Management & Directors

The company’s core competence is the discovery, exploration, successful First Nations relations, permitting, development, construction and operation of hard rock, underground mines plus managing and promoting junior companies.

Paul Cowley, P. Geo.

CEO, President and Director

Mr. Cowley is a professional geologist with over 35 years of experience in exploration, project management and consulting, including 18 years with BHP in Canada, Chile and Bolivia. He led the team that made 4 significant gold discoveries at Hope Bay, Nunavut for BHP, which now have over 5 million ounces of gold. Cowley has been involved in the discovery, permitting, development and construction of mineral projects and successful negotiations with First Nations. At Gold City he was a key player in the acquisition of the Bissett Mine and subsequent merger with San Gold. He led the exploration work for Merit Mining when the Lexington Grenoble deposit was put in to production near Greenwood, BC and is currently technical consultant for Huakan International Mining working on the J&L poly-metallic deposit near Revelstoke, BC. He is currently also serving as President, CEO and director of Indigo Exploration Inc. and is a director of one other TSXV company. Mr. Cowley is the Qualified Person for Cornerstone Metals Inc.

Fred Sveinson, P.Eng.


Mr. Sveinson is a professional mining engineer with +45 years experience in all aspects of the mining industry, in the financing, exploration, development, permitting, First Nations negotiations, construction and operation of mineral projects. His career has encompassed underground mining in Zambia, the US, Venezuela, and Canada, to senior management levels with such companies as Echo Bay Mines Ltd. and Dynatec Corp. He has established a solid reputation assembling successful operating teams, evaluating projects, re-structuring operations and rejuvenating mines from 100 tpd to 2000 tpd. Mr. Sveinson is currently a consultant to mining companies.   He serves as a director of two other TSXV listed companies. 

Jason A Nickel, P. Eng.


Mr. Nickel has been involved in advancing several mining projects in BC, the Yukon, NWT and Alaska, most recently with Banks Island Gold. Previous to that, he was VP Mining for New Pacific Metals, responsible for advancing the Tagish Lake gold project in the Yukon. Prior to that he held the position of Mine Manager and Chief Engineer of Capstone’s Minto Mine. Mr. Nickel has spent most of his career at operating mines including De Beers' Snap Lake operation and Highland Valley Copper operations, in management and engineering capacities. He is also a director of TSXV listed Banks Island Gold.

John Anderson, B.A.


Mr. Anderson holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and is the co-founder of Aquastone Capital Advisors LP, a U.S.-based gold investment fund. With over 15 years’ experience in the capital markets, Mr. Anderson’s specialty is identifying undervalued opportunities in the resource industry and investing capital into these situations. He has been involved in a number of small-cap companies, providing financing, investor relations, and corporate development services. Throughout his career, he has raised in excess of $500 million in equity for a number of public and private companies in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Rebecca Moriarty, B.Sc., CA


Ms. Moriarty earned her B.Sc. (Geology) from Queens University.   She achieved her Chartered Accountant designation in 2002.   During an eleven year period with PwC, she worked exclusively with resource companies.   Since 2011, she has worked as a Senior Consultant with Malaspina Consultants Inc., continuing to work with resource companies, including Cornerstone.

Thomas R. Kilbey, B.Sc., M.S.

Vice President Exploration

Mr. Kilbey has over 27 years of grassroots exploration, property evaluation, and mine/project development experience all over the United States and parts of Mexico. He has worked for majors (Amax, Cyprus, Newcrest, AngloGold) and juniors (Copper One, Romarco). Much of his major company experience includes developing and prospecting sediment hosted, skarn, porphyry gold and copper deposits along with epithermal gold vein systems and bulk mineable gold-silver resources. Tom is a Qualified Person and a C.P.G. with the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Bill Matheson


Bill Matheson has worked in the mining and industrial sectors for over 37 years in the roles of Field Engineer (Electrical/Instrumentation), Construction and Project Manager and advisor. From 1979 to 1994, Mr. Matheson worked at Canada Tungsten, Echo Bay Mines, Luscar Coal, Baker Mine, Cullaton Lake Gold Mines, Vista Mining, Cluff Lake, Hope Brook Gold, Teck Corona Hemlo, Tonkin Springs Gold Project, Cassiar Asbestos and Yanococha. Between 1994 and 2004, Mr. Matheson focused on multiple industrial projects including two nuclear power plants, three gas fired turbine power plants, one oil refinery, and two High Fructose Corn Syrup / Ethanol Refineries. Later, Bill was Construction Manager on the dismantle/relocation of the Equatorial SX/EW facility to the Lisbon Valley mine site in SE Utah, the complete construction of the Carlota Copper SX/EW project in Arizona, the start-up of the Franke Mine in Northern Chile, the second phase of the leach facility at Carlota Copper and the Phase II Project for CS Mining in SE Utah on their Agitated Leach, SX/EW facility. Bill has served on the Technical Committees for the Sierra Gorda Oxide Project and the Ajax Project for KGHM International.

Jacques McMullen, P.Eng.


Mr. McMullen holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Sciences, Metallurgical Engineering (BASc) and a Master Degree of Applied Sciences in Mineral Processing (MASc.) both from Laval University, Quebec. He spent the initial 15 years of his career with LAC Minerals where he gained operations’ management experience to eventually be involved with the optimization of all Milling Operations of the Company. Joining Barrick Gold through the take-over of LAC, Mr. McMullen rose to Senior Vice President roles during his 18 year operating career with Barrick. While having been a Director on various Boards, namely Orvana Minerals, Minera S.A., Highland Gold and currently NewCastle Gold, he also presently acts as corporate technical advisor to Detour Gold Corporation. Through his technical exposure to a very large number of mining assets over the years, in operations, development and management of capital projects, he can identify key value drivers and gaps, and generate turn-around strategies to create shareholder value and catalyze business growth. 

Michael Mrackek, P.Eng.


Michael Mracek is a professional mining engineer registered in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1970, he spent his summers working underground at Eldorado, United Keno Hill, and Placer’s Craigmont sublevel caving operation. He moved to Thompson, Manitoba in 1970 where he spent 10 years with Inco, learning his craft from the bottom up. In the 1980’s, he moved on to Dickenson, Amok Cluff Mining, and Terra Mines becoming a Chief Engineer, Mine Superintendent, and finally Mine Manager. In 1990 he moved to Timmins where he spent 5 years for Royal Oak as General Manager at several mines including:  Pamour, Hope Brook, and Colomac. Commencing in 1996, spent 11 years overseas where he worked in Ghana, Armenia, and Tanzania for Ashanti Goldfields, Sterlite Gold, and Barrick Gold in various capacities including VP and General Manager. He returned to Canada as Chief Operating Officer for Tournigan Gold before returning to Ghana as VP and General Manager of Golden Star’s Wassa operation. Since 2011, he has provided consulting services through Mracek Consulting, working for major consulting firms, including SRK and SNC-Lavalin, advising on various studies, including feasibility studies.

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