Mr Zivcic has dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering (Mining) and Science (Geology) from the University of Queensland. He has spent the past 12 years in operational and technical roles in mines in Australia, West Africa, Papua New Guinea, and most recently Argentina. Mike is an Australian citizen and is a resident of San Juan, Argentina, where he has lived since 2020.
Prior to joining the Company Mike was the General Manager of the Veladero mine. The Veladero mine is also located in the San Juan province of Argentina and is a 50:50 joint venture between the Canadian Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”) and Chinese Shandong Gold Mining Corporation, and is operated by Barrick. Veladero is a large open pit mining and heap leach processing operation, which in 2022 produced just under 400,000 ounces of gold. Prior to joining Barrick, Mike held mining technical and operational leadership roles in Papua New Guinea with Harmony Gold Corporation, and in Burkina Faso and Guinea-Conakry with Nordgold.
Mike holds a West Australian Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competency, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), having completed the Company Director Course in 2010.
Mike’s extensive operational and technical mining experience, coupled with his recent leadership experience in Argentina and extensive local networks, provide an excellent foundation to lead the development of the Company’s Hualilan project, located in the same San Juan province of Argentina.