President, CEO & Director
Mr. Roque started his career in private banking with Millennium BCP, a large Portuguese bank and joined Barclays Capital in 2007, where for several years he spearheaded the Portuguese derivatives and structured products team with a focus on commodities. He is a co-founder of Reyna Silver, a silver exploration company with a portfolio of Mexican silver assets, built around two assets that formed part of MAG Silver’s original IPO.
Mr. Roque is also a co-founder and director of Arabian Shield Resources, a private mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mining assets in the Arabian-Nubian Shield and surrounding regions of the Middle-East.
Marco is a CFA charter holder, earned an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and London Business School, a Masters in Finance from Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon as well as an undergraduate Management degree from the same school.
Mr. Chen has over 20 years of experience in senior financial roles with Canadian mining companies at various stages of development. From 2012 and 2021, he was the CFO of Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd., which owned a significant zinc and lead project in the Yukon. Prior to Selwyn, Mr. Chen was the Manager, Finance for Eldorado Gold Corporation from 2005 to 2012 during which Eldorado had four operating gold mines and two projects under construction. Before Eldorado Gold, he worked as the Corporate Controller for Afcan Mining Corp. which was acquired by Eldorado in 2005. Mr. Chen began his career as an auditor with KPMG LLP and is a CPA, CMA in British Columbia with an MBA degree from Western University.
Vernon Shein holds a B.Sc., Specialization Geology, from Concordia University and has 39 years of exploration industry experience. He has worked on major gold exploration and development programs in eleven countries and has performed property evaluations in over twenty-five countries. Prior to joining Cassiar Gold Corp. he was the Exploration Manager for Bema Gold Corp. and its successor company B2GOLD Corp. for 18 years. His specialty is in advancing exploration programs through Preliminary Economic Assessment, Feasibility Study and then into production. Projects that he has managed from exploration through to production include the Kupol Mine in Russia, the Jabali Mine in Nicaragua and the Montana open pit at the Masbate Mine in the Philippines.
Senior Advisor Corporate Affairs
Mr. Rice is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an entrepreneurial spirit and a community focus. Building relationships and bringing creative solutions to complex problems has supported multiple successful projects spanning multiple sectors and industries.
Mr. Rice is a Founding Director for the Columbia Institute for Renewable Energy, Director with the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC, West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op, Community Futures Central Kootenays and involved in advancing numerous other non-profit and community impact organizations.
An active community member, Tyler was recently honoured as the 2020 Volunteer of the Year by Community Futures of Central Kootenays for his contributions to the area, including coaching hockey and basketball teams, serving on volunteer boards and mentoring local businesses.