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Ryan McDermott,B.Sc.
CEO of Konnex Resource, Inc
General Manager, Empire Mine

Ryan has over 25 years’ experience in mining and mineral exploration for base and precious metals. During this time he has held a number of managerial positions, working most recently as a Senior Project Manager in the western US and Alaska for a private investment group, with responsibility for conducting due-diligence on a variety of advanced mining opportunities.

Prior to this, he was Director of Mining Operations for A2P, leading a team of 200+ engineers, geologists, miners and mill operators through the permitting and development of two underground gold mines, an underground polymetallic mine, an open-pit industrial garnet mine, two milling operations, and six exploration-stage gold properties in Idaho and Montana.  He is a graduate of Idaho State University where he received a bachelor of Science degree in Geology.

With significant regional experience, Ryan brings the necessary skills and experience required for the ongoing development of the Empire Mine.


Martin Houhoulis, B.Sc
Empire Mine Chief Geologist

Martin has extensive experience on copper and base metal projects globally. He graduated with a BSc in geology from the Norther Arizona University and has over 30 years of experience. He worked for Resolution Copper Company (RTZ) in Arizona; as Project Manager on the San Cristobel Mine in Bolivia for Summit Mining; Piedras Verdes Copper Project in Mexico and the Morenci Mine in Arizona for Phelps Dodge Corp.