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Mr. Hylands is a Professional Geoscientist with over a decade of experience in advanced and early-stage exploration. Mr. Hylands is co-founder of Troilus Gold Corp. where he led their technical team to the discovery of over eight million gold equivalent ounces at their development stage asset in northern Quebec. He has successfully trained and managed large teams with a focus in gold, base metals, and iron ore in Canada and internationally including South America and Europe. He has held numerous board positions for junior mining companies and has extensive professional experience in capital markets and community outreach including executive roles in corporate development and communications with First Nations. Mr. Hylands has a B.Sc in Geology from the University of Western in London Ontario.
Mr. Diniz, has 40 years of experience with exploration and mining activities and has served as the Managing Director of Brazil Potash Corp. since July 2009. Mr. Diniz started his career with GENCOR South Africa where he was involved in the evaluation and development of the Sao Bento gold mine in Brazil currently operated by AngloGold Ashanti. He then went on to work for Xstrata (now Glencore) as Managing Director Brazil during which he discovered the world class Araguaia Nickel Deposit (over 100 million tonnes, 1.5% Ni). He then went on to set up several companies, such as Falcon Metais and HDX Consultoria, as an entrepreneur to identify, explore and develop mining opportunities in Brazil. During this time, he founded and developed several companies for the Forbes & Manhattan Inc. group in different commodities such as potash – Brazil Potash, phosphate – Aguia Metais, gold – Belo Sun Mining and oil shale – Irati Petroleo e Energia Ltda.
Paulo Guimarães Misk
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Misk is a Brazilian-based mining engineer with over 38 years of in-country experience in the operational management of several multinational mining companies across a diverse range of commodities, including lithium. He held several executive and operational roles at Largo Inc. between 2014-2023, including President and COO, and most recently CEO and board member. During his tenure, he led the production commissioning and operations of its Maracás Menchen Mine and led several expansion and optimization projects, including the implementation of the company's battery business. Former Head of Niobium and Phosphate Operations at Anglo American. 10 cumulative years of experience at AMG, a global leader in the supply of critical materials, most recently serving as Operational Director where he was responsible for the Tantalum and Niobium division and overall mining activities in Brazil, including the development of its Mibra lithium mine located in Minas Gerais State. In 2019, Mr. Misk was named Brazil Mineral Magazine's mining personality of the year in the Ferrous Minerals category for his role in the positive transformation of Largo's vanadium mine, and more recently in 2022, he was the recipient of CBPM ("Companhia Baiana de Pesquisa Mineral") mining personality of the year award in recognition for his positive contributions to the mining sector of Bahia State.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Olesinski, has over 20 years of finance and executive management experience. He formerly worked as a managing forensic accountant for BDO Dunwoody, where he earned a Certified Fraud Examiner designation, before moving into the marketing communications industry. He formerly served as Director of Finance and Operations for Cossette Communication Group, and CEO and CFO at Havas Media Canada. Most recently, he served as COO and CFO for Brainrider. He currently serves as a board member for Troilus Gold Corp. Mr. Olesinski holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
VP Technical Services
Mike Westendorf is a professional engineer with over 15 years of diversified experience in mining operations, capital projects, engineering, and corporate development. He most recently served as Director of Operational Excellence for Copper Mountain Mining Corp., now owned by Hudbay Minerals Inc., where he led initiatives to improve production, execute capital upgrades, and reduce costs at their Copper Mountain Mine in Canada. Here, he also held the roles of Production Manager, overseeing the development of their Eva Copper Project in Australia, and Director of Metallurgy, supporting resource expansions and development of the Copper Mountain Mine. Mr. Westendorf has extensive experience managing mining operations and teams, from study phases through construction and into operations.
Mr. Westendorf's career also includes senior technical and management roles with increasing responsibilities at Copper Mountain Mine, including Mill Manager, where he oversaw a 40,000 tonne per day copper milling operation, and technical positions supporting expansions and engineering studies. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Process Engineer for Hatch, conducting engineering design for base and precious metal projects internationally. Mr. Westendorf holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Metals and Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Engineer.
VP ExplorationMr. Costa has 39 years work experience. 29 years work experience in base metals, gold and PGE exploration throughout Brazil. He has participated and managed several exploration programs, from regional grassroots to bankable feasibility studies. He has also 10 years work experience in mine geology, including underground and open pit operations. Mr. Costa has worked as Brazil's Country Manager of Emerita, Belo Sun ($80 Mi budget – 200,000m drill program) and Xstrata, former Falconbridge ($50 Mi budget). He Also worked for Vale and BP Mineração (British Petroleum Group). Mr Costa holds a P.Geo (APGO) and a BS Geology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1982).
VP Corporate Development
Mr. Guimarães is a geology graduate with a PhD specialization in igneous petrology who has over ten years of experience in research. Mr. Guimarães founded Neolit in early 2020, and has been directly involved in all corporate and exploration activities, including field work and contract negotiations. With his strong background in igneous petrology, he participates directly in the analyses and interpretation of geological data, particularly geochemical results. Prior to his career in geology, he worked as an archaeologist who was involved in rescue archaeology projects associated with the development of mining sites in Brazil. During this time, he acquired extensive experience dealing with the necessary social-related foundational work required for the development of a mining site.
Mr. Lopez is a corporate securities lawyer who works as a legal consultant to various TSX and TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. He previously worked as a securities and merger & acquisitions lawyer at a large Toronto corporate legal firm, where he worked on a variety of corporate and commercial transactions. Mr. Lopez obtained a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall and he received a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto.