About Us

Founding Members

George Bujtor

Over 35 years experience in the mining industry. 22 year career with Rio Tinto; MD Base Metals Development, MD Comalco Alumina Refinery, and MD Energy, External Affairs and Environment. CEO of Toledo Mining Corporation & developed the Berong Nickel Mine in the Philippines. As CEO of Atlas Mining turned the porphyry copper operations from underground to open pit and successfully raised over US$200M for plant expansions. He is a Competent Person as defined by the JORC & NI 43-101 codes.

Peter Wallwin

Extractive metallurgist with over 40 years of experience globally in mining and minerals processing. He is recognised worldwide for his skills in process development and design, project evaluations, control systems and instrumentation as well as laboratory design and management. Peter managed the hydrometallurgical nickel leach program and Pilot Plant of ENK Ltd at their Research Facility in Zambales, Philippines. Peter has designed and built over 50 metallurgical process plants world wide for Ni, Cu, Au, Ag, Pt, Fe, etc.

Gordon Tainton

Over 30 years of experience at senior management levels in various sectors of the natural resource sector including; the global commodity inspection and testing services. Spent eight years with Sumitomo Corp. of Tokyo as Vice President then CEO focused on sourcing, purchasing and delivering Sulphuric Acid and Sulphur (in all forms) to the base metal mining/processing and phosphate fertilizer production industries on 5 continents. In 2006 he joined European Nickel PLC (AIM listed) as Philippine Managing Director.

Darwin Manalo

Over ten years of professional experience in the mining and mineral processing industry. His expertise lies in nickel hydrometallurgy and mineral processing (physical separation) including heap leaching, atmospheric tank leaching, ion exchange, selective product recovery through precipitation and electrowinning, gravity concentration as well as magnetic separation. He is knowledgeable in ore characterization using different geological methods such as XRD, XRF, particle size distribution and microscopy as well as wet laboratory techniques such as titration, atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS), etc.