Board of Directors

Rick Zimmer


Rick Zimmer is the Chairman of Ascot and a corporate director and is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Far West Mining Ltd., which was acquired by Capstone in 2011. Prior to Far West, Mr. Zimmer worked for Teck Corporation, Teck-Cominco and Teck-Pogo Inc. from 1992 to 2007. He served in various engineering and operating roles, including from 1998 to 2007, as Vice President and Project Manager for Teck-Pogo on the design and construction of the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, Alaska. Before joining Teck, Mr. Zimmer was employed with Bow Valley Industries as Senior Staff Engineer responsible for evaluation of new mining ventures and the operation of its coal mining division. Mr. Zimmer has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry and has a B.Sc. degree, B.Eng., MBA and is a P.Eng. in the Province of British Columbia.  Mr. Zimmer is also a director of Alexco Resources Corp. and DLP Resources, Inc.

Derek White

President & CEO, and Director

Derek White has over 30 years of experience in the mining and metals industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is also a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Ascot Resources Ltd. Mr. White, was the Principal of Traxys Capital Partners LLP, a private equity firm specializing in the mining and minerals sectors. Mr. White was President and CEO of KGHM International Ltd. from 2012 to 2015, and also held the positions of Executive Vice President, Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. from 2004 to 2012. Mr. White has held executive positions with International Vision Direct Ltd., BHP-Billiton Plc, Billiton International Metals BV and Impala Platinum Ltd., in Vancouver, Toronto, London, The Hague, and Johannesburg. Mr. White is also a CGIC Accredited Director, and was appointed a Director of Boliden AB in April 2024.

Bill Bennett


Mr. Bennett has a BA from the University of Guelph and a law degree from Queen’s University. He was elected for the first time in 2001. Mr. Bennett is known across Canada for his knowledge of the mining industry in BC. He led the BC government’s efforts over many years to restore BC’s competitiveness for exploration investment, including having improved the BC Ministry of Energy & Mines permitting process and helping to launch BC’s First Nations mine revenue sharing program. There are few people in Canada who have such a strong combined knowledge of government processes, of the mining industry and of First Nations. Mr. Bennett also sits on the Board of Directors of Kutcho Copper Corp. and Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.

Andree St-Germain


Ms. St-Germain is the Chief Financial Officer of Integra Resources Corp. (TSX-V:ITR). She is an experienced mining finance executive with an extensive background in banking, mining finance and financial management. She began her career in investment banking for Dundee Capital Markets Inc. As an investment banker, Ms. St-Germain worked exclusively with mining companies on M&A advisory and financing. In 2013, Ms. St-Germain joined Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:GQM) as CFO. During her tenure at Golden Queen, she played an instrumental role in securing project finance and overseeing Golden Queen as it transitioned from development and construction to commercial production. She joined Integra Gold (TSX-V:ICG) as CFO in early 2017 and helped oversee the sale to Eldorado Gold Corporation in July 2017 for C$590 million. Ms. St-Germain is a director of Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK). Andree received her Institute of Corporate Directors, Director (ICD.D) designation from the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program in 2021.

Indi Gopinathan


Indi Gopinathan is currently Vice President of Capital Markets and Business Development at Prime Mining Corp. (TSX.V:PRYM), where she is responsible for leading Investor Relations functions and supporting corporate and business development opportunity assessments, and was previously Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at IAMGOLD. Ms. Gopinathan started her career with the Falconbridge/Noranda group, before moving on to equity research, senior corporate roles, independent consulting and teaching. She has a range of experience across the mining industry life cycle: through the exploration, project development and operating stages, and from the perspectives of engineering, logistics, information technology, finance and capital markets. Ms. Gopinathan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Queen’s University. She is a designated P.Eng. and CPA, CMA (both Ontario).

José Néstor Marún


José Néstor Marún is a Mining Engineer with more than 38 years of experience in copper and gold mining operations. He has been a Director of Compañía Minera Poderosa S.A. since 2017. He graduated from the National University of San Juan, Argentina and has completed a specialization in international business at the London Business School Global Business Consortium. He was General Manager of Xstrata Tintaya, Executive Vice President of South American Operations of Xstrata Copper, for Peru, Chile and Argentina, being in charge of the operations of Tintaya, Antapaccay, and Las Bambas in Peru, Minera Alumbrera in Argentina, and Lomas Bayas in Chile. He was also a member of Antamina's partner advisory committee. He was Executive General Manager of Operations for Argentina and Chile at Glencore and was General Manager and Executive President of Komatsu Mitsui Maquinarias de Perú SA. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of this same company, as well as Director of San Ignacio de Morococha SA, a zinc producer in Peru, and a Director of Saxum Engineering in Argentina.

Stephen Altmann


Stephen Altmann is currently a Managing Director at Morrison Park Advisors, an investment banking advisory firm in Toronto, Canada where he provides strategic advice and financial analysis to mining companies globally in their evaluation and implementation of strategic transactions. He also provides strategic and financial advice to First Nation communities in their negotiations with mining companies. As an investment banker, he has been at major bank-owned Canadian investment banks and at a bulge-bracket international investment bank where he financed and advised on mergers, acquisitions, asset sales and purchases, fairness opinions and valuations, and other advisory services to a large selection of domestic and international public companies, primarily in the mining sector. Stephen holds a Masters of Business Administration and an Honours Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) degree. He has also been a senior executive and board member of publicly traded mining companies.

Jody Harris

Corporate Secretary

Jody Harris has over 20 years' experience as a Corporate Secretary in the mining industry. Prior to joining Ascot, Ms. Harris was the Corporate Secretary of MAG Silver Corp. and was involved in raising over $300 million in equity financings during her 11-year tenure. Ms. Harris is an Accredited Director (Acc.Dir) and a Chartered Secretary, both designations obtained from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

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