Mr. Comba was first appointed to the board of directors of the Company in March 2006. He has over four decades of experience as an exploration advocate and senior mining executive. As Chief Exploration Geologist of Falconbridge Limited in Sudbury, Ontario, he led the team that discovered the high-grade footwall deposit that allowed the Thayer Lindsley mine to go into production. Prior to its takeover by Kinross Gold Corporation, Mr. Comba was Vice-President, Exploration of Falconbridge Gold Corporation. Following the takeover, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Pentland Firth Venture Ltd., a Kinross-controlled junior gold exploration company listed on the TSX. Pentland’s work added the first couple of million ounce resource to the Hammond Reef property Atikokan, ON. Mr. Comba was Director of Issues Management with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from 1998 to 2005, during which time he led the successful lobby effort for the re-introduction of enhanced or “super” flow-through shares. Mr. Comba has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.