Chieftain Metals Inc. - Directors

Victor Wyprysky
Chairman, Director

In addition to being President, CEO and a founder of Chieftain, Mr. Wyprysky is also the founder and Chairman of Portex Minerals Inc. (“Portex”), a mineral exploration company. He identified Portex's first project, the Gordonsville Zn mine in Tennessee and led the acquisition and financing and coordinated the development team that brought the project into production within 14 months of acquisition. He arranged approximately $200 million of development financing and also negotiated key smelter contracts as well as preliminary by-product agreements on the Germanium and Gallium by-products of the mine. In addition, during a period of financial crisis, Mr. Wyprysky successfully restructured $75 million in debt for Portex. Mr. Wyprysky brings experience and expertise from a career of over 25 years as a senior partner in major Canadian investment banks and brings extensive knowledge of global financial markets and resource financing to the acquisition and financing of development activities of the Corporation.

Raymond Mah
Director, Member of the Audit, Technical, Governance and Compensation Committee

Mr. Mah is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Yukon Zinc Corporation (‘‘Yukon Zinc’’). In this role, he has the responsibility for overseeing the development and operations of the Wolverine Mine in Yukon, Canada and he provides strategic direction for the growth of the company. Mr. Mah has 25 years of experience in the mining industry and an extensive background in mine development, taking projects from evaluations through design and construction into operations. Prior to joining Yukon Zinc, Mr. Mah was with Placer Dome Inc. where he managed evaluations, design and construction for international and Canadian mining projects.

Michael Atkinson
Director, Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee

Mr. Atkinson brings over eighteen years of expertise in the investment and venture capital industry to Chieftain. Currently, Mr. Atkinson is President & CEO of two junior oil and gas companies, Canadian Phoenix Resources Corp. and Petra Petroleum Inc. He is also President of Maverick Projects Inc., a private consulting company focused on providing structured finance products and advice relating to strategies involving financing, mergers and acquisitions within the junior resource sector.

Previously Mr. Atkinson was Vice President of Quest Capital Corp. (TSX:QC), a company he helped start, where he was responsible for corporate communication and bridge lending activities. Within a five year period at Quest he was instrumental in expanding Quest’s market cap from $30 million to over $450 million. As a member of the Credit Committee at Quest, the committee funded over $1 billion in loans during his tenure. Mr. Atkinson’s understanding of the structuring of investments and project financing is a key asset in investment and mergers and acquisition efforts. He also currently acts as a consultant to Ionic.

Phil Fontaine
Director, Member of the Governance and Compensation Committee

Mr. Fontaine is the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (‘‘AFN’’). He is the longest serving
National Chief in AFN history and the only one to be elected for three terms. He has been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of human rights to the lives of all Canadians, and First Nations peoples in particular. He is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Mr. Fontaine holds honorary doctorates of laws from Brock University, the University of Windsor, Lakehead University, the University of Winnipeg and the Royal Military College of Canada. He was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1996 and is a Member of the Order of Manitoba. On March 18, 2022 in Montr´eal, he received the Equitas Human Rights Education Award, which recognizes and celebrates exceptional contributions made in the field of human rights education.

As AFN National Chief, Mr. Fontaine led the successful resolution and settlement of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy, which led to a historic apology by the Canadian government. He also signed the Declaration of Kinship and Cooperation of the Indigenous and First Nations of North America and was the first indigenous leader to address the Organization of American States. Mr. Fontaine also acts as a Senior Advisor to Ogilvy Renault LLP, counsel to Chieftain.

Patrick Raleigh
Director, Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Technical, Governance and Compensation Committee

Prior to 1996, Mr. Raleigh held the position of the Chief Engineer of Falconbridge Limited and Technical Consultant to Falconbridge Chile S.A., a subsidiary of Falconbridge Limited. Since then, he has provided consulting services relating to various mining projects. In his position with Falconbridge, he contributed to the development of many mines, including the Collaghuasi copper mine in Chile and Raglan in Quebec and he has been involved in the operations of the Kidd Creek mine in Ontario. He has operated mines in Canada, Central and South America and Haiti. He continues to be involved in mine development in Canada and overseas.

 

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