Management

Matti Talikka, M.Sc., FAusIMM(CP)

CEO, Director

Matti is a geologist (M.Sc.) with experience in the fields of geological research, mineral exploration, project development, mining and minerals processing. He has held senior technical and management positions in exploration, mining and minerals processing technology companies. Between 2007 and 2015 he was employed by Dragon Mining Limited where he held several positions including General Manager Exploration focusing on exploration and project development in Finland and Sweden. Between 2015-2020 he worked at Outotec in various global positions most recently as Director Geometallurgy and Project Evaluation. Matti is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and Chartered Professional under the discipline of Geology.

Mike Basha, P.Eng., P.Geo.

President, Director

Mr. Basha has been working in the mineral exploration industry for 29 years with major and junior exploration companies both domestically and internationally. His experience includes project generation, fieldwork, and senior management in gold, base-metal and magmatic nickel-copper-platinum group elements exploration. Mr. Basha was instrumental in the discovery of the Hammerdown Gold deposit in Newfoundland and was formerly Vice President Exploration of Cornerstone Capital Resources Corp., heading up the generative initiative that led to development of a large portfolio of successful ventures for Cornerstone in Canada and Ecuador. Mr. Basha holds degrees in geology and engineering and in addition to his exploration experience has worked as a consulting geotechnical and environmental engineer in the past. Mr Basha is a principal and major shareholder of Aurion.

Mark Serdan, CPA, CA, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Serdan has over 20 years’ experience working in the capital markets industry where he specialized in evaluating resource companies. Prior to joining Aurion, Mr. Serdan was a Portfolio Manager for approximately 15 years at BMO Asset Management (8 years) and UBS Global Asset Management (8 years), where he was responsible for making investments in the resource sector and for managing the firm’s resource funds. He won the Lipper Award numerous times through the years, awarded annually to the top performing fund manager among his peers in the category. Mr. Serdan also previously worked 5 years at BMO Nesbitt Burns as an Investment Banker and a Research Associate. Mr. Serdan has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.

Mark Santarossa, CPA, CA, MBA

Vice President of Corporate Development

Mr. Santarossa brings over 15 years of resource capital markets and investment banking experience. Most recently Mr. Santarossa was a Director at Origin Merchant Partners, Canada’s largest independent Mergers and Acquisitions advisory firm based in Toronto. He has worked at both bank-owned and independent Canadian investment dealers and has devoted much of his career to the resource sector. Mr. Santarossa has an extensive list of institutional buy-side and corporate relationships. Mark holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.