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.
Byron Stewart, B.Sc.(Hons., M.Eng.), B.Sc.(Hons., Civil Engineering), P.Eng.
Principal Geotechnical & Rock Mechanics Specialist
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).
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.
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.
Grazyna B. Chrobok, P.Eng.
Senior Mining & Rock Mechanics Engineer
Grazyna is Mineit’s senior mining and rock mechanics engineer, providing engineering services in the areas of mine design and project permitting. She has over 20 years of professional experience in mining engineering and rock mechanics. Grazyna has experience in conducting stability assessment and geotechnical investigation of rock slopes and underground excavations. She is an expert in developing empirical mine design methods and calculating underground support system design and mining methods selection. She has also been involved in assisting the clients during the project permitting process.
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.
Ardy Sharifabadi, Ph.D, P.E., P.Eng, PMP
Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Sharifabadi 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.
Khalid Zaka, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Khalid Zaka has extensive experience in engineering geology, including geotechnical investigations, developing soil and rock field and laboratory testing programs, and soil and rock mass characterization, analysis, interpretation, and data reporting. He has a comprehensive understanding of slope stability failure mechanisms, and extensive experience in identifying slope instability issues, performing design analyses, and overseeing field investigation programs. Khalid was a lead for the geology, geotechnical, and hydro-geological aspects of a feasibility-level study for an underground mine and shaft project in Saskatoon, and the foundation evaluation of a proposed tailings dam in British Columbia.
Jessica Daniel, P.Geo
Jessica is a geologist with broad experience in various deposit types: pegmatites, orogenic gold, porphyry, epithermal, VMS and the Sudbury basin. Experience has been both in the field and desktop based. She is proficient in various facets of exploration, including exploration program implementation and management, as well as property evaluations and business development.
Nikhil Agarwal, EIT
Nikhil is a mining engineering graduate from UBC with technical experience in the mining and energy sectors. He has had varied experiences in roles such as Assistant Project Engineer for Alfa Laval in Singapore, Mine De-watering Engineering Intern for Shell Albian Sands at their Muskeg River Mine in Alberta, Canada, and Maintenance Engineer for Alexco Resources. He has also worked on numerous engineering projects dealing with the development of long-term mine plans and designs of geotechnical and ventilation requirements. The variety of experience he holds allows him to approach problems with a unique perspective and deliver effective solutions.
Mario Sirotic, B.ASc, EIT
Mario is a mining engineering graduate from the University of British Columbia. He has worked on engineering projects for companies such as Braveheart Resources, Alexco, New Era Minerals, and Quinsam Coal. His experience has been in commodities such as gold, silver, lead, and coal in both exploration and production fields. He understands the interconnectivity of each aspect of mining and takes a holistic approach to the work he does. His passions are found in the areas of mine design, geotechnical engineering, and project valuation.
Yiqi Wang, MEng, B.ASc
Yiqi Wang is a Mining Engineering graduate from the University of British Columbia with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Applied Science in Mining and a master’s degree in Mining Economics and Finance. She has completed CFA level I and is a candidate for CFA level II. Her expertise lies in financial analysis and mineral assets valuation for mining projects. Besides mining and finance, she also has operating experience in metallurgical testing, especially in dewatering and filtration for mine tailings.
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.