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MARK BRENNAN , Executive Chairman and Founder

Mr. Brennan is a Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of Ascendant Resources Inc. He is Cerrado Gold’s CEO and Co-Chairman and Executive Chairman of Vanadium One Iron Corp., and has more than 30 years of financial and operating experience in the Americas and Europe. Mr. Brennan most recently served as president and CEO of Sierra Metals Inc., a major zinc-lead-silver-copper mining company with operations in Peru and Mexico. Prior to that, he was the president and CEO of Largo Resources Ltd., and a founder of several resource companies, including Desert Sun Mining, Brasoil Corp., James Bay Resources, Morumbi Oil and Gas, and Admiral Bay Resources.

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STEPHEN SHEFSKY , Lead Director

Stephen Shefsky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancap Investments since 1985. He is currently the President & CEO of James Bay Resources and a Director of Crestar Integrated Natural Resources. Mr. Shefsky is a Founder and Executive Chairman of tilr Corporation, Mr. Shefsky was the co-founder of Brasoil do Brasil Exploracao Petrolifera S.A., from 2006 to 2017. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Shefsky held the positions of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Verena Minerals Corporation (currently Belo Sun Mining). Mr. Shefsky is a Director of Ascendant Resources and was a Founder of Silver Bear Resources and Castle Resoures. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.

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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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PETRA DECHER , CPA , Director

Ms. Decheris a finance executive currently sitting on the Board of the Corporation and Coro Mining Corp. Ms. Decher served as the Vice President, Finance and Assistant Secretary for Franco-Nevada Corporation from 2009 to 2016. She previously served as the Lead Independent Director of Integra Gold Corp. until its acquisition by Eldorado Gold Corporation and as Chairwoman of the Board at Red Pine Exploration Inc. Prior to Franco-Nevada, Ms. Decher was President and Chief Financial Officer for Geoinformatics Exploration Inc., an exploration company focused on projects in British Columbia, Nevada, Mexico and Australia. Ms. Decher is a Chartered Public Accountant and is Chair of the Audit Committee.

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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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RUI SANTOS , Director

Mr. Santos is a lawyer based in Portugal who is widely regarded as a leading authority in the mining sector in Portugal. Mr. Santos has spent over 20 years representing/assisting domestic and international corporations in negotiations and disputes with the State regarding land acquisitions, exploration, extraction and environmental licenses, for both the mining and oil and gas industries in Portugal, Angola, Brazil and East Timor. Most notably, he was the legal advisor for major privatization transaction regarding the acquisition of Somincor by EuroZinc, which is now Lundin Mining’s Portuguese subsidiary operating the large-scale Neves-Corvo mine in Portugal. Mr. Santos is a Partner of CRA - Coelho Ribeiro e Associados – Portuguese Law Firm, where he leads the firm’s Arbitration and Mining practices. Mr. Santos is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association, the Brazilian Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Association of the Republic of Timor-Leste and the Lawyers’ Association of Macau. Mr. Santos is also a recognized author on arbitration and dispute resolution.