Vince Sorace

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Sorace brings more than 25 years of experience to Black Sea Copper & Gold. He has been the founder, served as a Director and held President & CEO positions for numerous private and public companies in the resource and alternative energy sectors. In addition to Black Sea, Mr. Sorace is currently President & CEO of Desert Star Resources, focused on mineral exploration in the Southwest U.S. Mr. Sorace possesses extensive experience in operations, strategic planning, corporate development and the capital markets, having raised over $70 million in debt and equity financings.

Rob Duncan, BSc MSc

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Duncan brings over 26 years of experience in the mineral exploration business having worked for both major mining companies, including Rio Tinto and Inmet Mining Corporation, as well as junior explorers, such as Rimfire Minerals/Kiska Metals Corporation and Evrim Resources Corporation, where he held senior management positions and was an integral part of generative exploration, project evaluations and joint venture negotiations. Mr. Duncan has conducted exploration throughout the North American Cordillera and Canadian Shield on a wide variety of deposit types including orogenic gold, porphyry copper (gold), VMS, and high sulphidation gold-silver.

Eva Nakano, MBA P.Geo.

Corporate Development

Ms. Nakano has been involved in mineral exploration and mining for over 10 years with major (Anglo American) and mid-tier (B2Gold) producers, and with junior explorers (Chariot Resources, Magma Metals). Her experience spans all phases of exploration, from grassroots to advanced stages, and a range of deposit types including porphyry, epithermal, IOCG, VMS, unconformity uranium, and magmatic sulfides. In her previous role at B2Gold she contributed to project evaluations and resource delineation which led to the successful acquisition of several key projects, advancing the company towards mid-tier status. Additionally, Ms. Nakano has built a strong foundation in financial modelling and business strategy. Ms. Nakano holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

Gavin Cooper, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Cooper is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of financial management and administration. He is an accomplished executive, who has experience with public and private companies operating in Canada and abroad, and has a significant record of achievement in the areas of strategic change, financial management and stakeholder relations. Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor in Accounting (Honors) from the University of South Africa. He was formerly a Senior Manager at Ernst & Whinney, Chartered Accountants, in Vancouver, BC, London, UK and Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, Mr. Cooper has held senior management positions with Catamaran Ferries International Inc., Yarrows Ltd., and Pacific Engineered Materials Inc. He currently is a director and/or acts as CFO and corporate secretary of various TSX Venture-listed companies.

Rory Kutluoglu, BSc P.Geo.

Vice President of Exploration

Rory Kutluoglu is a professional geologist with over a decade of exploration experience in a wide variety of commodities across North America. Mr. Kutluoglu has held executive management roles in Canadian junior exploration companies spanning VP Exploration and Business Development. As Exploration Manager for Kaminak Gold Corp. from 2012 to 2015, he was instrumental in delivering the maiden resource, positive preliminary economic assessment and positive feasibility study for the Coffee Gold Project in the Yukon which was acquired by Goldcorp Inc. in 2016 for approximately $520 million. Mr. Kutluoglu obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Lakehead University, is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Leanne Smar, MSc

Project Geologist

Ms. Smar graduated in 2009 from Carleton University with a BSc Honours in Earth Sciences, and completed her MSc in Geology in 2013 at The University of British Columbia, with a specialization in structural geology, metamorphic petrology and geochronology. She comes to us with a strong background in detailed structural mapping, having worked in northern Ontario’s granite-greenstone terrains, Labrador’s Central Mineral Belt (uranium exploration), Yukon’s Tombstone intrusive suite (gold exploration), and the Northwest Territories’ Wopmay Orogen. Leanne draws from six seasons of field experience in remote camps, with TSX Venture listed companies, as well as provincial and territorial geological surveys.

John Williamson, BSc P.Geo.


Mr. Williamson is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years of global experience, including 22 in the management, development and governance of public companies conducting worldwide mineral exploration and mining. He has served as Founder, Chairman, President, CEO, CFO, or Director of 20 or more listed companies in Canada and Australia. Throughout his career Mr. Williamson has discovered and/or evaluated numerous projects through to feasibility production and mining. On more than one occasion his team?۪s efforts were recognized for excellence by being named to the TSX Venture 50TM as a ???Top 10 Mining Company?۝. Mr. Williamson has a Bachelor of Science, Specialization in Geology, (1988) from the University of Alberta, and is a professional geologist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and Member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Rod McKeen


Mr. McKeen has over 30 years of legal experience acting for Canadian public companies with an international focus, primarily in the natural resources sector. His practice includes all types of corporate equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, and mining agreements and transactions. A number of his clients have progressed from private start-up companies to publicly-listed emerging companies and are now established businesses trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange and U.S. and European stock exchanges. Mr. McKeen is experienced in the complex issues that cross-border transactions create. Several of his clients have obtained stock exchange listings in the United States or frequently access funding from U.S. institutional investors. The broad geographic scope in which Mr. McKeen?۪s mining clients operate includes 14 countries on 5 continents.

James Yates


James Yates is an independent businessman with extensive experience in resources and development. Mr. Yates founded Hycroft Resources & Development Corporation, which developed the Crofoot property in Nevada ??? a gold heap leach producer for over 20 years, known as the Hycroft mine. He is a founding director of Alpha Exploration, which developed a uranium deposit and merged with Fission Uranium with a valuation of $189 million in 2013. As a director of Nevada Geothermal over $200 million was raised for the development of a geothermal plant. Mr. Yates has continuously been involved in establishing and financing numerous public companies.

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