Northern Vertex is supported by a team of requisite professionals experienced in all aspects of mining finance, precious metals development and strategic operations. Drawing from this depth of expertise will be paramount as the Company advances its flagship Moss Mine project from the initial mine construction phase through to commercial gold-silver production.
Kenneth Berry, BComm
President, CEO and Director
Ken Berry, B.Comm, Chairman and CEO is co-founder and has played an instrumental role in acquiring the Moss project as well as helping to raise in excess of $98 million to advance the Company's now 100% owned Moss Mine Gold-Silver project in Western Arizona from the exploration stage to final feasibility. Mr. Berry brings over 20 years of senior level experience in capital markets and mine exploration and development. Among his accomplishments, as a co-founder and current Chairman of Kootenay Silver Inc., over the past two years Mr. Berry has helped guide Kootenay through a major transitional period that included the strategic acquisition of Canadian based Northair Silver Corp. and a carried interest to production option agreement with Pan American Silver Corp.
Dr. David Stone
Construction Project Manager
Dr. David Stone has been appointed Northern Vertex's construction Project Manager for the Company's Moss Mine gold-silver project. Dr. Stone will be responsible for overseeing the design, procurement and construction activities of M3 and other site based contractors engaged by M3 as the mine gets built. Dr. Stone has authored numerous prefeasibility and feasibility studies and was most recently one of the co-authors of the Company's Feasibility Study (see news release dated June 8th, 2015). He has extensive experience in the design and construction of heap leach mines dating back to the 1980's including Beal Mountain in Montana, Basin Creek in Montana, Yellow Aster in California, Manhattan in Nevada and Brewery Creek in the Yukon.
Joseph Bardswich. P. Eng.
Director and President of Golden Vertex Corp
Mr. Bardswich has been a mining consultant since 1994 and was formerly President, CEO and Director of Gentor Resources Inc. from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Bardswich previously served as President and Director of BRC Diamond Company and Director of United Bolero Development Corp. and Verbina Resources Inc. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, a life member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in NI 43-101 Standards for Mineral Disclosure. Mr. Bardswich is a graduate of the University of Windsor (B.A.Sc.,Civil Engineering) and received his Masters Degree (M.Eng. Mining) from McGill University. He has extensive experience in all facets of mining from contract miner, through production supervision, mining engineering, heavy civil engineering and mine management in underground, open pit and alluvial operations in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Africa.
Christopher Park, CPA CGA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Park brings to Northern Vertex Mining Corp. several years of senior financial management experience within the mining industry and encompasses financial reporting, internal controls, taxation and treasury management with companies ranging from grassroots exploration to mine development and production. He has held Corporate Controller positions with a number of mining companies, including Imperial Metals where he worked closely with senior operational management to ensure accurate internal reporting for two operating mines including construction and commissioning of the $660 million Red Chris mine in Northern British Columbia. Mr. Park is a Chartered Professional Accountant who started his career with a local accounting firm in Vancouver and holds a Diploma in Financial Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Bill Martinich, B.Sc M.Eng
Moss Mine Manager
Mr. Martinich is a dedicated mining professional with over 20 years of experience in open pit gold production predominately in the Western region of the United States. Most recently he was Mine Manager at New Gold’s Mesquite Mine in California and before that he was Mine Manager at Taseko Mines’ Gibraltar Mine in British Columbia. Preceding his employment at Taseko, Mr. Martinich spent 16 years with Barrick Gold and Placer Dome, where he worked in various roles including Mine Operations Superintendent at the Goldstrike Mine (Barrick) and Mine Operations and Maintenance Superintendent at the Cortez Mine (Barrick/Placer Dome). Mr. Martinich holds a Bachelor of Science Degree Mine Engineering from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana.
James M. McDonald, PGeo
Mr. McDonald brings Northern Vertex over 25 years experience in the international mining sector. He has a proven track record developing and advancing projects from the start-up phase to production. Among his credits, he co-founded and successfully developed National Gold (which merged with Alamos Minerals) to form Alamos Gold for which he was a Director and served on the technical committee until June 2012. He also formerly served as President of Genco Resources, during which time it operated the La Guitarra Mine, an underground silver mine located in Mexico. Mr. McDonald, P. Geo. is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.
Michael Haworth is currently Senior Partner at Greenstone Resources L.P., a private equity fund he co-founded in 2013 that specializes in the mining and metals sector. Together with colleague Mark Sawyer, Mr. Haworth oversees all aspects of the management of Greenstone Resources. Specifically, Mr. Haworth serves as a director of Greenstone Management Ltd; the fund’s General Partner and is a member and co-chairman of the Investment Committee.
David Farrell, B.Comm., LL.B
Mr. Farrell is President of Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with junior to mid-tier global mining companies. Prior to founding Davisa, he was Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Endeavour Financial where he successfully closed over US$25 billion worth of M&A transactions for junior and mid-tier natural resource companies. Before his 12 years at Endeavour Financial, David was a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott, working in Vancouver, Budapest and London. Mr. Farrell graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm (Honours, Finance) and an LL.B and is called to the bar in both British Columbia and England. David also serves as a director and audit committee member of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. and is a board and finance committee member of Yaletown House, a non-profit, critical-care seniors' residence in downtown Vancouver.
Gordon D. Ulrich, B.A. Sc. M.B.A., P.Eng
Mr. Ulrich is mining executive with over 40 years senior level experience. He was President and CEO of Luscar Ltd., a major energy company (coal, oil and gas) from 1990-2001 and successfully took Luscar public with the Luscar Coal Income Fund in 1996 with a $500 million IPO. During his tenure, Luscar grew significantly and doubled in size to revenues of $700 million. He served as an independent director of a number of Canadian resource companies and is an active community member who continues to serve on not-for-profit organizations including Alberta electric System Operators. Mr. Ulrich, a graduate of U.B.C. with a B.A. Sc. in geological engineering and an M.B.A., is also a registered professional engineer in B.C. and Alberta (life member in Alberta).
W. Perry Durning, M.Sc.
Mr. Durning has been active in mineral exploration for over 43 years. He graduated with a B.Sc. in geology from San Diego State University and a M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona. Mr. Durning has worked extensively throughout the western U.S.A., Mexico and Central and South America. During his career he worked for Amax Exploration, SAGE Associates and Occidental Minerals, before becoming Exploration Manager and then President of Fischer-Watt Gold Co., Inc. Mr. Durning cofounded La Cuesta International, Inc. in 1993 and has worked primarily in Mexico since that time. Much of his career has focused on grassroots exploration in pioneering areas. Mr. Durning and Mr. Hillemeyer were selected by the PDAC as the 2010 co-award winners of the Thayer Lindsley Award in recognition for La Cuesta's multiple grassroots discoveries in Mexico.
F. L. "Bud" Hillemeyer, M.Sc.
Mr. Hillemeyer has been actively involved in mineral exploration in the United States and Latin America for more than 27 years. Mr. Hillemeyer has conducted extensive exploration programs in the western U.S., Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Geology and from San Diego State University with a M.Sc. in Geology. Mr. Hillemeyer co-founded La Cuesta International, Inc. in 1993 and has worked with an extensive array of clients including Kennecott, Meridian Gold, BHP, MIM, Hecla Mining, Crown Resources, Monarch Resources, Silver Standard Resources, Canplats Resources and others. Mr. Hillemeyer was recognized for his success in mineral exploration as the co-recipient of the 2010 Thayer Lindsley Award for an international mineral discovery. The award recognized Mr. Hillemeyer and his partner, Perry Durning, for their grassroots discoveries in Mexico including the San Sebastián, San Agustin, Pitarrilla and Camino Rojo projects.