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

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Dupuis has over 25 years of experience covering all stages of a project’s life, from exploration through feasibility and engineering studies, construction, mine expansion and operations. Mr. Dupuis recently served as Vizsla’s Vice President of Technical Services, where he was instrumental in the oversight and delivery of the Company’s maiden resource estimate. Prior to joining Vizsla, Mr. Dupuis was Director of Geology for Pan American Silver, Technical Services Manager for Aurico Gold, and Chief Geologist at several other operations.

  • Veljko Brcic

    VP, Corporate Development

    Veljko is a Partner at Inventa Capital. He has over a decade of global experience in origination, negotiation, and structuring of new investment opportunities in mining, energy, and ESG.

    Veljko holds an MBA with the highest academic honours from HEC Paris; BCom (Honours) from the University of British Columbia.

    He is originally from Peru and is currently based in Vancouver, Canada.

  • 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.

  • Jesus Velador

    VP, Exploration

    Dr. Velador has more than 20 years of experience in precious metals exploration, specializing in epithermal systems. Recently, he worked with Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., where he managed brownfields exploration programs in Mexico and Peru. Dr. Velador previously served as Director of Exploration for First Majestic Silver Corp., where he managed the exploration team that discovered the silver and gold deposit at Ermitaño, located adjacent to the company’s Santa Elena mine in Sonora, Mexico. Dr. Velador started his career working for Industrias Peñoles where his work was instrumental in the discovery of the Valdecañas Vein at the Juanicipio project, a Fresnillo – MAG Silver joint venture. Jesus earned a B.Sc. from the University of Chihuahua, a M.Sc from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Ph.D (Epithermal deposits) from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

  • 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

    Chairman

    Through the course of his career, Craig Parry has been a founder, director, CEO, senior executive and geologist working across a broad range of commodities with several companies.  Craig is a Co-Founder and Partner of Inventa Capital Corp., a venture capital advisory firm dedicated to the acquisition and development of assets in the natural resource sector. He is currently Chairman of Skeena Resources Ltd and has been a Director since Dec. 15, 2016. He is a founder and Chairman of Vizsla Silver Corp. (since December 18, 2018), Vizsla Copper Corp. (since September 1, 2021), Gold Bull Resources (since June 29, 2020) and Outback Goldfields Ltd (since January 2019). He is a Director of Surge Copper Corp. (since September 29, 2020).  He was a founder, CEO and/or director of IsoEnergy Ltd (TSXV:ISO), NexGen Energy Ltd (NYSE:NXE), EMR Capital, Tigers Realm Coal (ASX:TIG), Tigers Realm Minerals, and G-Resources Group. He worked for Rio Tinto from 2000 to 2008.

    Craig has led teams and been involved in a number of exceptional discoveries and resource projects including Vizsla's discovery of new veins at its Panuco-Copala silver district, IsoEnergy's Hurricane uranium deposit, NexGen's Arrow uranium deposit and Tigers Realm Coal's Amaam and Amaam North coking coal deposits.


    Craig graduated from The University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) with first class Honours and the University Medal. He is a member of the AusIMM.

  • Simon Cmrlec

    Director

    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

    Director

    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.

  • Harry Pokrandt

    Director, Chairman Audit Committee

    Capital Markets Executive with 30+ years experience in mining and technology. Former Managing Director at Macquarie Capital Markets, CEO of Hive Block chain, Director of Kore Mining, Gold X Mining Corp., BQ Metals Corp, Lithium X and Fiore Exploration

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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