Management & Board

  • Michael A. Konnert

    President, Chief Executive Officer

    Michael is co-founder and Partner of Inventa Capital Corp., a private natural resource investment company based in Vancouver, BC. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Cobalt One Energy Corp. which was acquired by Blackstone Minerals Ltd. (ASX-BSX) in 2017. Michael has nearly a decade of experience in the natural resources industry, specifically in executing successful corporate strategies for mineral exploration companies. Michael started his career with Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX-PVG) shortly after their $265M IPO. Following that, he spent three years with Riverside Resources Inc. (TSXV-RRI). Michael holds a BComm. from Royal Roads University and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

  • Mahesh Liyanage

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Liyanage is a seasoned, organized, and responsible Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of experience across diverse industries. Special strengths in Canadian public company reporting and regulatory compliance, business spin-offs/mergers and acquisitions, treasury management, Canadian and US tax compliance. He has many years of experience with Mexican mining companies and specializes in helping Canadian companies achieve optimal operations in Mexico. He was most recently with Evrim/Orogen and in the past he had worked with the Manex Resource Group.

  • Martin Dupuis

    VP, Tech Services

    Professional geoscientist with over 25 years of mine geology and exploration experience primarily in precious metals, including 10 years in Latin America. Former Director of Geology with Pan American Silver, Technical Services Manager with Aurico Gold, and Chief Geologist at several other operations. BSc degree from Brock University and an MBA from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University

  • Pete Longo

    VP, Projects

    20 years mining industry experience in operations and projects in base metals, uranium and gold. Former VP Operations at Claude Resources leading the turnaround of the company to consecutive years of record production, HSE and cost performance. Former VP Projects at Denison Mines directed the development of Wheeler River. B.Sc. Eng from Queen’s University, MBA from McMaster University

  • Veljko Brcic

    VP, Corporate Development

    10+ years of experience in mining and finance, with a special focus in structuring and negotiating deals in Latin American. Former member of the investment team of Pala Investments, a Swiss-based mining-focused private equity fund. Involved in. Bcom (Hons) from the University of British Columbia and MBA (Hons) from HEC Paris

  • Michael Pettingell

    VP Business Development and Strategy

    Mr. Pettingell is a geologist with over 10 years of experience working in both pre-producing and operating mines, as well as the capital markets. Prior to joining Vizsla, Michael spent the last four years working in equity research at Canaccord Genuity covering junior precious and base metal explorers and developers in the mining and metals sector. Prior to Canaccord, Mr. Pettingell worked for Hecla Mining, first in exploration at its Lucky Friday unit, and then in corporate development located in Vancouver. Michael started his career as an exploration geologist for Romarco Minerals at its Haile Gold mine prior to it being acquired by OceanaGold in 2015. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in both Geology and Economics from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Applied Science in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

  • Charles Funk

    Technical Director

    Charles has over thirteen years of industry experience, most recently as the Vice President of New Opportunities and Exploration at Evrim Resources. Previously, Charles worked as a geologist and geophysicist for Newcrest Mining and Oxiana/OZ Minerals with a focus on business development and early stage exploration in North and South America, Australia and South-East Asia. Mr. Funk also has a wide range of experience in porphyry, epithermal and Iron Oxide Copper Gold (IOCG) deposits in both North and South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

    Charles holds a degree in Space Science from La Trobe University and an honours degree in Earth Science from the University of Melbourne.

  • Jennifer Hanson

    Corporate Secretary

    Jennifer is a dedicated and versatile Senior Professional that brings more than 22 years of excellence in all aspects of human resource management, accounting, and administration, by generating invoices, resolving problems quickly, designing email system, processing income statement requests, administering HR functions, and achieving outcomes through a people-first method.

  • Craig Parry


    Craig has over 18 years in the resources sector. Craig is a former member of the Board of Directors of Nexgen Energy and the fomer Chief Executive Officer and current member of the Board of Directors of IsoEnergy Ltd.

    Craig is co-founder and Partner of Inventa Capital Corp., a private natural resource investment company. Craig is a founding shareholder of EMR Capital and former senior advisor to the Fund. He was a co-founder of the Tigers Realm Group and was appointed to the Boards of Tigers Realm Minerals, Tigers Realm Metals and NexGen Energy Ltd. (as it then was prior to the Qualifying Transaction) in 2011. Craig was appointed to the role of CEO of Tigers Realm Coal in 2012. Craig, as an exploration and business development geologist, was responsible for the business development activities of the Tigers Realm Group since inception in 2008. Prior to joining Tigers Realm, Craig was the Business Development Manager for G-Resources Limited responsible for mergers and acquisitions and Principal Geologist - New Business at Oxiana Limited responsible for strategy and business development initiatives in bulk and energy commodities. At Rio Tinto he led exploration programs for iron ore, copper, diamonds, coal and bauxite in Australia, Asia and South America and was Principal Geologist for the Kintyre Uranium project pre-feasibility study. Craig holds an Honours Degree in Geology and is a Member of the AusIMM. 

  • Simon Cmrlec


    Simon is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Ausenco, one of the world’s foremost EPCM companies. In his role he leads teams across Canada, USA, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina.

    Simon began his career with Western Mining at its Olympic Dam Operations in South Australia where he held a number of technical and operations roles. He was one of the Owners Representatives for the Olympic Dam Expansion Project (ODP) where he was involved in the design, construction and commissioning of the Smelter and Hydrometallurgical facilities. Following the completion of the ODP project Simon joined Kvaerner and was involved in the construction and commissioning of various base metals, iron ore and gold projects in the US, South America, Middle East and South Africa. In 2001 he joined Inco on the Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia as the Project Manager responsible for the Refinery facility. Simon held a number of roles on the Goro Nickel project including Senior Project Manager and Construction director in his eight years there. Simon joined Ausenco in 2009 and has held a number of positions with the company including President, Program Management and President APAC/Africa before moving to Canada in 2015 to take up his current role.

    Simon attended the Gartrell School of Mining, Metallurgy and Applied Geology at the University of South Australia and graduated with a B.Eng (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering in 1994.

  • Stuart Smith


    Stuart has 30 years global exploration experience spanning the spectrum from global project generation to mine geology with a track record of discovery in brownfields and greenfields arenas.

    Most recently Stuart was Technical Director – Strategy & New Projects for Teck Resources Ltd., based in Vancouver, Canada. In this role Stuart lead the team with global responsibility for new exploration project review and capture. Prior to that Stuart held the role of Specialist – Global Copper for Teck, based in Santiago, Chile in which he had responsibility for Teck’s global Cu exploration portfolio. Prior to joining Teck, Stuart was Chief Geologist for the Oxiana-OZ Minerals-MMG group of companies and subsequently with the founders of Oxiana in the G-Resources, Tigers Realm and EMR companies. In these roles Stuart was responsible for activities across the full spectrum from global project identification and review to brownfields exploration and in-mine resource evaluation

    Stuart holds a BSc (Hons 1) degree from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia and a PhD from CODES at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Special Advisors

  • Bryce Roxburgh

    Bryce Roxburgh obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and geophysics from Sydney University in 1971 and a Fellow of the AusIMM. He has over 40 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry. From 1971 to 1989, Bryce worked for Amoco Minerals Australia Company and Cyprus Mines Corporation and was responsible for the exploration teams which discovered the Selwyn, Red Dome and Junction Reef mines. Between 1989 and 1998, he worked for Arimco N.L. and Climax Mining Limited where he was responsible for the teams which discovered the Didipio mine in the Philippines. In 2003 Bryce and colleague Yale Simpson established Exeter Resource Corporation focusing on gold and copper projects in South America. He was co-Chairman of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd., a successful spinout from Exeter Resource Corporation in 2010, which was bought by Yamana Gold Ltd. in 2012. Bryce was co-Chairman of Exeter until it was purchased by Goldcorp Inc. in 2017.

  • Yale Simpson

    Yale Simpson has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geological Engineering) from the University of British Columbia, Canada and is a professional geologist. Yale has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior geologist, exploration manager and CEO of companies involved in precious metals projects in Australia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. Those companies included Pennzoil Company, Chevron Exploration, Australmin Holdings, Argosy Gold Mines and Black Swan Gold Mines Ltd. He was Co-chairman of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd., a successful spinout from Exeter, which was bought by Yamana Gold Ltd. in 2012 and was co-Chairman of Exeter until it was purchased by Goldcorp Inc. in 2017. His particular expertise is in strategic resource planning, financing and corporate communications. In addition to Adamera Minerals Corp. Yale is currently a director of Rugby Mining Limited.

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