Thomas C. Patton, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
PRESIDENT & CEO, DIRECTOR
Dr. Patton graduated from the University of Washington in 1971 (Ph.D.) and has worked in the exploration industry for over forty years as a field geologist, consultant and executive officer of both junior and senior mining companies. His work has been primarily in North America, where he and his teams have played major roles in several significant discoveries and reserve expansions of existing operations. Before joining Quaterra on a full-time basis, Tom was President and COO of Western Silver Corporation from 1998 to May 2006. The highlights of this period were the discovery and delineation of the world-class Peñasquito silver-gold-lead-zinc deposit in Zacatecas, Mexico, and the subsequent sale of the company to Glamis Gold Ltd.
Eugene Spiering, B.Sc.
Mr. Spiering has over 30 years of experience in the mining and exploration industries including 21 years serving as Vice President of exploration. Prior to his position with Quaterra, he was VP Exploration with Rio Narcea Mines Ltd., where he managed a team that discovered two gold deposits and completed the final definition of one nickel deposit in Spain. Prior to Rio Narcea, Mr. Spiering held the position of senior geologist with Energy Fuels Nuclear, Inc., where he participated in the discovery of two uranium deposits in northern Arizona and conducted gold exploration in the western U.S. and Venezuela. He received his Bachelor of Science-Geology degree from the University of Utah.
Steven Dischler, P.E.
VICE PRESIDENT AND GM, YERINGTON DISTRICT
Mr. Dischler has 32 years experience in mining and other natural resources. Prior to joining Quaterra Resources he was a Strategy Manager with BP for a portfolio of historic mines associated with the former Anaconda Mining Company assets in the U.S., including Yerington. Mr. Dischler has held a variety of leadership positions in consulting and industry with expertise in managing and permitting major capital projects. He has been involved with the permitting and development of several major mining projects across the U.S., including the underground sulfide Crandon Mine in Wisconsin, the underground nickel copper Eagle Mine in Michigan and the open pit copper Flambeau Mine in Wisconsin. Mr. Dischler has a B.S. degree in mining engineering from the University of Wisconsin and M.S. degree in mining engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a registered professional engineer in eight states and has been a member of the Society of Mining Engineers since 1979.
Scott B. Hean, ICD.D
Mr. Hean has held various positions with Bank of Montreal where he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director, financing the natural resources sector in North America and with J.P. Morgan of New York, financing primarily oil and gas companies. Currently he serves on the Boards of two publicly traded TSX companies. He is the Chair, Bill Reid Trust, and has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including Outward Bound and the British Columbia Children's Hospital. Graduating from the Ivey School of Business, London, Ontario in 1975 and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia in 1973, Mr. Hean graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program in 2006.
David A. Heatwole, G. B.Sc.
DISTRICT MANAGER, YERINGTON
Mr. Heatwole graduated from the University of Arizona in 1966 with an MS in Geology and in 1964 with a B.S in Geological engineering. The University of Arizona awarded him an honorary PE degree of Geological Engineer in 1970. Mr. Heatwole worked for the Anaconda Copper Company for 20 years as a geological engineer on exploration, development and production on assignments in the southwest US, Mexico,Chile, Nevada and Alaska. After the acquisition of Anaconda by Atlantic Richfield he worked 7 years in executive positions involving oil production on Alaska's North Slope and petroleum exploration in the Soviet Far East. In 1972, Mr. Heatwole formed the Alaska Russia Investment Company and engaged is consulting activities for natural resource development and the sale of mining equipment to the Russian Far East. He currently consults to Quaterra regarding the exploration of the Yerington District, Nevada.
PROJECT MANAGER-GEOLOGIST, YERINGTON
Mr. Eliopulos has over 30 years experience in mineral exploration in the Western US from mine geologist to project manager. Mr. Eliopulos is a registered Certified Professional Geologist and is currently Project Manager at Quaterra Resources' Yerington copper project in western Nevada. He has been part of a team that added or discovered new reserves at three Nevada gold mines. His background includes positions at the Homestake gold mine, Texasgulf, Houston Oil & Minerals Corporation, Tenneco Minerals, WX Syndicate, Rio Algom Exploration, and Altair International. He is one of three original founders of Nevada Mine Properties II, Inc. and has been actively involved as a consultant for over 15 years. He holds Geological Engineering Degrees from the Colorado School of Mines (BSc) and from the University of Arizona (MSc).
Hector J. Fernández, G. B.Sc.
CONSULTANT GEOLOGIST FOR QUATERRA RESOURCES INC.
Mr. Fernandez graduated from the University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1973 and has worked in exploration for thirty-two years as a field geologist, consultant and exploration manager for senior mining companies.
Before joining Quaterra in 2003, he worked for Minera Cuicuilco ( Cyprus ) from 1974 to 1986, and was directly responsible for the Cieneguita ( Chihuahua , Mexico ) gold-silver mine discovery that was sold to Glamis. From 1990 to 1996, he worked as Mexico 's Exploration Manager for Minera San Bernardo (ASARCO). From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Quebec Iron and Titanium (RTZ) in its Pluma Hidalgo (Oaxaca. Mexico ) rutile project.
Mr. Fernández has been responsible for Quaterra's Nieves silver project in Zacatecas , Mexico since last quarter of 2003, and he is currently preparing to begin drilling this company's Crestones project in Durang , Mexico.
Curtis J. Freeman
PRESIDENT OF AVALON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, A CONSULTING MINERAL EXPLORATION FIRM BASED IN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA.
Curt earned his Bachelor's degree in Geology in 1978 from the College of Wooster, Ohio and his Master's Degrees in Economic Geology in 1980 from University of Alaska - Fairbanks. Curt has been employed in the minerals industry in Alaska, the Yukon, the western United States, Central America, South America, New Zealand and Africa for the past 25 years.
Curt is a U.S. Certified Professional Geologist (CPG #6901) and is a licensed geologist in the State of Alaska (Lic. # AA 159). Curt is a member and past director of the Alaska Miners Assoc., Society of Economic Geologist, Geological Society of Nevada, British Columbia and Yukon Chamber of Mines and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Curt also serves on the board of the University of Alaska Department of Geology Advisory Board and the State Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey Geologic Mapping Board.
Curt has worked for and consulted for numerous major and junior mining companies in addition to consulting for individuals. Curt and his team of professionals have been involved in a number of gold, silver, platinum group and base metal discoveries in Alaska and other parts of the world.
Charles C. Hawley, B.A., Ph.D.
VP EXPLORATION, ALASKA
Vice President, Quaterra Resources Inc., Director and Chairman, Piper Capital, Inc. Dr. Hawley graduated from Hanover College, Indiana, with a B.A. in geology in 1951 and joined the U.S. Geological Survey in 1952 after graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado in 1963. Hawley worked for the Geological Survey until 1968. During his Survey years he specialized in uranium, precious metals, and beryllium primarily in the Rocky Mountain states. Since 1969, he has worked in the exploration industry as a field geologist, consultant and executive officer of junior mining companies, mainly in Alaska. Hawley has been instrumental in developing coal resources in the Wishbone, Beluga, and Nenana fields and precious metals and copper in the Alaska Range, Seward Peninsula, and Brooks Range.
In addition to his field studies Hawley served as Executive Director of the Alaska Miners Association from 1976-1979 and on the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from 1989-1992 where he chaired the Mining Law Task Force. He is a member of SME and Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. Hawley is registered as a geologist in the State of Oregon and is a Certified Professional Geologist in the AIPG.
Abelardo Garza Hernández, B.Sc.
CONSULTING GEOLOGIST, REGISTERED SURVEYOR, LANDMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT (MÉXICO).
Mr. Garza graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975, and has worked in the mining and exploration industry for the last 30 years as a field and mine geologist, consultant, landman, legal representive, administrator of Mexican subsidiaries of both junior and senior mining companies. His work has been in North America, where he has played major support roles in several succesful exploration projects, including the world-class Peñasquito silver-gold-lead zinc deposit in Zacatecas, Mexico and the subsequent sale of the company to Glamis Gold Ltd.
Prior to becoming a consultant, he worked for Exxon, Industrial Minera México, Grupo Frisco up 1984, and since then he has been an independant consultant, having provided services to many different companies such as Quaterra and Southern Silver, among others.Abelardo is a member of the Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México and the Society for Mining, Metallurgical and Exploration Inc. (SME), and a registered surveyor in México.
Patrick Hillard, B.Sc., M.Sc.
CONSULTING EXPLORATION GEOLOGIST.
Mr Hillard graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1969, and has worked in mining exploration for 37 years, with a significant portion of this time in supervisory positions. His work has been in North America, South America, Papua New Guinea, and Spain. He has participated in the discovery of several uranium orebodies, and was in charge of exploration teams which discovered several breccia pipe orebodies which became profitable mines. He was Vice-President of Exploration for Arequipa Resources and played a significant role in the discovery of the Pierina gold orebody in Peru, after which Arequipa was bought out by Barrick.Mr. Hillard was Chief Geologist for Western Nuclear, a Phelps-Dodge subsidiary, and Manager of Exploration for Energy Fuels. He is a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.
Joseph R. Inman, B.Sc., M.Sc.
CONSULTING GEOPHYSICIST DBA JOE INMAN, EXPLORER.
Mr. Inman graduated from the University of Utah in 1973 (M.Sc.) and has more than 30 years experience in mineral exploration and environmental studies. He has extensive experience and expertise in nearly all geophysical methods including magnetics, gravity, induced polarization/resistivity (IPR), electromagnetics including both time-domain EM and frequency-domain EM (CSAMT, MaxMin,), and radiometrics all in airborne, ground and downhole configurations. Recent experience and areas of interest include the application of seismic methods to mineral exploration as well as data inversion techniques of all geophysical data sets, including integrated earth modeling. Inman has been involved in all aspects of applying geophysics to exploration including survey design (technical specifications), data acquisition, contractor evaluation and selection, data processing and interpretation. He was a key member of the exploration teams that discovered the Crandon, Wisconsin, VMS deposit; and the A154 and Tli Kwi Cho kimberlite deposits, NWT, Canada. Most recently he provided and managed geophysics programs for the Western Silver team that explored and expanded the Penasquito, Mexico, discovery into a world-class silver-gold-lead-zinc deposit.
Prior to becoming a consulting geophysicist, Joe was Director of Technical Support and Services at Kennecott Exploration, responsible for ensuring Kennecott's geologists, geophysicists and data managers had knowledge of, access to and made best use of state-of-the-art exploration methods including geophysics, geochemistry, remote sensing and data/information management technologies. Joe is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and a registered professional geophysicist in the state of California.