Technical Advisors

Kenneth J. Balleweg, M.Sc, P.Geo

Technical Advisor

Ken Balleweg is an exploration geologist with over 30 years of exploration and production experience, including 20 years in Mexico. He held the position at Placer Dome as Senior Project Geologist at the Cortez and Getchell Mines, Nevada. His work at the Cortez/Pipeline complex lead to the first intercepts in the Gold Rush deposit.


In Mexico, his positions included 5 years a Placer Dome's Senior Project Geologist for the Mulatos Project, Mexico Mine Exploration Manager. He held positions with Alamos Gold over a 14-year period as Exploration Manager, Vice President Exploration, and Manager of Underground Geology. Exploration successes while at Mulatos include the Escondida, Escondida Hanging Wall, Gap, Puerto del Aire Extension, San Carols SBX, Central Zone, and Far East deposits, that resulted in an addition of over 2M ounces of gold reserves. His expertise is primarily centered on volcanic-hosted epithermal gold deposits, particularly high sulphidation deposits, as well as Carlin-type systems.


He has a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering and M.Sc. in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered professional geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Melvin A. Herdrick, P. Geo

Technical Advisor, Qualified Person

Mr. Herdrick is a professional geologist with 45 years of exploration and mine related experience in the United States and Mexico. His experience includes 10 years as Chief Geologist for Phelps Dodge, Mexico and 7 years as Vice President, Exploration for Pediment Gold in Mexico until its takeover by Argonaut Gold in 2011.