Belcarra Group

We are industry professionals with a consistent track record of identifying and advancing successful mineral exploration projects.

Belcarra Group

Our Portfolio

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Orex Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: REX) is a Canadian-based junior mineral exploration company with an impressive portfolio of large gold, silver, and copper exploration projects on renowned mineral trends in Mexico (Coneto, San Luis del Cordero and Sandra Escobar Projects), and Canada (Jumping Josephine Gold Project). Each project has impressive merits of its own; packaged together, the chance of Orex making the next big resource discovery increases dramatically.


Barsele Minerals Corp. (TSX.V: BME) is a Canadian-based junior mineral exploration company with an impressive gold, silver, and copper exploration project on renowned mineral trends in Sweden (Barsele Gold Project) Our advanced-stage Barsele Gold Project is located near Storuman, Västerbottens Län, approx. 600 km north of Stockholm, Sweden.


Silver Viper Minerals Corp. (TSX.V: VIPR) is a Canadian-based junior mineral exploration company focused on precious metals exploration in northwestern Mexico. The company currently has an option to acquire 100% interest in the Rubi-Esperanza group of claims most recently operated by Pan American Silver and form the core of the large La Virginia property.


Dolly Varden Silver Corporation (TSX.V: DV) is a mineral exploration company focused on the Dolly Varden silver properties located near Alice Arm in northwestern British Columbia, Canada, 25 km by road from deep tidewater. The 8,800 hectare (88km2) properties host a robust high-grade mineral resource and are considered to be highly prospective for hosting further high-grade deposits, being on the same structural and stratigraphic belts that host numerous other, on-trend, high-grade deposits, such as Eskay Creek and Brucejack.

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Our People

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Gary Cope

President & CEO & Director – Barsele Minerals Corp./Orex Minerals Inc./Dolly Varden Silver Corp. Director of Silver Viper Minerals Corp.

Gary Cope has accumulated over 33 years of experience in Corporate Management & Strategy, with a specific emphasis on Public Company Finance. He arranged financing for the South Kemess project, and later became heavily involved with the negotiations & selling of the deposit to Royal Oak Mines. In the past 12 years, he has acted as a senior officer and director for various publicly-held companies. Mr. Cope served as the President, CEO & Director of Orko Silver Corp., and was instrumental in negotiating and arranging the sale of Orko Silver to Coeur Mining Inc. in 2012. He formed the Belcarra Group of Companies in 2016 which currently has 4 companies under management.

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Steve Cope

President & CEO & Director – Silver Viper Minerals Corp., Manager Corporate Development – Barsele Minerals Corp./Orex Minerals Inc./Dolly Varden Silver Corp.

Steve Cope has 12 years’ experience in the mining sector. He has worked in corporate development for Orko Silver Corp, Barsele Minerals Inc, Orex Minerals Inc and Timmins Gold Corp. His responsibilities with these companies have covered a wide range of areas including financing companies, project evaluation, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions.

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Alex Tsakumis

Vice President Corporate Development - Orex Minerals Inc./Barsele Minerals Corp./Dolly Varden Silver Corp./Silver Viper Minerals Corp.

Mr. Tsakumis is a seasoned executive in the mining space with over twenty-five years of investment experience with private and public companies. Prior to joining Silver Viper, Mr. Tsakumis was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Alio Gold Corp. (formerly Timmins Gold Corp.) for nine years, where he played a pivotal role in the development of the corporation from a junior exploration to a production company. He began his career in 1989 with the Barrington Group, representing advanced stage mining companies. He has experience in capital formation and management and growth of listed companies, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and corporate communications. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.

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Ben Whiting

P.Geo., Vice President Exploration – Barsele Minerals Corp./Orex Minerals Inc./Dolly Varden Silver Corp.

Ben Whiting is a professional geoscientist with more than 35 years experience in the international mining industry. He has worked for both major & junior companies, managing a wide range of operations from exploration through to production. He has also acted as a special advisor on mining industry matters to government agencies, the World Bank, and is a past Adjunct Professor of Queen’s University in the Geological Sciences & Mining Engineering departments. Mr. Whiting is an “Economic Geology” medal award winner and winner of the 2008 IAC “Explorer of the Year” award. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), La Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México (AIMMGM), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and a Fellow and past-editor of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).

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Dale Brittliffe

P.Geo., Vice President Exploration – Silver Viper Minerals Corp.

Mr. Brittliffe is a professional geologist with 20 years of experience in design and management of mineral exploration programs in Australia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Mr. Brittliffe has particular expertise in identifying and upgrading early stage projects and boasts a solid track record of successful stakeholder negotiations resulting in amicable and productive land access agreements. Based in Vancouver, Mr. Brittliffe has 8 years of experience managing exploration projects in northern Mexico and has previously completed such work for Kootenay Silver, Astral Mining and Orex Minerals Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Geology degree from Curtin University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) degree from the University of Western Australia.

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Carla Hartzenberg

CFO – Dolly Varden Silver Corp./Silver Viper Minerals Corp.

Mrs. Hartzenberg, CPA, CA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 10 years of experience primarily focused on the natural resources sector. She possesses significant experience in mining exploration, real estate, manufacturing and clean technology. Mrs. Hartzenberg has held management positions in the resource sector as well as real estate. In addition, she gained extensive experience through a Canadian audit firm providing assurance services to publicly traded companies on the TSX, TSX-V and OTC markets. Mrs. Hartzenberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria.

Ross Wilmot

CFO and Director – Orex Minerals Inc./Barsele Minerals Corp. Director of Silver Viper Minerals Corp.

Ross Wilmot is a Chartered Accountant who has provided public companies with senior financial management services for more than 20 years. As CFO, he offers exhaustive knowledge of reporting practices and requirements for public companies based in Canada & the USA. Mr. Wilmot has been involved in numerous business valuations & acquisitions, high tech start-ups and international mining operations.

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Art Freeze

P.Geo., Geologist & Director – Orex Minerals Inc./Barsele Minerals Corp., Director of Silver Viper Minerals Corp.

Art Freeze has an impressive 45 years of experience in Mineral Exploration & Project Management. Until 2007, he served as the Primary Consulting Geologist for Goldcorp Inc., and has held Consulting, Management & Supervisory positions with international mining companies such as Cominco Ltd., Pasminco Exploration, Echo Bay Mines and Pan American Silver Corp. Art is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). Mr. Freeze was a Consulting Geologist & Advisory Board Member for Orko Silver Corp.

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Rob van Egmond

Chief Geologist – Dolly Varden Silver Corp.

Rob van Egmond is a professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in the international mining industry. His career encompasses a wide spectrum of experiences ranging from grass roots project generation to pre-feasibility level resource development and mine geology. He has worked with major mining companies (Cominco, BHP, Kennecott) and junior explorers (Orex Minerals, Platinum Group Metals, Candente, Northern Dynasty, Keewatin) gaining experience in a wide variety of commodities and deposit types spanning locations North and South America as well as Africa. Included in his experience are several years of exploration and pre-development work in the Iskut River/Golden Triangle area with Cominco. Mr. van Egmond holds a B.Sc. degree in geological sciences from the University of British Columbia and he is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).

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Velia Ledezma Muñoz

GIS Specialist and Database Manager

Mrs. Velia Ledezma Muñoz has more than 23 years of experience in the mining industry as a database analyst, management, and in 3D modelling. She has worked for major and junior mining companies. Her initial mining experience was with Cambior Inc. in 1995, and she later worked with Barrick Gold Corp., Ariane Gold, Newmont Mining Corp., Bolnisi Gold and Orko Silver Corp. She has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Systems Administration.

Contact Us

Belcarra Group Management Ltd.

Suite 1130-1055 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3N9

Tel: 604-687-8566
Fax: 604-687-6365