C. Thomas Ogryzlo
Interim CEO, Chairman
Mr. Ogryzlo has over fifty years of world wide experience on mining, energy, and industrial projects. He has been responsible for the development, financing, engineering, construction and operations of projects in many different countries. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. At the end of 2010 he retired as Vice President – Latin America of Ram Power Corporation a renewable energy producer that owns a producing a 72 MW geothermal power project through its subsidiary Polaris Energy Corp. in Nicaragua built at a capital cost of $450 million. During 2011, Mr. Ogryzlo served as Interim CEO of Aura Minerals Inc. until a permanent replacement could be located. He is currently the Chairman and Interim CEO of Camrova Resources Inc.
Mr. Ogryzlo has in the past been President of several producing precious and base metal mining companies, including, Blackhawk Mining, Triton Mining and Cerro Matoso S.A. For many years, he held the position of President of Kilborn Engineering Ltd. and Kilborn SNC-Lavalin, one of the world's largest engineering contractors. Prior to Kilborn he served as Senior VP of Fluor Daniel Wrioght and its predecessor Wright Engineering of which he was a principle. His experience in exploration and development of numerous multi-million dollar mining projects spans the world. During a six year period with Hanna Mining beginning in 1976, he initially directed process development work as project manager and subsequently became President and General Manager, for the Cerro Matoso ferro-nickel project in Colombia for which in 1979 he was instrumental in organizing a US$450 million financing involving World Bank, Exim, and a group of 52 private banks led by Chase Manhattan.
Over the years, Mr. Ogryzlo has served as a director of over 20 public companies, including Franco Nevada Mining Corp., Vista Gold, Aura Minerals, Birim Goldfields, Tiomin Resources and Atlas Corp.
Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Kirkwood has 20 years of international experience working in accounting, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory services. Mr. Kirkwood spent 16 years based in London, England where he was a Director in Mergers & Acquisitions in the investment bank at Citigroup.
More recently, Mr. Kirkwood has acted as CFO and Director for a number of mining exploration companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Mr. Kirkwood obtained a MA in Economics at Queen's University and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Vice President - Metallurgy
Dr. Dreisinger holds the position of Professor and Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy at the University of British Columbia. He has been a professor at UBC since 1988. He has published over 200 papers and has been involved as a process consultant in industrial research programs with metallurgical companies. He has participated in 15 U.S. patents for work in areas such as pressure leaching, ion exchange removal of impurities from process solutions, use of thiosulfate as an alternative to cyanide in gold leaching, and leach-electrolysis treatment of copper matte. Dr. Dreisinger also co-invented the Mt. Gordon Copper Process for copper recovery from sulfide ores and the Sepon Copper Process for copper recovery from sulfidic-clayey ores.
He has been actively involved in the development of the proposed metallurgical flow sheet for Boleo and is one of the recognized experts in the world in the area of hydrometallurgy. He is also a director of Polymet Mining Corp. and Search Minerals and holds officer positions with TriMetals Mining Inc., and Search Minerals Inc.