Founder & Executive Chairman
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.
Founder & CEO
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).
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.
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.
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.
Over 10 years of experience in mining and capital markets; worked as a production and exploration geologist in Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Red Lake, Norway and Ghana. Later worked as a mining analyst with Pinetree Capital. Founder, Director and Executive Chairman of Goldspot Discoveries Inc. (TSX.V: SPOT) and also currently serves as a Director for Xtra-Gold Resources Corp. (TSE: XTG).
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.
Independent Technical Advisor, Iron Point
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.
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.
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.
Project Manager, Iron Point
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.
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.
Graduated from the University of Utah with a BSc in Geology.
Exploration geologist with three years’ experience in the Great Basin and specifically Nevada.