Advisory Board Profile

  • John Mirko

    Special Advisor and Consultant

    Mr. Mirko has over 40 years’ experience in the mining industry and is currently the founder and President of Canam Mining Corporation, founder, President & CEO of Rokmaster Resources Corp., former founder and President of Canam Alpine Resources Ltd. (taken over by Vizsla Resources Ltd. in September 2019), and a founder of Pacific Rim Mining Corp., Frontier Pacific Mining Corp., Roca Mines Inc., and Stikine Gold Corp. He has consulted and prospected internationally since 1972, with successful experience in discovery, permitting, construction and mine operation. In 2008, Mr. Mirko was a recipient of the “E. A. Scholtz Medal for Excellence in Mine Development” from the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia and in 2009, the Mining Association of British Columbia’s “Mining and Sustainability Award” for the MAX Mine. He is a member in good standing of the Society of Economic Geologists, Inc. (“SEG”), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (“CIM”), and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

  • Arthur G. Troup, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng.

    Senior Consultant

    Mr. Troup has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Apex Resources Inc. since June 1997 and has been a Director of the Company since June 1995. Mr. Troup has also served as Vice President, Exploration and Director of Cream Minerals Ltd. since 1987, Vice President, Exploration of Emgold Mining Corporation from September 1993 to June 2005 and Vice President, Exploration of ValGold Resources Ltd. from June 1996 to January 2005. Prior to this, Mr. Troup was President of Archean Engineering Ltd., a firm offering project management and mineral exploration services, from 1981 through to 1996.

    Mr. Troup graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with a M.Sc. in Geology. He has over 30 years experience in the mining industry in North America, Southeast Asia and North Africa working for Rio Algom, Teck Corporation, Canada Nickel Corporation and Placer Dome Canada Limited, and the Geological Survey of Canada.

  • Robin Merrifield, CA (S.A.)


    Mr. Merrifield has 40 years of international experience as a chartered accountant to the mining industry. He was formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Uranium One Inc. Mr. Merrifield obtained his CA while working for Deloittes in Cape Town, South Africa. He has also previously worked for ten years as Financial Controller for a large nickel/copper mining complex controlled by Anglo-American Corporation, Assistant Vice President of Finance for one of Robert Friedland's companies and as Controller for Cameco Corporation.

  • Ralph Gonzalez, M.Sc., P.Eng., P.Geo.


    Mr. Gonzalez has a long and distinguished career in exploration in over 30 countries in North, Central, and South America, Central and Eastern Asia and in Africa. During his career of more than 40 years, he has mixed worldwide mineral exploration and resource evaluation with several years of mineral production and management; in this business, this mixture of exploration and production is considered to be very rare.

    Mr. Gonzalez holds a MSc degree in geology from the University of New Mexico, U.S.A. and is a registered Life Member as a professional engineer in Manitoba and as a professional geologist in British Columbia.

    In addition, he sits on the Advisory Board with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico and is an active mentor for students in the School of Mineral Engineering and the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences.

  • Dennis Cojuco

    Special Advisor and Consultant

    Mr. Cojuco is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BSc. Chemistry and Diploma in Accounting) and is a Chartered Accountant in British Columbia. Mr. Cojuco articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and worked primarily in the firm’s mining practice where he assisted clients in the areas of public financings, mergers and acquisitions, public company reporting and various other areas. He has over 15 years experience in the mining industry working with junior & major mining companies (including Teck and NexGen Energy) and is currently the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Rokmaster Resources Corp. Mr. Cojuco is also a founder and director of the Enspire Foundation.

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