Management and Directors
Steve Zuker, MSc Geology CEO, Director
Mr. Zuker is a geologist and Qualified Person (QP) with 30+ years of experience in economic geology and exploration geochemistry in North and South America, and Asia. He has focused on precious and base metal exploration in Peru for the past 22 years during which time he built Pucara’s exploration team and project portfolio. Prior to Pucara, Mr. Zuker held senior positions with Esperanza Resources, Harrods/Gallant Minerals, Cominco Chile, Westmont Mining, & FMC Gold.
Arístides Chavez, BSc Geology Country Manager/Chief Geologist
An exploration geologist with over 25 years’ experience in gold exploration and mining in Peru. He discovered the San Luis gold-silver deposit, 350,000 oz of gold (22.4 g/t) and 9.0 Moz Ag 578 (g/t). He serves as country manager and Chief Geologist.
David Awram, BSc Geology Director
Mr. Awram is a co-founder of Sandstorm Gold and oversees its corporate development team and due diligence process. He has evaluated hundreds of resource projects and has completed on-site due diligence on dozens of mines across the globe. Prior to Sandstorm, Mr. Awram was Director of Investor Relations for Silver Wheaton Corp.
Lynda Bloom, MSc Geology Director
Ms Bloom, an exploration geochemist with 35+ years’ minerals exploration experience is principal of ASL consultancy & a senior executive/director of public companies. She served the mining industry as director of PDAC, Chair of CIMM-Toronto Branch & now serves on several advisory boards.
Gordon Fretwell, LLB Director
Mr Fretwell is a self-employed solicitor practicing in corporate and securities law since 1991. He serves as an Officer and on boards of several public mineral exploration companies including: Asanko Resources, Auryn Resources, Canada Rare Earth Corp, Coro Mining, and Quartz Mountain Resources.
J. David Lowell, MSc Geology Independent
Mr. Lowell, one of the world's most successful exploration geologists, has discovered 15+ large scale mines, including the Toromocho and La Escondida copper deposits. He has participated in nine major prefeasibility or bankable feasibility studies and was the Chairman & Founder of four companies. Mr. Lowell has published over 50 articles, the most notable work being the Lowell Guilbert model of porphyry ore deposits and is the recipient of over 30 Professional awards.
Keith Laskowski, MSc Geology QP, Sandstorm Gold
Mr. Laskowski, a mining geologist, has worked in 40 countries and has 35+ years’ experience in discovery, development, extraction and financing of precious metal mining projects. He is currently Vice President of Technical Services with Sandstorm Gold. Previously he was at the IFC, a division of the World Bank as Principal Mining Specialist, worked for 17 years at Newmont Mining Corporation, and served in executive roles with several junior companies.
Ken Balleweg, MSc Geology CPG, Independent
Mr. Balleweg is an exploration geologist with 30+ years of exploration and production experience and expertise on volcanic-hosted epithermal gold deposits, particularly high sulfidation deposits, and Carlin-type systems. He has worked for Placer Dome at Cortez where he made the first intercepts in the Gold Rush deposit, and Alamos Gold at Mulatos where he added over 2M ounces of gold reserves.
Bill Gee, MSc Geology Independent
Mr. Gee has 40 years of minerals industry experience in discovery, corporate development, project advancement and acquisition. He has held various technical and senior positions with Newmont, North Mining, Pegasus Gold, White Cloud and Empirical Discovery, NewWest-Fronteer and Evolving Gold.