Team

  • Executive Chairman & Director
    Paul Matysek

    Serial entrepreneur, geochemist and geologist with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry.

    Since 2004 as CEO or Chairman, Mr. Matysek has primarily focused on the exploration, development and sale of five publicly listed companies, in aggregate worth over $2 billion.

    Most recently, he was Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp. which was sold to Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited (“Nextview”) for $265 million in cash.

    He was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Mining & Resources in September 2018.

  • CEO & Director
    Collin Kettell

    Founder and Manager of Palisade Global Investments Ltd., a resource focused investment company.

    Comes from a family with deep ties to mining, including co-founding AuEx Ventures, the company responsible for discovering the Long Canyon deposit, a project ultimately acquired by Newmont Mining for $2.3 billion.

    CEO of New Found Gold Corp; Co- founder and Director of GoldSpot Discoveries; CEO of Casino Gold Corp.

  • CFO
    Bassam Moubarak

    Chartered Professional Accountant with expertise in corporate finance, financing, corporate reporting, financial processes, and risk management.

    He has held senior executive positions for various mining companies for over 10 years including most recently Lithium X Energy Corp. where he played a key role in its sale to Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited for $265 million.

  • VP OF EXPLORATION
    Cal Herron

    President of Quest Geological Consultants, a geo-consultancy group focused on minerals exploration in North America.

    Over 40 years experience in the evaluation, design, and management of base and precious metals exploration projects in the United States and Asia.

    M.A. in Geology from California State University (1981); Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.) registered in Ontario, Canada with APGO.

  • Executive Chairman & Director
    Paul Matysek

    Serial entrepreneur, geochemist and geologist with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry.

    Since 2004 as CEO or Chairman, Mr. Matysek has primarily focused on the exploration, development and sale of five publicly listed companies, in aggregate worth over $2 billion.

    Most recently, he was Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp. which was sold to Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited (“Nextview”) for $265 million in cash.

    He was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Mining & Resources in September 2018.

  • CEO & Director
    Collin Kettell

    Founder and Manager of Palisade Global Investments Ltd., a resource focused investment company.

    Comes from a family with deep ties to mining, including co-founding AuEx Ventures, the company responsible for discovering the Long Canyon deposit, a project ultimately acquired by Newmont Mining for $2.3 billion.

    CEO of New Found Gold Corp; Co- founder and Director of GoldSpot Discoveries; CEO of Casino Gold Corp.

  • Director
    Craig Roberts

    Mining engineer with over 30 years of operations, consulting and investment banking experience.

    Includes work on feasibility studies for numerous mining projects worldwide, investment banking/due diligence roles in over 200 institutional equity financings, and significant experience advising management and boards on merger and acquisition transactions.

  • Director
    Doug Forster

    Involved in the mining industry and capital markets for over 35 years having acted as geologist, founder, director, senior executive and financier.

    Most recently he was Founder, President & CEO of Newmarket Gold Inc., which acquired and then operated three gold mines in Australia with annual production of over 225,000 oz/year. Newmarket was acquired by Kirkland Lake Gold in a $1.0 billion transaction in 2016.

    Extensive experience and a proven track record in resource project development, mine operations, capital markets, equity and debt financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in geological sciences from the University of British Columbia and is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

  • VP OF EXPLORATION
    Cal Herron

    President of Quest Geological Consultants, a geo-consultancy group focused on minerals exploration in North America.

    Over 40 years experience in the evaluation, design, and management of base and precious metals exploration projects in the United States and Asia.

    M.A. in Geology from California State University (1981); Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.) registered in Ontario, Canada with APGO.

  • Economic Geologist
    Cory Beaver

    10 years field experience in minerals exploration, primarily in the western US: porphyry molybdenum, alkalic gold systems, Carlin-type and epithermal gold systems.

    3 years field experience in northern NV includes data collection, analysis and integration; mapping; project management.

    B.S. Geological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2008.

  • Environmental Consultant
    Richard DeLong

    President and Principal Scientist of EM Strategies, Inc.

    Directs EM Strategies’ permit preparation, environmental/regulatory audit, and agency liaison services, principally for natural resource development and industrial clients.

    Specializes in the assessment of properties to determine permit acquisition strategies and critical path and fatal flaw identification.

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