Mr. Varley has over 35 years of experience in the mining industry, primarily in underground mine operations management and engineering in Canada and the United States. Prior roles include VP Operations for TMAC Resources, where Mr Varley led the development of the Hope Bay narrow vein underground gold mine and mill project from Pre-Feasibility Study through financing and construction to commercial production in the high arctic.
Mr. Varley also managed, as Vice President, Operations and Mine General Manager, the startup of Yukon Zinc’s remote poly-metallic underground mining operation in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He was General Manager of Morton Salt’s Fairport Ohio underground mine and mill and Chief Engineer of Morton’s Weeks Island Louisiana mine and mill. In addition to his mine operations experience, as Branch Chief of the Office of Mine Safety & Health Research, Mr. Varley led diverse technical teams in risk management, ventilation, ground control and fire prevention research assisting metal and coal mines in the United States.
Mr. Varley began his career as an underground miner and advanced to operations management in poly-metallic, copper, uranium, salt and coal mines. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.