, making Bear Creek Mining a leading emerging silver producer.

Marcel de Groot President & Director

Marcel is a co-founder and the President of Pathway Capital Ltd.

Pathway Capital partners with successful mining entrepreneurs to launch new ventures.  Examples include Peru Copper (acquired by Chinalco), Sandstorm Gold, Equinox Gold, Solaris Resources and Versamet Royalties.  Marcel has over 25 years of experience in providing strategic support to both private and public companies within the metals and mining space. He has been involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions, financings, and re-organizations.

Marcel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Matt Fargey CEO

Most recently Mr. Fargey served as the Chief Financial Officer of Maverix Metals Inc. (“Maverix”) which was sold to Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp in 2023 for over US$700 million. In this previous role, Mr. Fargey was involved with acquiring assets, financial due diligence, investor relations, financial reporting, tax planning and compliance with internal controls and other laws and regulations. Prior to working with Maverix, Mr. Fargey worked with Sandstorm Gold Royalties Ltd. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Fargey holds Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria.

Elsiario Antunez de Mayolo Country Manager, Peru

A Peruvian geologist and mining engineer with decades of experience in the Peruvian exploration and mining industry.  Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Bear Creek Mining Corp until 2020 where he managed the discovery and development of the Corani Ag-Pb-Zn deposit, one of the world’s largest, undeveloped silver deposit.  Led an 80-member team of geologists, engineers, legal staff, and administration.  Also responsible for the very large Santa Ana silver deposit development which is now in the hands of the Peruvian government following expropriation. Mr. Antunez held numerous, high-level positions with Southern Peru Copper Corp including mine and concentrator manager for the Cuajone open pit copper mine.  Mr. Antunez is highly respected and well connected with the Peruvian government and business community.

Julio Castañeda (MAIG) Chief Geologist, Peru

Mr. Castañeda has been involved in Latin American mineral exploration for over 35 years. He has been a part of the discovery and development of numerous ore deposits including San Cristobal, one of the largest producing silver mines in Bolivia, and has extensive experience in permitting and community relations.

Christian Milau Director

Mr. Milau is a mining executive with over 25 years’ experience in leading growth oriented exploration, development and operating mining companies. Mr. Milau’s mining experience includes CEO of Equinox Gold from 2016-2022, leading the team through five mergers and acquisitions to grow the company from a single-asset developer to a multi-asset producer with 8 operating mines. Prior to joining Equinox Gold, Mr. Milau was the CEO of True Gold until it was acquired in April 2016. From 2011-2015 he was CFO of Endeavour Mining as it grew from a single asset company to five operating mines in West Africa.  Prior to Endeavour, Mr. Milau held senior executive positions at New Gold, BNP Paribas in London and Deloitte. Mr. Milau brings more than two decades of experience to the company with expertise in finance and capital markets as well as operational, government and stakeholder relations experience in North and South America, Africa and other mining jurisdictions.

Hayley Thomasen Director

Hayley Thomasen is the founder of Pathway Ventures UK, a metals and mining-focused venture capital firm and consultancy.

She previously worked as an Investment Analyst at Orion Resource Partners (UK) LLP in London, England, and has held various positions as an exploration geologist with both junior and major mining companies throughout Canada.

Ms Thomasen holds a graduate degree in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona, where she received the Newmont Scholar and SEG Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship, a BSC in EOSC (Geology) from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from McGill University. 

She holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) awarded by the CFA Society of the UK, the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D), and the ESG Competent Boards Certificate and Designation (GCB.D).

Current positions include Non-Executive Director of Sun Peak Metals Corporation (Audit Committee; TSXV: PEAK) and Non-Executive Director of Versamet Royalties (Private).

Ms Thomasen is currently based in New York City.

Daniel O’Flaherty Director

Most recently, Mr. O’Flaherty held the position of CEO & Director of Maverix Metals Inc. which he co-founded in 2016.  Maverix Metals was sold to Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp in 2023 for approximately US$700 million.  He has 20 years of investment banking and Executive Officer experience in the mining industry. Mr. O’Flaherty was previously the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Esperanza Resources, which was acquired by Alamos Gold in 2013. In addition to serving as Executive Vice President of two gold development companies, both of which were acquired, Dan was formerly a director in the investment banking team of Scotia Capital in Vancouver focused exclusively on the metals and mining sector where he specialized in providing advice to clients on acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, and hostile takeover defenses as well as on equity and debt financings. Mr. O’Flaherty holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, from the University of British Columbia.

Robert Quartermain Advisor

Dr. Quartermain serves as the Co-Chair of Dakota Gold Corp. and was most recently Founder and Executive Chairman of Pretium Resources Inc., which developed the Brucejack Project from exploration to Canada’s 4th largest gold mine in less than 8 years.  Pretium was acquired by Newcrest Mining in October 2022 for C$3.5 billion.  Prior to Pretium, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Standard Resources Inc. (now SSR Mining Inc.) for 25 years from 1985-2010. Dr. Quartermain holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science from Queens University, his Professional Geoscience certification from the Engineers and Geoscientists BC and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his focus on Dakota Gold and Copper Standard, Dr. Quartermain has a number of education, wildlife and social justice philanthropic interests that he supports.

Dr. Quartermain was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (“CMHF”) in August 2022 for his significant contributions to the mining and exploration industry in Canada and internationally over his career.

Keith Laskowski (MSc, QP) Technical Advisor

Keith Laskowski is currently the Vice President, Geology of Sandstorm Gold Royalties. Previously he was a Staff Engineer/Principal Mining Specialist for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he led technical appraisals and valuations for the IFC’s resource investments.

Outside of his role at IFC, Keith has financed and directed several successful private and publicly listed exploration companies in Peru, Mongolia, Haiti, Mali, the United States, and Canada. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years with Newmont Mining Corporation, which included senior roles in gold production and managing, exploration, resource development, and acquisitions.

Keith has a Master of Science degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines, a B.A. degree from the University of Maine, and is a “Qualified Person” as defined by NI 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators.

Christian Uria Chief Financial Officer

Christian has over 8 years of experience in the accounting and finance space in industries such as natural resources, shipping, and logistics. Prior to working with Copper Standard, Christian was part of the accounting team with Seaspan where he helped facilitate implementation of transformative technology in the accounting and finance departments.

In addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer of Copper Standard Resources, Christian currently acts as Accountant of Pathway Capital Ltd.

Christian holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Craig Rollins Corporate Secretary

Mr. Rollins is a corporate and securities lawyer advising companies operating in the mining and natural resource sectors. Mr. Rollins’ expertise includes complex corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, options and joint ventures, corporate governance, regulatory and stock exchange compliance, stock exchange listings and public offerings. Mr. Rollins has in-house legal counsel experience with several companies in the mining and natural resource sectors, including Pathway Capital and Versamet Royalties, and also brings with him experience from a preeminent Vancouver based law firm. Mr. Rollins holds his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Windsor, respectively, and remains is a practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia.


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