Robert Bell is a professional geologist with more than 27 years practical experience and a former Director of Exploration for Inco's exploration activities in Australia, South America and Africa. Mr. Bell is a graduate of University of Western Ontario with approximately three decades of domestic and international mineral exploration experience. For the past 27 years he has managed exploration programs for CVRD (Inco) in Canada, USA, Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, Turkey, Greenland and Australia, latterly as Regional Manager for North America. As manager of international exploration he was responsible for generating projects on a global scale, negotiating terms of joint venture agreements, and managing the projects in a cost-effective, technically-sound fashion. Mr. Bell has extensive exploration experience and key contacts in Brazil and a keen understanding of the country's mineral potential.