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Nick Gow, PhD, QP
Director - Technical Services

Nick Gow has over a decade of experience in hands-on metallurgical testing, equipment design and manufacturing, with a focus in mineral processing feasibility. His experience includes design and due-diligence of metallurgical testing campaigns for processes including comminution, gravity, flotation, and leaching of base and precious metals. This includes a focus on process development for whole circuit gold/silver processing (CIC/CIL/CIP) operations, including carbon adsorption and recovery methodologies. He routinely conducts metallurgical pilot and plant audit campaigns domestically and internationally. 


Brittany Garcia
Lab Manager

Brittany Garcia has managed labs while maintaining ISO 9001 Quality, Environmental, and Safety standards. She is a microbiologist by training but has established her career within mining and metallurgy. She began her career in an analytical chemistry and later transitioned into process development work and now has over a decade of experience in bioleaching of low-grade sulfide ores with an emphasis on microbial consortia identification. Her experience includes both laboratory and on-site work to identify optimal leaching conditions for both crushed leach and run-of-mine (ROM) material. Brittany's has expertise in Atomic Absorption (AA), Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrum (ICP-OES), and microwave digestor instruments. She is also very knowledgeable with many biotechnology methods, from phase contrast microscopy to 16s sequencing.

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Ryan Allen
Lab Manager - Denver

Ryan Allen has over 25 years of combined experience in mineral processing and chemical manufacturing with a focus in project management, applied research, and process optimization and development.  He is a chemical engineer by training and began his career working for multiple Fortune 500 companies in various roles supporting manufacturing operations. Ryan transitioned to the mining industry and was a part of Resource Development Inc.'s metallurgical laboratory (RDi) for the last 14 years. His experience includes the design and supervision of test programs ranging from PEA to Feasibility level studies. This entails process flowsheet development of gravity, leach, and flotation circuits, for precious metals, base metals, and industrial minerals, both internationally and domestic, with an emphasis on refractory ores.

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Jessica Axen
Director - Exploration

Jessica Axen has 15 years’ experience in inorganic analytical chemistry and laboratory management focused primarily on supporting mining process research and development. Jessica has worked on extractive processes including beneficiation, hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical ranging from bench to continuous pilot scale. She has provided analytical support for materials ranging from geological to process concentrates for precious metals, base metals, rare earths, industrial materials and environmental. Jessica has experience in wet chemistry analysis, atomic absorption (AA), inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), x-ray fluorescence, and fire assay.


Diana Rodriguez
Project Engineer

Diana has experience analyzing metallurgical test data and modelling precious metals recovery. Diana has developed documentation and procedures for test work, in addition to general laboratory processes. She currently facilitates and manages metallurgical testing campaigns, including conducting sample preparation and test work.

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Barry Carlson, P.E., P.Eng, QP

Barry Carlson has over 35 years of experience in project management and project design for numerous mining projects and operations across the United States, including heap leach water balance management and analyses, feasibility studies, geotechnical design and analyses, site reclamation planning and remedial action planning. Recent acknowledgments include optimizing recovery of heap leach pads and process components, detailed heap leach process analyses and dynamic systems water balances for heap leach operations in the U.S. and abroad. Included in these projects were flow processes analyses and gold recovery projections. Barry’s experience includes management and interactions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and multiple state agencies, including Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Washington State Department of Health (WDOH), and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for mining projects on federal and private lands in the United States. Areas of expertise include heap leach/process design, feasibility studies, mine closure and reclamation, geotechnical/civil engineering, hydrologic/hydraulic analysis, site characterization, well installation/monitoring, permitting/compliance and construction quality assurance, which he has provided to clients such as Phelps Dodge Corporation, Alexco Resources Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation, Kinross and Goldcorp, Inc.

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Deepak Malhotra, Ph.D.
Director of Metallurgy

Mr. Malhotra is a world-renowned mineral processing expert with over 50 years of mining industry experience. He holds a Ph.D, in Mineral Economics and a M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He has managed projects in research, process development for new projects, processing plant troubleshooting, plant audits, detailed engineering and overall business management. He has helped commercialize tens of mineral processing plants with capital ranging from $15 to $750M and has performed more than twenty-five audits of mining operations worldwide. He holds four patents and has published over 60 articles and edited several books.

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Devon Whalen, PMP, QP
Senior Metallurgist

Devon Whalen has over 20 years of experience in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy working at copper, molybdenum, nickel, cobalt, and gold operations. Devon’s previous roles include operational, commissioning, supervisory, and project management in addition to metallurgical duties. Outstanding experience in implementing programs and processes across multiple workflows, meeting project specifications, deadlines, and milestones. Her strong leadership and effective communication skills makes her an instrumental team member, creating a positive team environment and building beneficial relationships to achieve desired results and goals.

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Chase Ruff, MBA, QP
Senior Metallurgist

Chase Ruff is an innovative and self-driven engineering professional with over 13 years of experience in metallurgy, engineering, process improvement, project management, safety and environmental management, mineral processing, operational readiness, and construction management.  He has direct operational experience in comminution, gold/copper flotation, copper SXEW, gold/silver heap leach, copper heap leach, CIC, CIP, and refining.  His certifications include MMSA Qualified Professional – Metallurgy/Processing and Technical Expert Auditor for the International Cyanide Management Code.  Chase is a strong collaborator with demonstrated ability plan and execute projects at all stages and has completed projects in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Russia.  

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