Our Team

Board of Directors

Patrick Highsmith


A seasoned resource company professional with over 25 years experience in exploration, operations, business development, and executive roles for various companies, including: Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Newmont, and Lithium One.

Mr. Highsmith has evaluated and worked on more than 250 projects around the world. His project management experience includes leading diverse teams through major engineering and development milestones, including delineating several mineral resources, a successful PEA on the Sal de Vida lithium brine project.

Patrick has BSc and MSc degrees from the Colorado School of Mines in Geological Engineering and Economic Geology (Geochemistry).

Mary Little


More than 25 years mining industry experience, including senior technical and business development positions at Newmont, Cyprus Amax, and WMC Ltd., and fifteen years in Latin America.

Serves on the board of Sandstorm Gold Ltd. and Tinka Resources. Founding CEO of Mirasol Resources; led multiple joint ventures and a major asset transaction, valuing the project at more than $60 million.

Mary has an MSc Earth Science University of Calif. MBA University of Colorado.

Scott Shellhaas


Scott Shellhaas has more than thirty years of diverse experience in the mining industry including a long tenure with various divisions of Cyprus Amax Minerals Company (“Cyprus Amax”) spanning the lithium, gold, copper, iron ore, and coal divisions

Mr Shellhaas also has experience in junior mining companies that have transitioned into mid-tier producers. He was the President and COO of Thompson Creek Metals Company, where he led the $650 million mill expansion and modernization at the Endako Mine and the $1.6 billion start-up of the Mt. Milligan copper gold mine, both in British Columbia. In 2015, Mr. Shellhaas was the co-recipient with Rob Pease of the E.A. Scholz Award for Mine Development from AME BC for the Mt. Milligan Project.

Mr. Shellhaas has a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming.

Michael Dake


Mr. Dake has 15+ years experience providing Investor Relations and advisory services for a number of public companies. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for several TSXV companies and has had led several financial capital funding successes during his career.

Bassam Moubarak


Mr. Moubarak is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has held senior executive positions for various mining companies for over 10 years including most recently Goldrock Mines Corp. where he played a key role in its sale to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. for $180 million.  He was Chief Financial Officer of Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. where he was instrumental in raising in excess of $120 million to develop and bring into production the Molejon Gold Mine.  He also played a key role in the sale of Petaquilla Copper Ltd. to Inmet Mining Corporation for $400 million and negotiated the sale of Golden Arrow Resources Corporation’s 1% net smelter royalty on Gualcamayo Gold Mine to Premier Royalty Inc. for $17.75 million. Mr. Moubarak also previously held the position of senior manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP., where he led audits of public companies and oversaw SOX 404 implementations with specific emphasis on the mining industry.