President, CEO, and Director
Gary Cope has accumulated over 35 years of experience in Corporate Management & Strategy, with a specific emphasis on Public Company Finance. He arranged financing for the South Kemess project, and later became heavily involved with the negotiations & selling of the deposit to Royal Oak Mines. In the past 15 years, he has acted as a Senior Officer & Director for various publicly-held companies, such as St. Phillips Resources. Mr. Cope served as the President, CEO & Director of Orko Silver Corp., and was instrumental in negotiating and arranging the sale of Orko Silver to Coeur Mining Inc. in 2012. Mr. Cope is serving as President, CEO, & Director of Barsele Minerals Corp. and as director of Silver Viper Minerals Corp.
Ben Whiting, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Vice President, Exploration
Ben Whiting is a professional geoscientist with more than 40 years' experience in the international mining industry. He has worked for both major & junior companies, managing a wide range of operations from exploration through to production. He has also acted as a special advisor on mining industry matters to government agencies, the World Bank, and is a past Adjunct Professor of Queen's University in the Geological Sciences & Mining Engineering departments.
Mr. Whiting is a an "Economic Geology" medal award winner and also won the 2008 IAC "Explorer of the Year". He is a member of the Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC), the Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO), La Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México (AIMMGM), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and a Fellow and past-editor of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).
In conjunction with his current position with Orex, Mr. Whiting serves as the VP of Exploration for Barsele Minerals Corp.
Art Freeze, P.Geo
Art Freeze is a geologist with over 50 years of experience in mineral exploration, mineral production and project management, spanning grass-roots exploration to production geology and supervision of underground development programs. He has held consulting, supervising and management positions with major companies including: Cominco Ltd., Echo Bay Mines Ltd., Pasminco Ltd., and Pan American Silver Corp. More recently he was employed as Principal Consulting Geologist to Goldcorp Inc., Silver Wheaton Corp., and New Gold Inc., variously between 2002 and 2008 and he continued to consult to Goldcorp until mid 2016. He was a Director of Norsemont Mining Inc., which was acquired by HudBay Minerals Inc. in 2011. He acted as a Consultant and Advisor to Orko Silver Corp., that was acquired by Coeur Mining Inc. in 2013.
Currently Mr. Freeze is President of Stillwater Enterprises Ltd. He is a Director of Canasil Resources Inc., Orex Minerals Inc., Barsele Minerals Corp., Silver Viper Minerals Corp., and Norsemont Mines Inc. He remains on the Advisory Board of Grande Portage Resources Ltd. Mr. Freeze has extensive international experience in North, Central and South America, as well as Spain, Portugal, the former Soviet Republics, North Korea Southern Africa and Sweden. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
Ross Wilmot, C.A.
Chief Financial Officer, Director
Ross Wilmot is a Chartered Accountant who has provided public companies with senior financial management services for more than 50 years. As CFO, he offers exhaustive knowledge of reporting practices and requirements for public companies based in Canada & the USA. Mr. Wilmot has been involved in numerous business valuations & acquisitions, high tech start-ups and international mining operations.
Rick Sayers, CPA, C.A.
Rick Sayers is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in business management expertise. He currently serves as Director of Barsele Minerals Corp. and Orex Minerals Inc. and retired as Vice President Finance at Lordco Parts Ltd. Mr. Sayers was previously a Director for Orko Silver Corp.
W. (Harry) White
President of H. White Consulting, (transportation/logistics consulting); Director of Orex Minerals Inc. Mr. White has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior Director, Business Development
Steve Cope has 12 years experience in the mining sector. He has worked in corporate development for Timmins Gold Corp., Orko Silver Corp., Barsele Minerals Corp., and Orex Minerals Inc. His responsibilities with these companies have included a broad range of functions, including: financing, project evaluation, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Cope also serves as President, CEO and Director of Silver Viper Minerals Corp.
Manager, Business Development
Alicia Ford has a background in marketing, media, corporate development, and investor relations in the mining and financial industry. Prior to her current role, she worked with more than 100 junior mining companies at Red Cloud Securities. In conjunction with her role at Orex, she also serves as Manager, Business Development for both Silver Viper Minerals Corp. and Barsele Minerals Corp.