Management - Doré Copper Mining Corp


Mario Stifano

Executive Chairman and Director

Mario Stifano is a seasoned mining executive and Chartered Professional Accountant with over 16 years of experience working with exploration, development and producing mining companies. Mr. Stifano is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Galantas Gold Corporation. Mr. Stifano has held a number of senior executive positions including Chief Executive Officer of Cordoba Minerals Corp., Executive Chairman with Mega Precious Metals Inc., Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Lake Shore Gold Corp Inc., and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ivernia Inc. Mr. Stifano has been instrumental in raising over $700 million to explore and fund mining projects, including raising over $500 million at Lake Shore Gold Corp Inc., to develop three gold mines which are currently producing over 180,000 ounces of gold annually, and are now part of the Canadian assets within Pan American Silver.

Ernest Mast

President & CEO and Director

Ernest Mast has 30 years of experience in various technical and executive roles in the mining industry, across a wide range of commodities, geographies and development stages. Mr. Mast is on the Board of Scottie Resources. Corp. Mr. Mast previously held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer at Primero Mining Corp., Vice President of Corporate Development at Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, Vice President of Operations at New Gold Inc. and President and CEO of Minera Panama S.A., Inmet Mining Corporation’s subsidiary, developing the $6B Cobre Panama project. Mr. Mast began his career with Noranda Inc. and its affiliates, where he took on roles of increasing responsibility over a 20-year timeframe. Mr. Mast is a member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and has a Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree in metallurgical engineering from McGill University. Mr. Mast also received post-secondary business training at Henley College in the UK and at the Universidad Catolica in Chile.

Gavin Nelson

Chief Financial Officer

Gavin Nelson has over 15 years of finance experience in public practice and corporate accounting and reporting, including being responsible for all levels of financial reporting and day-to-day accounting oversight for several public mining exploration companies. Mr. Nelson has held a number of financial oversight positions in mineral exploration companies, including Chief Financial Officer of Mexican Gold Corp. Mr. Nelson is a member in good standing of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Mr. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies (Finance), with a minor in Political Science, from the University of Western Ontario.

Nick Kwong

Nicholas Kwong

Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas Kwong, P.Eng., MBA, has more than 15 years of corporate, technical, operations experience in the mining industry, predominantly in gold and base metals in North American, Australia, Latin American and Saudi Arabia. Most recently, Mr. Kwong was General Manager at Ma’aden Gold’s’ Sukhaybarat & Bulghah gold mines in Saudi Arabia. There he completed the mine and mill expansion and modernization which resulted in a significant increase in production and decrease in unit costs, all while controlling capital costs during the COVID 19 pandemic. Prior, he worked at New Gold from 2005 to 2019 in progressively responsible leadership and management roles, starting as a project engineer for the design and construction of the New Afton underground mine and gradually progressing to Manager Mining Engineering and Director Technical Services.

Mr. Kwong holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Mining Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. 

Laurie Gaborit

Vice President Investor Relations

Laurie Gaborit has over 20 years of investor relations and corporate communications experience in the mining industry. She recently held the position of Vice President Investor Relations at Detour Gold Corporation. As a key member of Detour Gold’s management team, she participated in the company’s initial public offering in 2007 and its transformation from exploration company to intermediate gold producer within a seven-year period, during which time Detour Gold’s market capitalization increased from $120 million to over $3 billion. Prior roles included Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary for High River Gold Mines and Manager Investor Relations for Rio Narcea Gold Mines.

Ms. Gaborit holds a Bachelor of Science in geology (Hons.) and is a member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) Board. In 2019, she was the recipient of the CIRI Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations.

Jean Tanguay

General Manager

Geologist with 25 years of experience in the Chibougamau camp. Former Operations Manager with Campbell Resources, former Project Manager for Corner Bay project, former Mine Superintendent of the Joe Mann mine and former Chief Geologist of the Copper Rand mine and Joe Mann mine.

Steve Simard

Project Director

Steve Simard has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in both surface and underground mine development and operations. M. Simard has been involved at various stages of mine construction and optimization, strategic mine plan optimization, and general site infrastructure. He spent the last four years at SEMAFO Inc.’ s (acquired by Endeavour Mining in July 2020) Mana Mine in Burkina Faso as Technical Superintendent and Mining Operation where he led the mine production, engineering and geology departments. Prior to this, Mr. Simard worked extensively in Québec in progressive technical roles: Chief Engineer and Technical Superintendent at Rio Tinto’s open cast titanium dioxide mine at Lac Tio Mine (2016-17 & 2005-08); Superintendent Technical Services at BlackRock Metals in Chibougamau (2011-16); and Senior Engineer and Chief Engineer at Consolidated Thompson Iron Mine’s Bloom Lake Mine, which produces high-quality iron ore concentrate (2008-11). He started his career as a Long-hole Engineer and Planning Engineer at the Beaufor Mine in Val d’Or. Mr. Simard holds a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from Laval University.

Sylvain Lépine

Technical Advisor

Sylvain Lépine, M.Sc., P. Geo., has more than 15 years of experience in regional exploration management and mineral resource development programs predominantly in gold and base metals in Québec. Mr. Lépine was previously Vice President Exploration at Yorbeau Resources Inc., where he was instrumental in the discovery of additional massive sulphide lenses and expansion of the mineral resources at the Scott Lake copper-zinc project. Prior, he worked for Cogitore Resources Inc. for eight years and was promoted to Vice President Exploration in 2013. Mr. Lépine started his career at SOQUEM.

Mr. Lépine was President of the Rouyn-Noranda chapter of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) from 2013 to 2019. In 2009, he was part of a team at Cogitore Resources that was awarded the Prospector of the Year Award from the Québec Mineral Exploration Association for the Scott Lake copper-zinc discovery. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Resources and a Master of Science degree in Earth Sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Andrey Rinta

Exploration Manager

Mr. Rinta joined Doré Copper in 2018 as Exploration Manager, coming over from Kinross after almost 10 years working in the Russian arctic. He has an (H)B.Sc. in Geology and Earth Sciences from Laurentian University and has worked in teams that carried out field work, mapping, geochemical data analysis and alteration models, 3D geological models, and initial resource estimates. As a Senior Geologist in Russia for Kinross, he oversaw drilling programs across the region, managed and trained the local team of geologists, and was heavily involved in project evaluations for M&A considerations.