P.Geo., Chairman and Director
John is a professional geologist, prospector and entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. In 2008 he was awarded the Spud Huestis award for his contributions to mineral exploration in British Columbia and Yukon.
He has been involved in several notable discoveries including the 5 million oz Coffee Gold deposit in Yukon, Three Bluffs gold deposit in the Committee Bay greenstone belt and the Aviat/Churchill diamond districts of Nunavut. He has been involved in over a billion dollars in M&A activity and has generated over $500 million in direct and indirect mineral expenditures throughout Canada, Latin America and Australia.
John was the founder and co-founder of several notable companies including Hunter Exploration, Kaminak Gold Corp., Stornoway Diamond Corp., Northern Empire Resources Corp., Bluestone Resources Inc. and Fireweed Zinc Corp.
John acts as Executive Chairman to Bluestone Resources Inc., Fireweed Zinc Ltd. and K2 Gold Corp. and Strategic Advisor to Great Bear Resources, Genesis Metals Corp., Kodiak Copper Corp., ValOre Metals Corp. and Ethos Gold Corp.
President, CEO and Director
Mr. Swatton has been in the mining and exploration business for 30 years and has held positions such as Institutional Mining Analyst for Yorkton Securities, CEO of several successful junior companies including Brazil Resources Inc. and Fortress Minerals Ltd., and was Global Head of Business Development for the BHP Billiton Exploration Group (2005-2008). In recent years Mr. Swatton has developed varied business interests in third world jurisdictions while maintaining a keen interest in the Canadian Resource sector through investment and opportunity recognition.
Mr. Roberts is a mining engineer with over 30 years of operations, consulting, and investment banking experience. This includes work on feasibility studies for numerous mining projects worldwide, investment banking/due diligence roles in over 200 institutional mining equity financings, and significant experience advising management and boards on both friendly and hostile transactions.
Frederic Leigh Jr.
Mr. Leigh is the principal of a private British Columbia company providing fundraising, investor relations and advisory services. He has over 10 years of experience with companies in the mining and technology sectors worldwide, acting in an investor relations and advisory role for a number of publicly listed companies.
Mr. Taylor is a structural and economic geologist and mining entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience with both producers and exploration companies. He is President and Director of Great Bear Resources Ltd since December 2010. He is currently Chairman of TSX.V listed Kodiak Copper Corp. and formerly a geologist with Imperial Metals, Inc., a TSXV company from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Earth Sciences in 2000, and a Master of Science degree in Structural Geology from Carleton University in 2003.
Mr. Gibson is an exploration geologist with over 14 years mineral exploration experience throughout the North American Cordillera from Alaska to Mexico; including syngenetic and epigenetic precious and base metal systems. He was the Project Manager of the Underworld Resources Inc. exploration team that discovered and defined the Golden Saddle and Arc deposits. These assets were subsequently sold to Kinross in 2010 for $139 million. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gibson was serving as Vice President Exploration for White Gold Corp where he oversaw over $30 million in exploration activities over the previous three years with highlights including expansion of the Golden Saddle and Arc deposits and five new discoveries across the White Gold district; including the high-grade Vertigo discovery on the JP Ross property.
Exploration Geologist, 30 years experience in Yukon, active representative of the Yukon geological community and local politics related to mining.
Over ten years of professional experience managing external reporting and corporate compliance for TSX Venture Exchange and CSE listed issuers. Currently serves as the Corporate Secretary and advisor of a number of listed issuers. Works closely with external partners and service providers in the areas of legal, compliance, transfer agency, audit, banking and insurance. BA from Simon Fraser University.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Scott, CPA, CA, CFA brings more than 20 years of professional experience in accounting, corporate finance, and merchant and commercial banking and has served on the management teams and boards of a number of Canadian publicly traded companies. He is a founder and president of Corex Management Inc., a private company providing accounting, administration, and corporate compliance services to privately held and publicly traded companies. Mr. Scott currently holds senior management and board positions with a number of TSX Venture Exchange Issuers including Riverside Resources Inc., Great Bear Resources Ltd. and Northern Empire Resources Corp.
Alex Heath, CFA
Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Alex has 15 years of corporate finance, investment banking and capital markets experience focused on the mining industry. He has worked on numerous public and private equity offerings, valuations, fairness opinions, and M&A transactions. He graduated with a BCom (Honours) specializing in Finance and Marketing from the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and is a CFA charterholder.