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Mountain Province Diamonds Inc (MPVD.TO)

MPVD.TO on Toronto Stock Exchange

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jonathan Comerford

49 2018 Chairman of the Board

Stuart Brown

56 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Perry Ing

41 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance

Reid Mackie

2015 Vice President - Diamond Marketing

Tom McCandless

2018 Vice President - Exploration

Keyvan Salehi

2019 Vice President- Corporate Development and Technical Sales

Dean Chambers

65 2020 Director

Brett Desmond

42 2019 Director

Kenneth Robertson

65 2020 Director

David Whittle

55 2018 Director

Karen Goracke

53 2016 Independent Director

Tom Peregoodoff

57 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jonathan Comerford

Mr. Jonathan Christopher James Comerford serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Comerford has been a director of the Company since September 2001 and Chair since April 2006. Mr. Comerford also assumed the role of Interim President and CEO for the Company from June 1, 2018 until June 30, 2018. 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 since August 1995. He also served as a director of Kennady Diamonds Inc. since February 2012 until its acquisition by the Company.

Stuart Brown

Mr. Stuart Michael Brown serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. 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 DeBeers 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. From September 2013 to June 2018, Mr. Brown was 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, Vice President - Finance of the Company. Mr. Ing has been the Company’s Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer since Feb 6, 2017. Mr. Ing is a resident of Ontario, Canada. Mr. Ing is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), and a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 14 years of financial management experience in the mining sector and nearly 20 years industry experience. Mr. Ing started his accounting career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he spent 6 years in progressively senior roles before joining Goldcorp Inc. in 2003 as Corporate Controller. Mr. Ing then held the positions of Financial Consultant with Barrick Gold Corporation from 2005 to 2008, Chief Financial Officer of McEwen Mining Inc., from 2008 to 2015, and Chief Financial Officer of Kirkland Lake Gold from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Ing holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Toronto.

Reid Mackie

Mr. Reid Mackie serves as Vice President - Diamond Marketing of the Company. Mr. Mackie has been the Company’s Vice President Diamond Marketing since November 2015. Mr. Mackie is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the Company, he was with Rio Tinto Diamonds, where he held the positions of Manager Sales and Marketing for Argyle Pink Diamonds in Perth, Australia (2011 to 2015) and Senior Executive Trader in Antwerp, Belgium (1999 to 2010). At Argyle, Mr. Mackie was responsible for the pricing and sales of all Argyle pink polished diamonds including the Argyle pink diamond tender. In Antwerp, Mr. Mackie was responsible for the valuation and sales of rough diamonds from the Diavik, Argyle, Murowa, Ellendale and Merlin diamond mines. Mr. Mackie is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.A., 1994).

Tom McCandless

Dr. Tom Elden McCandless Ph.D. serves as Vice President - Exploration of the Company., serves as Vice President - Exploration of the Company. Dr. McCandless has been the Company’s Vice President Exploration since November 2018. Dr. McCandless is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the Company, he was with Stornoway Diamonds (2007-2008) and Ashton Mining of Canada (2000-2007) where he held the position of Chief Mineralogist. At Ashton, Dr. McCandless managed the laboratory facilities and dealt with technical aspects of kimberlite exploration in Quebec, NWT, Nunavut and Alberta. Dr. McCandless was directly involved with the Renard Mine from discovery with Ashton, through its early evaluation with Stornoway. He has served as an officer or director of several public companies and was most recently a director of Kennady Diamonds. Presently he is a director of CBLT, and a technical advisor to Dunnedin Ventures, GGL Resources, and Canterra Minerals. Dr. McCandless is also president of MCC Geosciences Inc., providing advice in diamond and metals exploration and development. Dr. McCandless is a graduate of the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 1994), and is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona and at the University of Alberta. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and the NT/NU Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.

Keyvan Salehi

Mr. Keyvan Salehi serves as Vice President- Corporate Development and Technical Sales of the Company. Mr. Salehi has over 17 years of experience in the mining industry having held various roles in operations, projects, and corporate development. Prior to joining Mountain Province Diamonds, Mr. Salehi served as VP of Corporate Development and Technical Services for Kirkland Lake Gold and St. Andrew Goldfields (2013-2017). Prior to those roles, he held various operating positions with Lake Shore Gold, FNX Mining, and Vale (2002 – 2013). Mr. Salehi holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences,Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Management.

Dean Chambers

Mr. Dean Chambers serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Chambers is a professional engineer and financial executive with strong operational, financial, M&A and major capital project experience in the mining industry. Mr. Chambers' career as a senior executive in the mining and chemical industries includes progressive positions with The Dow Chemical Company, Falconbridge Limited and Dynatec Corporation, and Sherritt International. Most recently, he served as an independent director and chair of the audit committee on the board of North American Palladium. Mr. Chambers holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Chambers also serves on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Engineering and Management program at McMaster University . With over 30 years of extensive experience in the resource industry, Mr. Chambers will be an invaluable addition to the Company's Board.

Brett Desmond

Mr. Brett Jeremiah Desmond serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Brett Desmond is a resident of London, England, and is 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 to Europe in 2014. Brett is also the son of the Company’s major shareholder, Dermot Desmond. Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College in Dublin.

Kenneth Robertson

Mr. Kenneth Robertson serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Robertson spent 36 years at Ernst & Young LLP and left the firm in 2015 as a partner and senior executive. Mr. Robertson's professional experience with Ernst & Young included audit and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulatory compliance, fraud investigation, internal controls and expert witness and arbitration. Most recently, he serves as an independent director and chair of the audit committee on the boards Minkabu Inc, Avcorp Industries Incorporated, and SAIS. With over 40 years of extensive experience in the resource industry, Mr. Robertson will be an invaluable addition to the Company's Board.

David Whittle

Mr. David E. Whittle serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Whittle is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. He has been a director of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. since November 1997. Mr. Whittle assumed the role of Interim President and CEO from June 2017 to May 2018. Mr. Whittle obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) in 1987 from the University of British Columbia. He then articled at Coopers & Lybrand, a Chartered Accountancy firm, in Vancouver, British Columbia, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1991. From 1993 to June 2000, on completion of the Amalgamation, he was President/CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Glenmore. From 1994 to 1998, he was also Chief Financial Officer of Lytton Minerals Limited, a diamond mining exploration company with which Glenmore was affiliated. Additionally, from 1993 to 2004, Mr. Whittle was variously principal and partner of a Chartered Accountancy practice in the Vancouver area, providing services to both private and public companies in a variety of industries including mining, real estate, telecommunications, computer consulting, high tech and general merchandising. From 2004 to August 2007, Mr. Whittle was Chief Financial Officer of Hillsborough Resources Limited, a public company in the mining business. From October 2007 to December 2014, Mr. Whittle was Chief Financial Officer of Alexco Resource Corp., a public company both in the mining business and in the business of providing consulting services to third parties in respect of environmental remediation and permitting. He also served as director of Kennady Diamonds Inc., from February 2012 until June 2016. Mr. Whittle has advised the Company that he will not stand for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting.

Karen Goracke

Ms. Karen Jean Goracke serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Goracke is a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 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 Chairman Warren 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. She also serves as a Director with Jewelers of America and as well as on a number of other boards and committees within the gem and jewelry industry.

Tom Peregoodoff

Mr. Tom Peregoodoff serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Peregoodoff is a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and has over 30 years of resource industry experience. As President and CEO of Peregrine Diamonds Ltd he led the development of the Chidliak diamond project through resource definition to the eventual sale of Peregrine to De Beers in 2018. Prior to joining Peregrine, he spent 18 years with BHP Billiton, his last role as Vice President of Early Stage exploration with global responsibility for all early stage exploration. He has extensive global exploration, operations and business development experience. He is a past director of Island Pacific School. Mr. Peregoodoff holds a BSc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary and resides in Vancouver.

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