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MARK BRENNAN , Executive Chairman

Mr. Brennan has over 30 years of financing and operating experience in North America and Europe and most recently served as President and CEO of Sierra Metals Inc. During his time at Sierra, he overhauled the corporate structure and led a campaign to rehabilitate the Yaricocha mine, a zinc-lead-silver-copper mine in Peru, and oversaw the growth of the resource base and production at its Cusi and Bolivar mines in Mexico. Prior to Sierra, Mr. Brennan was a founder or founding member of several resource companies, including Desert Sun Mining, Linear Capital, Brasoil Corporation, James Bay Resources, Morumbi Oil and Gas, and Admiral Bay Resources. Mr. Brennan began his professional career as an investment banker in London, England. 

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RENAUD ADAMS , Director

Mr. Adams currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmont Mines Inc. and has over 20 years of experience as an executive and as an operator in the mining industry. Prior to Richmont, Mr. Adams served as the Chief Operating Officer at Primero Mining Corp. from 2011 to 2014. One key experience that will benefit Ascendant was Mr. Adams' role as General Manager of the El Mochito mine and Vice President of American Pacific Honduras SA de CV, the El Mochito mine's holding company for parent Breakwater Resources Ltd. from 2005 through 2007. Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining and Mineral Processing from Laval University.

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CHRIS BUNCIC , MBA, CFA, P.ENG , President, CEO, and Director

Mr. Buncic played an instrumental role in the founding of Ascendant Resources Inc. and its acquisition of the company’s flagship operating El Mochito mine from Nyrstar NV in 2016. Prior to founding Ascendant, Mr. Buncic served in senior management roles at several Canadian corporations in the technology and resources sectors. His depth of experience also includes six years in Institutional Equity Research at leading Canadian independent full service brokerage firms Cormark Securities Inc. and Mackie Research Capital Corporation. Mr. Buncic is a CFA Charterholder, has a MBA from Schulich School of Business and B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto. Mr. Buncic is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the CFA Society.

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ROBERT CAMPBELL , M.SC., P. GEO , Director

Mr. Campbell is an exploration geologist with over 40 years experience in mining and exploration industry through Canada, United States and Latin America. He is currently the Vice-President, Exploration at Largo Resources and has prior experience working at major mining companies, most notably Noranda, Lac Minerals and as Vice President of Exploration for Apogee Minerals Ltd. Mr. Campbell holds a M.Sc. in geology from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario.

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GUILLERMO KAELIN , Director

Mr. Kaelin is a capital markets professional with over 18 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, research and public securities. Mr. Kaelin is currently the Head of Latin America of Appian Capital Advisory LLP and focuses on originating investments, structuring transactions and selecting management teams within Latin America. Previously, Mr. Kaelin served as a Managing Director with Arias Resource Capital Management LP, a mining focused Private Equity Fund which he joined in 2008. Mr. Kaelin has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in Finance from ESAN (Peru) and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Lima.

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KURT MENCHEN , Director

Mr. Menchen has over 37 years' of experience operating and managing mining projects, including over 20 years as General Manager at the Jacobina Gold project in Bahia State, Brazil where he successfully operated the underground project for Anglo American, Desert Sun Mining and eventually Yamana Gold, through low gold price environments. His prior experience includes Anglo American’s Vaal Reefs underground gold mine in South Africa and De Beers Goldfields in Angola. Mr. Menchen holds a degree in mining engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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STEPHEN SHEFSKY , Director

Mr. Shefsky is the President & CEO, Founder and Director of James Bay Resources Ltd. and has over 40 years’ experience in the investment and mining industry through Canada and Latin America. Mr. Shefsky’s prior experience includes Verena Minerals Corp, now known as Belo Sun Mining Corp., Cancap Investments Ltd. and Brasoil do Brasil Exploracao Petrolifera S.A.