Management and Board of Directors
Paul Cowley, P. Geo.
President & CEO, Director
For over forty years, Mr. Cowley, P.Geo. has held technical and managerial positions exploring for gold, base metals, diamonds, industrial minerals and coal worldwide. He has extensive experience in a major company setting based in Canada and South America (18 years with BHP Minerals). Projects include the Escondida world-class copper mine in Chile, Country Manager for Bolivia, and the Ekati diamond mine and the Slave gold project in the Canadian arctic. As manager of the Slave Gold Project, his team discovered and advanced 4 gold deposits amounting to over 6 million ounces of gold. Mr. Cowley also has extensive involvement in junior mining companies at President/CEO, VP Exploration, consultant and directorship levels. Mr. Cowley was instrumental in putting the Lexington-Grenoble gold-copper mine in BC into production, in doubling the resource at the polymetallic and precious metal J&L deposit in BC and adding resources at the Wolverine VMS deposit in the Yukon. Mr. Cowley has experience in permitting projects from exploration to production as well as consulting and successfully negotiating an Impacts and Benefits Agreement with Canadian First Nation. Mr. Cowley is a Professional Geologist, P.Geo. and the Qualified Person for First Vanadium Corp.
Rebecca Moriarty, B.Sc., CA
Ms. Moriarty earned her B.Sc. (Geology) from Queens University. She achieved her Chartered Accountant designation in 2002. During an eleven year period with PwC, she worked exclusively with resource companies. Since 2011, she has worked as a Senior Consultant with Malaspina Consultants Inc., continuing to work with resource companies, including Cornerstone.
Dave Mathewson, M.Sc
Director, Geological Advisor
Mr. Mathewson, geologist, is a renowned Carlin Gold Trend specialist, mine finder and former Newmont Mining Corporation Regional Exploration Manager. Mr. Mathewson was instrumental in several significant gold discoveries in the Rain and Railroad Mining Districts in the southern portion of the Carlin Gold Trend, where the Carlin Vanadium Project is located. During the 1990’s while at Newmont, Mr. Mathewson led the team which discovered the Tess, Northwest Rain, Saddle, and South Emigrant gold deposits in the Rain District, which total over 4 million ounces of gold. In 2009, he was a founder of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (GSV-TSX and NYSE) and served as its Vice President of Exploration until 2015. During this period, his exploration team discovered the North Bullion gold, Bald Mountain gold and copper, and Sylvania silver and copper deposits, as well as acquired the Pinion gold deposit, all in the Railroad District.
Michael Mracek, P.Eng.
Director, Mining Advisor
Michael Mracek is a professional mining engineer registered in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1970, he spent his summers working underground at Eldorado, United Keno Hill, and Placer’s Craigmont sublevel caving operation. He moved to Thompson, Manitoba in 1970 where he spent 10 years with Inco, learning his craft from the bottom up. In the 1980’s, he moved on to Dickenson, Amok Cluff Mining, and Terra Mines becoming a Chief Engineer, Mine Superintendent, and finally Mine Manager. In 1990 he moved to Timmins where he spent 5 years for Royal Oak as General Manager at several mines including: Pamour, Hope Brook, and Colomac. Commencing in 1996, spent 11 years overseas where he worked in Ghana, Armenia, and Tanzania for Ashanti Goldfields, Sterlite Gold, and Barrick Gold in various capacities including VP and General Manager. He returned to Canada as Chief Operating Officer for Tournigan Gold before returning to Ghana as VP and General Manager of Golden Star’s Wassa operation. Since 2011, he has provided consulting services through Mracek Consulting, working for major consulting firms, including SRK and SNC-Lavalin, advising on various studies, including feasibility studies.
John Anderson, B.A.
Mr. Anderson holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and is the co-founder of Aquastone Capital Advisors LP, a U.S.-based gold investment fund. With over 15 years’ experience in the capital markets, Mr. Anderson’s specialty is identifying undervalued opportunities in the resource industry and investing capital into these situations. He has been involved in a number of small-cap companies, providing financing, investor relations, and corporate development services. Throughout his career, he has raised in excess of $500 million in equity for a number of public and private companies in the United States, Canada and Europe.