Our Team

Management

Paul Matysek M.Sc.

Founder & Executive Chairman

Paul Matysek M.Sc.

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.

Awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Mining & Resources in September 2018.

Collin Kettell

Founder & CEO

Collin Kettell

Mr. Kettell is Founder & Executive Chairman of Palisades Goldcorp Ltd., Canada’s resource focused merchant bank with $420M AUM and growing, as well as Founder & Executive Chairman of New Found Gold Corp., a $800M market-cap gold explorer.

Mr. Kettell 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 for $2.3B.

Mr. Kettell is also Co-Founder of Goldspot Discoveries (TSX-V:SPOT).

Bassam Moubarak

CFO

Bassam Moubarak

Raised over $200 Million to finance and develop mines and sold four assets in aggregate worth over $850 Million.

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

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.

Cal Herron, P.Geo.

Exploration Manager

Cal Herron, P.Geo.

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.

Key People

Craig Roberts

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.

Significant experience advising management and boards on merger and acquisition transactions.

William Hayden

Independent Director

William Hayden

A geologist with over 38 years experience in the mineral exploration industry, much of it gained in Africa, America and the Asia-Pacific region. Has worked in a management capacity with several exploration and mining companies in Australia and internationally since 1986. Involved with the Ivanhoe Group of companies since 1994, including Ivanhoe Australia, Ivanhoe Philippines and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd..

Presently has directorships with the following publicly listed companies: Trilogy Metals Inc. and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.

Holds a Bachelor of Science, Geology, degree from Sierra Nevada University, Nevada, USA.

Lewis Teal, M.Sc., B.Sc. Geo

Independent Technical Advisor, Iron Point

Lewis Teal, M.Sc., B.Sc. Geo

Certified Professional Geologist with over 35 years of global mineral exploration experience spanning North and South America, the Caribbean, Indonesia and southern China.

Regional functional business lead in South America and the Caribbean for a major international mining company with +16 years of continent wide, multi-cultural international management experience in generative exploration to advanced operational project development.

Proven track record of multiple discoveries and advanced development experience.

Gary Simmons

Consulting Metallurgist

Gary Simmons

Internationally-recognized metallurgist who previously served as Director of Metallurgy and Technology of Newmont, where he managed corporate metallurgical laboratory and R&D staff responsible for global Newmont process development and engineering design projects.

Mac Jackson, M.Sc., B.A. Geo.

Consulting Geologist

Mac Jackson, M.Sc., B.A. Geo.

Led exploration teams as a senior geologist for Newmont contributing to the discovery of several multi-million ounce gold deposits in Nevada, including the Leeville (Newmont), Fiberline (Newmont) and North Dark Star (Gold Standard Ventures) deposits.

Geoff Sterling

Project Manager, Iron Point

Geoff Sterling

Economic geologist with over 12 years of exploration experience, mainly related to gold in the western US.

Worked on a number of exploration projects across north-central Nevada, including management of a deep drilling program at the Arch discovery. Since joining Ethos Gold in 2020, he has been leading the exploration activities at the Iron Point Project. Prior to this, he was involved in making the discovery in 2019 at Irving Resources’ Omu epithermal gold project in northern Japan.

Mr. Sterling earned a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of Nevada.

Dr. Mike Bersch, Ph.D., Geo.

Consulting Geologist

Dr. Mike Bersch, Ph.D., Geo.

40+ years of experience in mineral exploration, most recently as part of Newmont Mining’s team on the Sabajo Gold Project, Suriname, and as Chief Geologist in South America.

Hayden Smith

Geologist

Hayden Smith

Graduated from the University of Utah with a BSc in Geology.

Exploration geologist with three years’ experience in the Great Basin and specifically Nevada.