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Management & Directors

Mr. Dean H. Taylor

Chairman / Director / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dean H. Taylor is a successful entrepreneur and executive with a wealth of acquisition and operational experience.  A firm believer in establishing a sound corporate structure and then attaining growth through acquisitions and the implementation of sound operational management, Mr. Taylor has utilized this experience to create the existing opportunities associated with Diamcor.  Beginning late in 2005, Mr. Taylor began ensuring the Company's corporate structure was attractive prior to leading Diamcor's established operational team towards achieving growth through the pending acquisition of the Krone - Endora project from DeBeers, and preparation for future planned acquisitions.  Mr. Taylor is also the founder and CEO of Okanagan Valley Business Consulting Ltd., a private consulting firm which provides executive level consulting services to clients in both the private and public sector.  Mr. Taylor has been the founder of several successful private businesses and held various executive level positions with public companies in both Canada and the United States where he led those entities through both growth related acquisitions and operational project management initiatives over the past 25 years.

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Mr. Darren Vucurevich B. Mgt. CPA, CMA

Director / Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Vucurevich was appointed to, and has been a member of, the Diamcor Board of Directors since July of 2005.  A graduate of the University of Lethbridge in 1992, Mr. Vucurevich followed with his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1995. Since becoming a part of the Diamcor Board in 2005, Mr. Vucurevich has worked closely with the current Management to ensure that all elements of the Company's international operations, accounting, banking, and reporting are continually advancing and developing to meet the requirements associated with its planned growth.  Mr. Vucurevich currently operates a successful public accounting practice and has also owned and managed various other successful companies.

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Dr. Kurt Petersen

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Petersen holds a PhD in mineral processing and is recognized as one of the industry’s key advisors in the design, evaluation, refinement, and operational development of diamond processing and recovery systems for many of the most significant diamond mines in the world for the last 25 years.  Previously an advisor to Diamcor, his strong belief in the significant potential of Krone-Endora based on his years of involvement and understanding of De Beers Flagship Venetia diamond mine, ultimately led to his willing acceptance to join the team in 2019 to assist in guiding the Company to the next level and the planned growth desired in the coming years.

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Dr. Stephen E. Haggerty

Independent Director

Dr. Haggerty is a distinguished research professor and has been recognized as one of the world's leading diamond experts. His extensive knowledge and involvement over four decades in the diamond industry greatly compliments the Company's current growing management team, and enhances their ability to achieve the ongoing acquisition and growth objectives they have set for the Company.

Dr. Haggerty graduated from the Royal School of Mines in Economic Geology in 1964 and received his PhD from the University of London in 1968. This was followed by a three-year post-doctoral Carnegie Fellowship at the Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, D.C., followed by a lengthy tenure at the University of Massachusetts. His most recent post has been Distinguished Research Professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. Dr. Haggerty's extensive research has revolved around the Fe-Ti-O system and has ranged from studies of lunar samples and meteorites, to diamonds and the evolution of the middle upper mantle. He was the[a] Principal Investigator for 10 years in the U.S. Apollo and Soviet Luna sample return programs and served on the Lunar Sample Analysis Planning Team. His various and ongoing research projects are vast, as are his past and ongoing field projects in west and southern Africa along with extensions to Brazil, Australia, Syria, Siberia, and China. Dr. Haggerty's ties to South Africa are very strong as he was born in the Witwatersrand Basin of South Africa which is located some 50 km from the bushveld complex and the famous Premier Diamond Mine. He is also the long-time landowner of the property on which yet another famous mine resides, that being the famous Jagersfontein mine, which is located in South Africa's Free State some 110 km south-west of Bloemfontein.

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Mr. D. Wayne Howard

Independent Director

Mr. Howard is a leadership expert and results-oriented executive with a creative, entrepreneurial approach to business issues and extensive experience as an international board member, with global experience with several NYSE listed companies. He has a demonstrated ability to improve profitability for companies by developing new strategies for growing revenues, reducing costs and improving operations. He has held various senior executive positions over his extensive career including VP Finance, Executive Vice President Global Operations, Director of Marketing and Sales and business owner. Mr. Howard has extensive knowledge of the diamond industry and well-established relationships with key industry players. Most recently and prior to his recent retirement, Mr. Howard held various executive level positions at Tiffany & Co., including Divisional Vice President Diamond Supply - Operations Officer, Divisional Vice President Jewelry Supply - Operations Officer, and Vice President of Manufacturing. He is also currently Managing Director for NY based Peale Davies, an independent advisory firm that provides strategic and financial advice on acquisitions, private capital solutions, restructurings, M&A, and growth initiatives. His extensive career has also included positions as Vice President of sourcing and logistics with Cerberus Capital Management Portfolio Company, Profit Improvement consultant with DWH Solutions, as well as Executive Vice President of Global Operations for New York based International Flavors & Fragrances where he successfully improved return on invested capital, lowered costs, and successfully integrated the operations of a $1.0B acquisition. He has also served as Vice President of other NYSE listed companies including luxury retailer Nordstrom, and Unilever - Lipton. Mr. Howard has an Honours degree in Business Administration from Ivey Business School at Western University and has completed PMD at Harvard Business School.

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Mr. Jim Hawkins B.Sc., P.Geoph.

Exploration Manager

Mr. Hawkins has been Exploration Manager at Diamcor since May 2007, and prior to that acted as a consultant to the Company since 2005.  Mr. Hawkins graduated from the University of Western Ontario where he received a degree in Geophysics in 1977, after which he has been involved in mining exploration worldwide for over 25 years, including a stint as Manager of Special Projects for Diamet Minerals ( Ekati Diamond Mine / Northern Canada) prior to its sale to BHP Diamonds in 2000.  He is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta ("APEGA"), registered as a Professional Geophysicist, and as such acts as the Company's "Qualified Person" for all Exchange related Company documents and reports.

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