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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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CLIFF HALE-SANDERS , MBA, CFA , Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

Mr. Hale-Sanders is one of the founding partners in the formation of Ascendant Resources Inc. Prior to this Mr. Hale-Sanders’ had a career that spanned over 20 years in the capital markets industry working as a leading Base Metals and Bulk Commodities research analyst in Canada working at RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities, CIBC World Markets and Cormark Securities. During this period, Mr. Hale Sanders visited and reviewed numerous mining operations and corporate entities around the world. Mr. Hale-Sanders holds a B.Sc. in Geology and Chemistry, an MBA from McMaster University and is a CFA Charterholder.

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JOAO BARROS , M.SC. , President

Mr. Barros has 17 years of mining experience including green fields and near mine exploration, environmental impact studies for open pit and underground mine operations as well as mine development and operations. Mr. Barros was responsible for licensing the underground gold mine operation from exploration to development, for Minaport-Minas de Portugal, Lda, and the planning and execution of the exploration and licensing for Blackheath Resources (TXS: BHR), Borralha EML tungsten project. Mr. Barros is the President of Redcorp – Empreendimentos Mineiros, Lda., and has been with that company since 2008, responsible for managing, coordinating and executing the exploration works in the Lagoa Salgada VMS Project. Mr. Barros is also a Member of the Portuguese Engineers Association.

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JASON BROOKS , CPA , Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brooks is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting at international mining companies. Prior to joining Ascendant, he was Vice President, Finance of Caldas Gold until it was acquired by Aris Gold. Prior to his time at Caldas, Mr. Brooks served in progressively senior roles at several international mining companies including Golden Star Resources, New Gold and Barrick Gold.

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SERGIO GELCICH , PHD. , Vice President, Exploration

Dr. Sergio Gelcich is an exploration geologist with over 20 years experience in geological sciences with emphasis in the mining and exploration industries through Canada, United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. He most recently served as Director Exploration for Hudbay Minerals where he led the corporate geology/exploration team, contributing with green to brown field exploration and also with the geological understanding of Hudbay’s operations. Prior, Sergio was the Regional (Americas) Exploration Manager for GlobeStar Mining. Sergio’s field experience includes almost every country in the Americas, encompassing precious and base metals, and a broad range of geological environments. Sergio has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Geology from the Universidad de Chile, and a PhD in Geology from the University of Toronto.

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CARL CALANDRA , LL.B., MBA , Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Calandra is a legal executive with more than 15 years of advisory, transactional and public company experience. Prior to joining Ascendant, Mr. Calandra was Vice President and General Counsel of Dundee Corporation, a Canadian investment company focused on mining, and was an associate at a top-tier Canadian national law firm. Carl holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School. Carl has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 2006. .

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CLINTON SWEMMER , Vice President, Technical Services

Mr. Swemmer is a senior project delivery professional whose career spans over 20 years working on various development stage projects. Prior to joining Cerrado, Mr. Swemmer held the position of Vice President of Project Delivery for Treasury Metals a mining company where he managed the Study and Trade-Offs to maximize NPV and meet the technical requirements of the Environmental and Permit process. In addition, as Vice President of Project Delivery, North America for Ausenco, an EPC/M company focused on the metals and mining industry he managed the teams responsible for the EPC Awards of the Magino Gold Mine, Las Chispas Mine and Blackwater Gold Mine.While at Ausenco, Mr. Swemmer was also accountable for reviewing all Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS) and Feasibility Studies (FS) execution strategies and layouts such as Marathon Gold Mine and Springpole Gold Project.

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DAVID BALL , CFA , Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Ball was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Santiago Metals Limitada, a private Chilean based copper producer and portfolio company of US Private Equity group, Denham Capital. Prior to his current role he held several positions at Macquarie Capital, an Australian Investment Bank During his career in the metals and mining sector, Mr. Ball has been actively involved in M&A, corporate advisory and fund raising of both equity and debt Mr. Ball brings mining focused operational and capital markets experience from Australia, South East Asia and North South America Mr. Ball holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction (Curtin University) and a Masters of Finance (INSEAD).