Cupric Board & Management



Timothy R. Snider

Timothy R. Snider

Chairman

Timothy Snider has spent over 45 years in the copper industry. His experience includes on the ground and leadership assignments in various aspects of copper production and operations, technical services, exploration, general management and executive leadership. Prior to becoming the founding chairman of Cupric, Snider was president and Chief Operating Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold and its predecessor Phelps Dodge Corporation. During his tenure at Phelps Dodge, he led a major technological transformation of the company’s production to include hydrometallurgical processing and helped to establish Phelps Dodge as an industry leader in technology and operational excellence. He also led the technical and operational integration of the Phelps Dodge acquisition of Cyprus-Amax in 1999 and the Freeport-McMoRan/Phelps Dodge merger in 2007.

Mr. Snider holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds directorships with two public mining companies: IAMGold Corporation and Teck Resources. He is a former director of Compania de Minas Buenaventura and Compass Minerals International. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Arizona chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Northern Arizona University Foundation. He was the founding chairman of the University of Arizona’s Institute for Mineral Resources, and served as director of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest.


Dennis M. Bartlett

Dennis M. Bartlett

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Dennis Bartlett has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He began his career with Phelps Dodge in 1977 as a mining engineer at the Tyrone, New Mexico copper operation. During the 1980’s, he held positions in mine planning and mine operations at the Tyrone and Chino mines. In the early 1990’s, he was technical services manager for the development, construction and start-up of the Candelaria mine in Chile. After returning from Chile, Mr. Bartlett served as general manager of the Morenci mine in Arizona, president of Chino Mines Company in New Mexico, President of Climax Molybdenum Company and Vice President, North American Operations for Phelps Dodge Mining Company.

From 2001 to 2003, he served as Senior Vice President, Mining Operations in charge of all Phelps Dodge copper mining operations in North and South America. He then served as Senior Vice President, Development for Phelps Dodge Mining Company (subsequently Freeport-McMoRan Mining Company) from 2003 through 2007.

Mr. Bartlett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA degree from Western New Mexico University.


Lowell A. Shonk

Lowell A. Shonk

Vice Chairman and Director

Lowell Shonk is an experienced financial executive with broad international mining industry and minerals manufacturing experience at operational, divisional and corporate levels. His 37 years of experience in the mining industry have been primarily focused on copper and molybdenum, but also include financial leadership positions in the gold, coal, iron ore, industrial minerals and lithium industries. Mr. Shonk’s experience includes a focus on business development and M&A. Key roles have included controllership/CFO positions at several large mines and divisions with Cyprus Amax (and predecessor companies), corporate assistant controller responsible for external reporting, and leadership in financial and operational analysis groups with Phelps Dodge/Freeport-McMoRan.

Mr. Shonk served as CFO at Cupric as the company was being formed and for the first several years, and he served as CEO for a year before moving to his current position. Mr. Shonk has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, a Masters degree in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines and an MBA degree from the University of Colorado (Denver) with a focus on finance and accounting. He also serves on the board of directors of Rare Element Resources Ltd, a New York Stock Exchange (REE) listed company.


M. Stephen Enders

M. Stephen Enders

Director

Steve Enders has over 39 years of diversified leadership and executive experience in mineral exploration, mine development and operations, project start-ups, and management. Dr. Enders has a wide range of experience and insight in geology and exploration, hydrogeology and water rights, and engineering and mine planning, as well as in mine permitting requirements, legal and environmental management, public relations and political management in the mining business. Dr. Enders was a member of Newmont’s Senior Leadership and Global Corporate Development Teams as Senior Vice President, World Wide Exploration. Prior to joining Newmont, he held the position of President for Phelps Dodge Exploration Corporation. Dr. Enders has a proven track record of leading successful greenfield and brownfield exploration programs and leading organizations with strategic thinking and excellent communication skills. He was appointed Interim Department Head for the Geology and Geological Department at the Colorado School of Mines in May 2016.

Dr. Enders holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona. He is a Past President of the Society of Economic Geologists. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Eurasian Minerals headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he previously held roles as Executive Chairman, Director and COO.


David C. Naccarati

David C. Naccarati

Director

Over the course of his 35-year career, David Naccarati has demonstrated outstanding leadership and management skills. He has directly operated five mines varying in size from a small gold mine with 200 employees to a world class copper mine with 2,500 employees. In the mines that he led, significant technical and operational transformations were implemented so that the operations could be successful. Mr. Naccarati has a proven track record of successfully implementing change. He is the former President of Phelps Dodge Mining Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phelps Dodge Corporation. In this capacity, he also served as a member of the Senior Management Team for Phelps Dodge.

Mr. Naccarati earned a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Industrial Science (MBA) degree from Sloan School of Management (MIT). He is currently a consultant to the mining industry and teaches a senior level class at the University of Arizona, College of Mines.


Rodney A. Prokop

Rodney A. Prokop

Chief Financial Officer

Rodney Prokop was employed by Phelps Dodge Corporation for 16 years, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the financial area, including assignments as Director of Corporate Financial Analysis, Assistant Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations. In addition, he served as Vice President of Finance for one of Phelps Dodge’s manufacturing operations based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From 2004 to 2007, he held several senior-level positions with International Capital Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate investment and development firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, including Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Development. More recently, he served as Vice President, Investor Relations for Frontera Copper Corporation, a Canadian junior mining company whose primary asset was the Piedras Verdes run-of-mine, heap leach, SX-EW copper operation in Sonora, Mexico.

Mr. Prokop earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Minnesota State University – Moorhead and an MBA degree in Finance from Arizona State University. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.


Robert D. Coyle

Robert D. Coyle

Chief Operating Officer

Robert Coyle began his career over 25 years ago as an exploration geologist in Nevada. Subsequently, he served as Senior Exploration Geologist and Senior Mine Engineer for Echo Bay Minerals. For Phelps Dodge and its successor company, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc., Mr. Coyle held the positions of Chief Mine Planning Engineer, Mine Superintendent, Strategic Commodity Manager, Senior Business Analyst and Program Manager-Mine Technology.

Mr. Coyle earned a Bachelors of Science degree with honors in Geology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.


Catherine Knight

Catherine Knight

Vice President Of Exploration And Resource Development

Catherine Knight began her career in 2002 with Bema Gold as an exploration geologist. She has several years’ experience as a senior geologist in mineral exploration, mining, feasibility and development working on projects located in Canada, Russia, Mexico, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Since 2010, Ms. Knight has worked on the Khoemacau Copper Project in Botswana acquired by Cupric Canyon Capital in February 2013. She was instrumental in the discovery of Khoemacau’s Zone 5 deposit and actively involved in the acquisition of the recently acquired, neighboring Boseto Copper Mine.

Her project experience ranges from grassroots exploration to large scale open pit and underground operations including gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. Her responsibilities include geologic management and guidance of technical staff and resource/reserve estimation. She has been successful in coordinating activities in various geologic departments concerned with exploration, development and production.

Ms. Knight graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada with a combined honors degree in geology and geography and is a Registered Professional Geologist with APEGBC.


William S. Brack

William S. Brack

Project Development Advisor

William Brack has over 40 years of engineering, operating, and construction experience in the mining industry, having retired as Vice President of Engineering for Freeport-McMoRan (previously Phelps Dodge Corporation). He has held various positions within Phelps Dodge including Vice President-New Mexico Operations, President-Chino Mines Company, Manager-Tyrone Operations, Mine Superintendent-Tyrone, Chief Engineer-Morenci Operations, and Chief Engineer-Ajo Operations. Mr. Brack has been responsible for mine, concentrator, SX/EW, and smelter operations, as well as for mine design and reserve reporting. His experience includes all phases of project assessment, development, and construction. He was responsible for management of major capital projects, resource development and energy services throughout Phelps Dodge Corporation worldwide.

Mr. Brack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and attended graduate school in Mathematics at Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


John Munro

John Munro

Corporate Finance and Project Development Advisor

John Munro has 25 years of experience in the mining and private equity industries. He began his career with Gold Fields of South Africa in 1991 as a process engineer on the Northam Platinum mine in South Africa. Following that he held various positions in that company’s corporate office covering environmental management, metal marketing and property development. In 1999, Mr. Munro joined the newly created Gold Fields Limited as the head of feasibility and acquisitions. He was appointed to the Executive Committee of that company in 2002, and assumed responsibility for international gold, copper and PGM operations and development projects, covering Ghana, Peru, Australia and Finland.

Subsequently in 2006, Mr. Munro assumed responsibility for Business Development, Strategy and International Development Projects. In 2008 he was appointed CEO of Rand Uranium, a private gold and uranium start up in South Africa, owned by First Reserve Corporation, AMCI and Harmony Gold. Following the sale of that company in 2011, he joined First Reserve Corporation’s buy out team in London.

Mr. Munro is a non-executive director of Manuli Rubber Industries s.p.a. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Carl Gagnier

Carl Gagnier

Project Development Advisor

Carl Gagnier is a Professional Engineer (BC) with over 30 years of experience in project analysis and design, mine operations management, government relations and mine construction both in North America and internationally. He is currently a principal of CGG Consulting, specializing in the evaluation of mining project acquisition opportunities, permitting and operational risk assessment. Mr. Gagnier previously held various executive and management level positions for the Latin American division of Placer Dome Inc., including responsibility for development projects in Venezuela and Costa Rica. While in Chile he was President of Compania Minera Zaldivar and General Manager of the La Coipa gold-silver mine. He was VP Operations and Executive Vice President of NovaGold Canada. Earlier in his career he was Process Superintendent (Equity Silver, Mount Milligan) and Metallurgical Engineer (Gibraltar Mines, Minera Real de Angeles).

Mr. Gagnier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University, and completed the Executive Development Program at Queen’s.