Our Team

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 $600M 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.

COO

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.

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 $600M 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).

Doug Forster, B.Sc., M.Sc. & P.Geo.

Director

Doug Forster, B.Sc., M.Sc. & P.Geo.

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.

Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Ph.D.

Economic geologist with 25 years of exploration experience, mainly gold related. Early in his career, he explored for major mining firms including Homestake Mining Company, Newcrest Mining Ltd and Newmont Mining Corporation.

Led exploration for Gold Canyon Resources at the Springpole alkaline gold project near Red Lake Ontario, a 5 million ounce gold asset that was recently sold.

In 2010, Dr. Hennigh helped start Novo Resources and began assembling its Australian exploration portfolio. Dr. Hennigh obtained a Ph.D. in Geology/ Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.

Craig Roberts, P.Eng

Director

Craig Roberts, P.Eng

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.