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 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.

Ewan Downie President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Downie has been President & CEO of Premier since its inception in 2006. He has been working in the mineral exploration and mining industry for more than 25 years and was the founder of Premier’s predecessor, Wolfden Resources Inc. Awards include the 2003 recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association Of Canada’s Bill Dennis Prospector Of The Year and several Exploration and Development acknowledgements from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association. He has participated in several gold and base metal discoveries and currently serves on the board of directors (Chairman) 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.

Brent Kristof Senior VP 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.

Kerri Chaboyer-Jean VP Finance

Kerri Chaboyer-Jean is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional in public practice, manufacturing and mining operations and as a business systems consultant.She has experience in the areas of financial and operational reporting, International Financial Reporting Standards, business process reengineering, ERP system implementations and internal controls.She began with Premier in 2012 as the Corporate Controller having previously held the position of Director of Financial Reporting at San Gold Corporation in Canada.Prior to that, Kerri spent several years in finance roles in the pulp and paper industry and as a senior financial consultant involved in full scale ERP system implementations for small mining and manufacturing companies in Canada and the United States.She received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and practiced as a senior manager with KPMG before moving into industry.

MATTHEW GOLLAT VP Business Development

Matthew Gollat has worked in various capacities with increasing responsibility at Premier since 2008 and currently works on various business development related activities for the Company.

Matt has worked on several initiatives within Premier including its financing’s, the creation development and spin-out of Premier Royalty Corporation, as well as key transactions by the Company including the Trans-Canada Property joint venture, the South Arturo acquisition and Mercedes Mine acquisition and transitions.

Mr. Gollat holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and completed the Certificate in Mining Studies Program through the University of British Columbia.

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.