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.
Douglas J. Hurst
Mr. Hurst has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry as geologist, consultant, mining analyst, and senior executive and holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from McMaster University (1986). He was a mining analyst with McDermid St. Lawrence and Sprott Securities and a contract analyst to Pacific International Securities and Octagon Capital up until 1995. From 1995 to 2003 Mr. Hurst operated D.S. Hurst Inc. a company offering corporate, evaluation and financing consulting services to the mining industry. He was a founding executive of International Royalty Corporation from 2003 to 2006 and a director of the company until 2010 when the company was purchased by Royal Gold for $700 million and a founder of Newmarket Gold, which was sold to Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016 for $1 billion. Mr. Hurst currently serves as a director at Calibre Mining and Newcore Gold.
Michael Allen is a professional geologist with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Most recently, Michael was President and CEO of Eclipse Gold Mining prior to its merger with Northern Vertex. Preceding Eclipse Gold, he was President and CEO of Northern Empire, which in 2017 acquired the Sterling Gold Project in Nevada and later sold in 2018 to Coeur Mining for US$90M.
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.
Warwick Board, Ph.D., P.Geo, Pr.Sci.Nat.
Vice President, Exploration
Dr. Board has over 23 years of global experience as a professional geologist. He was most recently Vice President of Exploration for Eclipse Gold Mining Corporation, overseeing the 2020 exploration programs on the Hercules Gold Project located in Lyon County, Nevada. Prior to that he was the Vice President and Chief Geologist of Pretium Resources Inc., where he developed a working geological model for complex epithermal mineralization in support of mining, as well as overseeing resource definition, expansion, and near-mine drilling and exploration in and around the Brucejack Deposit in Northwest British Columbia. He has worked on a wide variety of geological, mining, and exploration projects across all continents, with an emphasis on precious metals, through his time at Silver Standard Resources Inc., Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Inc., Arcus Gibb, and De Beers, having started out his career as an Anglo American bursary recipient. Dr. Board holds Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in geology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, as well as a Citation in Applied Geostatistics from the University of Alberta. Dr. Board is a registered professional geoscientist with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and a registered professional with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.
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.
Kenneth Berry, B. Comm.
Ken Berry, is co-founder of Northern Vertex. As former President and CEO, Mr. Berry played an instrumental role in acquiring the Moss project and helping raise in excess of $100 million to advance Moss from the exploration stage to commercial production. He has over 25 years of senior level experience in capital markets and mine exploration and development. Mr Berry is also the co-founder and current Chairman of Kootenay Silver Inc., a company he helped guide through a major transitional period that included the strategic acquisition of Northair Silver Corp. in 2016.
James M. McDonald, P. Geo
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.
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 a 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.
Marcel De Groot
Marcel de Groot is a founding partner and President of Pathway Capital Ltd, a Vancouver-based private venture capital corporation. Pathway has worked with a number of successful mining companies including Peru Copper Inc. (acquired by Chinalco), and Sandstorm Gold Ltd. Mr. de Groot graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and articled with Grant Thornton LLP where he obtained the Chartered Accountant designation. He is currently a director of Galiano Gold Inc.
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.