Arizona Sonoran boosts management team with three new appointments

George Ogilvie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Sonoran Copper Company Inc

Arizona Sonoran Copper Company Inc., a US-based copper developer announces it has increased the bench strength of its team in Arizona and the Toronto-based finance team.

Dan Johnson, Project Manager and John Peterson, Senior Environmental Professional, are well-known individuals with long careers in the Arizona mining industry, while Kevin Canario, Director of Finance has been a key member of mining finance teams as an auditor and CFO.

What were the executive’s thoughts on the appointments

ASCU President and CEO, George Ogilvie said “We welcome the new hires in anticipation of engineering, procurement, construction and management stage of the Project’s development.”

“These new positions are the first of several to set ourselves up for an effective evolution of the Cactus Mine through the technical studies, and towards the Project Financing post-construction decision. Onsite at Cactus, Dan and John both bring with them a deep knowledge and understanding of the copper industry, including permitting in Arizona, and the hydrological and engineering requirements of scaling to a large copper SX/EW operation.”

What is the industry expertise of the appointments?

Dan Johnson, P.E., R.G., RM-SME, Project Manager

Johnson is a resident of Arizonan with over three decades of environmental management, hydrological engineering, and project management experience in the state’s mining industry.

Johnson was Vice-President and General Manager at Taseko’s Florence Copper Project, where he led the firm’s environmental permitting, technical, construction and operational commissioning efforts with the support of the project team over a nine-year span.

Prior to that, Johnson was Technical Services and Environmental Manager/Director for projects in North America and Chile at QuadraFNX, and has held senior levels for Phelps Dodge, Freeport-McMoRan, Rio Tinto, and Montgomery Watson Harza.

Johnson is an officer of the Arizona Mining Association Board of Directors. Dan is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and is a Geologist, Hydrologist, and Professional Engineer.

John Peterson, Senior Environmental Professional

Peterson has 37 years of experience working with environmental permitting, mining, groundwater development, environmental site assessment, environmental remediation, and federal Superfund site management. Most recently Mr. Peterson was a Project Manager with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality responsible for representing the State of Arizona’s interest in the cleanup and maintenance of several Arizona Superfund sites.

He worked in environmental consulting in multiple capacities; managing site assessment and cleanup of impacted sites throughout the US; managing and training staff; performing hydrologic evaluation of aquifers; permitting like Aquifer Protection Permits; and, conducting groundwater resource and water supply studies for a major Arizona mining interest.

John Peterson’s customers have included the military, mining companies, and private enterprises. John received a B.Sc. degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona.

Kevin Canario, CPA, CA, Director of Finance

Canario has 15 years of accounting and finance experience in the industry working in both assurance and various leadership roles at TSX listed mining companies. Most recently, Kevin was the CFO of the Ore Group of companies leading the six entities through a transitionary period, and prior to that he was the Corporate Controller of the former Battle North Gold Corporation where he led the Company’s financial reporting and treasury functions.

At Battle North Gold he was a key part of the team that prepared the feasibility study for the Company’s flagship asset, and he was intimately involved in numerous M&A initiatives.

Prior to this, he was the CFO of INV Metals Inc. and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 5 years within the mining assurance practice managing audits for a variety of publicly listed clients ranging from small exploration to large multi-asset operations. Canario holds a CPA, CA and Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.