Robert Sharon has over 35 years consulting and industry experience in mining geomechanics, following a brief interval as a welder-mechanic. He has degrees in geology and geological engineering from the University of Utah. He worked for several Utah and Colorado based consulting firms in the 1980s, primarily on projects in the open pit and underground coal mining sector in the Western US, Canada and Indonesia. This early experience included a period as manager of a rock mechanics laboratory. Mr. Sharon joined Barrick in 1988 as Sr. Geotechnical Engineer for Goldstrike Mines in Nevada. In 1998 he began providing geotechnical support to Barrick’s projects and operations worldwide. He joined Newmont’s Global Geotechnical Group in 2012 as a Sr. Director, returning to Barrick in 2014 to lead Barrick’s global corporate technical team, with responsibilities that spanned geotechnical design and performance for open pit and underground mining operations, tailings and heap leach facilities, and water management structures. In 2018, Mr. Sharon formed Sharon Geotechnical LLC, a private consulting practice with a primary focus on open pit geomechanics. Mr. Sharon also serves as a Principal Geotechnical Consultant for Piteau Associates.