Our group includes senior and junior geologists, mining engineers, metallurgists, and geotechnical engineers with extensive experience and reputation in the mining industry related to recovery of precious metals, base metals, industrial metals, and rare earth metals.
The key members of the Mineit’s Team include:
Shervin Teymouri, M.Eng., P. Eng.
CEO & Principal Mining Engineer
An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Teymouri has experience as a consultant, lead design mining engineer, and also an operations specialist as a mining engineer for base, precious, and industrial metals projects. His combined financial and mining engineering experience has strengthened his credibility to interpret, evaluate, and comment on the feasibility of mining projects, whether underground or open pit. His leadership role with the entire Alexco Resources’ (TSX-AXR) Keno Hill project in the Yukon Territories focused on heading the team responsible for environmental, engineering, reclamation, tailings management, and mine development. Mr. Teymouri contributed crucial insight and experience to the environmental assessment and permitting process of this project, from the PEA in 2008, to execution and start-up of the Keno Hill’s mine in 2011.
His involvement in mine finance and strategic mine planning has focused on the maximization of mine returns and aligning mine planning with project financial objectives. He has performed numerous mining project valuations globally. Mr. Teymouri is an Adjunct Professor of mining engineering and lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Applied Science, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining. Shervin is a board member of several private and public mining companies.
Greg Mosher, B.Sc., M.Sc, P.Geo
Greg has more than 40 years of geology experience with project locations across North America, South America, Asia, Greenland, North Africa, and Europe. He is an expert in mining operations evaluation and mineral properties, mineral resource estimations, design and management of geological exploration programs including mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveying and diamond drilling. Greg is also a NI 43-101 Qualified Person and has been author of numerous technical reports primarily for National Instrument 43-101 and JORC reporting codes.
André De Ruijter, M.Sc. (Met Eng), P.Eng.
Principal Metallurgical Engineer
André has over 30 years of both operational and consulting experience in research and development, process engineering and plant design, commissioning, and operations management in the gold industry, with experience with base metals and industrial minerals. André is also known for his expertise in laboratory test program design, pilot plant and plant-scale testing and evaluation of processes. His extensive knowledge of mineral processing includes comminution, flotation, gravity concentration, cyanidation, and cyanide detoxification and regeneration, hydrometallurgy, CIL/CIP, thickening and filtration, zinc ore roasting and electrowinning, and tin flotation.
In addition to earning his degrees in Metallurgical Engineering (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), André also obtained his B.Sc in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of 8 technical publications. Andre offers his expertise and skills in English and Afrikaans.
Byron Stewart, B.Sc.(Hons., M.Eng.), B.Sc.(Hons., Civil Engineering), P.Eng.
Principal Geotechnical & Rock Mechanics Engineer
Byron Stewart is a registered professional engineer in British Colombia, Associate Member of the Royal School of Mines and Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. With his over 40 years of international experience in mining engineering and a specialized knowledge of rock mechanics, Byron has project managed feasibility studies, detailed and feasibility level mine engineering designs and cost estimates, due diligence audits, rock mechanics studies and reviews, and mining technical reviews. He has experience in both underground and open pit mining. He has co-authored four papers with respect to underground mining and exploration.
With his combination of consulting and operations experience, Byron Stewart has successfully responded to projects of varying size and complexity located in many varied regions of the world. He applied his experience for designing new projects and assisting clients in restarting old mines, approving existing production and evaluating feasibility of new mining ventures. Byron offers his expertise and skills in English, Afrikaans, Portuguese (good command), and Spanish (working knowledge).
Ting Lu, P. Eng., M.Sc.
Principal Metallurgical Engineer & Project Management
Ting is a professional metallurgical engineer registered in British Columbia, Canada, with 20 years of experience in mineral processing and project management for recovery of gold, silver, base metals, coal and industrial minerals. Ting has been actively providing her metallurgical consulting services for test supervision, data statistical analysis, operation optimization, and processing design, including re-processing of historical gold mine tailings. She has been involved in projects at the stage of front-end mineral process design and preparation of NI 43-101 compliant technical reports, from scoping level through to pre-feasibility (PFS) and feasibility study (FS) stages, and also at the levels of detailed process design during basic engineering and detailed engineering. Ting offers her practical operation experience and project management skills gained through her work in various roles at the process plants locally and internationally.
Mike Waldegger, B.Sc, P.Geo.
Mike Waldegger has over 15 years of experience in mineral exploration and mining, including resource estimation, planning and supervision of large diameter reverse-circulation bulk sample drilling and diamond drilling programs, database management, and exploration till sampling. As a consultant, he has carried out assignments in a variety of commodity types and mineralization styles on projects located in North America, South America, and Africa. Prior to his work as a consultant, Mike worked for De Beers Canada, Western Mining Corporation, and the Ontario Geological Survey. He has experience working on gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, zinc, lead, diamond, iron, phosphate, and fluorite projects, in a wide range of geological environments and regions.
Ali Moradi, M.Eng., MBA
Ali offers 10+ years of experience as a mining engineering working on various mining projects. Specialized in tunnels development from grassroots stage through design and engineering to actual construction and commissioning, Ali steadily gained recognition for his diversified knowledge of mining engineering, including rock mechanics, geotechnical investigations, stability analysis of tunnels, slopes and waste dams, selection of mechanized excavation methods, design and planning of trenches and benches. He carried the roles ranging from a junior mining engineer to a tunnel construction manager with responsibilities which included project management duties for planning, scheduling, operation control and auditing of the operating policies related to Quality Plan, Site Specific Health & Safety Plan. In 2016, Ali also obtained his Master Degree in Business Administration from Wurzburg, Germany.
Ann McCall, B.Eng.
Ann is a motivated and passionate mining professional with over eight years of experience in a range of topics, including mine optimization, design, and planning, as well as blast design, block modelling, and teaching. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, Ann began her career at Maptek, a leading provider of innovative software, hardware, and services for the mining industry. She quickly became a strong member of the Technical Services team, where she built relationships with customers while developing a variety of knowledge across all mining methods and commodities. While she has specialized in open pit mine engineering, she is also familiar with underground design, stope optimization, and ring design. In 2017 Ann was selected to transfer from Maptek’s North American head office in Golden, Colorado, to Vancouver, BC, to assist in establishing a satellite office to expand the company presence in Canada. Her position in Canada included liaising between Maptek’s US and two Canadian offices to bring Maptek’s company culture and knowledge of business operations to a newly-hired sales team. During this time, she was also responsible for meeting with existing and prospective clients to understand problems and develop solutions through the practical application of Maptek software.
Hubert Movado, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Principal Structural Geologist
Hubert has more than 20 years of research, mineral exploration, and mining experience working on various base and precious metal deposits in different terranes, including greenstone belts. He combines different data sets (structural, geophysical, drill core, and geochemical data) using various 2D GIS and 3D modeling programs to study the geometry and kinematics of rock masses at different scales and controls on fluid flow through time for exploration targeting and engineering design.
Hubert is a NI43-101 QP and specializes in geological and structural mapping, exploration targeting, geological modeling and resource modeling.
Alborz Hajiannia, Ph.D
Senior Geotechnical Specialist
Alborz has 15 years of experience in geotechnical engineering with wide-ranging expertise in geotechnical site investigation, ground improvement, support of excavation, slope stability, rock mechanics, laboratory testing of soil, and design of embankment dam, tunnel, soil reinforcement, retaining wall, and deep and shallow foundations.
He has experience in leading large engineering divisions and multidisciplinary teams. He has directed and trained junior geotechnical engineering staff. Alongside these experiences, he is skilled in a range of geotechnical software. Alborz has published numerous papers in Geotechnical Engineering. A brief list of his work can be found on Google Scholar Geotechnical Engineering.
Ardy Sharifabadi, Ph.D, P.E., P.Eng, PMP
Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Ardy has 15 years of knowledge and expertise in mine geotechnical and tailings engineering, currently registered as a professional engineer in Canada (P.Eng – APEGA) and in the USA (P.E. – Colorado State) and certified with project management institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Extensive work in designing, monitoring and planning of tailing dams, site investigations, settlement analysis, tailing management, and dump design and monitoring. Mr. Sharifabadi is recognized for his experience and skills in numerical modeling, slope stability and seepage analysis. He has worked on oil sands and precious metals mining projects in both operations and consulting roles. Strategic planning and integration of mine planning, geotechnical site assessments, and tailing management and dam safety are his area of focus.
Elena Pakalnis, BSc., MASc.
Permitting and CSR Specialist
Elena is a mining and environmental specialist with an undergraduate degree in Applied Biology. Elena has experience working with marginalized mining communities. She has contributed research for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) Global Mercury Project while working on her master’s degree. Elena is specializing in environmental permitting and corporate social responsibility.
Justin Lewis, M.E.S., RPBio.
Justin Lewis is a registered professional biologist in British Columbia, with a combined four years of environmental field-work and consulting experience in the mining industry. Justin has experience collecting, and overseeing the collection of, environmental baseline data to support federal and provincial level applications. Justin has provided environmental consulting and technical report writing services for mineral exploration and mining projects throughout British Columbia. In 2016, Justin obtained his Master Degree in Environment and Sustainability, to offer support for the integration of environmentally responsible mining practices and principles.