Management and directors
John W. Jewitt, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Jewitt is a registered professional mining engineer (British Columbia) who obtained an Advanced Management Diploma from Harvard Business School. He was employed at several underground mines owned by Teck Resources prior to becoming President of the Granby Mining Company (NYSE) and Granisle Copper Ltd (TSX); both substantial copper producers in British Columbia. Subsequently Jewitt worked as Manager of Engineering and Development for Chevron Resources Inc., opening mines in B.C., Australia, Chile and Ireland. He then worked as Manager of International Project Development for Pegasus Gold, prior to managing final feasibility studies towards re-opening the Tulsequah Chief VMS Mine in BC and EuroZinc's copper-zinc mines at Aljustrel, Portugal.
Jewitt received an award from Engineers and Geoscientists of BC as follows: R.A. McLaughlin Award: This award is made to an engineer who, through activity in professional affairs, and participation in community activities, has exhibited to a notable degree that concern with public welfare which should characterize the engineering profession at its best.
As a former Director of New Nadina Explorations Limited, Jewitt is well-positioned to advance the Silver Queen Metals project in British Columbia and the Monument Diamond project in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
William Meyer P.Eng., Director - Mr. Meyer is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Geology (UBC, 1962) and was Vice-President, Exploration for Teck Corporation from 1993 to 1998 and President of Teck Exploration Ltd. from 1979 to 1998. He joined Teck Exploration Ltd. in 1979 as Exploration Manager for Western Canada and the United States. In 1991, he was appointed Vice-President, Exploration, for Teck Corporation responsible for the direction of exploration activities for Teck and its associated companies worldwide. His career has spanned more than 40 years, starting as an exploration geologist with Phelps Dodge Corporation of Canada and later as senior geologist with Gibraltar Mines Ltd. He was a partner at the consulting firm of Western Geological Services in 1967 and formed his own consulting firm in 1975. He is currently on the Board of Minco Base Metals (unlisted), GGL Resources and Golden Reign Resources Ltd.
Anthony (Tony) Jewitt, B.Sc. Eng., Director, CFO – Mr. Jewitt has more than 30 years of experience in engineering management within the information technology industry. As vice president of big data solutions for Avalon, he leads a team of data scientists and data engineers who develop analytic applications for clients in many industries including natural resources, utilities, manufacturing and defense. Prior to joining Avalon, Jewitt was CEO of Hive Group, a leading data visualization software company, where he led the firm from its start-up phase with three pilot projects to profitability with over 100 major customers while raising $7m to fuel growth. Prior to Hive Group, Jewitt was senior vice president at InStranet (acquired by Salesforce.com) where he oversaw all areas of product strategy, corporate and product positioning, and managed all corporate-level marketing functions including InStranet's customer advisory board. He was a member of the executive team that raised $15m for InStranet's Series C funding. Prior to Instranet, Jewitt was group vice president of at Business Objects (acquired by SAP) where he led the company's pioneering work in extranets and e-business. During his tenure with Business Objects, Jewitt grew the extranet division from start-up to over $40m in annual revenues. Jewitt holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin.
Courtney Shearer, B.Sc (Eng.), MBA, CPA, CMA, Director – Mr. Shearer has been an entrepreneur all his working career. After working in the BC timber industry and in a junior silver producer in the Canadian Arctic, he co-founded and ran a private oilfield service company in Alberta for a decade and successfully sold it to a large, multi-national corporation.
He was involved in several junior Canadian exploration and production companies for 15-years as a board member and in the C-suite, including being CFO for Merit Mining Corp. when they opened the Greenwood Gold Project in 2008.
He was also a director and consultant for San Gold Corporation when they opened the Rice Lake, Manitoba gold mine and grew from a market capitalization of $18 million to over $1.1 billion in 6 years. He worked on the business development team that raised over $120 million to finance that growth and conversion from the TSX Venture Exchange to the TSX.
He is currently a partner in a private company that provides implementation of land development, funding and financial strategies to private, public and not-for-profit organizations.
Peter Cooper, Director - Mr. Cooper has over 42 years in the mineral exploration and mining business, working primarily for major producers in Canada and the U.S; Better part of the past 20 years working in Washington State and southern BC, since 2007 as Chief Geologist and subsequently Manager of Operations Strategy for Kinross Gold's Kettle River Operations; and Participated in three successful new gold mine startups, including Kinross' Buckhorn mine, having played a significant role in the pre-production exploration and development of each.
Frederick James Sveinson, B.A., B. Sc., P. Eng. - Mr. Sveinson is a professional mining engineer with more than 45 years’ experience in Canada and internationally in the exploration, development, construction, operation and financing of mineral projects. His experience includes the development and operation of underground mines from 100tpd to 2000tpd in Zambia, USA, Venezuela and Canada including the Arctic. He has been involved in projects with major logistics challenges including construction and operation in remote areas requiring fly-in, fly-out camps with access via long winter roads and by air. Mr. Sveinson has been involved with negotiating Impacts and Benefits agreements with First Nations and training of aboriginals. He has held senior positions with major consulting firms and contractors such as SNC Lavalin Inc. and Dynatec Corp. Fred has been an entrepreneur and founder of several junior companies which have re-started Brownfield’s sites or developed new mining operations. Mr. Sveinson is currently working as a Senior Mining Advisor / Consultant via his wholly owned company, International Mine Builders Inc. where he is currently leading the resurrection of the historic Bralorne underground gold mine owned by Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. in British Columbia. He is also a Founder and Director of First Vanadium Corp. which is developing a major Vanadium project in Nevada. He also is a Director and Advisor to European Electric Metals which recently acquired the Skroska Brownfields underground Nickel-Cobalt mine in Albania which the company aims to return to production. Mr. Sveinson is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering. He is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in General Economics in 1985.
Gary Wong, P.Eng. Project QP. B.A Sc in geological engineering. – Mr. Wong is an advanced project explorationist with experience in the Americas & Africa, from grassroots exploration to feasibility studies and mine geology. His work has included projects in greenstone belts, porphyry systems, and epithermal systems globally. Integrating modern technology with tried and true exploration methods, Mr. Wong is focussed on applying the most cost effective and efficient methods to generate the most useful information to advance exploration projects.
Helen Jewitt, Office Manager: Extensive secretarial experience with major corporations in the USA and Canada (Hughes Tool Co., Zapata Corporation, Highlands Insurance Co., Coors Bottling Co. Jimmy Pattison Leasing Company). Office Manager, Paralegal, and Marketing Co-ordinator TERA Corporation, Berkley, CA, and Director of Business Development, Best Western Plus City Centre, Spokane, WA.