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.
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
General Manager, Moss Mine
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 a 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.
Mark Sawyer a Senior Partner of Greenstone Resources LLP. a private equity fund he co-founded with Michael Haworth in 2013 that specializes in the mining and metals sector. Mr Sawyer's track record comprises a 20+ year career in the resource sector, which includes senior roles at such companies as Xstrata plc, Rio Tinto plc and Cutfield Freeman & Co Ltd. Together with Michael Haworth, Mr. Sawyer oversees all aspects of the management of Greenstone Resources.
Geoff Burns is Chairman of Maverix Metals Inc. (“Maverix”), an emerging precious metals royalty and streaming company he co-founded in 2016. Prior to Maverix, he served as President, CEO and Director of Pan American Silver Corp. from May 2003 until December 2015. Mr. Burns has more than 35 years experience in the precious metals mining industry, which includes extensive experience throughout North and South America in project development and mine operations. Throughout his career he has led or been a part of numerous capital market transactions raising in excess of $1.2 billion in equity, debt and convertible debt. During his tenure, Mr. Burns was instrumental in completing a number of key transformational acquisitions and oversaw the growth in Pan American’s annual silver production from 7.0 million ounces to in excess of 25 million ounces. Mr. Burns holds a BSc. Majors in Geology and an MBA.
David Farrell, B.Comm., LL.B, ICD.D
Mr. Farrell is President of Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with junior to mid-tier global mining companies. He has over 20 years of corporate and mining experience and has negotiated, structured and closed more than US$25 billion worth of M&A and structured financing transactions for natural resource companies. Prior to founding Davisa, he was Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, at Endeavour Financial working in Vancouver and London. Before his 12 years at Endeavour Financial, David was a lawyer at Stilkeman 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 was called to the bar in both British Columbia and England. David also serves as Lead Director of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., director of Luminex Resources Inc. and for 12 years was a board and finance committee member of Yaletown House, a non-profit, critical-care seniors’ residence in downtown Vancouver.
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.