Mining Staff

Jason J. Cox, Technical Director, Canada Mining Advisory

Jason J. Cox, P.Eng., Technical Director, Canada Mining Advisory, specializes in project management, mine design, cost estimation, and cash flow forecasting. Mr. Cox has over 20 years of experience in all stages of mine development; resource and reserve estimation, engineering studies, construction, operation, and closure. As Technical Director, Canada Mining Advisory, Mr. Cox leads project teams in engineering studies, with responsibility for the final product, reviews metal price guidance for the company, and conducts peer review of mining work.

Jason is also a committee member of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) with the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).  The committee prepares PEO practice standards and guidelines and examines professional practice issues.

Grant A. Malensek, Managing Principal Mining Engineer

Grant A. Malensek, P.Eng./P.Geo. is a Managing Principal Mining Engineer with 25 years’ experience in the mining industry.  Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Malensek was a Mineral Project Evaluation Consultant for a large engineering firm where he carried out fatal flaw, due diligence and Independent Engineer reviews for equity and project financings.  He also prepared technical-economic models, project finance models, mineral property and mineral project valuations, and valuations for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  Mr. Malensek’s consulting experience includes Feasibility and Prefeasibility Studies, Preliminary Economic Assessments, capital cost estimates and reviews, mine strategy, and options analysis and project evaluations in connection with mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Malensek’s commodities experience includes base and precious metals, iron ore, industrial minerals, and rare earths.  His international experience includes Canada, USA, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Peru, Brazil, and Ghana.

Glen Ehasoo, Principal Mining Engineer

Glen Ehasoo, P.Eng., Principal Mining Engineer, has over 20 years’ experience in all stages of mine development; from permitting to reclamation planning.  His experience includes project evaluation, due diligence reviews, resource modelling, pit optimization, mine scheduling, open pit mine design, mine cost estimating, mine closure planning, tailings management, and cash flow models. Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Ehasoo’s projects have included mine planning for an operating gold mine; mine planning, permitting, and construction and operations for an open pit coal mine; mine planning on numerous studies to Feasibility level; due diligence reviews for open pit and underground gold and base metal mines and properties. Mr. Ehasoo’s experience includes mining operations and exploration projects in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. 

Normand L. Lecuyer, Principal Mining Engineer

Normand L. Lecuyer, P.Eng., ing., Principal Mining Engineer, has over 37 years’ experience in the design, operation, and management of underground mines, as well as consulting, in Canada and abroad.  He has worked in senior capacities at a number of gold and base-metal mines, with responsibilities including production management, mine design and planning, and budget preparation. Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Lecuyer was Vice-President Operations with a junior mining company in Quebec where he was responsible for providing support to the mine management, engineering, and operations personnel in reviving operations at two copper mines in northwestern Quebec. Before that, he was Vice-President Operations with a Chinese-Canadian joint venture, with mine and mill and smelter operations in the Guangxi province of China. Mr. Lecuyer has considerable experience in the consulting business and has been involved in numerous assignments, including technical evaluations, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, and due diligence reviews.   

Goran Andric, Principal Mining Engineer

Goran Andric, P.Eng., Principal Mining Engineer, has over 23 years of operational and consulting experience as an open pit mining engineer in coal, base and precious metal projects located in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Andric was a Principal Mining Engineer with an international mining consulting firm where his consulting assignments included conceptual and feasibility studies, project management, open pit mine design and planning, equipment selection and costing, economic analysis and practical solutions for operational improvements.  Mr. Andric uses MineSight, Whittle, and Gemcom software.

Hugo M. Miranda, Principal Mining Engineer

Hugo M. Miranda, ChCMC(RM), is a Principal Mining Engineer with over 20 years of experience in mining engineering, project management, and consulting. Mr. Miranda's experience includes conceptual stage to feasibility stage projects, and open pit and underground mining operations. He has carried out assignments on projects and mining operations in Chile, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, and Kazakhstan. His commodities experience includes copper, iron, gold, silver, zinc, nickel, uranium, alumina, tellurium, and molybdenum. Mr. Miranda has used a variety of mine planning and evaluation software including Minesight, Vulcan, Gemcom, Xpac, Xeras, Whittle, and Opticut.

Marc Lavigne, Principal Mining Engineer

Marc Lavigne, M.Sc., ing., is a Principal Mining Engineer with over 27 years of experience in the mining industry.  Mr. Lavigne's experience includes project evaluation, due diligence reviews, mineral reserve estimation, open pit mine design, mine scheduling, and pit optimization.  He has participated in, or managed, many scoping, prefeasibility and feasibility studies for underground and open pit mines.  Mr. Lavigne has worked on precious metals, base metals, iron ore, rare earths and industrial mineral projects in North and South America, Africa and Asia.  He is an experienced user of Surpac and Whittle software for mine design and optimization.  Mr. Lavigne is fluent in French and English.

R. Dennis Bergen, Associate Principal Mining Engineer

R. Dennis Bergen, P.Eng. is an Associate Principal Mining Engineer with more than 30 years' experience in corporate and site management, mine development, and operations and mine engineering. Mr. Bergen has extensive experience in project evaluation and acquisition for public companies. His experience includes senior operating responsibilities at a number of mines and projects in northern Canada. Mr. Bergen also has international project experience in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and China.

Robert L. Michaud, Associate Principal Mining Engineer

Robert L. Michaud, P.Eng., is an Associate Principal Mining Engineer with almost 30 years of management experience in the mining sector in project, operations, and corporate settings. Mr. Michaud’s experience includes both hands-on and leadership roles in the design and implementation of mineral asset validation programs, mine design, feasibility study preparation, operations permitting, design engineering, construction, staffing, plant startup, operations and maintenance, facility closure, and site reclamation. His experience includes the successful development, construction, and operation of three gold and base metal mines. Mr. Michaud’s experience also includes project evaluation, due diligence, investment monitoring, operations improvement, capital project audits, and environmental audits.

Jeff Sepp, Senior Mining Engineer

Jeff Sepp, P.Eng., is a Senior Mining Engineer with over 15 years of experience in mine planning, design, and scheduling, and ventilation design and implementation.  Mr. Sepp’s experience includes open pit and underground mining operations and development stage projects in Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Turkey, Mali, Ghana, Tanzania, and Sweden.  Mr. Sepp is an experienced user of MineRP software including Mine2-4D, EPS, and MineCAD planning and scheduling software.

Ian Weir, Senior Mining Engineer

Ian Weir, P.Eng., is a Senior Mining Engineer with hands-on experience in open pit copper and gold mining operations in Northern Chile and Nevada, USA.  His experience includes life of mine planning, optimizing extraction sequences, budgets, equipment selection and forecasting, mine development, mine production, and mine safety.  Mr. Weir is fluent in English and Spanish.

David M. Robson, Manager of Technical Reporting and Senior Mining Engineer

David M. Robson, M.B.A., P.Eng., is a Senior Mining Engineer with 15 years of experience in the mining industry.  His experience includes underground mine design and engineering roles at uranium, industrial minerals, and base metals operations in Canada and Europe.  He is a user of Vulcan, VentSim, AutoCAD, and Deswik.  Mr. Robson holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business specializing in Global Mining Management and Strategy.

Derek Holm, Senior Mining Engineer

Derek Holm, FSAIMM, is a Senior Mining Engineer with 18 years production and project experience which includes mine design and scheduling for open pit and underground mines, mine optimization, Mineral Reserve estimation, and analysis of production options with the aim of improving production.  Mr. Holm has been involved in planning projects and operations across Africa and Asia and has carried out extensive work with mining Institutes in the Former Soviet Union countries.  Derek’s commodities experience includes gold, iron ore, copper, phosphate, platinum, chrome, coal, and manganese.   Derek graduated from University of Witwatersrand in 2000 with a BSc in Mining Engineering, is a Member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).  Derek is a user of Mine 2-4D, Deswik and Whittle software packages.

Varun Bhundhoo, Mining Engineer

Varun Bhundhoo, ing., is a Mining Engineer with four years' experience in the mining industry. His experience includes preparing progress reports showing drill and blast for production and development for two underground mines, and geotechnical and geophysical analysis of rock core samples. Mr. Bhundhoo has experience using Proficient RocScience, GEMCOM, Whittle, Mine 2-4D, AutoCAD, and Amine mining software, and Processing MODFlow geotechnical/hydrogeological software.

Jordan Cooper, Mining Engineer

Jordan Cooper is a Mining Engineer with six years of on-site experience.  Prior to joining RPA Mr. Cooper was the Technical Services Leader of the engineering and survey departments at the Aurora open pit and underground gold mine in Guyana and was a Long Range and Short Range Planner at the Pine Cove gold mine in Newfoundland, Canada.  His experience includes short and long range mine planning, budget planning, Mineral Reserve estimation, pit optimization and scheduling, and the development of standard reports for project permitting, production plans, closure plans and standard operating procedures.  Jordan Cooper is proficient in the use of Geovia Surpac, Whittle, and MineSched software, and is also familiar with AutoCAD, GEMS, MineSite, BMM Explorer, OrePro 3D, and Pix4D software.   

Manuel Cortes, Principal, Economic Analysis and Valuations

Manuel Cortes, M.B.A., Principal, Economic Analysis and Valuations, has over 13 years of experience working with various multi-national companies in mining, oil and gas, and construction as an engineer and as a business consultant.  Mr. Cortes’ areas of expertise include corporate development, mergers and acquisition, due diligence, project studies, economic analysis and valuations, financial modeling, cost estimating, project management, planning and control, and maintenance. 

Prior to joining RPA Mr. Cortes was an independent business consultant providing support to mining companies in the areas of mining projects’ evaluation, financial modelling, and other finance-related topics.  Prior to his work as an independent consultant Mr. Cortes was the Manager Corporate Development for Primero Mining Corp and was Manager Project Evaluations, Capital Projects for Barrick Gold Corporation.

Manuel Cortes  has served as Guest Lecturer Global Mining Management at York University’s Schulich School of Business.