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About Trevali

WE ARE TREVALI – THE FUTURE OF MINING

Our purpose is to be the world’s most sustainable underground mining company.

OUR VALUES

TEAMWORK

We are stronger when we work together.

#trevaliteamwork

RESPECT

We embrace people for who they are and we value differences.

#trevalirespect

PERFORMANCE

We take on big challenges and we deliver.

#trevaliperformance

CARE

We care for each other, the environment and the communities we touch.

#trevalicare

Management Team

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Ricus Grimbeek, President and CEO

Ricus Grimbeek is an experienced mining executive with nearly 30 years of progressive experience in the resource sector, and has a proven track record working at all levels of the business. Before joining Trevali, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Vale Base Metals North Atlantic, where he held responsibility for the overall operating and financial performance of 16 mining and refining operations in four countries. He was also previously the President and COO of South32 Australia, overseeing 6 operations in Australia and Colombia. He has also served as Asset President of Aluminium Australia, Head of Group HSEC for BHP Billiton, President and COO of BHP Billiton’s Ekati Diamond Mine, Executive Vice President Mining and Concentrating for Lonmin Platinum. Ricus holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Pretoria, has completed the Management Development Program from the University of Orange Free State, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Mine Ventilation from the Chamber of Mines.

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Steven Molnar, Chief Legal Officer

As Chief Legal Officer, Steven Molnar is responsible for all legal matters involving Trevali and its subsidiaries, in addition to providing leadership and direction on matters relating to corporate governance and enterprise risk management. Before joining Trevali, Steve practiced corporate and securities law at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he provided advice on a variety of matters and transactions including corporate governance, regulatory compliance and public company reporting, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements in the mining industry. Steve holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University. He is a member of both the British Columbia and Ontario Bars.

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Joanne Thomopoulos, Chief People Officer

Joanne Thomopoulos is an influential senior HR leader with over 15 years of direct leadership experience. Before joining Trevali, she spent over 10 years at BC Hydro and 8 years at BCLC where she championed key strategic HR initiatives that leveraged talent to maximize business efficiencies. She has led workforce redesign projects, developed performance management and talent development frameworks, and provided strategic guidance on mergers, acquisitions and integrations. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, holds a Strategic Human Resources Management Graduate Certification, Advanced Certification in Management and a Diploma in Criminal Justice. She is also a certified coach and facilitator for Kouzes and Posner’s leadership practices.

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Derek du Preez, Chief Technology Officer

Derek du Preez brings over 25 years of experience working at some of the world’s largest and most complex mining operations, leading major digital transformation and innovation programs, championing industry-first applications of IoT and AI technologies and providing strong strategic guidance and technical expertise in relation to feasibility, planning and turnaround strategies to ensure optimal value for the business. Before joining Trevali, Derek was the Principal Consultant at AMC Consultants. Prior to that, he held the position of Director, Digital Transformation, North Atlantic at Vale Canada and Head of the Digital Delivery Centre at South32. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineer’s Certificate of Competency from South Africa, is a Technologist Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia in the Mechanical College, and is experienced in Agile Delivery, SCRUM and Design Thinking.

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Brendan Creaney, Vice President, Investor Relations and Interim Chief Financial Officer

Brendan Creaney is a business administration professional with 15 years of experience in the mining and construction industry with a focus on finance, capital allocation, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and strategy. Before joining Trevali he spent 7 years at Goldcorp holding various progressive roles ending his tenure as Director of Corporate Development and Value Assurance. Prior to Goldcorp positions were held at Barrick and Novagold advancing the development of projects. Mr. Creaney holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from the University of Manchester and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Victoria.

Board of Directors

Jill Gardiner, Chair

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Jill Gardiner is a corporate director and currently serves on the board of Capital Power Corporation and Hochschild Mining plc. Previously, she spent over 20 years in the investment banking industry, most recently as Managing Director and Regional Head, British Columbia, for RBC Capital Markets. In her various roles in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and debt capital markets, she provided strategic advice to, and helped raise capital for, numerous corporations with a focus on the power, pipeline , infrastructure, forest products and diversified industries. Ms. Gardiner was formerly Senior Project Manager at the Ontario Energy Board and lecturer at the University of Victoria in corporate finance and human resource management. Ms. Gardiner previously served as Board Chair of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. and as a director of the boards of Capstone Mining Corp., Parkbridge Lifestyle Community Inc., SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, and Timber Investments. She has an MBA and BSc from Queen’s University.

Russell Ball, Director

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Russell Ball is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Calibre Mining Corp. since October 2019 and previously served as Executive Chairman of Calibre. Previously, Mr. Ball was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development of Goldcorp Inc., a role he assumed in March 2016 after initially joining Goldcorp Inc. in 2013 and serving as Executive Vice President of Capital Projects, Strategy and Corporate Development, including oversight of their primary growth projects. Prior to his role with Goldcorp Inc., he served in varying capacities for Newmont Mining Corporation, including Strategic and Business Planning, culminating with his appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He currently serves on the Board of Calibre Mining Corp. He is both a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa and a Certified Public Accountant in the USA.

Aline Cote

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Aline Cote has recently been appointed as the first female Industrial Lead of Glencore International AG, as co-head of Zinc industrial assets. She began her career as an exploration geologist for Noranda Inc. and transitioned thereafter into project management and technical services roles under Xstrata plc and Glencore. Ms. Cote holds a bachelor’s degree in Science (Geology) from the University of Quebec (1998), post graduate training in Geology at Laurentian University (2000) and an MBA from the University of Quebec (2008).

Ricus Grimbeek, Director

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Ricus Grimbeek is President & CEO of Trevali, and is an experienced mining executive with nearly 30 years of progressive experience in the resource sector, and has a proven track record working at all levels of the business. Before joining Trevali, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Vale Base Metals North Atlantic, where he held responsibility for the overall operating and financial performance of 16 mining and refining operations in four countries. He was also previously the President and COO of South32 Australia, overseeing 6 operations in Australia and Colombia. He has also served as Asset President of Aluminium Australia, Head of Group HSEC for BHP Billiton, President and COO of BHP Billiton’s Ekati Diamond Mine, Executive Vice President Mining and Concentrating for Lonmin Platinum. Ricus holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Pretoria, has completed the Management Development Program from the University of Orange Free State, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Mine Ventilation from the Chamber of Mines.

Dan Isserow, Director

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Dan Isserow is a Chartered Accountant with financial and business operations leadership experience and a successful track record of growing organizations across various business sectors, including introducing the Nando’s restaurant franchise to Canada and serving as its President and CEO from 1993 to 2012. He is currently the Co-Founder, President and Chief Financial Officer with Silica Ventures, a company focused on the expanding market for digital sign applications; with customers in Canada and the United States. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa. He has also completed the ICD Directors’ Education Program (DEP).

Nick Popovic

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Nick Popovic joined Glencore International A.G. in January 1992 as a Zinc and Lead Concentrates and Metals trader and is currently Head of Marketing and co-Industrial Lead (Zinc Smelters) for Glencore. He currently also serves as chairman of Kazzinc and is a board member of Compañia Minera Volcan SAA and Volcan S.A.A., said companies all being engaged in the extraction and production of zinc, lead, copper and precious metals. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge.

Richard Williams, Director

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Richard Williams currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Bunker Hill Mining Corp and is a former Chief Operating Officer at Barrick Gold Company and Barrick’s Executive Envoy to Tanzania (2014 to 2018). He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Afghan Gold and Minerals Company (2010 to 2014) and as a non-executive director of Gem Diamonds Limited, listed on the London Stock Exchange (2015 to 2018). In addition to his mining experience, Mr. Williams served as the Commanding Officer of the British Army’s Special Forces Regiment, the SAS. He has an MBA from Cranfield University, a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from Kings College London, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London. He is also on the Board of Canada’s Vimy Foundation, a charity with a mission to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, and London’s Mine and Money Conference.

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