Mr. Patelke is a registered Professional Geologist with an M.Sc. from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Patelke spent 14 years working on the geology and economic mineralization of the Duluth Complex, which hosts the NorthMet deposit. He is highly regarded in the Minnesota mining industry for his broad knowledge of the geology of the Iron Range, the Duluth Complex, and the surrounding region. His practical and direct involvement in a number of development projects in the region will be invaluable in streamlining PolyMet's development of the NorthMet deposit. Mr. Patelke also has practical mining experience; having worked as a Mine Geologist at Meridian Gold's Beartrack Mine in Idaho.
Mr. Patelke's specific knowledge and experience allow him to meet the criteria of Qualified Person in terms of National Instrument 43-101 for all aspects of geologic interpretation for the NorthMet Project.