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James Gowans

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James Gowans, Director, Independent

Jim Gowans has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine feasibility studies, mine construction and commissioning and the development of best practices in mine safety, operations and economic performance improvement. From January 2016 to August 2018, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Mining Inc. Previously, he was with Barrick Gold Corporation as Senior Advisor to the Chairman from August to December 2015, Co-President from July 2014 to August 2015, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January to July 2014. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Gowans was the Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd., and prior to that he held executive positions at various companies including De Beers SA, De Beers Canada Inc., PT Inco Indonesia tbk and Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Gowans previously served as the President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Chair of the Board of the Mining Association of Canada, and a director of the Conference Board of Canada. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Cameco Ltd., Titan Mining Corporation and Trilogy Metals Inc. Mr. Gowans is a Professional Engineer, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia, and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management. Mr. Gowans’ principal occupation is as a corporate director. At New Gold, Mr. Gowans is the Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and a member of the Technical and Sustainability Committee.