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.
Chief Financial Officer
David Splett is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of senior level experience in the resource industry working in Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Most recently, David was CFO – Latin America for Goldcorp Inc., where he was responsible for strategy, policy implementation and optimization within the Latin American region. Preceding Goldcorp, David was Vice President of Finance at Mosaic Corporation, and he has also worked at Minera Panama SA, Teck Resources, and Potash Corporation. Mr. Splett holds a BA Economics and B Admin from the University of Regina, a Master of Arts, Management Systems from the University of Hull in the UK, as well as an MBA from Queens University in Ontario.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ivan Fairhall, B. Eng., B. Bus.
Ivan Fairhall is a Senior Investment Manager at Greenstone Resources LLP, a private equity that specializes in the mining and metals sector. Mr Fairhall is a chartered engineer with 15 years of mining experience in the mining industry across both technical and financial disciplines. He has completed study, construction and commissioning assignments for junior and major mining clients across the globe working for Hatch Associates and GBM Minerals Engineers. During his tenure at Greenstone, Mr Fairhall has lead the execution of investments and sits on several technical advisory committees. Mr Fairhall holds a B.Eng (Hons, Mech) and a B.Bus.
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.