Board of Directors
Mr. Bates currently serves as Senior Vice President, Exploration of Pelangio Exploration Inc. (“Pelangio”) and is responsible for all of Pelangio’s exploration activities in Canada and Ghana, including new project generation. Until recently, Pelangio held a 44.6% equity interest in Detour Gold (TSX: DGC), representing majority control of the Detour Lake advanced exploration project.
Mr. Bates holds two Bachelor of Science degrees (Hons. Geology and Chemisty) from the University of Manitoba and has over 22 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry. He previously held the position of Vice President, Exploration for St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (St. Andrew). Prior to his tenure at St. Andrew, he worked over 20 years for Granges Inc. and its successor company, Vista Gold Inc., in various roles from District Geologist to International Exploration Manager. Mr. Bates has operated and managed exploration programs in North and South America which resulted in a number of gold discoveries, completed evaluations on corporate acquisitions, conducted pre-feasibility and feasibility studies in a range of mine operations.