|President and CEO, Director
||Vern Rampton, Ph.D., P.Eng
||D. David Ewart, CA, BBA
Vice-President, Exploration; Director
|Jeffrey Ackert, BSc.
||Chris Irwin, BA, LL.B
||Darrell Munro, BBA, LL.B
CARUBE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Vern Rampton, P.Eng. Ph.D. (Geology) - President and CEO, Director
Dr. Rampton was appointed President and CEO of Auropean in October of 2009 and has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of mineral exploration and development in domestic and international jurisdictions, from grass roots exploration through to corporate direction and management.
Dr. Rampton was President, CEO and a Director of Kinbauri Gold Corp. from its inception in 1984. He negotiated the $5M acquisition of the El Valle/Carlés mines in northwestern Spain in 2007 and led Kinbauri until its takeover by Orvana Minerals for $50M in the fall of 2009. During his tenure at Kinbauri he was responsible for its corporate strategy and management and as an officer and director played a leading role in all aspects of corporate governance, finances, strategy and development of the Company.
He is also currently Vice-President, and a Director of Carube Copper Corp a publicly listed TSXV company and Mayo Lake Minerals Inc., a privately held junior exploration company with operations in the Yukon.
He is a member of numerous professional associations, most notably a core member of the PDAC. He has authored/co-authored over seventy articles in his fields of expertise, most recently on the dispersal of ore tracers in surficial materials.
Dr. Rampton holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Geol) from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. (Geology) from the University of Minnesota. He is a professional engineer (Ontario) and is a “Qualified Person” under securities legislation in Canada.
D. David Ewart, CA, BBA - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ewart, CA, BBA, is a Chartered Accountant with over fifteen years of broad-based experience as a senior financial officer in the Aerospace & Defence, Construction, Manufacturing, Resources, Not-for profit and Hi-Tech sectors and over eight years as a financial consultant in the private sector. As a founding partner of EM Consulting in 2009, he provides on-going business and financial support to entrepreneurs.
He has for his employers and clients provided management services regarding financial reporting and internal controls for companies with over $100M in revenue and 350 employees; on-going marketing support; facilitated increases in working capital and credit lines by over $30M from venture capitalists, bank and others; and participated in start-up of a $90M European joint venture.
He has held the following positions: Accountant, Touche, Ross & Co., 1983-1986; Controller, Canadian Payments Association, 1986-1999; Director of Finance Cebra Division, Bank of Montreal, 1999-2001; Chief Financial Officer, MDS Group, 2001-2009; and Principal E.M. Consulting 2009—Present.
Mr. Ewart is a Chartered Accountant (Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island (Dean’s List).
Jeffrey Ackert, BSc. - Vice-President, Exploration; Director
Mr. Ackert was appointed VP Exploration of Auropean in July of 2010. He began his career as a regional geologist with St. Joe Minerals, Bond Gold Canada and LAC Minerals in the 1980s. In 1990 he became mine geologist at LAC Minerals' Golden Patricia Mine (Barrick Gold Corp after 1994) where he specialized in production and exploration. In 1996 he was appointed VP Exploration for Orezone Resources Inc. focusing on West Africa and was subsequently named VP Technical Services in 2005. During his time at Orezone, its market cap increased from $2M to over $300M due to resource development of various projects in West Africa including Essakane, Sega and Bondigui in Burkina Faso.
He is currently -President and CEO of Carube Copper Corp a publicly listed TSXV company and Mayo Lake Minerals Inc., a privately held junior exploration company with operations in the Yukon. He is a Director of Advance Gold a junior exploration company with operations in East Africa and Altai resources Inc (ATI).
Mr. Ackert holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of Toronto.
Chris Irwin, B.A., LL.B - Corporate Secretary
Mr. Irwin was Corporate Secretary for Kinbauri from 2004-2009. Prior to that time he advised Kinbauri on securities matters. Mr. Irwin is a principal of Irwin Lowy LLP, a Toronto based law firm specializing in Corporate and Securities Law. Between 2004 and 2006, he was associated with Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. From 1998 to 2004, he was associated initially with Boyle & Company and subsequently with Power Budd LLP. Presently Mr. Irwin is a director and/or officer of a number of private and public companies.
Mr. Irwin received his Bachelor of Arts from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec in 1990 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1994. He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1996.
Darrell Munro, BBA, LL.B - Corporate Administration
Mr. Munro’s business career includes ten years in the practice of law (criminal and civil), ten years as an investment advisor and thereafter 30 years of experience in all aspects of corporate management including administration, legal, financing and investor relations for both private and public companies. He was Manager of Corporate Communications for Kinbauri Gold Corp. for two years prior to its takeover by Orvana Minerals in the fall of 2009.He is currently Corporate Administrator of Carube Copper Corp (TSXV:CUC) and Mayo Lake Minerals Inc., a privately held junior exploration company with operations in the Yukon.
Mr. Munro has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Law degree (LL.B) from Queen’s University. He is actively involved in coaching minor football as well as fund raising for various athletic programs and charitable initiatives.
Gregory LeBlanc, B.A., M.A. - Director
Mr. Leblanc began his career on the money market desk at the Bank of Canada in 1973 and in 1977 moved to Export Development Canada as an International Economist.
In 1984 he was hired by McLeod Young Weir, a Canadian investment dealer, which later became Scotia McLeod. In 1992 he joined Richardson Greenshields who were then acquired by RBC Dominion Securities in 1996. Greg’s entire career was spent in Ottawa where he specialized in commodity and currency futures and options. He was named a Vice-President in 1996 and held the position until he retired in 2009.
He currently acts as a commercial real estate developer in the Ottawa region and holds positions on the Boards of several quasi- governmental institutions. He is also a Director of Carube Copper Corp. (TSXV:CUC) and Mayo Lake Minerals Inc., a privately held junior exploration companies with operations in the Yukon.
Mr. LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics, Math) from Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa.
AUROPEAN SLOVAKIA, s.r.o.
Karol Piovarcsy, RN-Dr. - Managing Director
Mr. Piovarcsy has over 35 years’ experience as a field geologist and mining/exploration manager in his native Slovakia. For many years he has been the sole owner and Managing Director of a Slovakian mining/exploration consulting company. Over his career, he has been primarily involved in the exploration, environmental assessment, permitting and management of gold, copper, tin, manganese and iron projects in Slovakia and Mongolia for government and private enterprise. He has extensive contacts within Slovakia’s industry and government sectors. Most importantly, he was a project manager of the Slovakian Geology Institute for more than 12 years from the early 1980s to the 1990s. During that period, much of his time was directed toward assessing the mineral potential of Slovinky-Gelnica (Auropean’s primary exploration target) and surrounding areas.
Mr. Piovarcsy presently serves on the boards of various groups and in the past has served on the Board of the Ministry of Environment from 1997–2004. He was President of the Slovakian Society of Economic Geologists from 1988-1994 and also Vice President of geology of the Mining Chamber of Slovakia from 2000–2006. He is a long standing member of the Slovakian Society of Economic Geologists. Dr. Piovarcsy received his degree in Geology from Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Science, Bratislava, (Economics of Geology) 1978.
AUROPEAN ESPANA, S.L.
Alfonso Baron, LL.B - Administrator
Mr. Baron is the founding partner (2004) of the Corporate/Commercial law firm Barón Abogados where he has specialized in corporate M&A, restructuring, commercial law and litigation. (Spain). He began his professional career with the law firm Baker & McKenzie and has served as in-house counsel with the Engineering Group SENER as well as General Counsel of ANTIBIÓTICOS, a member of the Italian MONTEDISON Group. He practiced law in the Spanish firm J & A Garrigues (1990-2004); becoming a partner in 1996. As member of the Mergers & Acquisitions division of the Commercial Law Department of Garrigues Abogados, Mr. Baron specialized in general commercial and private law and M&A, in both the public and private sectors. He has been involved in numerous transactions in the commercial financial sector.
Mr. Baron is well versed in regulatory matters pertaining to exploration and mining in Spain and has extensive contacts with government officials. He has acted on behalf of Outokumpu and Ferroatlantica and from 2007-2009, he served as Spanish counsel to Kinbauri Gold Corp. prior to and during the take-over of its El Valle/Carlés mining assets in north-western Spain.
Mr. Baron received his Bachelor in law from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1975 and his Master Degree in Tax Law, from the Instituto de Empresa of Madrid in 1984. He has been a Member of the Madrid Bar Association since 1977 and is often called upon to lecture at forums and conferences on legal matters pertaining to commercial contracting.
ADVISORS & CONSULTANTS
Fernando de la Fuente, BSc., MSc. - Consultant Auropean España S.L.
Mr. de la Fuente has over 40 years in the management of projects in Burkina Faso, Canada, Mozambique, Morocco, Portugal, the Dominican Republic and Spain for several international and Spanish companies. His expertise and experience includes exploring and mining for gold, PGM, base metals, tantalum-lithium-cesium, uranium and industrial minerals.
Since 1996 he has been Managing Director and main shareholder of Fernando de la Fuente Consultores, S.L. a mining exploration and geological consulting company; Main clients include AngloGold, Phelps Dodge Exploration Corporation, Noranda Inc., Gold Fields Mining Ltd., BHP Billiton, Teck-Cominco, Rio Narcea Recursos S.A., AuEx Ventures, Longview Capital Partners, Ormonde Mining Plc., MinMet, Serrata Resources S.A.
Mr. de la Fuente holds a BSc. (Honours) in Geology (University of Grenada) and MSc. in Geology (University of Granada) specializing in Exploration and Mining Geology.