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Mountain Province Diamonds Inc (MPVD.TO)

MPVD.TO on Toronto Stock Exchange

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14 Jun 2019
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jonathan Comerford

2006 Independent Chairman of the Board

Stuart Brown

51 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Perry Ing

41 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Tom McCandless

2018 Vice President - Exploration

Brett Desmond

2019 Director

Karen Goracke

2016 Director

William Lamb

47 2019 Director

Tom Peregoodoff

2019 Director

David Whittle

2018 Senior Non-Executive Director

Bruce Dresner

56

Peeyush Varshney

50

Carl Verley

Biographies

Name Description

Jonathan Comerford

Mr. Jonathan Christopher James Comerford is Independent Chairman of the Board of Mountain Province Diamonds, Inc. He has been a director of MPD since September 2001 and the Company’s Chairman since April 2006. Mr. Comerford is resident in Dublin, Ireland. He obtained his Masters in Business from the Michael Smurfit Business School in 1993 and his Bachelor of Economics from University College, Dublin in 1992. Mr. Comerford has been Investment Manager at IIU Limited since August 1995. He serves as a director of Optional Payment Plc.

Stuart Brown

Mr. Stuart Michael Brown is President, Chief Executive Officer, Directorof the Company with effect from July 1, 2018. Mr. Brown has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry, where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration, mine development and operations to the selling and marketing of diamonds. In 2006, after numerous roles within De Beers over a period of 14 years, Mr. Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group Chief Financial Officer. He held that position for over five years, and in 2010 was appointed joint acting CEO to run De Beers' global activities in addition to his CFO duties. Since September 2013, Mr. Brown has been the CEO of publicly-listed Firestone Diamonds Plc, a diamond producer in Lesotho. Mr. Brown was responsible for securing the funding and building the team that delivered the successful construction and transition to production of Firestone's Liqhobong diamond mine. Mr. Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

Perry Ing

Mr. Perry Ing, CPA., serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Ing's previous positions include Chief Financial Officer ofKirkland Lake Gold(2015 - 2016), Chief Financial Officer of McEwen Mining (2008 - 2015), Consultant toBarrick Gold(2005 - 2008) and Corporate Controller of Goldcorp (2003 - 2005). Mr. Ing is a graduate of theUniversity of Toronto(B. Comm.), a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tom McCandless

Dr. Tom Elden McCandless, Ph.D., serves as Vice President - Exploration of the Company. Dr. McCandless has over 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, and was directly involved in the exploration that led to the discovery of the Ekati and Renard diamond mines. More recently he served as a Director on the board of Kennady Diamonds Corp. where he was part of the team responsible for the due diligence and negotiations leading to the acquisition of Kennady Diamonds by Mountain Province in April 2018. As president of MCC Geoscience Inc. he has consulted for grassroots exploration through to operating mines located in North and South America, Africa and Europe. He is also a registered professional geoscientist (BC, NT/NU) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and University of Arizona.

Brett Desmond

Mr. Brett Desmond has been appointed as Director of the company. Effective June 13, 2019. Mr.Brett Desmondis a seasoned investment professional with 20 years of experience in banking, corporate finance, and asset management and his extensive experience in capital markets and private investments adds a unique skill set to the Company's board. In his most recent role, Brett served as SVP of Corporate Development for Daon, a software assurance company, whose clients include the US Government and major US and global banks. Furthermore, he has been involved with a number of successful private and public investments since returning toEuropein 2014. Brett is also the son of the Company's major shareholder,Dermot Desmond. Mr. Desmond has been a long time supporter of Mountain Province Diamonds and over the past few months, he has increased his position in the Company to just under 30%, and as a result, he has requested 2 nominees to the Board in the upcoming election at the AGM; Mr.Jonathan Comerford, the Company's chairman, and Brett. The Company views this as a sign of continued support and assurance from the largest shareholder and strongly welcomes Brett's addition to the Board. Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College in Dublin.

Karen Goracke

Ms. Karen Goracke serves as Director of the Company. Ms. Goracke is President and CEO of Borsheims Fine Jewelry, a Berkshire Hathaway company. She began her career at Borsheims in 1988 as a Sales Associate, but soon was promoted. In her time at Borsheims she has worked as inventory supervisor, watch buyer, ladies jewelry buyer, director of merchandising, and, in 2013, was named President and CEO by Berkshire Hathaway ChairmanWarren Buffett. Ms. Goracke graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with Bachelors of Science degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Communication. She serves as a Director with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the leading compliance organization in the jewelry and gem industry, as well as on a number of other boards and committees within the gem and jewelry industry.

William Lamb

Mr. William Lamb has been appointed as Director of the company, Effective June 13, 2019. Mr.William Lambbrings over 25 years of experience in mining operations and project development to Mountain Province Diamonds. In his most recent role, William served as Chief Executive Officer of Lucara Diamond Corp. ("Lucara") fromMay 2011toFebruary 2018before retiring from Lucara. During that time, he played an integral role in taking Lucara's flagship Karowe mine from feasibility through to a steady state, world class, operating diamond mine. Under Lamb's leadership, the Karowe mine evolved into one of the world's highest margin diamond mines and the foremost producer of large, Type IIA diamonds in excess of 10.8 carats, including the historic 1,109 caratLesedi La Rona(second largest gem diamond ever recovered) and the 813 carat Constellation (sold for a recordUSD$63.1 million). William has a NHD in Extraction Metallurgy for the Technicon of the Witwatersrand, and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Tom Peregoodoff

Mr. Tom Peregoodoff has been appointed as Director of the company, Effective June 13, 2019. Mr.Tom Peregoodoffis currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaizen Discovery Incorporated, a gold/copper exploration company with assets inPeru. Prior to that he joined Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. as Executive Vice President of business development in 2012 before taking over as President and Chief Executive Officer in early 2015. Tom has over 25 years of mining and petroleum industry experience, including 18 years with BHP Billiton with extensive knowledge in global exploration, operations and business development. He served as Vice President, Exploration, BHP Billiton and was accountable for global early-stage exploration activities across all commodities from 2008 to 2011. Tom has held several senior roles in BHP Billiton's exploration division in commercial, operational and technical capacities. He is a Director of Computational Geoscience Inc. and also served as Director of Vanadiumcorp Resource Inc from February of 2014 until February 2015. Tom also holds a BSc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary.

David Whittle

Mr. David E. Whittle is re-designated as Senior Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from July 1, 2018. He is currently serves as Interim President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He was Independent Director of Mountain Province Diamonds, Inc. Mr. Whittle is currently the Lead Outside Director of the Company, and has 25 years of senior executive experience in the mining industry. He has been a director of the Company since 1997, and was President ofMountain Province'sjoint venture partner, Glenmore Highlands Inc., at the time of the original discovery of Gahcho Kué's 5034 kimberlite pipe in 1995. A Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA), Mr. Whittle has extensive experience in corporate finance, transactional negotiation and structuring, and operational management, with a strong background in corporate governance.

Bruce Dresner

Mr. Bruce M. Dresner is no longer as an Independent Director of Mountain Province Diamonds, Inc. Effective June 13, 2019. Mr. Dresner has had a distinguished career as an investment professional, including Director of Investments and Chief Investment Officer at Dartmouth College (1985-1990), Vice President for Investments and Chief Investment Officer at Columbia University (1990-2002), Principal of Quellos Group LLC (2002-2007) and Managing Director, BlackRock Inc. (2007-2008). Since his retirement from BlackRock, Mr. Dresner has held a number of board and advisory positions, including serving on the advisory board of Capstone Investment Advisors (2008-2010), as a member of the strategic advisory board of Wilshire Private Markets at Wilshire Associates Inc. (2010-present), and a trustee of the Gottex Multi-Asset Endowment and Alternative Asset Funds (2011-present). Bruce Dresner is a graduate of Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business (MBA, 1971) and the University of Miami (BA Economics, 1969).

Peeyush Varshney

Mr. Peeyush Kumar Varshney is no longer as an Independent Director of Mountain Province Diamonds, Inc. Effective June 13, 2019. Mr. Peeyush Varshney has been actively involved in the capital markets since 1996 and has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a private merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory firm since 1996. Since September 2005, he has also been the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Canada Zinc Metals Corp., a resource exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Varshney obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) in 1989 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1993, both from the University of British Columbia. He then articled at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, a law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1993 to 1994, and has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since September 1994. Mr. Varshney is a director of Afrasia Mineral Fields Inc., Mexigold Corp., Trigen Resources Inc., Minaean International Corp., and Open Gold Corp.

Carl Verley

Mr. Carl G. Verley is no longer as an Independent Director of Mountain Province Diamonds, Inc. Effective June 13, 2019. He is a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1974. He worked for Cordilleran Engineering Ltd. from 1975-1982. He has been a self-employed geologist since 1982. From August of 1990 to January 2002, he served on the Board of Directors of Gee-Ten Ventures Inc. and since July 2003 to December 2011, he has been a director of Alphamin Resources Corp. (formerly La Plata Gold Corporation). Currently and since 1986 he as been a director of MPD and since 2007 he has been a director of African Metals Corporation. He is the President of Amerlin Exploration Services Ltd., a private company providing exploration services to the mineral industry, that he formed 1983. He is vice president of exploration for Windstorm Resources Inc. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.