Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Melnik has over 15 years’ of experience within natural resources, cleantech, investment banking, and consulting. His recent experience in strategy, corporate development, operations, and investor relations with Vedanta Resources and Pembridge Resources and finance and technology development with London Business School, Innovate UK, and Y Combinator-backed CarbonChain will be invaluable in scaling Zacapa Resources into a significant mineral exploration company. Adam was previously a research analyst with Canaccord Genuity in Toronto and London focused on precious and base metals producers and developers. Adam holds a BASc in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in Finance from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Peterson has over 13 years’ experience within the mining, renewable energy, infrastructure, and professional services industries. Most recently, she served as Vice-President of Corporate Reporting & Global Accounting at SkyPower Global, a large-scale, international, renewable energy developer, and provider. Prior to joining SkyPower Global, Ms. Peterson spent 3 years at Barrick Gold Corporation as Chief of Staff Capital Projects and Chief of Staff of the Frontera District within their technical services, project development, and life of mine planning group. In these roles, she helped advance large-scale projects, liaised with stakeholders and joint venture partners, and performed value assurance reviews on the companies’ operating and expansion assets. Prior to joining Barrick, Ms. Peterson spent 5 years working at KGHM leading their international Corporate Reporting group. Ms. Peterson started her career in finance and accounting at KPMG. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.
VICE PRESIDENT – EXPLORATION
Dr. MacIntyre is an economic geologist with over 15 years of experience researching and exploring for copper deposits. He spent five years with Ivanhoe Mines exploration teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including at the world class Kamoa deposit, ultimately as Regional Exploration Manager. More recently Tim completed his PhD with First Quantum Minerals at the Kansanshi Cu-Au deposit, Africa’s largest copper mine, and was Senior Consulting Geologist for Rio Tinto Exploration in Zambia. Tim holds BSc. degrees in Chemistry and Geology from Northern Arizona University, a MSc. in Geological Engineering and Ph.D. in Geology from Colorado School of Mines.
Melissa Martensen is an experienced administrator with over 12 years as a corporate secretary, primarily in junior mining companies. Prior to transitioning to junior mining, she worked in private banking at RBC. Ms. Martensen graduated with a degree in finance from UNBC in Prince George. She is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada.
PGEO – Exploration Manager
Professional exploration geologist focused on gold and base metal deposits. Alex has been actively involved in and led the design, implementation and management of exploration programs in various geological environments. His previous exploration work includes McEwen Mining’s expansion of the Grey Fox and Froome deposits, Wesdome Gold Mines Moss Lake Project and most recently AUX Resources’ various Golden Triangle projects.
Investor Relations & Marketing Manager
Ms. Konstantynivska is an advanced expert in Digital Marketing. She has vast experience in building and executing digital programs for both B2B and B2C businesses. Prior to transitioning to the mining industry, she built and managed Social Media Program for four US and Canadian contact lens retailer companies. Most recently, she managed an international Trade Show Program and led a digital strategy at Motion Metrics, a Vancouver-based mining technology company. Ms. Konstantynivska has written for the Ubyssey and co-authored several research papers. She speaks six languages and holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Slater is an entrepreneur who has founded numerous companies and been involved in the mining industry for over twenty-five years. Previously, Mr. Slater was the Managing Partner of both Ernst & Young’s Canadian and Arthur Andersen’s Central Asian Mining Practices. Mr. Slater is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Boissonneault was formerly Head of Global Nickel Assets for Glencore where he oversaw the operations and major capital projects of the nickel business. With over 30 years experience in the mining and metals industry, operations under his responsibility were recognized for industry leading safety performance (multiple John T.Ryan Awards in Canada) and have performed to the highest standards environmentally. Along with fostering productive relationships with top government officials in multiple jurisdictions, he ensured the cultivation of constructive relations with associated aboriginal communities internationally. Mr. Boissonneault led the development of key business opportunities in the form of new geological discoveries, early-stage capital project developments and collaborative mine agreements between mining companies.
Mr. Hynes is a geological engineer, having worked as head of exploration for Lafarge Northwest Division and serves as board member for various companies in the mining sector. With over 15 years in the mining and metals sector, his experience includes preliminary resource identification, resource evaluation and testing, reserve calculations, and financial analysis. Mr. Hynes is a founder of Reperio Resources and Executive Chairman of Kore Mining. Mr. Hynes holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (1999) specializing in geological and geotechnical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Mr. Sujir is a securities and natural resources lawyer who has twenty-three years of experience in advising and assisting public companies. He is a senior partner with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. Mr. Sujir is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, and the British Columbia Advisory Committee of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Msc Pgeo –Technical Advisor
Economic Geologist specializing in Precious and Base Metals with over 19 years of experience from Continental scale project generation to in-mine resource expansion in a wide variety of geological settings in the Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe and the Near East. His expertise includes project evaluation, target and opportunity identification, exploration strategy, district entry strategy, business development, strategic evaluation of geologic terranes and execution of target testing. Mr. MacNeil is the Founder of Vector Geological Solutions.
Dr. Alan J. Wainwright
Phd Pgeo –Technical Advisor
Dr. Wainwright is an economic geologist with 20+ years of mineral exploration and research experience in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, focused on base metals and gold. Alan completed his PhD with Ivanhoe Mines at Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia) and was a co-recipient of the H.H. Spud Huestis award for his role in the Coffee gold discovery (5 Moz Au; Yukon). Alan was the program leader for the industry sponsored Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project at MDRU (UBC) where the research team built new geologic and mineral exploration frameworks for the Balkans, Turkey and Caucasus. Dr. Wainwright is a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo; EGBC) and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.