Management

Christian Kargl-Simard

President, CEO & Director
P. Eng.

Christian Kargl-Simard is a professional engineer with over 15 years of experience in the mining industry, having worked both in technical and finance roles. Prior to starting Adventus, he worked for 10 years in investment banking roles at Raymond James Ltd. and Haywood Securities Inc. During his tenure in investment banking, Christian was involved in financings raising more than $7 billion, and he assisted in completing over 35 M&A transactions with companies such as Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., Altius Minerals Corporation, Arizona Mining Inc., Trevali Mining Corporation, Victoria Gold Corp., Atlantic Gold Corporation and Tahoe Resources Inc. Christian also worked for Dynatec Corporation in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta up to its sale to Sherritt International Corp. in 2007, both in metallurgical engineering and corporate development roles. Christian is an author or co-author of three published technical papers in the field of hydrometallurgy. Christian is a professional engineer (Canada) and holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Sam Leung

Vice President, Corporate Development
P. Eng.

Sam Leung is a mining professional with 15 years of international experience in corporate strategy, due diligence, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Adventus as its second employee, Sam was Director of Corporate Development at Lundin Mining Corporation, where he helped execute several successful transactions with a combined value of over US$ 3.7 billion. He was also responsible for joint-venture related activities with Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Africa and Europe as well as strategic assignments at Lundin Mining's operations in Europe and the Americas. Prior to Lundin Mining, Sam served a global range of corporate, financial, and governmental clients as a due diligence and strategy consultant for Hatch Ltd.’s metals and mining advisory practice based in London and Toronto. He began his career as a metallurgist and is a licensed professional engineer (Canada). Sam holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, with first class honours.

Frances Kwong

Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary
FCA (England and Wales), CPA CGA

Frances Kwong is a financial and administrative professional with over 35 years of international experience from accounting and strategy planning to management of financial systems implementation in mining and other industries. She has over 10 years of experience in the global mining sector, ensuring compliance with financial and regulatory requirements, serving as Chief Financial Officer of Vaaldiam Mining Inc. and as senior consultant for a major mining-focused equity and royalty fund. Prior to the mining sector, Frances worked in the telecommunications and information technology industries. Frances is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a CPA CGA, and holds a B. Soc. Sc. (Hons) degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Jason Dunning

Vice President, Exploration
M.Sc., P.Geo., FGAC, FSEG

Jason Dunning is a professional exploration geologist with over 20 years of experience in greenfield and brownfield environments with success in developing sustainable project pipelines for both small and large capitalization companies. Most recently, he was Mining Group Manager, Geology & Exploration at Nyrstar from 2014 to 2017, responsible for management of all geological, exploration, land tenure, and mineral reserve/resource work at Nyrstar’s mineral properties. Previously, Jason served as Vice President, Exploration at Alamos Gold Inc., Selwyn Resources Ltd., and Yukon Zinc Corporation, and in exploration roles with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd., and Pamicon Developments Ltd., at various project sites globally. Jason holds both bachelor and master level degrees in geology from Carleton University and Laurentian University, respectively.

Olivia Gamache

Vice President, Environmental Management & Community Development
P. Eng.

Olivia Gamache is a professional engineer with over 15 years of international experience specialized in integrating areas of environmental engineering and management, permitting strategy, community relations and corporate social responsibility on mining projects in the Americas and globally. The majority of Olivia's experience was with Hatch Ltd.’s water management and environmental services groups in progressive roles on international consulting assignments for both greenfield and expansion projects. Most recently, Olivia was Environment and Sustainability Manager for Yamana Gold Inc., responsible for the execution of environmental and sustainability related initiatives at mining operations and projects in Canada and South America. Olivia holds Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Alvaro Dueñas

Country Manager, Ecuador
Ph.D.

Alvaro Dueñas is Ecuadorian and a qualified lawyer with over 20 years of international business experience focused primarily on development of natural resources and foreign trade in Ecuador. Most recently, Alvaro was the Country Manager of Codelco's subsidiary in Ecuador and responsible for the growth and development of its exploration project portfolio and relations with government and community representatives. As an independent consultant and senior advisor, Alvaro has been an instrumental member of high-profile negotiation teams in Ecuador, including on the trade agreements between the Andean Community and European Union and Mercosur, Ecuadorian free trade agreement with the United States of America, and commercial agreements with the Governments of Canada and Chile. In other Ecuador government related roles, Alvaro is a former Undersecretary of International Trade and Investment, former Director of International Negotiations in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Industry, Fishing and Competitiveness, and Arbitration Secretary in the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Ecuadorean-American Chamber of Commerce. Alvaro holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, with additional specialization with the negotiation and conflict resolution program at Harvard Law School.

Dustin Small

Project Director - Curipamba Project
P. Eng.

Dustin Small is an engineering, construction, and project management professional with 20 years of experience primarily in the global mining sector, as well as experience in the water treatment, power generation, and oil and gas industries. Dustin has a proven track record in the successful planning and execution of projects in the Americas, including discipline roles in process plant design, contract and risk management, project controls and cost estimation. Dustin comes from a strong EPCM/EPC background and brings knowledge and expertise in all aspects of project development ranging from conceptualization, feasibility studies, engineering, construction, and commissioning. Most recently, he has held project and construction management roles on small to large scale mining projects ranging in size from US$100 million to over US$4 billion with Wood plc (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) in North America and with Hatch Ltd in Santiago, Chile. Dustin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Dalhousie University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada.