Stefan Spears

Chairman and CEO

Mr. Spears has over 15 years experience as a senior executive in the resource exploration and mining industry. He began his mining career at Goldcorp and in 2005 joined McEwen Capital Corporation to focus on resource sector investments. In 2008 he joined McEwen Mining (TSX/NYSE:MUX) as Vice President in charge of U.S. Projects. After successfully founding Coreprint Patterns Inc., an innovative sand casting pattern manufacturer whose repeat clients have included several multi-national corporations in the mining and industrial sectors, Mr. Spears rejoined McEwen Mining to address Special Projects with a focus on corporate development and to tackle technical challenges in operations. He has experience in gold exploration in Canada, USA and Mexico, and was involved in raising over C$400 million in equity capital for exploration and development projects. Mr. Spears holds a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University. He is also a board member of Golden Predator Mining Corp. (TSX-V:GPY).

Carmelo Marrelli 


Mr. Marrelli is the principal of Marrelli Support Services Inc., a firm that has delivered accounting and regulatory compliance services to listed companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange for over twenty years. In addition, Carmelo is controlling shareholder of DSA Corporate Services Inc., a firm providing corporate secretarial and regulatory filing services. Carmelo is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA, CGA), and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a professional body that certifies corporate secretaries. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Carmelo also acts as chief financial officer to a number of reporting issuers on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange and as a director of select issuers.

Wesley Whymark

Chief Geologist

Mr. Whymark is a Professional Geoscientist very knowledgeable in the study and exploration of Witwatersrand-type paleoplacer gold deposits. He has authored a scientific paper on the subject of paleoplacer gold with a world-renowned geoscientist that was published in the Ore Geology Reviews Journal. He has a Honours B.Sc. degree in Geology from Laurentian University, Sudbury and is currently completing a Ph.D. on the Pardo Paleoplacer gold project at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in conjunction with the University of Würzburg, Germany. 

Doug Hunter


Mr. Hunter is a Professional Geoscientist. He graduated from Carleton University with an Honours B.Sc. & M.Sc. and has been in mining exploration since 1974. His career began with Teck Cominco and Algoma Steel. As a co-founder of Wallbridge Mining, he was part of the management team operating the company’s joint ventures with Falconbridge (Xstrata) and Lonmin Plc. in Sudbury, Ontario and he also directed the company’s other exploration projects both in Canada and the USA. He has held multiple directorships and worked extensively with junior exploration companies.

Gary Nassif


Mr. Nassif is Senior Vice President of Jerritt Canyon Gold a private gold mining company in Nevada owned by Sprott Mining Inc. He has 24 years’ experience in mining and exploration in Canada, Nevada and sub-Saharan Africa, where he focused mainly on gold, base metals and diamonds. He was previously a part of the management team of Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc., which was acquired in 2012 by IAMGOLD for $608 million. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University, a Master of Science from McGill University, and is a registered Professional Geoscientist.

Nils Engelstad


Mr. Engelstad is an international corporate and mining lawyer. He is currently the Vice President, General Counsel of Alamos Gold Inc., an intermediate gold producer. Prior to joining Alamos, he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to McEwen Mining Inc. and its predecessor companies. Mr. Engelstad holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Dr. Richard H. Sutcliffe


Dr. Sutcliffe is a Professional Geoscientist with 30 years’ experience in global mineral exploration and development. He has had key management roles in developing several gold, platinum group metals, and copper-nickel mining projects. He is currently President of Pavey Ark Minerals Inc., a private exploration project generator, and also manages several Canadian exploration assets for a Virginia-based private company. He is also a director of Harte Gold Corp.

Robert Scott Heatherington


Mr. Heatherington, who holds a BA in Political Science from Queen’s University, joined the Canadian Federal Department of Manpower and Immigration in 1971 and has served abroad in Hong Kong, Moscow, Bangkok, London and Bonn. At Headquarters, he served as head of the Orders-in-Council Unit, as intelligence analyst with the Facilitation and Enforcement Branch, as director, Refugee Policy, and as director, Strategic Direction within the Strategic Policy, Planning and Research Branch. He served on secondment with the Department of External Affairs and International Trade from 1983 to 1985 as deputy director, Immigration, Visitor and Enforcement Section, and from 1988 to 1990 as deputy director for Refugee and Humanitarian Programs. Mr. Heatherington moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2000 as director of Foreign Intelligence. Mr. Heatherington served as Canadian Ambassador to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia from July 2008 to December 2011.

Mark Hall


Mr. Hall is a Professional Geoscientist with over 24 years experience in the industry. Mr. Hall served as the Chief Mining Recorder for 9 mining recording offices in the Province of Ontario from 1991 to 1997 making up 85% of the province. From 1997 to 2008 Mr. Hall worked for Wallbridge Mining Company Limited - Wallbridge America Limited as Land Manager, Vice President of Land Management. During 2008 to 2015 Mr. Hall worked with Duluth Metals Limited as Land Manager, Vice President of Land Management until the successful takeover by Antofagasta PLC.