John F. Burzynski
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Burzynski holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in geology from Mount Allison University, and a Master of Science in exploration and mineral economics (MINEX) degree from Queen's University. He is a registered P.Geo. in the province of Québec, and has over 25 years experience as a professional geologist on international mining and development projects. As well as serving as President and Chief Executive officer of Osisko Mining Inc., John has been Senior Vice President, New Business Development and Director of Osisko Gold Royalties since its inception in June 2014. Mr. Burzynski was one of the three original founders of Osisko Exploration/Osisko Mining Corp., and up until 2014 was the Vice President, Business Development. Among other awards, Mr. Burzynski was a co-winner together with Sean Roosen and Robert Wares of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canadas "Prospector of the Year Award" for 2007 and the Northern Miner's "Mining Men of the Year" for 2009. John currently serves as a Director with Osisko Mining Inc., Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., and Strongbow Exploration Ltd., and is also a founding member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG, a private resource fund based in Europe.
Executive Vice President Exploration & Resource Development, Director
Mr. Wares is a professional geologist with over 35 years experience in mineral exploration and development. He was responsible for the discovery of the Canadian Malartic bulk tonnage gold deposit, which was subsequently developed by Osisko Mining Inc. into one of Canada's largest gold producers. Among other awards, Mr. Wares was a co-winner of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's "Prospector of the Year Award" for 2007, and was named, together with John Burzynski and Sean Roosen as "Mining Men of the Year" for 2009 by the Northern Miner. Mr. Wares is also the President and Director of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec, and sits on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: Bowmore Exploration Inc., Komet Resources Inc. and Wildcat Silver Inc. Mr. Wares has a BSc. and an Honorary Doctorate in Earth Sciences from McGill University.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Development & Director
Mr. Vizquerra has been for over 4 years the President & CEO of Oban Mining Corporation (Combination of Braeval Mining Corporation and Oban Exploration Limited). Mr. Vizquerra previously worked as Head of Business Development for Compania de Minas Buenaventura (BVN:NYSE), prior to which he worked as production and exploration geologist at the Red Lake gold mine. He is currently a board member of Timmins Gold. Mr. Vizquerra holds a M.Sc. from Queens University in MINEX, and is a QP (AIPG-11679).
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
A well-recognized and respected figure in the Canadian and international mining industry, Mr. Hayes is a geologist with over 17 years of geological experience ranging from regional surveys to advanced exploration in addition to many years of capital markets experience. Mr. Hayes graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology (1989) and a Master of Science in Geology (1997). He also holds an MBA from Dalhousie University (2003). He is a member (P. Geo.) of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Upon his retirement in April 2014, Mr. Hayes was a Managing Director and mining analyst at BMO Capital Markets, which he joined in 2003. As a mining equity analyst, he covered precious and base metal companies globally from the exploration to production stages. In October 2014, Mr. Hayes founded TerraStrat Consulting Inc., a private firm that provides strategic advisory services to the mining industry. Mr. Hayes currently serves on the advisory board of Aston Bay Holdings Inc. (BAY.V)
Vice President, New Business Development
Mr. Njegovan has been the Vice President, New Business Development at Osisko Mining Inc. since February 2016. He was a director of St. Andrew Goldfields until it was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors of Royal Road Minerals. He was formerly Managing Director of Global Mining at Scotiabank from August 2010 to June 2014. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Toll Cross Securities Inc. from June 2005 to July 2010. Mr. Njegovan, has over 20 years of experience in the Mining Industry starting work underground in 1989 for Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd. Mr. Njegovan holds a Bachelor of Science Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba.
Chief Financial Officer
B.A (Economics), H.B.A (Accounting), CPA,CA. Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 11 years experience in the Canadian public markets. Former Corporate Controller for INV Metals (TSX: INV), and former Senior Manager at Collins Barrow. Currently is a director of a listed company.
Vice President Exploration, Canada
Mr. Wober has 26 years of diverse mining and exploration experience working for numerous exploration companies including Chevron Minerals, Cominco, Noranda Exploration, and spent 16 years with the Hunter Dickinson Group of companies. He has worked in Canada (BC, YT, NWT, MB, ON, and QC), USA (Alaska and Nevada), Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Eritrea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Mozambique and South Africa. Mr. Wober acted as VP Exploration for Oban Exploration and Braeval Mining prior to consolidation as Oban Mining Corp. and then Osisko Mining Inc., as Director Site Operations for the Pebble Partnership in Alaska, and VP Exploration for Great Basin Gold in Nevada and South Africa. Mr. Wober is a P.Geo and member in good standing with APEGBC in British Columbia, APGO in Ontario, and has a temporary membership with OGQ in Quebec. Mr. Wober is an active board member for IDM Mining Ltd. and is a founding member of a private exploration company called Intercept Minerals Corporation.
Vice President Exploration, Québec
With over 17 years' experience in exploration in Northern Québec and Canada, Mathieu graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a bachelor degree (B.Sc.) in earth sciences and economic geology. Prior to joining Osisko Mining, he was Chief Geologist at Osisko Exploration James Bay Ltd. for all their activities in Québec. For 15 years prior to working with the Osisko Group, Mathieu was a senior member of the Virginia Gold and Virginia Gold Mines teams and, as Project Manager, was instrumental to the development of the world-class Éléonore gold deposit in Northern Québec and was part of the discovery team of the Coulon base metal deposit. Mr. Savard and the Virginia team received the AEMQ's prestigious Prospector of the Year Award in 2004 for the discovery of both the Éléonore gold deposit and Coulon base metal deposit. He is a member of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec and is a director of the Québec Mineral Exploration Association (AEQM) where he currently serves as Vice-President.
Vice President Environment Services & Sustainable Development
Ms. Drapack is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing mining, environmental and transportation projects in Canada and the USA, spanning operations, consulting and corporate office settings. Alix graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering. She also holds an MBA from Arizona State University, is a member (P. Eng.) of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and has her Project Management Professional designation (PMP). From 2011 to 2014, as Director of Sustainable Development for Osisko Mining Corporation, she led the combined federal and provincial environmental assessment process for the Osisko Hammond Reef Project and was responsible for Aboriginal engagement, public consultation and government relations. Previously she developed and implemented the Environmental Management Program for TransLink and has had mining operations experience including working as a Mill Shift foreman for Inco Ltd.