Moose Mountain Mining and Geology Principals are industry leaders. MMTS principals have a combined experience of more than 290 years of in mine operations, consulting and design. From preliminary resource estimation and pre-feasibility studies to production optimization in operating mines, MMTS provides a comprehensive range of evaluation and reporting services. Expertise includes coal and oil sands operations, gold, copper and other metal extraction, open pit and underground mining. Moose Mountain is a team of around 40 members and has developed synergies with many other firms and subcontractors in the industry. Principals and associates at Moose Mountain are highly skilled in using mine software applications, specifically MineSight®. Brief biographies for each of our management team members are provided below. Their full resumes are available by request.
Jim Gray, President and Principal, P.Eng., Mining Engineer (NI 43-101 QP): Jim has 40 plus years of consulting and mine operations experience encompassing resource estimation, conceptual scoping studies, strategic planning, detailed designs, production schedule optimization, capital and operating costing, permitting, new mine start-up, operations management, and operations planning and supervision. He has worked in underground tin in Tasmania and open pit operations in Canada for Fording Coal in the Elk Valley and in Prairie strip mining. Since leaving operations, he has been consulting internationally for 15 years in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, Iran, and North America. Jim was involved with the Quebrada Blanca project in Chile from original conceptual planning through resource development, financing, and start -up and productions reconciliation for non-recourse funding conditions. He is a NI 43-101 QP, has provided review consulting for Transalta, Teck Cominco, Placer Dome, and consulted on numerous projects around the world. Jim has been involved in equipment control and production monitoring systems for large mining equipment and fleet management as a Director of Aquila Mining Systems.
R.J. (Bob) Morris, Principal, M.Sc., P.Geo., Geologist (NI 43-101 QP): Bob is a veteran geologist with 40 plus years in operations and consulting on metals, soft rock, coal, and oil sands projects. Gold exploration includes three years as VP of Exploration in Argentina, work in Bralorne area, Colombia, Nicaragua, China, and Saskatchewan. Base metal work includes evaluations in BC, California, NWT and the Yukon. Coal related assignments include exploration and development at all five of the mines in the Crowsnest and Elk Valley coalfields as well as regional mapping in southeast BC. He has done property evaluations in NE British Columbia, Northumberland (British Coal), Iran, Indonesia, Colombia, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Thailand. Oil sands work includes due diligence review on the Fort Hills project for Teck-Cominco, geology and resource reviews for both Suncor and Mobil, and winter drill programs at OSLO and Synenco.
Michael Petrina, Principal, P.Eng., MBA, Mining Engineer (NI 43-101 QP): With 30 years working in the mining industry, Mike delivers a vast array of underground and open pit mining expertise. He is knowledgeable in management, operations and mine engineering aspects of the industry; able to provide a global perspective on the diverse issues associated with mine permitting, planning, economics, and all issues in between. Strong competencies include technical/operational problem solving, project optimization, managing large budgets, working with organization stakeholders, and project development.
Roger Berdusco, Principal, Sustainability, B.S.F, RPF, Professional Forester: Roger has over 35 years of experience in coal mining management focused on Environmental, Permitting and Regulatory, Aboriginal, and Community Affairs. During those years, he also had responsibilities that included operational and exploration geology, and Public Affairs. He worked for over 30 years at Teck and its predecessor mines in the Elk Valley, and three years at the corporate office in Calgary, AB. There he supervised Corporate Environmental and Aboriginal Affairs for six coal mining operations in BC and Alberta, the United States and Mexico. Roger and the companies he represented were recognized on many occasions for excellence in Environmental Management at provincial and federal levels.
Tracey Meintjes, Principal, P.Eng, Metallurgy: Tracey is a registered Extraction Metallurgical Engineer with 18 years’ experience in process operations, process design and optimization, open pit mine engineering, project evaluations, due diligence studies, and project management. Tracey has been consulting for 12 years; providing metallurgical and mine planning expertise to numerous projects from discovery to operations in North America, South America, and Southern Africa. Prior to consulting, Tracey obtained operating experience at Teck’s Trail operations in Canada, and Richards Bay Minerals (Rio Tinto and BHP) and Vaal Reefs Mining Company (Anglo Gold Ashanti) in South Africa. He has worked with major and junior mining companies on copper, gold, silver, molybdenum, uranium, coal, oil sands, diamonds, and rare earths projects.
Ricci Berdusco, Principal, P.Eng., Geological Engineer: Ricci Berdusco has almost 40 years of mining experience covering a broad spectrum of operational and regulatory activity. For over 20 years, he was a senior manager in Elk Valley Coal mines as Department Head in Engineering, Mine Maintenance, and Mine Operations. He subsequently became a regulator with the Ministry of Energy and Mines as a district Inspector of Health and Safety and Regional Director of the southeast region of BC. During this tenure he also spent a brief time as Acting Chief Inspector of Mines for the Province.
Sue Bird, Principal, P.Eng., (NI 43-101 QP). Sue is a Geologic and Mining Engineer with two decades of experience in the mining industry, including resource estimation, mine planning, cash flow analysis, and geotechnical engineering. She has been involved in projects from scoping level to strategic planning. Sue has worked in operations at Elk Valley Coal as a long range mine planner and resource modeller. Consulting work has includes long range planning using Q’Pit and MineSight at both operating mines and PEA level studies. She has been the Resource QP on several deposits including porphyry copper, epithermal gold, and poly-metallic deposits. Sue has a Master’s in geotechnical engineering and has worked on stability issues of both underground and open pit mines using Itasca and other software. She also spent five years researching the factors contributing to the economics of porphyry Cu-Mo-Au deposits throughout the world.
Greg Trout, Principal, Civil Engineer: Greg has almost 30 years of diversified mining experience at a large open-pit coal operation including tailings pond and infrastructure construction, production planning and scheduling, mine design, drilling and blasting, operations supervision, and mine maintenance. As Superintendent of Maintenance at Fording Coal’s Fording River Operation, he was responsible for all aspects of preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance, planned component replacement, programs as well as analysis of new equipment purchasing programs and new equipment erection, and major overhaul contracts. Since leaving Fording, Greg has been involved with bridge construction projects, equipment manufacturing, and fleet maintenance programs as well as mine planning and operations consulting. He specializes in mine maintenance, mine start-up planning, and evaluation of the operability of mine plans.
Jesse Aarsen, Vice President and Principal, P.Eng., Jesse has 15 years of experience as a Mining Engineer in mining operations and consulting. His operations experience has been in northern Canada at Ekati, western Canada at Gibraltar, and western Canada in the Elk Valley Operations with the predecessors to Teck Coal (Fording Coal and Elk Valley Coal). At these sites he learned the day to day application of Mining Engineering and pit planning, suitable for his future assignments in Mine Engineering studies, as a consultant.
Daniel H. Sepulveda, Principal, Extractive Metallurgical Engineer: Daniel is a metallurgist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry; including operations, engineering, consulting, and management. Daniel has worked with major mining houses including: BHP, Codelco, Anglo American, Teck Cominco, and Phelps Dodge, and for E&C companies including: Fluor, SNC-Lavalin, and Hatch among others. Whether acting as owner’s representative, or as the Engineer, Daniel leads projects with a strong business savvy, hands-on experience, and broad technical expertise. Daniel is an experienced team leader, and has been a key professional in the development of a number of well-known projects. He has been involved in all project phases including optimized LOM plans, scoping, and feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, construction and operation. A number of these projects are currently in successful operation or in development phase. Daniel has participated in a number of due diligence teams representing either seller or buyer interests.