Joanne (Joey) Freeze has over 30 years of experience in exploration with junior and major mining companies. Joey co-founded, Candente Resource Corp. while living in Peru in 1997. She guided significant acquisitions in Peru and Mexico as well as the split of Candente Resource Corp into: Candente Copper Corp. and Candente Gold Corp. in 2009 and Cobriza Metals Inc. in 2012. Joey oversaw the listing of the companies on the TSXV, TSX and the Lima Stock Exchange (BVL) and to date has raised over $100 million in equity financings.
Joey guided the acquisition, delineation and development of the Cañariaco project and developed Cañariaco Norte into a large scale advanced copper project with robust economics at US$2.50 Cu for Candente Copper Corp. To date the Company has spent US$62M developing Cañariaco and the Peruvian government has committed US$22M to community infrastructure near the Cañariaco project.
Joey also guided the acquisition and current exploration at one of Mexico’s highest grade historic gold and silver past producers, the El Oro Project. At El Oro, 8 million ounces gold equivalent of gold and silver were mined historically from four mines.
Since 2011, Joey has been on the Advisory Board of the Institute of International Development at McGill University. She also participates as part of the Peruvian delegation in Shared Value Initiative Leadership Summits.
Joey also joined the Board of Directors of Durango Resources in December 2018. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Canada (APEGBC). Joey holds a B.A. in Geography (University of Western Ontario 1978) and a B.Sc. in Geology (University of British Columbia 1981). She also previously served as a Trustee to the Society of Economic Geologists.