Ms. Parikh has 22 years of experience in business administration. She has a Certificate in Business from the University of Toronto and has completed coursework at Simon Fraser University and other institutions in various areas including: business management, organizational behavior, marketing, securities, computer science and software and web design. In 1999, Ms. Parikh obtained a Gemology degree with honors ranking second in Canada and is now a fellow of Gemological Associations in Canada and Great Britain and an associate member of the Gemological Institute of America. She holds an honours certificate in the Canadian Securities Course and has 17 years experience working with public companies in the areas of communications, investor relations and legal administration. Ms. Parikh is currently Vice President, Corporate Secretary for Arizona Mining Inc., Plata Latina Minerals and Newcastle Gold Ltd. and was also Vice President, Corporate Secretary for Augusta Resource Corporation prior to its acquisition.