Management

  • Chris Buncic, MBA, CFA, P.Eng
    Director, President & CEO

    Chris Buncic was a co-founder and CEO of Alto Verde Copper Inc. Prior to that he was President and CEO of Ascendant Resources Inc. where the team acquired and restored profitability to the El Mochito mine in Honduras and greatly advanced the exploration efforts of the Lagoa Salgada project in Portugal. Chris has served in senior management roles at several Canadian corporations in the technology and resources sectors for the past eight years. His depth of experience also includes six years in Institutional Equity Research at leading Canadian independent full-service brokerage firms Cormark Securities Inc. and Mackie Research Capital Corporation. Mr. Buncic is a CFA Charterholder, has an MBA from Schulich School of Business and B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto. Mr. Buncic is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the CFA Society.

  • Jason Nickel
    Director, COO

    Mr. Nickel is an experienced Mining Executive and Engineer, Investor and Entrepreneur with a diverse 25-year mining background in operations, engineering, feasibility and exploration / development of venture capital projects. Most recently he held position as Mine Manager for a significant Canadian emerging gold producer, leading the production and development of new underground and pit operations. He has provided management and consulting services to the industry since 2008 and has been heavily involved with several junior resource public companies and mining project start-ups, mainly in BC and the Arctic. Since 2011, Jason has served on four TSX-V / CDNX / CSE venture company boards. He holds a degree in Mine Engineering from UBC and a GDBA in Business Administration from SFU Segal Graduate School of Business. His previous experience includes several roles from Mine Planner, Sr. Mine Engineer, Mine Foreman, to Chief Engineer, Mine Manager and Vice-President, primarily in copper and gold operations and projects.

  • Oliver Foeste
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Foeste is the founder and Managing Partner of Invictus Accounting Group and brings over 10 years of financial reporting and executive experience across numerous industries including junior exploration and mining companies. Previously, Oliver has held senior management and executive positions in multinational and small capitalization companies listed in Canada and the United States.

  • Dr. Thomas Hawkins, Ph.D, P.Geo
    VP Exploration

    Thomas Hawkins is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 as a registered professional geologist (EGBC) who has nearly 20 years of international experience identifying, assessing, and advancing mineral exploration projects. He graduated in 2004 from Imperial College, London, with a Masters in Geology and Geophysics, and gained a PhD in Geology in 2012 from the Natural History Museum, U.K. Thomas has extensive experience managing projects in Ghana, Mexico, Canada, U.S.A. the U.K., and Kazakhstan. Most recently, Thomas was part of the Kenorland Minerals team that discovered the Regnault deposit and was Vice President of Exploration of Northway Resources, a Vancouver-based Alaska exploration company. In 2018, as President of Vanmin Development Corp., Thomas discovered the Vanadium Pass deposit, British Columbia. His PhD research furthered the understanding of the Central Asian deposit camps and IOCG type deposits.

  • Oscar Oviedo
    Country Manager, Chile

    Mr. Oviedo is an exploration geologist with over 20 years' experience in the exploration and discovery of copper deposits in Latin America. Mr. Oviedo most recently served as Project Geologist for Freeport-McMoRan South America Ltda. In Chile where he played an integral part in the discovery of the Don Manuel copper project over his 13-year tenure. Prior to that he spent 7 years as Exploration Geologist at Minera Phelps Dodge of Peru SAC. where he we were involved in the discovery of the Haquira deposit. Mr. Oviedo holds a degree in engineering geology from the National University of San Agustin in Peru.

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