Carlos Yrigoyen

Mr. Carlos Yrigoyen holds a degree in Administrative Sciences from the University of Lima (Peru). Carlos has more than twenty years of experience in the areas of administration and finance specializing in the areas of human resources, accounting, information technology and procurement. Mr. Yrigoyen has extensive experience in the mining industry including working for Canadian listed mining companies with operations in Latin America including Cuba.

Carlos’ roles include implementation of good corporate governance policies for public companies, SAP implementation in addition to implementing policies and procedures to improve efficiency and performance through the implementation of internal control systems. His knowledge of compliance and reporting for Canadian listed companies, native Spanish speaker and fluent in English is a great asset in the design and development of start-up junior mining companies.


Dean Fraser, P.Geo

Dean graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a joint B.Sc. degree in geology/geophysics. He has over 23 years of hands-on mineral exploration experience world-wide including two and a half years throughout various areas of Cuba. He has been directly involved in several discoveries and has worked on numerous world-class projects including the Nui Phao Sn-W deposit in North Vietnam, Fruta Del Norte Project in Ecuador and most recently on the Kanbuck Sn-W deposit in Myanamr. Dean has also served as director and technical advisor positions for several junior exploration companies and is also president and owner of RDF Consulting Ltd, a geophysical and geological service Company.


Jim Franklin, P.Geo

Jim Franklin, originally from North Bay, Ontario, has spent a career unravelling the reasons for the exceptional mineral endowment of the Canadian Shield. His PhD thesis examined mineral deposits in the Proterozoic of the Thunder Bay area. He initiated his post PhD research efforts at Lakehead University, where he was the first economic geology professor (1969-75). He then joined the Geological Survey of Canada, continuing base metal and gold research throughout the Shield. In 1981 he took a 10-year “excursion” to lead the GSC’s Marine Minerals Program, discovering “black smoker” systems on the modern seafloor: From this combination of sea- and land-based work, he developed a robust set of guidelines that help steer modern exploration. In 1992 he became Chief Scientist for the Geological Survey of Canada, responsible for steering the GSC’s entire program.

Since “retiring” from the GSC (1998) he advises about 70 exploration companies world-wide. Jim is a board member of four companies (Ur Energy, Nuinsco Ltd., Anconia and Aura Silver), and has been involved in the development of base metal, chrome and uranium resources in the Ring of Fire, Sturgeon Lake, Wyoming and Mexico. He also serves as a senior advisor to several others, including Millbrook Minerals Ltd. He served as member of management boards for numerous public-service related organizations He has received GAC’s Logan and Duncan R Derry medals, CIM’s Selwyn Blaylock, A.O. Dufresne, Distinguished Lecturer and Julian Boldy Memorial awards and SEG’s Thayer Lindsley and Distinguished Lecturer awards and its Penrose Gold Medal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Adjunct Professor at several Ontario Universities, and a Past President of both the Geological Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists. He has published over 200 papers and book chapters, and innumerable abstracts.

His passion is his continuing work towards the discovery of more new mines throughout the world, with a focus on base metal, silver and gold-rich volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.


JJ Watkins, P.Geo

John is a discovery focused mine exploration geologist with 50 years’ experience in the search for gold and base metal mines throughout Canada and the Americas. His mine exploration experience ranges from grass-roots reconnaissance to mine development.

John holds a BSc and MSc in Geology from Queen’s University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, and member of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union.

John has worked throughout the Greater Antilles; in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico, focused on the mine potential of the Cretaceous-age volcanic rocks. In Cuba, John directed the exploration leading to the discovery of the Golden Hill Au-Cu deposits for Macdonald Mines. In the Dominican Republic, with Falconbridge, John was involved in the discovery of the mine potential of the Bayaguana area.

John has worked directly on a number of VMS deposits including the giant Kidd Creek deposit in Ontario, the Corbet / Millenbach deposits in Quebec, the Half Mile Lake deposit in New Brunswick, the Myra Falls deposit in B.C and the Cerro de Maimon deposit in the Dominican Republic.