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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.


Graham Kelsey, B.Sc.  M.Sc. 
Empire Mine Senior Geologist

Graham is a seasoned field and mine geologist. He graduated with a BSc degree in geology from Washington State University and gained an MSc from Arizona State University. He has 36 years experience and an extensive knowledge of the mineralogy of copper terrains, specifically in the large porphyry's of Arizona, USA.  He most recently worked as Senior Geologist at Arizona's Pinto Valley Mine. He has worked for Phelps Dodge, Cyprus Minerals, Amoco Minerals and Lac Minerals and Kinross.


Philip Van Angeren, B.Sc, PGeo
Consultant Geologist, Empire Mine

Phil graduated with honours from McGill University in Canada in 1977 and has considerable experience throughout North America in base and precious metals exploration and mining.

Phil is especially experienced in the styles of mineralisation found at the Empire Mine, including skarn and associated porphyritic orebodies. Phil has previously been involved as a consultant at Empire, where he worked on the planning and implementation of drilling programmes and on the geological evaluation of the property.

He brings a wealth of experience to Phoenix and has detailed knowledge of the area surrounding Empire.