Mr. Hills is a seasoned mining executive with over 35 years of international mine evaluation, development and operating experience. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Hills was the CEO and Director of Kobex Minerals Inc., a Canadian exploration phase mining company, and its predecessor company, International Barytex Resources Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Hills spent 26 years with the Placer Dome Group of Companies in a number of senior positions including Vice President Evaluations, and various positions at Placer Dome’s Papua New Guinea operations during construction, commissioning and start-up. Mr. Hills has participated in developing the CIM Best Practice guidelines for Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimation and was a corporate member of the SME Resources and Reserve Committee. Mr. Hills was also a member of the Canadian Security Administrators, Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee which advised the CSA on mining-related regulatory issues. Mr. Hills is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering. Mr. Hills is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.