Gil Clausen, President & Chief Executive Officer and Director

Gil Clausen
President & Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Clausen is a mining executive with more than 30 years experience in the areas of management, finance, development and operations in the precious and base metals industry. Mr. Clausen was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Augusta Resource Corporation from its inception in 2005 until Augusta was taken over by HudBay Minerals Inc. in July 2014. Mr. Clausen was Executive Vice President, Mining at Washington Group International, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and served as Vice President of Operations at Stillwater Mining Company from 1995 to 1999. Prior to 1995, Mr. Clausen was a mine general manager at several precious and base metal operations at Placer Dome Inc. 

Mr. Clausen is a Professional Engineer with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. He is a graduate of Queen’s University’s executive business program.

Mr. Clausen is also currently a director of Plata Latina Minerals Corporation and Golden Star Resources Ltd.

Joseph M. Longpré, Chief Financial Officer

Joseph M. Longpré
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Longpré has over 30 years of experience in the equity and debt markets with a strong focus on metals and mining. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Longpré was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Augusta Resource Corporation. From 2003 to 2012, he was Corporate Vice President of URS Corporation, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and project finance. From 1983 to 2003 Mr. Longpré was a Managing Director in Bank of Montreal’s Investment Banking Mining Group.

Mr. Longpré holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Physics from the University of Saskatchewan and a CPA, CMA designation.

Vitor Belo, Senior Vice President Operations

Vitor Belo
Senior Vice President Operations

Mr. Belo has 28 years of experience in the mining industry, with extensive expertise specifically in open-pit operations, engineering and construction. Prior to joining Brio Gold, from 2014 to 2016, Mr. Belo was Chief Operating Officer of Carpathian Gold Inc. Previous to that, Mr. Belo also worked for Rio Novo, Rio Tinto and Kinross (as Operational General Manager and Vice President of the Paracatu mine). Mr. Belo holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais and a Master of Business Administration from the Fundação Dom Cabral.

Lance Newman, Vice President Technical Services

Lance Newman
Senior Vice President Technical Services

Mr. Newman has over 27 years of experience in concentrating, smelting and refining operations and project management in base and precious metals operations. From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Newman was Vice President Project Development at Augusta Resource Corporation. Previously, he held various senior technical positions in operations at Stillwater Mining Company (1995-2006) and Gold Fields Limited (1987-1995).

Mr. Newman holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Rhodes University and is a graduate of the Management Advancement Program at the University of Witwatersrand Graduate School of Business.

Mark Stevens, Vice President Exploration

Mark Stevens
Vice President Exploration

Mr. Stevens has over 30 years of technical and managerial experience in exploration and mining. From August 2006 to September 2014, Mr. Stevens was Vice President Exploration at Augusta Resource Corporation and prior to that he was Chief Geologist with Pincock, Allen & Holt.

Mr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Geology from Colorado State of University and a Masters in Science in Geology from the University of Utah.

Letitia Wong, Vice President Corporate Development & Corporate Secretary

Letitia Wong
Vice President Corporate Development & Corporate Secretary

Ms. Wong has 15 years of experience in finance and investor relations. Ms. Wong was Vice President, Investor Relations at both Augusta Resource Corporation and Ventana Gold Corp. from September 2010 until each of their acquisitions in July 2014 and March 2011, respectively, as well as at Wildcat Silver Corporation (currently known as Arizona Mining Inc.) and Plata Latina Minerals Corporation until March 2015. Prior to that Ms. Wong was Director of Investor Relations at Yamana Gold Inc and held various positions in Finance at TELUS Corporation.

Ms. Wong holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia (Sauder School of Business) and is a CFA charterholder.

Ms. Wong is currently a director of Plata Latina Minerals Corporation.