Management

Joanne C. Freeze, P.Geo.

CEO and President

Joanne (Joey) C. Freeze is CEO and co-founder of Candente Copper Corp. Since entering the mineral exploration business in 1979, Ms. Freeze has managed exploration programs and evaluated projects for both junior and major international mining companies such as Queenstake Resources Ltd., Arequipa Resources Ltd., Mountain Province Mining Inc., Placer Dome Inc., Dia Met Minerals Corp., Hughes/ Lang Group and Utah Mines Ltd. (BHP). 

Ms. Freeze lived and worked in Peru from 1994 to 1997 where she carried out both project generation work and property evaluations for Canadian and Peruvian companies. As a result of her experience in Peru, a partnership was formed with Peruvian geologist Ing. Fredy Huanqui (co-discoverer of the Pierina gold mine) and a new mineral exploration company was born. Candente Resource Corp. was established in 1997, which operated privately until going public on May 15, 2000. Since then Candente Resource Corp. has spun-out various assets to form two other companies, Candente Gold Corp. and Cobriza Metals Inc.. All three companies are listed on the TSX and the Candente companies are co-listed on the Lima stock exchange. Ms. Freeze is CEO of all three companies and President of Candente Gold Corp.

Ms. Freeze obtained a B.A. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 and a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1981. She is a Fellow Member of the Geological Association of Canada and is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Canada. 

In 2011, Ms. Freeze was appointed as a Member of the Board of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University - http://www.mcgill.ca/isid/


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Giulio T. Bonifacio, CPA

Executive Chair

Mr. Bonifacio has over 30 years of experience in senior executive roles in the mining industry in both the base and precious metals sector. Mr. Bonifacio was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Nevada Copper from 2005 until his retirement in February 2018. Mr. Bonifacio led and directed every stage of advancement of the Pumpkin Hollow copper mine from exploration, development, permitting and construction.  Mr. Bonifacio is a Chartered Professional Accountant with considerable experience and knowledge of operations, capital markets and project finance while raising significant amounts of capital for projects of merit by way of project debt, offtake and equity.  During his 12 years at Nevada Copper Mr. Bonifacio successfully permitted both the underground and open pit operations at Pumpkin Hollow, which is the only permitted copper project of scale in the United States in the past 25 years. Additionally, Mr. Bonifacio led the initial construction phase, which included the completion of headframe, hoist and 1,900-foot-deep, 24-foot diameter concreted lined production sized shaft, all of which led to a shortened construction period at Pumpkin Hollow, now in production.

Mr. Bonifacio has held previous senior executive roles with Getty Resources Limited, TOTAL Energold Corp., an energy and gold producer and Vengold Inc., gold producer prior to founding Nevada Copper in 2005. Mr. Bonifacio was formerly President, Chief Executive Officer and Non-Executive Chair of Faraday Copper Corp. from May 2018 until April 2022.

Mr. Bonifacio is the Executive Chair of the Company and currently Chair of Nevgold Corp.


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Dale Found, CPA CA, FCA (UK)

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Found has more than 30 years of international accounting & finance experience, of which, the last 13 have been spent in progressively more senior roles within the mining industry. He has significant experience both in mine site operational finance and Corporately having been part of the senior leadership team at Nevada Copper Corp. that positioned the mine for the final construction phase. Additionally, he was a key member of the management team that took New Gold Inc’s New Afton Mine through the construction phase and into commercial production delivering the mine on time and on budget, immediately prior to that he was responsible for all financial matters for New Gold Inc. in Mexico. He has also held the role of Corporate Controller for a junior gold producer.

Mr. Found is a Chartered Professional Account, CA and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and has a wealth of experience in financial reporting, operational planning, treasury management and ERP/systems implementations.


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Sheri Rempel

Controller

Sheri has over 30 years of accounting experience working with companies in real estate development, restaurant management, mining, general financial services, and software development. Sheri founded and leads ARO Consulting, a 30-person firm, that specializes in providing accounting services to public companies listed across all three Canadian stock exchanges.


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