Kevin received his PhD from the University of Ottawa in Geochemistry and held a tenured Professorship at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria from 1999 until 2011 before taking the lead position at the Artisanal Gold Council. He started his work in artisanal mining in 1995 in the Brazilian Amazon and in the following 20 years has worked in numerous countries across three continents. He has extensive experience in technical, policy, and business capacities in the field with miners, governments, international institutions, and industry. He has become a world renowned expert and a voice on the international stage with numerous publications on the issue, including authoring the global estimate on mercury use in artisanal gold mining used to negotiate the Minamata Convention.
Creating sustainable business opportunities for investors and the bullion and jewelry markets while improving the economics, health and environment of miners and their communities in collaboration with governments is a direction that Dr. Telmer brings to the council. A primary goal is to increase responsible artisanal gold production to volumes that are significant relative to the size of the burgeoning sector.
Ping Zhao is a legacy Chartered accountant (CPA, CA) with over 15 years of experience working with public and private sectors to provide them with financial planning, tax preparation, audit compliance, and other business consulting services.
Ping holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wuhan University (China) and a Bachelor of Business Administration – accounting degree from Mount Royal University in Canada.
Ping articled with Ernest & Young LLP from 2007-2009 while working towards the CA designation.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UBC – Okanagan, with a major in history and a minor in urban/social geography.
Olena has over 20+ years of professional experience in finance and project management in the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine (10 years) and over 10 years of professional accounting experience in Canada. She has 3 University degrees in various fields – Engineering and Business Law from Ukraine and Finance in Canada. Also, she was trained in several countries – Greece, South Korea and India.
Currently, she is a legacy level 4 CGA student and plans to re-enroll CPA program to complete her designation.
Vasquez is a professional Forest Biologist with 10 + years of experience in Mining, Forestry, and Environment. Following the completion of a degree in Forestry from the University of Guyana, Vasquez began his career in the environmental sector as an environmentalist with the Guyana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Post EPA, he served the Guyana Forestry Commission, responsible for forest research and monitoring. Vasquez then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Forest Biology from the University of Guyana to pursue an interest in biodiversity conservation.
Vasquez began his conservation career with the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) as an environmentalist then was quickly promoted to Manager of the Technical Services Unit, responsible for promoting best practices in the gold and diamond mining sector. While with the GGDMA vasquez coordinated several internationally funded projects within the ASGM sector of Guyana.
With his profound contextual understanding of the mining, forestry, and environment sector of Guyana, Vasquez is excited to contribute to AGC’s mission by creating sustainable landscapes in the ASGM sector.
Renata Anderson is a business and economic professional with 5+ years experience in the management, economic
and business industry aiding in data collection, development, and analysis with a strong
commitment to integrity and measurable results.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Business Administration at the MIU International University. With a strong academic background, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a certification in Digital Project Management. Prior to joining the AGC, Renata worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Sector on an IDB-funded project.
In addition to her academic and professional pursuits, Renata has a keen interest in staying updated with the latest trends in business development and management. She enjoys exploring new concepts and strategies to optimize organizational performance.