Prior to founding Bear Creek Mining Company, Mr. Swarthout was formerly an officer and member of the management committee of Southern Peru Copper Corporation where he participated in decision making during a dynamic period of corporate expansions, financing and project development. As vice-president of exploration for Southern Peru Copper from 1995 to 2000, he was directly responsible for two new major discoveries, as well as reserve expansions on the order of 200 per cent on the company's two porphyry copper deposits.
Mr. Swarthout has participated in several deposit discoveries and reserve expansions in North America and South America, which are in production, or which will be placed into production in the future. Mr. Swarthout has a career history of successful ore deposit discoveries and management of negotiations for the acquisition of projects in Latin America and the U.S. Mr. Swarthout has participated in project permitting and financing, as well as managing several prefeasibility and financial scoping studies and has evaluated reserves on numerous precious and base metals deposits. Prior to this, Mr. Swarthout was the exploration manager (Mexico) for Kennecott Copper.
Mr. Swarthout served as a member of the National Mining Society of Peru's Committee for the Promotion of Private Investment, where he initiated favourable environmental and taxation policies to promote foreign mining investment in Peru.
Mr. Krause is the president of Avisar Chartered Accountants. Mr. Krause received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1997, and also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in the state of Illinois,U.S.A. Mr. Krause has worked extensively with mining, mineral exploration and development stage companies on various exchanges in Canada and the United States, and is currently a director of Luna Gold Corp. and the Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Rim Mining Corp. Mr. Krause holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Trinity Western University.
Mr. Dean was educated at the University of British Columbia where he received his B.Comm. in 1979 and his LL.B. in 1980. He is the Managing Partner at DuMoulin Black LLP, a law firm in Vancouver. Corey has an extensive corporate, securities and natural resource law practice with particular emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for both natural resource and industrial issuers. With more than 30 years of experience in his profession, Corey has advised numerous clients in listing matters on the major Canadian stock exchanges and in cross border financings and merger and acquisition transactions. Corey is a former chairman of the natural resources subsection of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Corey primarily acts as counsel for corporate clients engaged in various industry sectors including mining, oil and gas, medical technology and computer technology but has also acted as counsel for underwriters from time to time. Corey has lectured for the Continuing Legal Education, the Canadian Bar Association and the TSX Venture Exchange (formerly the Canadian Venture Exchange) on securities law, take-over bids and corporate governance matters. He is currently on the TSX Venture Exchange Vancouver Local Advisory Committee.