Mr. Franzen is a registered Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience in advanced project development and mine operations with a focus on project de-risking and feasibility-level studies. He has been associated with several development-stage mining projects that were subsequently sold to third parties including: North American Metals Corp. (1988), Continental Gold Corp. (1990), Francisco Gold Corp. (1997) and Mar-West Resources Ltd. (1998), Western Keltic (2008) and Terrane Metals Corp (2010). He has held leadership roles in the British Columbia & Yukon Chamber of Mines, Mineral Deposit Division of the Geological Association of Canada and Vancouver Mineral Exploration Group. Mr. Franzen holds a B.Sc., (Honours Geology) from the University of British Columbia and a M.Sc. (Structural Geology) from Carleton University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia.