Management & Leadership

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.

John Kiernan


John Kiernan is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years of mine operating, engineering, consulting, corporate and financial experience, including a cumulative four years as an underground miner and operating foreman. He was most recently VP Project Development for Magellan Minerals (acquired by Anfield Gold Corp), and is also a director of Kapuskasing Gold Ltd. Previously he was Manager Project Evaluation for QuadraFNX/ KGHM International, Mining Analyst for PI Financial Corp and VP Mining/Mine Manager for Roca Mines Inc. In the period from 1987 to 2006, Mr. Kiernan held various senior engineering positions with Strathcona Mineral Services, Inco Ltd., Wardrop and AMEC. Mr. Kiernan has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, and an MBA from Laurentian, and is Ascot Resources’ qualified person.

Carol Li


Carol Li is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of financial and executive management experience. Prior to joining Ascot Resources Limited in November 2017, Ms. Li spent eight years at Quadra Mining Ltd./Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. as Corporate Controller and then five years at its successor KGHM International Ltd. as Vice President, Finance. She was a key member in the leadership team that transitioned the company from one mine junior producer to a multi-national company with six operating mines and three development projects. Before joining Quadra Mining, Ms. Li held various senior financial roles at Cartier Partners Securities and FPC Investment Inc. Ms. Li is a board member of DLP Resources Inc. (TSXV: DLP) a mineral exploration company operating in Southeastern British Columbia, exploring for Base Metals and Cobalt.

Lars Beggerow

VP Exploration

Lars Beggerow has over 20 years experience in minerals exploration and development. Mr. Beggerow started his career in BHP's exploration group working on a large number of base metal and precious metal projects in Europe, North- and South America, Asia and Australia in successively more senior roles. In 2005 Mr. Beggerow joined Far West Mining and guided the technical team during the development of the Santo Domingo IOCG deposit in Chile from discovery to pre-feasibility and eventual successful sale of the company to Capstone Mining in 2011. After a short stint with Capstone, Mr. Beggerow provided consulting services to the mining and financial industry until joining Ascot Resources in October 2017. Mr. Beggerow holds a diploma in geology and paleontology from the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.

Matthew Kebe

VP, Project Development

Matthew Kebe has over 18 years of exploration, operations and project development experience. Mr. Kebe has held roles in base metal and precious metal mining while working in North and South America, Africa and Asia. Mr. Kebe has achieved progressively senior positions throughout his career with AMEC, Barrick Gold, Cliffs Natural Resources, KGHM International and established the consulting firm CJK Consulting to assist organizations with mineral project development, disciplined capital investment systems, project controls and portfolio management. Previously he held the roles of Head of Project Evaluation and Delivery with KGHM International where he oversaw the delivery of three successful feasibility studies and subsequent detailed audits as well as Principal Study Manager with the Mining Consulting group for Ausenco Engineering. Mr. Kebe attended Queen's University graduating with a Material and Metallurgical Engineering degree and is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario.

Bryant Schwengler

Vice President, Operations and General Manager

Bryant holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree and with over 25 years of mining industry has direct experience in mine development, construction, and operation phases, where responsibilities have included contract management, team building, employee development for both open pit and underground mines. Starting his career with Mount Isa Mines, he grew within the company to hold several senior positions with Xstrata and Glencore including, General Manager roles for both surface and underground operations. He then led the team at the Cariboo mine as the General Manager for Trevali which was able to achieve commercial production prior to being appointed as the COO for Trevali to integrate and optimise the expanded portfolio of four mines globally. Most recently, Bryant has been part of Newcrest Mining at the Red Chris Joint Venture as Operations Manager and Operations Lead for the Pretium Brucejack Mine acquisition integration.

David Stewart

VP Corporate Development & Shareholder Communications

David Stewart, P.Eng. has over a decade of mining sector experience spanning both domestic and overseas mine development, operations and engineering, and including five years of sell-side precious metals equity research. He was most recently VP & Analyst, Mining and Metals at Desjardins Securities, and including prior tenure at GMP Securities he has cumulatively covered 23 companies ranging from small-cap explorers to large-cap gold producers. David's mining career began with Redpath Mining developing underground mine projects around the world, after which he worked at Barrick Gold's Hemlo operation where he was responsible for mine design, project execution, and expansion scoping study development. David is a licenced Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering from Queen's University.

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