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Neil Woodyer was a founder and CEO of both Leagold Mining and Endeavour Mining. He has an extensive history in the mining sector creating growth strategies, implementing financing plans, leading management teams, and creating shareholder value. In 1988, Mr. Woodyer was the founder of Endeavour Financial, a successful mining merchant banking and advisory business. In 2009, he and Frank Giustra devised Endeavour’s growth strategy and as CEO, he led Endeavour Financial’s transition from a financial company into a mine operations and development company, Endeavour Mining. Endeavour Mining grew through a series of acquisitions and new mine builds to become one of the largest gold producers in West Africa. In early 2020, after he arranged Leagold Mining’s merger with Equinox Gold, Mr. Woodyer – along with other team members – created Aris Gold to repeat the shareholder value strategies that had previously proven successful at Endeavour Mining and Leagold Mining.

Doug Bowlby
, Senior Vice President Corporate
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Doug Bowlby has experience implementing corporate growth strategies and a wide range of corporate finance initiatives, including debt and equity capital markets financings, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Bowlby was one of the founding executives of Leagold Mining in 2016, and as SVP Corporate Development he contributed to the growth of the company until it merged with Equinox Gold in March 2020. Previously, he was EVP Corporate Development at Endeavour Mining from 2009 to 2016, during which time Endeavour Mining evolved into a significant West African gold producer through a series of corporate acquisitions and successful mine construction. Prior to this role, Mr. Bowlby was Managing Director, Research and Analysis at Endeavour Financial, a boutique investment and merchant banking company focused exclusively on the global mining industry. Mr. Bowlby is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.

Attie Roux
, Chair, Technical Committee
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Adriaan (Attie) Roux is a metallurgical engineer with over 44 years of operational, technical and executive management experience in the mining industry. Most recently, Mr. Roux was COO of Equinox Gold following its merger with Leagold Mining, where he held the same position. Prior to Leagold, he was COO of Endeavour Mining Corporation, where he was instrumental in the development and growth of the company over a seven-year period. Prior to Endeavour, Mr. Roux was Head of Metallurgy for AngloGold Ashanti where he worked for more than 34 years. He is a Registered Professional with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

Andrew Gubbels
, Senior Vice President Corporate Development
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Andrew Gubbels has extensive experience in the execution of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions in the mining sector across a wide range of jurisdictions. Prior to joining Aris Gold in 2020, Mr. Gubbels was Head of Investment Management Americas at Eurasian Resources Group, a global diversified mining company. Previously, Mr. Gubbels advised international mining companies as Head of Americas Metals and Mining investment banking at UBS Investment Bank and, prior to that, as an executive in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at CIBC World Markets. Mr. Gubbels holds a Master of Finance from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Richard Thomas
, Senior Vice President, Technical Services
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Richard Thomas is a mining engineer with 30 years of experience in both the production and technical disciplines. He has worked in diverse areas of the mining world from Central Asia, South East Asia, Southern and West Africa. Prior to Aris Gold, Mr. Thomas was SVP, Operations with Leagold Mining until it merged with Equinox Gold. Previously, he was the VP Operations and EVP Technical Services for Endeavour Mining, where he was part of the team that established a mid-tier mining company in West Africa. Prior to that he held the role of VP Mining at Anglogold Ashanti for the Continental Africa Region. Mr. Thomas has worked as a mining consultant in a Johannesburg based company and held a directorship for four years in the same company.

Peter Burger
, Chief Operating Officer, Caldas Gold
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Peter Burger is a senior mining executive with 33 years of experience in underground mining, open pit mining, managing highly complex operations in challenging environments and jurisdictions. Prior to joining Aris Gold in 2021, Mr. Burger was Senior Vice President, Operations at Leagold Mining, where he oversaw the Los Filos mine in Mexico, which became part of Equinox Gold following the 2020 merger. Previously he was with Endeavour Mining as Mine General Manager for the Nzema and Tabikoto mines. His previous experience included mine management positions with Aquarius Platinum, Eastplats, and Barrick. Mr. Burger holds a degree in Mining and Minerals Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and a South African Mine Managers Certificate of Competency and Postgraduate Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch School of Business.

Pamela De Mark
, Vice President Exploration
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Pamela De Mark is a mining geologist with 27 years of experience in mine production, consulting, management, and finance in the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Prior to joining Aris Gold, Ms De Mark was Senior Vice President, Mining Finance with Macquarie Group in Toronto, providing capital solutions to the junior mining sector. Previously she was Director, Mineral Resources with Pan American Silver, directing the company’s resource and reserve estimates and technical public disclosure. Ms. De Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Geology from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Professional Geologist registered with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, and is a Qualified Person for precious and base metals.

Ashley Baker
, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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Ashley Baker has experience advising public and private companies with the execution of their growth strategy through mergers and acquisitions, and finance initiatives through debt and equity financings. Ms. Baker was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2010 and prior to joining Aris Gold in 2020, Ms. Baker was Vice President, Legal at Leagold Mining until it merged with Equinox Gold. She previously practiced law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in the Securities practice group where she gained extensive experience representing publicly listed mining companies with their mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and governance needs. Ms. Baker earned her LLB at the University of Alberta and also holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Master of Science from UBC.

Robert Eckford
, Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
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Robert Eckford is a Certified Professional Accountant with over 12 years of experience in finance, accounting, commercial management, and mergers and acquisitions with international mining companies including Barrick Gold, Yamana Gold and Leagold Mining. Prior to joining Aris Gold in 2020, Mr. Eckford was Controller at Leagold Mining until it merged with Equinox Gold. Over the past several years, Mr. Eckford has served in progressively senior finance roles in Australia, Africa and North America managing financial planning, risk and reporting, sales, and treasury. Mr. Eckford previously spent six years with EY in the audit and assurance group. He holds CPA and CA designations, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and a Masters of Science (Mineral Economics).

Meghan Brown
, Vice President Investor Relations
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Meghan Brown is an investor relations professional with 30 years of experience in the resource sector. Prior to joining Aris Gold in 2020 she was Vice President, Investor Relations with Great Panther Mining. Prior to Great Panther she was Vice President, Investor Relations with Leagold Mining until it merged with Equinox Gold. Ms. Brown started her career with Suncor Energy and has worked for a number of resource and mining companies including TransCanada, Placer Dome, and Endeavour Silver. In 2019 she received the IR Award of Excellence from the Canadian Investor Relations Institute in recognition of her contributions to the investor relations profession in Canada, and in 2021 was awarded the CIRI Fellows designation, the highest honour for investor relations professionals in Canada. Ms. Brown has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Directors’ Education Program. She holds a BA from UBC and an MBA from Queen’s University, and is Chair of the Board of the Canadian Cancer Society BC/Yukon as well as Co-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.