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
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 African Gold Group Inc. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.