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Management & Directors


#Richard D. Williams, M.Sc., P.Geo
Position: Chief Executive Officer & Director

Richard Williams is a Professional Geologist with over 20 years experience in gold mining and precious and base metal mineral exploration in southern Africa, south, central and north America, and most recently in southern Europe.

Richard graduated from Portsmouth University, UK in 1988, before becoming a mine geologist in the Witwatersrand goldfields, South Africa. In 1993, he completed a Master's degree in Mineral Exploration at Queen's University, Ontario and joined Canarc Resource Corp. as its Exploration Manager in Suriname, South America. In 1998, based in Vancouver, Richard assumed the role of Acquisitions Manager for Canarc, working mainly in Mexico.

In 2001, Richard formed his own exploration consulting company - RDW Consulting - as well as assisting Chris MacKenzie in the formation of the BAFEX group of companies. As a consulting geologist Richard worked for a variety of exploration companies, with experience gained in the exploration for IOCG deposits in northern Canada and Chile, and also for high and low sulphidation gold deposits in Sardinia, Italy. Richard is based in Vancouver and is responsible for Helio's corporate affairs.


#Andrew MacRitchie, C.A.
Position: Chief Financial Officer

Andrew MacRitchie holds a B.Sc. Honours degree from the University of British Columbia. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2003 while articling with PricewaterhouseCoopers. During that time, Andrew provided services to public companies in the technology and commodities industries. Prior to joining Helio in 2007, Andrew spent four years as the Corporate Controller for a group of exploration-stage companies with gold, silver, diamond and base-metals projects in North America, South America, and Africa.


#D. Grenville Thomas, P. Eng.
Position: Chairman & Director

D. Grenville Thomas is best known as as the founder (and has held positions as Chairman, President and Director) of Toronto-based Aber Resources Ltd. (now Harry Winston Diamond Corporation). Harry Winston holds interests in various properties throughout the Northwest Territories, including the Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada's second diamond mine.

More recently, Mr. Thomas was a Director of both Navigator Exploration Corp. and Strongbow Resources Inc. Strongbow Resources merged in 2004 to become Strongbow Exploration Inc. Mr. Thomas currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board with Strongbow Exploration.

In January of 2009, Mr. Thomas was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

Mr. Thomas brings significant exploration experience and demonstrated exploration success to the Board.

#Stephen Leahy
Position: Director

Mr. Leahy is a businessman who has participated actively in the formation, growth and financings of numerous mining and oil & gas companies in Canada and internationally. Since 1981 Mr. Leahy has served as President, Chairman, CEO or Director of numerous private and publicly traded companies with listings on the TSX Venture Exchange and TSX including Startech Energy, Wellco Energy Services and First Silver Reserve.

After having been Chairman & CEO of North American Tungsten Corporation Ltd. for more than 20 years, Mr. Leahy recently moved on to providing advisory services through his own company Westpac.

#Mr. Bradford A. Mills
Position: Director

Mr. Bradford A. Mills has over 30 years experience in the natural resources industry. He has served on the boards of companies including: Lonmin, BHP Billiton, Rio Algom, Magma Copper, and Echo Bay among others, in a wide variety of capacities including strategy and corporate transformation, operational management, ore body development and worldwide exploration. Mr. Mills is also the founder and Managing Director of Plinian and is a director of its portfolio companies, including Mandalay Resources Limited (TSX:MND), Nimini Holdings Ltd and West African Minerals Corporation (LON:WAFM).

#Alistair Waddell
Position: Director

Mr. Waddell is a geologist with over 25 years of diverse resource industry experience, including senior roles with both junior and senior mining companies providing a broad knowledge of the industry. He was a founder and former President and CEO of TSX-V listed GoldQuest Mining Corp. principally focused on exploration in the Dominican Republic. More recently, he was Vice President - Greenfields Exploration for Kinross Gold Corp. responsible for global greenfields exploration, which included working across Latin America, including Peru, where he lived and worked for over three years.

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