Management & Board

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Cesar Lopez
President & CEO

Mr. Lopez has over 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector, with a strong focus on mining and mineral exploration within Latin America and Eurasia. From 2015 to mid-2018 he served as Executive Chairman at Southern Pioneer Resources, a private Canadian mineral exploration company with silver and copper projects in Chile. Prior to that, Mr. Lopez served as President and CEO of Aegean Metals Group, where he successfully led the senior exploration team that discovered the Hot Maden project in Turkey. Hot Maden is a high-grade gold asset, with an NPV of approximately $1.4 billion.

A founding partner and the former CEO of AQM Copper Inc., Mr. Lopez successfully managed the acquisition and development of the Zafranal copper and gold deposit in Southern Peru, which resulted in the acquisition of AQM Copper Inc. by Teck Resources Limited in November of 2016. Prior to these positions, Mr. Lopez acted as director of Centenario Copper Corporation from 2004 to 2009.

Mr. Lopez holds a Law Degree from Universidad Gabriela Mistral in Chile and a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He holds a Diploma in Marketing from UC Berkeley and is also a candidate for a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Universidad de Chile and Curtin University of Perth (Western Australia). A member of the Chilean Bar Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Mr. Lopez was named a member of the Board of Advisors of Mines and Money Americas in 2016.

Stefan Schauss

Mr. Schauss has over 20 years of experience in sales and business development, with a strong focus on the integration of EV infrastructure in both residential and industrial areas. He has served in product management and business development roles for several companies regarding semiconductors, integrated circuits, and other electronic goods.

Prior to his current role as an independent consultant, Mr. Schauss held a position as Head of Sales for Gildemeister Energy Storage GmbH, Austria — world-leader in the development of vanadium redox flow batteries.

Mr. Schauss earned his MSc. Physics from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany.

Charles Hethey

Mr. Hethey is a securities lawyer in British Columbia and New York with over 10 years of experience representing a number of U.S. and Canadian-listed entities on the TSX Venture Exchange, Canadian Securities Exchange, and U.S. OTC markets. With clients in a broad range of industries including mineral resources, oil and gas, industrial, green energy and technology, Mr. Hethey has significant experience in U.S. and Canadian corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities compliance matters.

Christopher Little

Mr. Little is the owner and founder of Little Law Corporation, a North Vancouver-based boutique corporate and securities law firm. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law and since 2008 has advised local and international clients on a broad range of issues including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings (both public and private), stock exchange listings, continuous disclosure obligations and corporate governance. In addition, he has participated as counsel in a number of reverse takeover transactions, business combinations and corporate reorganizations, and has a wealth of experience guiding start-up companies from inception through various financing stages and to initial public offering.

Prior to forming Little Law Corporation, Christopher spent 10 years practicing with a boutique corporate/securities firm located in downtown Vancouver. He is a member of the British Columbia Bar Association.

Marla K. Ritchie
Corporate Secretary

Marla brings over 25 years of experience in public markets as an Administrator and Corporate Secretary specializing in resource-based exploration companies. She has been the Corporate Secretary for Wealth Minerals Ltd. since August 2006. Between 1992 and 2003, Marla worked for Ascot Resources Ltd, Brett Resources Inc., Golden Band Resources Inc., Hyder Gold Inc., Leicester Diamond Mines Ltd., Loki Gold Corporation, Oliver Gold Corporation and Solomon Resources Limited. Currently, she is also the corporate secretary for Cardero Resource Corp., Corvus Gold Inc., Centenera Mining Corporation, International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. and Trevali Mining Corporation.

2300 – 1177
West Hastings Street.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 2K3


2300 – 1177 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 2K3