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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATE MANAGEMENT
CORPORATE MANAGEMENT
MINE SITE MANAGEMENT
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Clyde Wesson

Vice-President & Director

Mr. Clyde Wesson has significant experience in all aspects of the management of corporate entities, both listed and unlisted. Clyde’s expertise includes the restructuring and recapitalizing of distressed assets, corporate finance, design, and execution of corporate strategy, legal management, and bringing assets to market. Clyde holds bachelor’s degrees in both Law and Commerce (LLB, B.Com) and a Masters of Law (LLM) from Melbourne University. He is a solicitor and member of the Supreme Court of NSW and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Law Society of NSW.

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Mark Gelmon

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gelmon, CPA, CA, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia and subsequently attained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1995 and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. Mr. Gelmon has provided his expertise to several TSX and TSX Venture Exchange-listed companies in the capacity of director, chief financial officer, and consultant.

Juha Tiainen

Executive Relations Manager

Mr. Juha Tiainen has significant experience in financial-, finance- and administrative management from various sizes of domestic and international companies and groups. Mr Tiainen has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and group external and internal accounting and finance. He has also acted on the boards of several domestic and foreign companies. Juha Tiainen holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Vaasa School of Economics). In addition, he is certified as both a Certified Board Member (HHJ) and – Chairman (HHJ-pj) (Tampere Chamber of Commerce).

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Peter Gilligan

Mine Manager

Peter has in excess of thirty years Operational and Managerial experience in open pit and Underground Mining in both Metalliferous and Coal Mines. Further Peter has in excess of twenty years planning experience in open pit and underground mines. He has particular expertise in resource development, construction and change management of existing mining operations. Peter graduated with honours from the Royal School of Mines and subsequently completed an MBA.

Peter will be deployed to resolve the issues with the open pit and ensure proper mining methods are used. Further Peter’s experience in site management will be deployed to ensure there is always a management representative on site.

Brian Wesson

Director

Mr. Brian Wesson has extensive experience spanning a career of over 40 years in the management, operation design and construction of natural resource operations globally. He qualified as an engineer in South Africa, gained an MBA in Australia, studied Economics at the University of South Africa and is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brian founded the Wesson Group of Companies, of which Lionsbridge and Westech form part, with a view to utilising the Groups’ experience in the ownership, management and development of natural resource companies and the intellectual property developed to unlock shareholder value. Mr. Wesson brings unique value in being highly experienced in both the corporate and technical aspects of managing a company; he understands natural resource companies from underground to the ‘board room’.

Clyde Wesson

Director

Mr. Clyde Wesson has significant experience in all aspects of the management of corporate entities, both listed and unlisted. Clyde’s expertise includes the restructuring and recapitalizing of distressed assets, corporate finance, design, and execution of corporate strategy, legal management, and bringing assets to market. Clyde holds bachelor’s degrees in both Law and Commerce (LLB, B.Com) and a Masters of Law (LLM) from Melbourne University. He is a solicitor and member of the Supreme Court of NSW and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Law Society of NSW.

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Victor Koshkin

Director

Mr. Koshkin serves as General Director of Brunswick Rail Management, a management company for Brunswick Rail, the largest railcar operating leasing company in Russia. Prior thereto, from 2003 to 2010, Mr. Koshkin worked in Moscow as CFO at Integrated Energy Technologies, Deputy Head of Business Development at SUAL, and adviser to shareholders of MDM Group. Mr. Koshkin served on the board of privately owned Samara Transformer. Prior to that, from 1996 to 2001, Mr. Koshkin worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers in New York. Mr. Koshkin holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree in Economics from Wabash College.

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Vladimir Lelekov

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Lelekov currently serves as Chairman of Brunswick Rail, the largest railcar operating leasing company in Russia. Prior thereto, Mr. Lelekov was CEO of Brunswick Rail from 2006 to February 2013 and returned to the company in May 2017. In 2014, Mr. Lelekov acquired an interest in OOO “Liga-Trans” (one of the largest companies in the sector of collection and environmentally friendly waste disposal) and assumed the position of the Chairman of the Board of the company until 2017. Prior thereto, Mr. Lelekov held senior positions in the industrial group MDM (SUEK, EuroChem, TMK and in MDM Bank); was Deputy CEO positions in ICT Group; CEO of the Commercial Transport Systems and Chairman of the Board at Titran, a railcar plant in Tikhvin, both part of ICT Group. Prior thereto, Mr. Lelekov worked in the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, then in the investment companies IMAG (Switzerland), in Sovlink as well as in the Russian Project Finance Bank – the first EBRD project in the Russian financial sector. Mr. Lelekov​ graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1990 with a degree in applied mathematics and physics.

Nicolas Pascault

Director

​Mr. Pascault serves as CEO of Brunswick Rail, the largest railcar operating leasing company in Russia, a position he has held since November, 2016. Mr. Pascault joined Brunswick Rail in 2004 as Managing Partner and CFO. In January 2015, Mr. Pascault assumed the position of Deputy CEO, reporting directly to the Chairman, and was asked by the Board to support a bond restructuring. Prior thereto, Mr. Pascault served as CFO of Danone Group in Russia from 1998 to 2004 and, from 1990 to 1998, Mr. Pascault worked at Ernst & Young in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Paris in the Audit and Corporate Finance Department. Mr. Pascault graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and holds a Master of Finance degree from the University of Paris II.

Martin Smith

Independent Director

Mr. Smith is an Independent Mining Consultant with over 40 years’ experience in open pit mining. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Smith was Technical Director of Petropavlovsk Plc (formerly Peter Hambro Mining) based in the Russian Far East and overseeing three large open pit gold mines and their associated processing plants producing c.500,000 ounces of gold per year. Prior thereto, Mr. Smith worked as Country Director for Joy/P&H in India; General Manager of Comedat Phosphate in Jordan and Chief Mining Engineer for Costain Mining Ltd. Martin holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, London.

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Yvette Harrison

Independent Director

Ms. Harrison is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of experience in permanent positions as well as in bridge leadership consulting roles with organizations in “immediate-need” situations in mining, real estate investments, technology, forest products, manufacturing and not-for-profit. She has worked as Chief Financial Officer, VP Finance, Director Finance, Controller and Consultant with numerous public and private companies as well as not-for-profits. She also has worked in public practice. Ms. Harrison received her CGA designation from the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia in 2002.

 
 
 
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Amelia Wesson

Human Resources and Stakeholders

Amelia is a principal of Lionsbridge and Westech International and has gained experience turning companies around and being Vice President and a board member of listed Canadian companies. Negotiating agreements with governments, unions and land owners in several companies and working closely with communities to ensure sustainability. Amelia is focused on managing human resource assets and local community relations.

 
Tiina Nelimarkka

Manager Training, Occupational Safety and Health

Tiina rejoined Otso Gold OY last year and has qualified as radiation safety officer and chemical Supervisor. Tiina holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Environmental technology from Vaasa University of Applied Sciences as well as a Bachelor´s Degree in Food and Biotechnology from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. Tiina has training in "Occupational Safety and Health" and at the moment she is completing "Basic of Personal Protective Equipment". 

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Riina Mäkelä

Manager Environment and communities 

Riina has been with the company since the construction of the mine and has a deep understanding of the environment and local engagement. Having extensive experience in education on environmental issues from health relationships to detailed engineering. Riina is proficient in environmental permitting, due-diligence, mine monitoring, mine closure and mine planning work. She has a deep knowledge on sampling and various types of physical field work. Riina holds a Master's degree in "Process and Environmental Engineering", Bachelor’s degree in "Environmental Health Engineering". Riina holds qualification of Professional Management and is qualified to teach environmental engineering.

Brian Wesson

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Brian Wesson has extensive experience spanning a career of over 40 years in the management, operation design and construction of natural resource operations globally. He qualified as an engineer in South Africa, gained an MBA in Australia, studied Economics at the University of South Africa and is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brian founded the Wesson Group of Companies, of which Lionsbridge and Westech form part, with a view to utilising the Groups’ experience in the ownership, management and development of natural resource companies and the intellectual property developed to unlock shareholder value. Mr. Wesson brings unique value in being highly experienced in both the corporate and technical aspects of managing a company; he understands natural resource companies from underground to the ‘board room’.

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