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 JIM CASSIE, M.Sc., P.Eng.
 Specialist Engineer, Mining Projects

 Education:                              Mr. Cassie has more than 18 years experience in the areas of geotechnical,
                                         geological and tailings engineering. The majority of his experience relates to mining
 B.Sc., Geological Engineering,
 University of Manitoba - 1984           and pipeline developments in the arctic areas of Canada, Alaska and Russia.
                                         Responsibilities include overall task and work scope planning, project management,
 M.Sc., Geotechnical Engineering,        client liaison and liaison with regulatory agencies and attendance at technical
 University of Alberta - 1987
                                         meetings and public hearings. Some relevant project engineering experience
 Summary of Experience:                  includes the following:
                                            Project manager for prefeasibility work on the High Lake Project in Nunavut.
 13 years - permafrost and
 geotechnical engineering, design,           Project involves two separate mines sites, connected by road to a proposed port
 construction, closure planning and          on the Arctic coastline. Provide site reconnaissance, airphoto interpretation,
 construction management, risk               assessment of permafrost conditions, site investigation and conceptual design
 assessment and project
 management for foundations,                 of mine waste facility and six dams. Also provided geomechanical input for pit
 pipelines, tailings dams, waste             design.
 dumps, pits and mining
                                            Senior reviewer on the Ore and Waste Rock Storage Plan for the Ulu Mine
 developments in northern Canada
 and Russia.                                 development program in Nunavut. assessment of mine waste run-off, expected
                                             water quality concerns and proposed mitigation plans.
 3 years - site investigation,
 geotechnical and foundation
                                            Principal engineer with respect to all engineering aspects of the Final
 engineering for civil projects along        Reclamation and Closure Plan for Nanisivik Mine on Baffin Island. Responsible
 with soft ground tunnel design and          for the tailings and waste rock cover design, assessment of talik and permafrost
 construction monitoring.                    engineering aspects along with quarry development (massive ground ice in
 2 years – onshore and offshore              bedrock) and coordination of hydraulic engineering, geochemical and other
 permafrost site investigations for          environmental aspects. Represented the client at numerous Technical Meetings
 pipelines, drill platforms, airstrips       and Public Hearings.
 and highways in northern Canada
 and Alaska                                 Lead geotechnical engineer regarding the risk assessment, dam safety
                                             performance and closure planning for the Down Valley Tailings Area at Faro
 Affiliations:                               Mine, YT. Area includes three significant dams and spillways, diversion
                                             channels and proximal waste dumps, all situated on discontinuous permafrost.
 Professional Engineer, Assoc. of
 Prof. Engineers, Geologists and             Numerous closure planning, closure options scoping reviews and cost-estimates
 Geophysicists of Alberta.                   were prepared as input to the Final Closure Plan.
 Professional Engineer, Assoc. of           Principal engineer with respect to closure planning and final design for the
 Prof. Engineers, Geologists and             Discovery Mine, which was partially reclaimed earlier. Technical work includes
 Geophysicists of the Northwest              assessment of existing tailings cover (subject to frost issues), reclamation of a
 Territories and Nunavut
                                             disturbed borrow pit, permafrost monitoring, on-going water management, mine
 Professional Engineer, Yukon                opening closure design, crown pillar risk assessment and assessment and
 Territory Assoc. of Professional            coordination with ESA, site landfill design and cover geochemical issues.
                                             Providing engineering input to the Comprehensive Remediation Plan for the site,
 Vice-Chair, Cold Regions Div. of            including community consultation and regulatory assistance.
 the Can. Geotechnical Society
                                            Undertook a technical review of the proposed Partially Saturated Granular
 Current Chair, Cold Regions Div. of         Cover (PSGC) approach for the tailings at Lupin Mine. Formed a multi-
 the Can. Geotechnical Society               disciplinary team of geotechnical engineers, permafrost scientists and
                                             geochemists to review potential technical concerns with the proposed approach.

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Professional Resume                                            -2-                                             April 2005

 Mines Experience:                       Lead geotechnical engineer for the initial site reconnaissance and siting of all
                                          proposed mine infrastructure (access roads, plant site, mine waste, borrow pits,
    Buffalo Head Hills Diamond
     Project, AB                          etc.) for Winspear Resources’ Snap Lake Diamond Project in the NWT.
    Cheviot Coal Project, AB            Lead geotechnical engineer for investigation, design, construction and
    Colomac Mine, NT                     performance monitoring of the Processed Kimberlite Containment Facility for the
    Damoti Lake Gold Project, NT         Snap Lake Diamond Project, NT, owned by De Beers Canada Mining Inc.
    Diavik Diamond Project, NT          Lead geotechnical engineer regarding dam safety and water diversion
    Discovery Mine, NT                   structures’s performance and closure planning for the Down Valley Tailings Area
    Giant Mine, NT                       at Faro Mine, YT.
    Ekati Mine / NWT Diamond
     Project, NT                         Task leader for the prefeasibility design of all proposed tailings and waste dump
    Faro Mine, YT                        for the Diavik Diamond Project in the NWT for Kennecott and RTZ. Capital,
    High Lake Project, NU                operating and closure costs estimated for complete life cycle of the project,
    Hope Bay Gold Project, NU            along with specialist design services for processed kimberlite dams and waste
    Izok Lake Mine, NT                   dumps on continuous permafrost.
    Jericho Diamond Project, NU         Specialist geotechnical engineer responsible for initial assessment of technical
    Ketza River Mine, YT                 issues and costing assessment for access road and mine waste components
    Kubaka Mine, Russia                  relative to proposed plan to purchase Sukhoi Log Gold Project in Russia.
    Lupin Mine, NU                       Proposed a tailings dam greater than 150 m in height on discontinuous
    Meadowbank Gold Project, NU
    Nanisivik Mine, NU
    Polaris Mine, NU
                                         Lead geotechnical engineer responsible for the stability assessment, risk
    Raglan Mine, QC                      assessment and performance evaluation of a continuously frozen, upstream-
    Salmita Mine, NT                     method constructed tailings dam at Nanisivik Mine on Baffin Island. Also
    Snap Lake Diamond Project,           responsible for geotechnical and permafrost engineering components of the
     NT                                   closure plan for the mine.
    Sukhoi Log, Russia                  Project engineer for permafrost and geotechnical investigations, granular
    Thor Lake Be Deposit, NT             resources surveys, design of foundations, tailings dam and tailings containment,
    Ulu Mine, NU
                                          waste dumps, haul roads and water supply and construction monitoring for
    Voisey Bay Project, NF
                                          aspects of the Kubaka Mine, located on continuous permafrost in Far East
                                         Project Manager and Principal Engineer for the evaluation of short-term (three
                                          year time frame) management options for the Vangorda diversion flume at Faro
                                          Mine, Yukon. Geological and structural mapping was undertaken to assess the
                                          cause of rockfalls damaging the underlying flume sections.
                                         Undertook detailed cost-estimate and assessment of technical issues with
                                          respect to the closure cost for the Lupin Mine, NU. Cost-estimate included all
                                          direct capital costs along with indirects and potential risks.
                                         Provide Kinross Environmental Division will outline of potential issues with
                                          regards to the closure planning for Lupin Mine. Reviewed other mine closure
                                          regulatory approval processes in NU and provided strategic advice.
                                         Principal engineer regarding geotechnical and permafrost stability issues with
                                          respect to the Ketza River Mine. Also undertook a preliminary cost estimate of
                                          the closure capital +costs and undertook a risk assessment to estimate potential
                                          costs for catastrophic failures at the site.
                                         Field Engineer for Yukon Energy/Acres International near Teslin, YT for
                                          investigation of ground conditions at proposed hydroelectric site in permafrost.

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