Turmalina Metals started as a well-funded private company in 2017 with the aim of locating high-quality copper-gold assets in South America. Our projects need to meet our strict criteria of demonstrated high grades, compelling drill targets, a clear path to resource growth and mining-friendly jurisdictions.
Turmalina is the result of over 100 years of combined experience in both exploration for copper-gold breccias and exploration in South America.
founding geologists: Doug Kirwin, Chico Azevedo & Rohan Wolfe
Over several years we reviewed hundreds of projects and made dozens of field visits. At the end of our review there were only a few projects that all members of our team agreed were truly exceptional, and we locked in San Francisco in Argentina and Turmalina in Peru.
Having acquired these projects our team has grown over the past year to build industry-leading capabilities in exploration, environment, community, administration and mining, as well as building highly-skilled local teams through our Argentinian subsidiary Aurora Mining and our Peruvian subsidiary Aurora Copper Peru.
Community & sustainability
We operate in regions with good infrastructure among communities that have supported previous mining. We aspire to become a leading example of how an exploration company can work together with the local community, with mutual communication, respect and understanding, to build sustainable projects
Outstanding growth potential
With compelling drill-targets already defined we aim to leverage our extensive experience with this deposit style: quickly and economically building a portfolio of desirable high-grade gold-copper-molybdenum resources that may be further developed by either ourselves or by mid-tier or major mining companies.
DR ROHAN WOLFE, CEO
Dr. Wolfe is a graduate of CODES, University of Tasmania, where he gained a PhD in Economic Geology specializing in copper-gold porphyry and breccia systems. Rohan has over 22 years of experience in exploration and development of copper, gold and molybdenum systems throughout Asia, Australia, the Middle East and South America. Rohan lead the discovery and development of the high-grade Kharmagtai porphyry and tourmaline copper-gold breccias for Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia, as Exploration Manager for Ivanhoe Mines Australia he was part of the award-winning discovery team for the Merlin molybdenum-rhenium ore body and as Vice President Exploration he was a founding member of South-American focused explorer HPX. Dr. Wolfe brings extensive experience in the discovery and development of copper-gold systems and building exceptional exploration teams.
BRYAN SLUSARCHUK, PRESIDENT
Mr. Slusarchuk co-founded gold producer K92 Mining Inc., a company he was President and Director of from inception through to cash flow positive commercial mining production. K92 shareholder performance was recently recognized via being named to the 2020 TSX Venture 50 and to the 2020 OTCQX Best 50 (K92 was also a 2019 TSX Venture 50 and 2019 OTCQX Best 50 company). Mr. Slusarchuk is also a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fosterville South Exploration Ltd. Mr. Slusarchuk has over 20 years international experience in structuring, funding and operating companies involved in mineral exploration, development and production. In addition to experience operationally and in the conducting of equity raises, Mr. Slusarchuk has structured complex debt financing transactions in the United States, Canada and Europe with multiple top tier banks. Mr. Slusarchuk is a past TEDx speaker on the topic of capital markets and is a member of multiple mining industry advocacy associations in emerging markets, through which he has regularly advised various governments on the formation of mining policy.
FRANCISCO ‘CHICO’ AZEVEDO, V.P. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Azevedo is a graduate in geology by the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and has 36 years of experience, specializing in the discovery and development of mineral deposits. He started his career initially in Brazil, with Unamgen, a company of GENCOR Group, of South Africa, from 1983 to 1996. He also held the position of Exploration Manager for IAMGOLD Corp, based in Mendoza, Argentina, until 2006. He was in charge of the exploration programs for Gold Fields Limited in South America, from 2006 to 2017, when two important discoveries were made and developed: Chucapaca (now San Gabriel), in Perú, and Salares Norte, in Chile. Mr. Azevedo brings his extensive experience in all processes required for the discovery and development of mineral deposits across South America.
MARK EATON, INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
Mr. Eaton is a graduate of Hull University, England and is an experienced investment professional with over 20 years of experience in equity capital markets, specializing in the resource sector. He formerly held the positions of Managing Director of Global Mining Sales, a division of CIBC World Markets of Toronto Canada, and Manager of U.S. Equity Sales for CIBC World Markets. He was a partner and director of Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon Ltd., a Toronto-based investment dealer, until March 2008. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Belo Sun Mining Corp. Mr. Eaton brings extensive experience pertaining to compensation matters through his high-level experience both with large investment companies and with publicly listed resource companies.
ALEX SANTOS, EXPLORATION MANAGER
Mr Santos is a graduate of Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa, Perú, with a Masters in Resource Estimation from Universidad de Antofagasta and a MBA in Mining Industry from Universidad de Chile (Chile). He has over 16 years experience, specializing in the evaluation and development of porphyry, epithermal, skarn and MVT systems throughout South America. As Exploration Superintendent for MMG he was a key member of the brownfields and near-mine exploration group during the delineation and resources discoveries of the Las Bambas mine district (Peru) and as Senior Geologist for Goldfields he was a key member of the discovery team for Salares Norte (Chile) and San Gabriel (Peru).
JONATHAN RICHARDS, CFO
Mr. Richards brings over a decade of resource-focused accounting and finance experience to his role as CFO. He has accumulated extensive experience working with TSX and Venture-listed companies, as well as numerous private companies all over the world, particularly with developers and producers in South America. His professional experience has included work on IPO listings on the TSX and TSXV; experience in various debt and equity financing; implementation of ERP systems to manage mining operations; implementation of domestic and international tax planning strategies; and implementation of corporate governance and internal control policies.
Mr. Richards holds a bachelor’s degree in management studies with first-class honours from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, he started his career with KPMG, and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Richards is also the CFO of other TSXV listed companies.
DOUG KIRWIN, TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Doug Kirwin is an Australian geologist with 48 years of international exploration experience. He commenced his career in Papua New Guinea with Anglo American in 1970 and later worked for AMAX in southern Asia, Mexico and the Pacific. From 1985 to 1995 Doug formed an independent consulting company working mostly in southeast Asia.
He was Executive Vice President for Ivanhoe Mines from 1996 to 2012 and a founding director of Ivanhoe Mines Australia. As a member of the joint discovery team for the giant Hugo Dummett copper-gold deposit in Mongolia, Mr Kirwin was a co-recipient of the PDAC Thayer Lindsley medal awarded for the most significant discovery in 2004. Some of Mr Kirwin’s exploration teams’s discoveries and significant mineral resource expansions include a VMS base metal mine in Jalisco, Mexico, three epithermal silver-gold mines in South Korea, the Seruyung gold mine in Kalimantan, the Monywa copper and Moditaung gold mines in Myanmar and the Swan and Merlin deposits in Cloncurry, Australia.
Doug has an MSC in mineral exploration from James Cook University where he is currently an adjunct professor of geology. He is the current president of the Society of Economic Geologists and is passionate about student training and development.
JOHN LEWINS, TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Mr. Lewins is a Mineral Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry having worked in Africa, Australia, Asia, North America and the former Soviet Union. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of K92 Mining Inc having served as Chief Operating Officer from May 2016 to August 2017. He has been responsible for managing the development and operations of numerous gold mining projects in Australia (Tom’s Gully, Tick Hill & Nolan’s), South Africa (Harmony Central) and Armenia (Ararat/Zod) as well as Lead – Zinc in Australia (McArthur River), Copper in Mongolia (Erdmin) and Platinum in South Africa (Smokey Hills).
Mr. Lewins has operated extensively at the corporate level in various roles from Executive General Manager to Director and Chief Executive Officer with a number of mining companies, including K92 Mining Inc, MIM Holdings, First Dynasty Mines, Platinum Australia and African Thunder Platinum.