Mr. Washer has 35 years’ experience in the mining industry and has been involved in the construction of five gold processing plants (four Carbon-in-Pulp and one alluvial). Mr. Washer has been directly involved in discovering and/or opening six gold mines and locating a new gold field in Ecuador. He was responsible for the financing and construction of a 2-million tonne-per-annum gold processing plant in Western Australia and has developed a number of mines on his own prospects. Previously, Mr. Washer was board chairman and a major shareholder in AVATAR Petroleum Inc, an oil production company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, which held 30% interest in the Tiguino Oilfield in Ecuador. Mr. Washer has been involved in mining operations in Ecuador for more than 20 years.