Management and Directors

Albrecht Schneider

Executive Chairman and Director
Dr. Schneider is a geologist with more than 25 years of field management and project generation in South America. He is currently the President of SBX Consultores, a geological consulting firm in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Schneider has held senior management positions with several public companies including TVX Gold Inc. and generated the world-class Volcan gold discovery in Chile for Andina Minerals, a company he cofounded 2003. He has also acted as a Chilean representative for TVX Normandy Americas, Newmont Mining Corporation, and Kinross and has acted as an international consultant for Antofogosta PLC and Gold Fields. Dr. Schneider received a Ph.D (Geology) from Imperial College, University of London in 1985.

Carl Hansen

President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Hansen is a geologist with 25 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry. He was the co-founder of Andina Minerals and its President and Chief Executive Officer until January 2009. He has held senior head office positions with TVX Gold Inc. and Kinross, as well as operational positions with Inco Limited (now CVRD Inco Limited). Mr. Hansen is a director of Colombia Crest Gold Corp. and Metallum Resources Inc. Mr. Hansen received a Geological Technician diploma from Cambrian College in 1983 and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University in 1988. 

Thomas Pladsen

Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Mr. Pladsen has over 20 years experience in the exploration and mining industry. Mr. Pladsen, who received his Chartered Accountant designation with KPMG LLP in Toronto in the mid 1980’s, has since held various financial positions with TSX-listed, TSXV-listed and private mining and technology companies. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Katanga Mining Limited, Chief Financial Officer of Andina Minerals and Chief Financial Officer of Merc International Minerals Inc. Mr. Pladsen has also consulted for a number of TSXV-listed junior mining companies. Mr. Pladsen is a director of Carrie Arron Resources Inc., EPM Mining Ventures Inc., KWG Resources Inc., Northfield Capital Corporation and White Pine Resources Inc. 

Paul C. Champagne CPA, CBV

Director
Mr. Champagne is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, with over 35 years of experience in business valuations, corporate restructuring, finance and mining, and has specific expertise in Chilean resource and infrastructure investing. He is currently Chairman and CEO of AndeX Minerals Chile SpA Inc., a private Chilean mining exploration company. Mr. Champagne has held management and director positions with various TSX and TSXV companies including BC Moly Inc., Baffinland Iron Mines Inc., Copper Lake Mining Inc., CMQ Resources Inc. and Canadian Manoir Industries Limited. Mr. Champagne currently serves as an independent director and Audit Committee Chairman of Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation.

Robert Suttie

Director
Mr.Suttie is the Vice President of Marrelli Support Services. He possesses 20 years of financial reporting experience, ten of which were in public accounting prior to his tenure with Marrelli Support Services. He specializes in management advisory services, accounting and the financial disclosure needs of Marrelli’s public client base. In addition to managing the group's financial-statement and disclosure team, he also serves as Chief Financial Officer for a number of TSXV-listed junior companies including Gossan Resource Ltd., Galway Metals Inc., and Galway Gold Inc.