President, CEO & Director
Mr. Angelo has extensive operating and financial experience in the mining industry, including gold, coal and aggregates, and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the United States. He has been president and CEO of Anaconda Mining, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed gold mining company, since September 2010, and has been a director since November 2009. Under his leadership, Anaconda has grown its footprint in Newfoundland, expanded its operations to Nova Scotia, cleaned up the balance sheet and built a sustainable, profitable company that is a responsible member of the community. Prior to joining the Anaconda team, Mr. Angelo served as CFO of Elgin Mining Inc. (formerly known as Phoenix Coal Inc., a TSX-listed resource company) where he was integral in the growth of the organization from a private enterprise to a publicly-listed company from August 2006 to November 2010; as vice-president of MHI Energy Partners (an energy-focussed private equity fund) from 2005 to 2006, and; as a Principal at New York City’s Waller Capital Corporation (a boutique investment bank focussed on mergers and acquisitions) from 1997 to 2005. He was also a founding member and director of North American Limestone Corporation (a private developer and operator of limestone quarries in the United States). Mr. Angelo earned a BSBA in Accounting and International Business from Georgetown University and a MBA from the Columbia Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dufour brings an extensive background in the mining sector with a depth of experience in capital markets and finance, including debt structuring, royalty arrangements and corporate transactions, as well as strong experience with financial management and reporting, corporate governance and risk management. Most recently Mr. Dufour was Chief Financial Officer of Newmarket Gold, a TSX-listed mid-tier Australian gold producer which produced over 220,000 ounces of gold annually. Mr. Dufour was part of the team that executed the transformational merger between Newmarket Gold and Kirkland Lake Gold, creating a new 500,000+ ounce gold producer in 2017. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer at Newmarket Gold in 2015, Mr. Dufour was Chief Financial Officer of Crocodile Gold. In 2015, Mr. Dufour also led the merger between Newmarket Gold and Crocodile Gold. Mr. Dufour joined Crocodile Gold in June 2012 as Director of Finance, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. Mr. Dufour previously worked with Northgate Minerals Corporation as Corporate Controller, and subsequently was promoted to Group Financial Controller for Northgate’s Australian subsidiaries, until its acquisition by AuRico Gold.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Selpcev is the Chief Operating Officer of Anaconda Mining and is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company and plays an integral role in tactical matters such as permitting and mine development of the Point Rousse and the Goldboro Project. Prior to her promotion, she was the Vice President of Technical Services and was directly responsible for overseeing the mining and geology departments at the Point Rousse Project in Newfoundland. In addition to a focus on delivering long- and short-term planning and geological support of the mining operation, she is also heavily involved in strategic planning and project expansion evaluations. With a Master’s Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the Yugoslavia (Belgrade) Faculty of Mining and Geological Engineering, combined with more than twenty years of experience in mining base metals, coal and gold, Ms. Slepcev brings invaluable industry expertise to the project. In addition to Anaconda Mining, she has held senior roles at Labrador Iron Mines Holdings, Agrium Inc. and Western Coal Corp. Ms. Slepcev is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. She has been volunteering at CIM Toronto Education Committee, West Toronto Professional Engineers Executive Committee and at a board of Nova Scotia Mining Association.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Rahim Kassim-Lakha is the Principal and Founder of Blue Sail Capital and has over 25 years of international capital markets experience across the technology, healthcare, industrial, real estate, energy, and mining sectors. With 16 years of U.S. and Canadian capital markets experience, Mr. Kassim-Lakha possesses a multidisciplinary skill set derived from research, sales, trading, and banking. Leading up to the founding Blue Sail Capital Inc., Mr. Kassim-Lakha held senior-level positions at bank and non-bank brokerage firms. During his extensive career, he aided in structuring and funding over U$5bn in capital for private and public companies. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at a boutique brokerage firm in Toronto serving over 300 clients. Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. Kassim-Lakha spent six years on the buy-side working with U.S. Global Investors where he and his team managed three top performing equity funds. Mr. Kassim-Lakha is a graduate of Brown University where he was awarded a dual major in Business Economics and Organizational Management. He began his career as a financial analyst in Boston with Fidelity Capital. He serves as Co-Chair of Brown University Interview Program for Ontario and a volunteer with the Aga Khan Foundation.
Vice President, Exploration
Mr. McNeill joined Anaconda in the summer of 2014. Formerly, he served as Principal Geologist with Paladin Energy Ltd. from 2011 to 2013 and Vice President – Exploration for Aurora Energy Resources Ltd. from 2009 until 2011 where he was focused on the development of the Michelin Project in Labrador, as well as working on uranium projects in Australia and a gold project in Nevada. Prior to that, Mr. McNeill was Exploration Manager for Mega Uranium Ltd. and worked as a consultant to a variety of gold and uranium exploration companies including Rubicon Minerals Inc. and Monster Copper Ltd. Mr. McNeill has an expertise in structural controls on mineralization and project development and as an entrepreneur, developed several grass roots exploration projects, which subsequently lead to new discoveries. Mr. McNeill is a Professional Geologist registered in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Vice President, Innovation & Development
Mr. Cramm is the Vice President, Innovation and Development focusing on key strategic projects to maximize the company’s assets. He also is part of the development team for new mines and operations. Prior to his promotion, Allan was the General Manager of Anaconda’s Point Rousse Project in Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador. He was responsible for the overall operation of the project including permitting, construction, production and special projects. Mr. Cramm has been involved in various management and supervisory roles associated with mining for the past 25 years (both open pit and underground) including Project Coordinator/General Manager of two underground mines in Newfoundland, Nugget Pond and Hammerdown, that used a central-processing facility. He has a high regard for environmental protection with some associated projects having been recognized provincially and nationally for their attention to environmental stewardship.
Vice President, Public Relations
Ms. Hammond has been the Vice President Public Relations for Anaconda Mining since December 2015, responsible for media, public and government relations. Her career experience consists of senior roles in public service including Director of Communications for Newfoundland and Labrador government departments of Municipal Affairs, Fire and Emergency Services, Education and Post-Secondary Education. She also held senior positions in the Communications Branch of Executive Council and the Office of the Premier. Through her career she has earned the reputation of a “fixer” often taking on some of government’s most challenging communications activities.
Mr. Chislett is responsible for managing all operational aspects of milling and mining for the Point Rousse Project gold mine. He plays a key role in safe, environmentally compliant and efficient operations at the Point Rousse Project. Prior to his promotion, he was the Open Pit Superintendent and was directly responsible for overseeing the mining department at the Point Rousse Project in Newfoundland. In addition to a focus on operations, he possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, and continues to build the infrastructure and create a platform for growth. He displays sound decision making skills, leadership qualities and the ability to work within a team structure. He promotes an “Open Door” policy and a respectful workplace free from bullying and gender bias. With a Certificate in Civil Engineering Technology, combined with 16 years in the construction industry and 10 years in the mining industry, Mr. Chislett brings invaluable industry expertise to the project. In addition to Anaconda Mining, he has held senior roles with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department Of Transportation and Works’, Engineering and Maintenance Departments.