Developing the El Boleo mine - 2010
Baja Mining Corp. is a Canadian mining company. Baja, through Minera y Metalurgica del Boleo S.A.P.I. de C.V. (MMB), owns a 10% interest in the Boleo copper-cobalt-zinc-manganese project located in Baja California Sur, Mexico.
John Greenslade, M.Eng, P.Eng, LLB.
President & Director
Mr. Greenslade began his career in the mining industry in 1968. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) in 1972 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering and joined Placer Development Corp. (now Placer Dome Inc.) as a metallurgist. Mr. Greenslade received a Master of Engineering degree in 1975 from the UBC and also graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1978 from the UBC Faculty of Law. Mr. Greenslade was admitted as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers for the Province of British Columbia in 1976 and was admitted as a Member of the Law Society of British Columbia in 1979. He practiced law with the firm of Clark Wilson until 1981 when he co-formed the law firm Holmes Greenslade. His legal practice has focused on mining, corporate and securities law, as well as cross border tax issues and offshore trusts. Mr. Greenslade has been involved in the funding of numerous mining projects, at all stages of exploration, development and production, in various capacities, including legal counsel and director of a TSE listed company, from October 1995 to July 1999 and a TSX company from 1992 to present. Mr. Greenslade has been involved with the Boleo Property since 1992, initially in its' identification and staking and thereafter as a director of Terratech or Mintec.
Vice President - Engineering and Construction
Mr. Shaw graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering, in 1970 and 1975, respectively. Mr. Shaw has over 38 years experience in the mining and metals industry, with 25 of those years dedicated to project engineering and construction management, mostly in Latin America. He recently worked for Newmont Mining Corporation as Project Director for the Minas Congas Project in northern Peru, a multi billion dollar semi-grassroots copper gold project. Mr. Shaw also held the title of Regional Director of Projects and was responsible for project execution in Africa. From 1999 to 2005 he held the position of Vice President, Project Manager of Apex Silver Mines Corporation out of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Shaw was responsible for engineering, permitting, construction and startup of the San Cristobal zinc/lead/silver mine project in Bolivia. He participated in the finalization of the feasibility study and then continued on to lead the preparation of basic engineering and permitting for the project. Mr. Shaw has been instrumental in the engineering, construction and startup of numerous copper, gold and nickel projects globally, both as an operator and engineer-constructor from 1969 to present, including the Tiomin Resources, Inc. Cerro Colorado copper deposit in Panama, CODELCO projects in Chile, for Cyprus in Peru, and various projects for Phelps Dodge Corporation. Mr. Shaw also served as Project Manager for Bechtel and Davy McKee (now Aker Kvaerner.) Mr. Shaw’s experience in the last 25 years has largely focused on project development throughout Latin America.Mr. Shaw is a member of the SME, MMSA and has been admitted as a professional engineer in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Rowland Wallenius, C.A
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wallenius graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. (1993) and became a Chartered Accountant in 1996. He worked as a Chartered Accountant for BDO Dunwoody and Collins Barrow in Vancouver, B.C., focusing on public company auditing. In 1997, Mr. Wallenius became corporate controller of a publicly traded waste recycling company until 1999 when he joined Planet Earth Recycling Inc. as President and CFO. In both these positions he was responsible for the accounting and regulatory departments and fully involved in equity raises by the companies. From late 2001 to 2005 he provided accounting and consulting services to several private and public corporations including several start-up ventures in which Mr. Wallenius set-up the accounting and internal control systems for public reporting in Canada and the United States. In 2005, Mr. Wallenius joined the resource industry when he became the interim controller of Augusta Resources Corporation, Sargold Resource Corporation and Wildcat Silver Corporation. He continued development of financial and public reporting, assisted in equity raises and the move to the Toronto Stock Exchange. In his role as Controller of the Company, Mr. Wallenius will be responsible for finance, corporate and operational accounting and treasury.
David Dreisinger, PhD, P.Eng
Vice President - Metallurgy/Process
Dr. Dreisinger holds the position of Professor and Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 100 papers and has been involved as a process consultant in industrial research programs with metallurgical companies. He has participated in 11 U.S. patents for work in areas such as pressure leaching, ion exchange removal of impurities from process solutions, use of thiosulfate as an alternative to cyanide in gold leaching, and leach-electrolysis treatment of copper matte. Dr. Dreisinger also co-invented the Mt. Gordon Copper Process for copper recovery from sulfide ores and the Sepon Copper Process for copper recovery from sulfidic-clayey ores. He has been actively involved in the development of the proposed metallurgical flow sheet for Boleo and is one of the recognized experts in the world in the area of hydrometallurgy.
Kendra Low, B.H.K.
Vice President - Administration & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Low holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (B.H.K) Honors, Minor in Commerce, from the University of British Columbia (2002). She has been involved with the Company since completion of the Reverse Takeover in April 2004. Prior to joining the Company, Mrs. Low worked for the law firm of Holmes Greenslade, barristers and solicitors, as a legal assistant in corporate securities. She is responsible for the creation and regulation of the Company’s corporate governance structures, policies and mechanisms; corporate communication, conduct and regulatory compliance in both Canada and the United States; board and shareholder meetings and communication; office and personnel management; creation and administration of company policies and procedures; and implementation of corporate-wide management and document retention systems.
Managing Director – Mexican Office (Minera Y Metalurgica del Boleo S.A. de C.V)
Mr. Albinson is the Managing Director of Baja’s 100% owned subsidiary Minera y Metalurgica del Boleo, S.A. de C.V. (“MMB”). Mr. Albinson, while a United States citizen, has spent his entire mining career in Mexico. He will have the dual role of legal representative and Assistant Project Manager, splitting his time between the Company’s head office in Mexico City and the Boleo Site Office in Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur. He will also be responsible for the Mexican teams working on environmental, drilling, test mining, and logistics. Mr. Albinson holds both a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Macalester College in Minnesota as well as a Master of Science in Economic Geology from The University of Minnesota. He was previously Exploration Manager of Cia. Minera Minas de San Luis, S.A. de C.V. in Mexico and has run a number of large drilling programs throughout his career. Mr. Albinson also runs a Fluid Inclusion Laboratory in Mexico City providing consulting services to various companies in the mining industry.
Director of Human Resources
Maria-Luisa Sinclair holds a Master Degree of Arts from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. She has over 15 years experience in the mining industry and is an experienced human resources professional with broad exposure to organizational development and human resource management in Canada and abroad. From July 2006 to August 2008, Ms. Sinclair acted as Vice President of Human Resources for Skye Resources Inc. and from October 2005 to June 2006, as Director, Human Resources for Pan American Silver Corp. Before, she held a series of increasingly senior human resources positions with Placer Dome Inc. Ms. Sinclair has been faculty member of the McRae Institute of International Management at Capilano College, where she taught International Human Resources and Business Management to post-graduate students.
General Manager – Mining
Mr. Britton graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA with a Bachelor of Science – Mining Engineering (1977) and has completed graduate work towards both a Masters of Engineering Management and a Masters in Business (Finance) at Drexel University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Mr. Britton has extensive operating experience in underground mine management, mine engineering, resource development planning, capital and operating cost budgets, and detailed operations planning. Mr. Britton has previously worked in such minerals as trona and coal, and has recently held the position of Underground Mine Manager for General Chemical (Soda Ash) Partners in Green River, Wyoming. During this time with General Chemical, he was responsible for producing 4.5 million tonnes of ore using bore and continuous mining machines (similar to those expected to be utilized at the Boleo Project) on a 7-day work week. Mr. Britton lead a team that increased mine productivity while controlling costs and improving ore recovery. Over his career, Mr. Britton has been published in numerous Mining publications, including two books, “Practical Coal Mine Management” and “Construction Engineering in Underground Coal Mines”. Mr. Britton was also co-editor of The Mining Engineers Handbook published by The Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) (1992).
Terry Hodson, P.Geo.
General Manager – Geology
Mr. Hodson graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Science (Honours) Geology (1980). He has worked continuously in the mining industry since graduation in the areas of exploration and resource evaluation, as well as 12 years in operations. Most recently, he was with Teck Cominco Ltd. as Assistant Manager, Advanced Projects. He has been a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (P.Geo) since 1992.
Mr. Hamm graduated with a BSc. Eng (Elec) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1972. He then joined Westinghouse Bellambie’s telecontrol division where his roles ranged through design commissioning and project management. Over a period of five years his contracts included the reticulation control of five South African cities as well as the Richards Bay coal railway line. Mr. Hamm then moved on to Asea Electric where he spent four years as the senior commissioning engineer for the Southern African region, commissioning projects ranging from hydroelectric generation and power distribution systems, ferro-alloy, steel and PGM furnaces to mine winders operating on diamond, gold and coal mines. He next joined Titaco Projects where he moved from discipline engineer to project engineer and finally project manager, working on projects including ferro-alloy furnaces, diamond and ferro-alloy recovery plants and PGM and copper refineries. In 1995 Mr. Hamm immigrated to Canada as branch manager for Titaco and was primarily involved in business development on smelters and ferro-alloy recovery projects. Following the take over of Titaco by Bateman Engineering in 2000, Mr. Hamm continued as branch and business development manager for Bateman’s complete process product line, which included base and precious metal refineries and diamond and ferro-alloy recovery plants. During this time he was involved in the design, construction, commissioning and project management aspects of projects.
Director – Supply Chain
Mr. Laflamme graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He worked on the James Bay Hydro Project before relocating to British Columbia to attend the University of British Columbia where he completed all graduate coursework towards a Masters degree in Applied Science (Civil Engineering). He is an accomplished Supply Chain and Operations Management professional with over 20 years of combined international operations and project experience in Canada, South America, North Africa and South Pacific. As Manager Logistics for Fibreco Export for 11 years Mr. Laflamme managed overall supply chain activities for over 1 million Mt/yr of bulk material to Japanese and domestic markets. He then joined Stone-Container/Veneston S.A. as Assistant General Manager to build and operate a 1 million Mt/yr greenfield mill and port facility near Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. In 2003, he joined SNC-Lavalin as Corporate Logistics Manager where he managed logistics requirements for numerous international projects including working on the GMRA Project at site in Libya, North Africa. Prior to joining Baja Mining, Mr. Laflamme was Director Supply Chain for INCO-CVRD Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia responsible for procurement, contracts, logistics and materials management. Presently working in our Vancouver office, he will be joining the Santa Rosalia project team for the construction phase and manage supply chain activities once operational.
Manager Process Technology
Dr Thomas Glück has a B.Sc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has been a registered professional engineer since 1985, is an associate of the IChemE in the UK and a Fellow of the SAIMM and SAIChE. During this time he has also been an external examiner to a number of South African universities for under and post graduate courses. He has contributed to the development of graduate training programs and been on the leadership team of the Processing Network within Samancor BHP Billiton. He is an accreditated Six Sigma coach and has completed a Program for Management Development at the University of Cape Town. Dr Glück has over 28 years of experience in different roles in the minerals, metals processing, food, petrochemical and chemicals industries. The last 23 years were with Manganese Metal Company, a subsidiary of Samancor BHPBilliton, where he had responsibilities that included process engineering, research, development and implementation of processes and products, marketing support as well as technology, project and operations management.
Mr. Mouat has two degrees from the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1974 with a BASc in Geological Engineering and in 1977 with a MSc in Business Administration. In 1978, Mr. Mouat passed the Canadian Securities Course. In the early 1980's, Mr. Mouat worked for Cominco and then for 14 years with Wright Engineers (later Fluor Daniel Wright) a large mining engineering firm. During his time at Wright, he evaluated over 500 mining projects. He lectured in Mine Valuation at UBC, presented papers at conferences at the CIM and SME and assisted in the preparation of reports submitted as expert's reports in the Supreme Courts of British Columbia and Ontario. In addition, Mr. Mouat has appeared as an expert witness in the area of mining valuations before the British Columbia Assessment Appeals Board and the British Columbia Expropriation Board. Mr. Mouat's management experience has largely been as a director with private companies, but served as a Director of Britannia Minerals Corp., a TSX listed company from September 1992 to June 1995. Mr. Mouat formed the company that staked Boleo.
C. Thomas Ogryzlo, P.Eng
Chairman and Director
Mr. Ogryzlo has over thirty years of experience in the mining and engineering contractor industries in development, financing, design, construction and operation of mining, industrial and energy projects in many parts of the world. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1961) from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the principal shareholder of Canatec Development Corporation, a company dedicated to managing the development of major projects in the resource industries.
Mr. Ogryzlo has been President of several well respected Mining companies, including, Triton Mining Corporation and Black Hawk Mining. He has also held the positions of President and CEO of Kilborn SNC-Lavalin, a large mining engineering company. His experience in exploration and development of multi-million dollar projects spans the world. Over a six year period, he directed process development work for Hanna Mining, initially as project manager and subsequently as President and General Manager, for the Cerro Matoso ferro-nickel project in Columbia where he was instrumental in organizing of a US$450 million financing involving World Bank, Exim, and a group of 52 private banks lead by Chase Manhattan.
Before joining Kilborn, Mr. Ogryzlo was Senior Vice President and a principle of Wright Engineers Ltd, a well known private Canadian engineering company dedicated to the mining and metallurgical industry. He was based in Toronto and was responsible for operations in Eastern Canada, Latin America, and Europe.
Mr. Ogryzlo has been a director of many public companies, most notably including Franco-Nevada Mining Corp Ltd commencing in May of 1997.
Graham Thody, B.Comm., C.A.
Mr. Thody was a Partner of Nemeth Thody Anderson, Chartered Accountants of Vancouver, BC from 1979 until his retirement in 2007. His practice focused on audits of reporting companies, participation in the Initial Public Offering Process, corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as domestic and international tax matters. He is currently a director of several reporting corporations which are involved in mining exploration and development throughout North, Central and South America. He is a past Director, Executive Member and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Thody is a member of the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing) from the University of British Columbia.
Ross Glanville, B.A.Sc, P.Eng, MBA, CAMV
Mr. Glanville graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1970 with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Mining Engineering) and became a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia in 1972 (P.Eng.). In 1974, he obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA), specializing in finance and securities analysis. In 1980, he became a member of the Certified General Accountants of B.C. (CGA). Mr. Glanville has thirty-five years of experience in mining, exploration, finance, marketing, and management, and held senior executive positions with major and junior mining and consulting companies. As an independent consultant over the past twenty years, Mr. Glanville has specialized in valuations of exploration/development/mining companies and properties; and has also provided many fairness opinions, and acted as an expert witness in court cases involving valuation disputes related to financial and technical issues.
Mr. Glanville has valued more than 500 mining and exploration companies in Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, and Mexico, as well as over 150 in many other areas of the world, including Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has formed public companies (listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Australian Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the TSX Venture Exchange) and has served on the Boards of Directors of three companies with producing mines. Mr. Glanville has also acted in more than 50 court cases and assessment appeal board hearings in Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, and the U.K. He has written several articles, and given many presentations, related to the valuation of exploration and mining companies. Some of these articles were published by the United Nations, the Society of Mining Engineers, and by various Canadian magazines and newspapers.
Mr. Glanville has provided a large number of fairness opinions (more than 200) for mergers, amalgamations, and acquisitions of public and private companies. These assignments were undertaken for investment dealers, regulatory bodies (including stock exchanges), banks, various government agencies, venture capital firms, forestry companies, mining and exploration companies, oil and gas companies, and others.