Directors and Officers

Dušan Berka, P. Eng., President & CEO, Director

Having worked in Europe and North America, Mr. Berka has over 40 years of international business experience. He also has extensive experience in the financing, marketing, and administration of public companies in addition to corporate communication, public relations and contract negotiations. Mr. Berka has served as a Director and Officer of various public companies traded on the TSX, TSX Venture and NASDAQ. Mr. Berka is a graduate engineer with a M.Sc. (Dipl.Ing.) degree from Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia (1968) and has been a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia since 1977.

David Jones, Director

Mr. Jones is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Arizona with 40 years experience in mineral exploration and project development in the U.S. and Latin America. As the foremost expert in the Guerrero Gold Belt, Mr. Jones discovered the Los Filos gold deposit in 1995 (Teck), was the leader of the technical team that won the bid for the Morelos reserve in 1998 (El Limon-Guajes deposits) and served as the principal geologic advisor in the start-up of Torex Gold Resources Inc. For the past 16 years he has worked extensively in epithermal precious metals system in Oaxaca and was responsible for targeting the recent discovery of Gold Resource Corporation’s (NYSE: GORO) polymetallic Switchback mine. Mr. Jones was a board member of Cayden Resources Inc. at the time of its $205 million sale to Agnico Eagle, and is currently a director of both Minaurum Gold Inc. (TSX-v: MGG) and the private concern Acapulco Gold.

Robert Archer, P.Geo, Director

Mr. Archer has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry, working throughout North and South America. After having spent 15 years with major mining companies, Mr. Archer moved to the junior mining sector where he held several senior management positions. Mr. Archer co-founded Great Panther Mining Limited, a growth-oriented mid-tier precious metals producer, having served as President & CEO until August 2017 and currently remains on its Board of Directors. Mr. Archer also serves as CEO and sits on the Board of Newrange Gold Corp. (TSX-V: NRG), an exploration company with assets in the Western United States. Mr. Archer is a Professional Geologist (registered in British Columbia) and holds an Honours BSc from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

Paul Smith, Director

After graduating from Oxford University with an MA in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials, Paul Smith spent most of his career in the non-ferrous mining and smelting industry. After a 20-year distinguished career with Rio Tinto Zinc group of companies and 8 years with Pechiney World Trade, Paul was a founding shareholder and Finance Director of Ocean Partners Holdings Limited, a global trader of copper, zinc and lead raw materials. He left Ocean Partners in May 2012 to pursue other investment opportunities and charitable activities.

Zara Kanji, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Zahara Kanji (Zara), Ms. Kanji has been the Chief Financial Officer of Soldi Ventures Inc. since March 16, 2010. Ms.Kanji served as the Chief Financial Officer of NMC Resource Corporation (also known as Venture One Capital Corp.) from November 30, 2009 to March 17, 2010 and as Chief Financial Officer of Ashburton Ventures Inc., from January 1, 2009 until November 1, 2010.

Ms. Kanji is a founder of Zahara Kanji & Associates (established 2004), an accounting practice specializing in financial reporting compliance for junior listed resource companies. Ms.Kanji has been a Member of the Certified General Accountants Society of British Columbia and Canada since August 2003. Ms. Kanji holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2000.

Kelly Pladson, Corporate Secretary

Kelly Pladson has provided corporate governance and regulatory compliance services to many TSX Venture and CSE listed companies since 2009. She works closely with the company’s CEO and legal counsel in maintaining corporate records, managing the day to day operations of the company and ensuring the company’s filings with the securities commissions and exchanges are accurately filed and in accordance with their deadlines. Prior to 2009, Ms. Pladson was an investment advisor’s assistant for two years.


An emerging resource company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Megastar owns gold and base metal properties in Mexico and Quebec.


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