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 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.
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 initially in mining operations, followed by performing startups, commissioning, and construction management on mining projects including 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 industrial operations as a Field Engineer (Electrical/Instrumentation ) for a general contractor (The Industrial Company) on multiple industrial projects followed by working on two nuclear power plants, three gas fired turbine power plants, one oil refinery, and two High Fructose Corn Syrup / Ethanol Refineries under his own company. In 2004 Bill was recruited by Merit Consultants International where he was Construction Manager on the dismantle/relocation of the Equatorial SX/EW facility to the Lisbon Valley mine site in SE Utah, and the complete construction of the Carlota Copper SX/EW project in Miami, Arizona which completed in 2008. At the end of the project Bill went to work for Quadra Mining, the owner of the Carlota Copper Project as Manager of Construction Projects. Bill assisted Quadra with the acquisition and the start-up of the Franke Mine in Northern Chile and the second phase of the leach facility at Carlota Copper. With Quadra, that became Quadra FNX and ultimately KGHM International, Bill worked as Manager of Project Construction, Interim Project Manager of the Victoria Project, and Project Development Manager of the Ajax Project until the end of 2013. In 2014 Bill formed his own company W. Matheson Consulting Inc. and served on the Technical Committees for the Sierra Gorda Oxide Project and the Ajax Project for KGHM International. Paralleling with that work Bill provided oversite on the Phase II Project for CS Mining in SE Utah on their Agitated Leach, SX/EW facility. Bill is currently providing oversite on an AMD conveyance system on the Leviathan Mine Site, in NE California and preparing for his Project Management Professional Certification Exam. Bill has an Industrial Instrumentation diploma from Saskatchewan Technical Institute.
Dr. Vukcevic received his PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Clausthal, West Germany and taught for more than 20 years as Associate Professor in Metallurgy at RMIT, Melbourne and Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg and a Professor of Metallurgy at University of Western Australia, Perth, published several books on metallurgy and holds several industrial patents for mining-related technologies. Following his teaching career, Dr. Vukcevic spent over 35 years in real-world engineering experiences by providing technological, technical and equipment solutions to mining companies globally. He was in Senior Management of Alcoa AWA in Melbourne, Perth, and Pittsburgh for 14 years and Anaconda (Anglo American/ Glencore) for 3 years. He was CEO/Principal, Mineral Processing and Marketing, Australia Ltd. providing technological solutions for mining and metallurgical companies such as BHP Billiton, Jinchuan Group (China), Heron Resources (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia), Moneo Metals (New Caledonia) and Acclaim Resources (Western Australia). His experience with vanadium is significant.
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.
Mr. Sveinson is a professional mining engineer with more than 45 years’ experience in Canada and internationally in the exploration, development, construction, operation and financing of mineral projects. His experience includes the development and operation of underground mines from 100tpd to 2000tpd in Zambia, USA, Venezuela and Canada including the Arctic. He has been involved in projects with major logistics challenges including construction and operation in remote areas requiring fly-in, fly-out camps with access via long winter roads and by air. Mr. Sveinson has been involved with negotiating Impacts and Benefits agreements with First Nations and training of aboriginals. He has held senior positions with major consulting firms and contractors such as SNC Lavalin Inc. and Dynatec Corp. Fred has been an entrepreneur and founder of several junior companies which have re-started Brownfield’s sites or developed new mining operations. Mr. Sveinson is currently working as a Senior Mining Advisor / Consultant via his wholly owned company, International Mine Builders Inc. where he is currently leading the resurrection of the historic Bralorne underground gold mine owned by Avino Silver and Gold Mines in British Columbia. He is also on the board of junior exploration companies, Tirex Resources Ltd. and Cornerstone Metals Inc. Mr. Sveinson is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering. He is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in General Economics in 1985.
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.
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.
President & CEO, Director
For over thirty-seven years, Mr. Cowley, P.Geo. has held technical and managerial positions exploring for gold, base metals, diamonds, industrial minerals and coal worldwide. He has extensive experience in a major company setting based in Canada and South America (18 years with BHP Minerals). Projects include the Escondida world-class copper mine in Chile, Country Manager for Bolivia, and the Ekati diamond mine and the Slave gold project in the Canadian arctic. As manager of the Slave Gold Project, his team discovered and advanced 4 significant gold deposits amounting to over 6 million ounces of gold; the high grade Doris mine of TMAC Resources is now in production in the Hope Bay greenstone belt. Mr. Cowley also has extensive involvement in junior mining companies at President/CEO, VP Exploration, consultant and directorship levels. Mr. Cowley was instrumental in putting the Lexington-Grenoble gold-copper mine in BC into production, in doubling the resource at the polymetallic and precious metal J&L deposit in BC and adding resources at the Wolverine VMS deposit in the Yukon. Mr. Cowley has experience in permitting projects from exploration to production as well as consulting and successfully negotiating an Impacts and Benefits Agreement with Canadian First Nation. He has spent an aggregate of 4 years in Latin America in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Columbia (living 3 years in Chile and Bolivia). Mr. Cowley is a Professional Geologist, P.Geo. through APEGBC. He is currently also serving as President, CEO and director of Indigo Exploration Inc. Mr. Cowley is the Qualified Person for Cornerstone Metals Inc.