Trigon is creating shareholder value in Africa as a copper producer with ongoing exploration projects. In Namibia, Trigon holds an 80% interest in five mining permits in the Otavi Mountainlands, an area of Namibia widely recognized for its high-grade copper deposits, where the company is focused on continued exploration of its permits while simultaneously ramping up to full production at the Kombat Mine.
At the close of 2021, Trigon resumed production at Kombat Mine following 14 years of closure. Trigon’s strategy is to use the cash flow generated from Kombat Mine production to enhance its exploration projects and continue to create value through newly discovered deposits in Namibia and Morocco.
An updated NI 43-101 Mineral Resource estimate that indicated tonnage at Kombat Mine has increased 66% from the previous Mineral Resource estimates, with copper tonnage up 113% and silver 2,253%, resulting in a much larger production profile.
The company has also expanded its mineral resource after acquiring the Copper King Extension, a 30km area of strike length and exploration ground around the Kombat Mine, with various known mineral occurrences on the property.
In Morocco, Trigon is the holder of the Silver Hill project, a highly prospective copper and silver exploration project. The company owns a 100% interest in the Silver Hill project, a 16km² property in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco, home to Africa’s foremost silver mines. The current exploration campaign shows copper and silver mineralization at high grades distributed over a wide area. Slags from ancient workings indicate historical large-scale mining for silver. The project is easily accessed via paved national highways and a well-maintained gravel road sufficient for the requirements of an exploration program.
Board of Directors
Daye Kaba is a corporate lawyer who brings corporate governance experience and a variety of necessary skills to the Trigon board. He is a partner in the Global Metals & Mining group at McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities and commercial law matters, with a focus on the mining sector in Africa. Mr. Kaba previously worked at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto and Coudert Brothers LLP in Paris.
He received his JD from the University of Michigan and is called to both the New York bar and the Ontario bar. Mr. Kaba is a member of various associations, including the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the World Association of Mining Lawyers (WAOML) and the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). He is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.
Dr. David Shaw has worked both in the technical and financial communities within the resource industry for nearly 40 years. He brings a wealth of expertise in public companies and exploration geology. He has served as an in-house structural consultant on both metal and hydrocarbon exploration programs, then as a member of a hydrocarbon project financial evaluation team with Chevron Resources in Calgary and Vancouver.
He initiated and developed the Resource Research Group at Charlton Securities Ltd., Calgary before assuming the position of Senior Mining Analyst, Corporate Finance at Yorkton Securities Inc. in Vancouver. David has built strong relationships in the global mining community both with European financial institutions and as a result of his extensive experience doing business in Africa. Dr. Shaw holds a PhD in structural geology from Carleton University.
Mr. Ollivier brings over 25 years of resource sector and capital markets experience, working both domestically in Canada and internationally in numerous countries. He currently leads Equus Energy Advisors Inc., a consulting practice based in Calgary, Alberta, and he is also currently the President and CEO of the oil company United Hydrocarbon International Corp.
Mr. Ollivier holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Economics, both from the University of Calgary, and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (“CPA”) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”). He is an active volunteer and is currently the Chairman on the Board of Children Believe and a board member with the Childfund Alliance. He has previously held Board positions at notable charities and several public and private companies.
Ms. Sprott is the President of Sprott Money, an online retailer of gold, silver and platinum bullion to investors and collectors, founded by her father celebrated resource investor Eric Sprott. Prior, she worked as an investment advisor with Sprott Asset Management. Her work history includes experience in Public Relations with Toronto-based firm DKPR. Amongst a list of charitable work, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Sprott Foundation.
Ms. Sprott holds a Master of Science in Education.
Mr. Benharref is a founding partner of Technomine Africa, the Moroccan mineral prospecting company Trigon acquired in 2020 responsible for the discovery of the Silver Hill copper-silver-cobalt exploration project. Mr. Benharref has more than 30 years of geological experience, including mineral exploration, geological mapping, applied geology and geosciences.
He has held key positions within Managem Ltd (SA), a Moroccan mining and engineering conglomerate, and is the founder of Morocco-based mining services company, CAP Resources, which conducts large-scale projects on behalf of the government and major Moroccan mining companies alike. Mr. Benharref graduated from Marrakech University (Morocco) with a Doctorate in Structural Geology defended in 1991.
PRESIDENT, CEO AND DIRECTOR
Mr. Richardson is a qualified mine engineer with a background that includes mine finance and resource development over a 20-year career. As CEO of Great Quest, a fertilizer resource developer active in Mali, West Africa, he gained valuable experience operating and creating shareholder value in Africa. He has also held an executive position at Amazon Mining developing resource assets in Brazil.
Mr. Richardson spent a large portion of his career in capital markets working as a research analyst at Sprott Securities and RBC Capital Markets. He also worked as a Mining Engineer for Alcan Aluminum after graduating from the University of Toronto. Mr. Richardson holds a B.A.Sc in Mineral and Geological Engineering.
Mr. Bozoki is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business with over 25 years of accounting, tax and corporate finance experience working with development stage companies and has been involved with projects in Zimbabwe, Mali, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
From 2007 through September 2010, he was the Chief Financial Officer of CD Capital Partners, a privately held real estate development firm focused on developing mixed use retail and office real estate in Russia, Ukraine and Romania. Mr. Bozoki is experienced in matters of international taxation and foreign capital markets and began his career at Ernst & Young LLP where he spent six years auditing clients in mining and other industries in Canada, Australia and Hungary. Paul is a former CFO and CEO of Kombat Copper, having served as Company President and on its Board of Directors. Mr. Bozoki brings a wealth of financial and negotiating experience to the Company, which will greatly assist as the Kombat Mine moves forward to full production within the next year.
VP, FINANCE, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Ms. Roberts is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) with experience and expertise in the finance and mining industry. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Roberts was the Chief Financial Officer at Buffalo Coal Corp. after having spent nine years in the corporate finance industry where she played a key role in initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and debt and equity offerings.
Ms. Roberts has experience across a range of commodities and mining projects with a strong focus on Southern Africa.
VP, INVESTOR RELATIONS
Mr. Sullivan has more than 20 years of experience building and financing both private and public companies in North America and China. Mr. Sullivan has been engaged as Financial Advisor to many early-stage ventures raising capital from private or institutional investors in natural resources, advanced materials, automotive, technology and media.
Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of British Colombia.
VP, OPERATIONS AND COUNTRY MANAGER
Mr. Müller is a professional mining engineer registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Mr. Müller has a wide range of commodity experience with a strong focus on development to production stage assets. Mr. Müller started his career in the production environment, before also gaining experience in the technical and management divisions
of operating mines. Mr. Müller gained experience on a variety of commodities as a mining consultant before mainly focusing on operational start-ups. In addition to a Mine Manager’s Certificate, Mr. Müller holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and a Master of Engineering (Project Management) from the University of Pretoria.
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The Board fulfills its mandate directly and through its committees at regularly scheduled meetings or as required. The directors are kept informed regarding the Company’s operations at regular meetings and through reports and discussions with management on matters within their particular areas of expertise. Frequency of meetings may be increased, and the nature of the agenda items may be changed depending upon the state of the Company’s affairs and in light of opportunities or risks that the Company faces.
The Company believes that its corporate governance practices are in compliance with applicable Canadian requirements. The Company is committed to monitoring governance developments to ensure its practices remain current and appropriate. Trigon is creating shareholder value in Africa.
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