Our Team
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Our Team

Premier is proud of its team and their past accomplishments. We have created “THE EXPERIENCE MAP” to highlight visually the geographic diversity of aggregate experience each member of the team brings to Premier across a range of disciplines including:

• Exploration & Discovery
• Development
• Operations
• Finance
• Marketing
• Evaluation/Regulatory

JOHN BEGEMAN Executive Chairman
Mr. Begeman is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 35 years of mining experience. He Is currently the Executive Chairman of the Board of Premier Gold Mines Limited and sits on the boards of directors of Yamana Gold Inc. and Aberdeen International. He has served on the board of Premier Gold Mines Limited since the company’s inception in 2006 and became its Chairman in 2015. He has previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avion Gold Corporation from 2008 to 2012, as the President and Chief Executive Officer and director of Valencia Ventures Ltd. from 2008 to 2010, as the Chief Operating Officer of Zinifex Canada Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and as Vice President, Western Operations of Goldcorp from 2000 to 2006. In his capacity for Goldcorp, he was responsible for its surface gold operations in South Dakota and the Industrial Minerals Division in Saskatchewan. Previous to his employment at Goldcorp, Mr. Begeman held various engineering and management positions with Morrison Knudsen Company in the contract mining operations group throughout the Western United States. Mr. Begeman holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, a M.S. in Engineering Management and a Masters of Business Administration degree.
Ewan Downie President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Downie has over 25 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry and is the Founder of Premier’s predecessor, Wolfden Resources Inc. He is the 2003 recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association Of Canada’s Bill Dennis Prospector Of The Year award and recipient of several Exploration and Development awards from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association. He has participated in several gold and base metal discoveries including the Bonanza deposit in Red Lake and the West Zone at High Lake. Ewan is also currently a director of Wolfden Resources Corp.
Steve Filipovic Chief Financial Officer

Steve Filipovic is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 18 years’ experience in financial management and reporting, M&A, and international risk management, taxation and structuring. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2012, prior to which he held senior finance and director roles with several listed mining companies including Zinifex and Premier’s predecessor Wolfden Resources Inc. Steve received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and practiced as an Audit Manager with Ernst & Young LLP in their Oil and Gas group prior to entering the mining sector.

Stephen McGibbon Executive VP - Corporate & Project Development

Stephen McGibbon is a Professional Geologist with extensive exploration, mine production and senior management experience.He graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences.From 1994 until 2006, Stephen served as both Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager for Goldcorp Inc., at its flagship Red Lake Mine operation.

Stephen was a senior member of the team that discovered the “High Grade Zone”, one of the most important gold discoveries of the last 20 years.In his capacity as Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager, Stephen lead a talented team of geologists that helped transform the marginal, high-cost operation into an unparalleled and historic mining success.

Stephen has established a very successful track record at Premier Gold Mines Limited since 2006 that includes revitalizing the historic Geraldton mining camp with a new discovery that today exceeds 7 million ounces of gold. Premier has enjoyed a nearly ten-fold increase in its market capitalization as a result.


Charlie Ronkos Executive VP - Project Development, Americas
Charlie brings to Premier, 38 years of exploration-oriented experience in the mining industry, primarily in gold deposits in the United States, Canada and Latin America through all stages of exploration and development. For more than 25 years, he held various geological and executive positions with Goldcorp Inc. and predecessor companies Rayrock Resources Inc. and Glamis Gold Ltd., most recently as Senior Vice President, Exploration at Goldcorp. In this role Mr. Ronkos was responsible for global exploration activities, mainly in the western hemisphere, and is associated with the discovery of more than 40 million ounces of gold and 1.2 billion ounces of silver. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Wittenberg University and graduated from the University of Nevada with a Master of Science degree in 1981. Prior to Goldcorp, Charlie worked on and evaluated projects around the world including assignments with Rio Algom, Battle Mountain Gold, Pegasus, Hecla and Cordex Exploration Co.
Brent Kristof Vice-President Operations

Brent brings to Premier thirty-five years of progressive leadership and management of underground and surface mining operations that include an accomplished record in engineering, maintenance, geology, processing, projects and business improvement that will prove valuable for company stakeholders. Most recently, Brent served as Chief Operating Officer at Klondex Mines Ltd. Prior to his role at Klondex, Brent’s broad Nevada operational experience included eight years as General Manager at several Barrick mines (including the Turquoise Ridge Mine) and seven years leading operations teams at Newmont’s Midas and Deep Post mines in Carlin, Nevada.

Brent’s primary responsibility will include overseeing the Company’s Mercedes and South Arturo mines as well as participating in the development plans for Premier’s advanced projects including McCoy-Cove and Hardrock.

Matt Gollat Manager, Corporate Development & Investor Relations

Matthew Gollat, HBComm., has worked in various capacities with Premier Gold Mines Limited since 2008 and currently manages Corporate Development initiatives and oversees Investor Relations and marketing activities of the Company. Matt has worked on several initiatives within Premier including its financings, the creation and spinout of Premier Royalty Corporation, and key transactions by the Company including the Orion Partnership agreement, the Trans-Canada Property joint venture and the South Arturo and Mercedes mine acquisitions.

Chad Peters Exploration Manager, Nevada
Chad Peters is a registered Professional Geologist with almost 10 years of production and exploration experience for multiple mining companies in both Canada and the United States. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba and began working with Premier Gold Mines in 2007 on the Rahill-Bonanza project in Red Lake, now a JV with Goldcorp. Chad has held various exploration geologist and project management positions throughout the company portfolio and is currently Exploration Manager for Nevada. In this role he oversees the McCoy-Cove Project, contributes to ongoing obligations related to our South Arturo Joint Venture and supports efforts to expand our presence in Nevada and outlying areas.
Ken Williamson Manager, Technical Services
Kenneth Williamson, P.Geo, Msc is a professional geologist with 12 years’ experience working in the gold industry. He began his career as a Special Projects Geologist at the Red Lake Mine for Goldcorp Inc , moving on to Rubicon Minerals Corporation, where he occupied a Project Geologist, Database Manager and 3D Modeler positions. From 2007 to 2010, Kenneth returned to the newly formed Red Lake Gold Mines to manage the 3D geological modeling of the combined mining operation. In 2011, Kenneth became a Consulting Geologist with InnovExplo. Late in 2013, Kenneth joined Premier as a Senior Geologist – Technical Support, providing geological, modeling and resource estimate expertise to the different projects’ teams. Since early 2016, Kenneth has fulfilled the role of Manager, Technical Services ensuring that high quality standards are maintained throughout all of Premier’s active projects, as well as supporting Premier’s Corporate Development team.
Senior Technical Advisors
Peter Mah
Peter Mah is a mining professional and executive with over 25 years of broad based international experience in project development and operations. Peter has had previous experience working with some of Premier’s Management Team having held engineering, operations and projects positions with Goldcorp and Placer Dome in the Red Lake and the Musslewhite gold mines. Peter also played a key role in the development of the Victor diamond mine in Northwestern Ontario, and subsequently held the position of Mine General Manager. Prior to this Peter was the Mine Manager at Newcrest’s Kencana project in Indonesia where he built and operated the underground mine. Most recently he held the position of COO and President of Avanti Kitsault Mining Ltd., Alloycorp Inc where he was responsible for developing strategy, scope and budget to deliver the $1B Avanti Kitsault mine. Prior to this Mr. Mah held positions as COO and EVP of Luna Gold Corp. (2011-2014) and Group Executive, Newmont Mining Ltd (2010-2011) where he was responsible for scoping to feasibility stage development of 20 to 40 million ounces of near mine gold projects in Peru, Ghana, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
Greenstone Gold Mines

Greenstone Gold Mines is the newly-formed company owned 50% by Premier Gold Mines Ltd and 50% by Centerra Gold Inc. that is overseeing and advancing the Trans-Canada Property. The Greenstone team is made up of a strong group of accomplished mining professionals whose range of experience includes exploration, development, construction, operations, permitting and community relations. For more information on Greenstone Gold Mines please click here.

THE EXPERIENCE MAP