Management Team

Our business model is one centred on scalability, rather than trying to be all things to all clients. Under the stewardship of our management team, WGM has assembled some of the most sought after specialists in geoscience and engineering from around the world providing our clients access to experts in exploration, mining and processing skills in the major mineral commodities. This approach enables WGM to efficiently manage complex projects involving large teams from a broad range of disciplines, with project teams customized to meet the exact demands of our clients. WGM never places professionals on projects simply because they are available.


With more than 30 years in the mining industry, Joe Hinzer is an influential member of the international mining community, having served on the board of several notable industry associations including the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). As a Qualified Person (QP), Mr. Hinzer’s expertise spans grassroots exploration through to mine operation, and today leads WGM’s due diligence and valuation practice alongside Ross Lawrence, Principal Consultant and one of WGM’s founders. Mr. Hinzer also heads the firm’s CSR initiatives, having recently assisted the government of Nunavut, Canada’s largest Territory, to develop a land resource management regime.


Al Workman is an exploration geologist with more than 40 years of experience in diverse metallogenic settings, including assignments at all levels of exploration: grass-roots programs, company valuations, mineral property evaluations, geophysical data integration, diamond drilling programs and resource estimates. Mr. Workman executed a key role in the discovery of the Holt-McDermott gold deposit located north of Kirkland Lake, Canada. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Workman managed WGM’s operations in Yemen, designing, managing and executing exploration programs. Following that he established and managed WGM’s office in Jakarta Indonesia until 1998. Today, Mr. Workman is a leading expert in non-sulphide zinc deposits, gold and uranium exploration and he leads WGM’s institutional strengthening and mining law reform practice.


Michael Kociumbas is a geologist with over 25 years of experience, specializing in geological modelling and resource / reserve estimates, and is WGM’s lead iron ore expert. As QP on numerous technical reports, his experience spans due diligence reviews and valuations through to feasibility studies on various other commodities including precious and base metals, industrial minerals and gemstone deposits. Mr. Kociumbas is a regular speaker on exploration quality assurance and quality control to the iron ore industry.


Kurt Breede is a senior resource engineer with over 20 years experience in the mining industry spanning exploration, engineering and geological consulting and corporate marketing and business development. Aside from his business development role at WGM, Mr. Breede acts as QP on various gold, uranium, and industrial mineral resource estimates, and is project manager on several of the firm’s turnkey exploration programs. Prior to joining WGM in late 2007,  he was Senior Business Analyst at Gemcom Software (now Geovia) working on over half a dozen large-scale enterprise IT projects, implementing Microsoft SQL-based Mine Production Management Systems, and working as lead consultant on numerous enterprise-level implementations throughout North America and Asia.