Chief Executive Officer & Director
John E. Black, B.Sc., M.Sc.
John Black is an economic geologist with more than 30 years of exploration experience in The Americas, Central Asia, the SW Pacific, and Eastern Europe/Western Asia. He first worked in South America in 1993 and has been actively involved in mineral exploration throughout the continent for several companies since that time. His professional credentials include a B.Sc. degree in Geology from Stanford University in 1983 and an M.S. degree in Geology – Ore Deposits Exploration from the same University in 1988. John was the founding President of Antares Minerals Inc. and was instrumental in acquiring the Haquira project in Peru for Antares. He was the key driver in negotiating the sale of Antares to First Quantum Minerals for C$650 million. John’s early career included work with Bear Creek Mining Company, Kennecott Minerals Corporation, Rio Tinto and Western Mining Corporation and he currently serves as a Director or Technical Advisor for several private and public exploration companies.
President, Chief Operating Officer & Director
Mr. Pickmann has a law degree and an LLM in corporate Law and over 20 years of corporate, securities and mining law experience. His legal practice has been focused advising significant mining companies in Peru. He has acted as internal legal advisor of Peruvian Government on the Mining Privatization Committee of CENTROMIN PERU; he has been board member of several public and private junior mining companies and board member of PERU PETRO (oil and Gas Peruvian Agency) and is currently partner of GALLO BARRIOS PICKMANN Law Firm leading the mining practice currently Mr. Pickmann is considered as one of the leading lawyers in Peruvian mining practice by Chambers and Partners and Who is Who.
Mr. Pickmann has also been Professor of Mining Law and Strategic Alliances at Lima University. He has managed joint ventures, listings and financing of several junior mining companies with the Lima Stock Exchange. Mr. Pickmann was CEO of Southern Legacy Minerals prior to its amalgamation with Regulus Resources Inc. Mr. Pickmann is based in Lima, Peru.
Chief Geological Officer
Kevin B. Heather, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Dr. Kevin B. Heather was a founding member of both Antares Minerals and Regulus Resources and directed the exploration that led to the discovery of the high-grade Haquira East deposit and was involved in the overall development of the Haquira Cu-Mo-Au porphyry project in Southern Peru; which sold to First Quantum Minerals in December 2010 for C$650 million.
In his new role with Regulus, Dr. Heather will be responsible at a corporate level for overseeing the technical aspects of the company’s exploration activities and building a strong technical committee from his numerous, internationally recognized contacts; with special focus on bringing strong geological, metallurgical, and engineering professionals onto the committee to help advance Regulus’ projects.
He is an economic geologist with more than 30 years of field experience in North and South America. Dr. Heather received a BSc. (honours) degree in geology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in 1982, a MSc. degree in geology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) in 1985, and a PhD. degree from the University of Keele (Keele, England) in 2001.
Between 1978 and 1984, Dr. Heather worked for a variety of exploration companies (Falconbridge Copper, Rio Tinto) and government geological surveys (BC Ministry of Mines, Geological Survey of Canada). From 1985-1992, Dr. Heather was employed as a Senior Geoscientist by the Ontario Geological Survey and from 1992-1997 as a Senior Project Geologist for the Geological Survey of Canada. During this time Dr. Heather specialized on the regional and detailed controls on Archean mesothermal Au-deposits.
In 1997, Dr. Heather joined Barrick Gold Corporation in Chile (Barrick Chile Ltda.) as a Senior Exploration Geologist involved in exploration for high- and low-sulphidation epithermal Au deposits in the high-Andes of Chile and Argentina. From 1997-2002, Dr. Heather mapped the prolific El Indio-Tambo mineral district and worked on the world-class Pascua-Lama Au-Ag project. In 2002, Dr. Heather formed an independent consulting company, “The Rock Doctor Ltda.”, based in La Serena, Chile. During 2002-2003, Dr. Heather completed a district-scale, geological/structural mapping and target generation program for Anglogold at their Cerro Vanguardia low-sulphidation Au-Ag deposit in Patagonia, Argentina.
In 2004, Dr. Heather joined Antares Minerals as VP Geology. His responsibilities included project generation, quality control of technical data collected on Antares projects, geological mapping, target generation, and assisting in the planning, supervision, and execution of exploration programs. His dedication to the collection and interpretation of high quality geological data was instrumental in the discovery of the world class Haquira East Cu-Mo-Au project in southern Peru. Dr. Heather is a Fellow and Honorary Lecturer for the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and is a co-founder and Chairman of the Chilean-based charity “Fundacion Mineros Contra El Cancer”.
Chief Financial Officer & Director
Mark Wayne, LL.B, CFA
Mark Wayne is a co-founder, director and the Chief Financial Officer of Regulus Resources and, prior to that, Antares Minerals Inc. Mr. Wayne has a law degree and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He practiced law from 1980 – 1987, specializing in the fields of corporate and securities law. In 1987 he founded and became President of AltaFund Investment Corp., a public investment company that raised $110 million. In 1991, AltaFund joined the Altamira group of mutual funds and Mr. Wayne subsequently served as Vice-President, Western Canada for Altamira until November 1998. Mr. Wayne has raised money for, and served as a director or officer of, a number of public and private companies over the years in the mining, oil and gas and technology sectors. Mr. Wayne is based in Calgary, Alberta and is also a Vice President of IA Securities Inc., a full service investment dealer.