Mr. Gower has been involved in the mineral industry for over 30 years, including positions with Falconbridge Ltd. and Noranda Inc. (now Glencore Canada Corp.). He was manager of Atlantic Canada exploration for Noranda, including major programs in Newfoundland that resulted in the initial gold discoveries there in the 1980s. While at Falconbridge, he was general manager of global nickel and platinum group metal exploration and a member of the senior operating team that approved capital budgets for new mining projects. Mr. Gower has been involved in numerous discoveries and mine development projects, including at Raglan, Matagami and Sudbury, Canada, as well as greenfield discoveries in Brazil and Tanzania. He also previously held positions as director at several junior mineral exploration companies focused in South America and Europe. He is a director of Alamos Gold and the chief executive officer of Emerita Resources.Mr. Gower has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master of Science in Earth sciences from Memorial University.
For more than 35 years, Mr. Patterson has been involved in the administration and finance of exploration companies based in North America. As chairman of Donner Metals, Mr. Patterson was integral in the financing and exploration of Newfoundland and Labrador's South Voisey's Bay nickel exploration project as well as managing partner relationships with Teck and Falconbridge. In Matagami, Que., Mr. Patterson was responsible for the financing of the exploration and eventual construction of the Bracemac-Macleod zinc mine with industry partner Xstrata. This mine was brought into production on time and on budget in 2013. As a financier of junior exploration companies, Mr. Patterson has helped to raise in excess of $500-million during his career. Mr. Patterson is the co-founder of the Vested website, the most successful start- up equity crowdfunding portal in Canada. The Vested website has successfully completed 50 crowdfunding campaigns, with 15 companies presently public or in the process of going public since the company's inception. Mr. Patterson holds a master of business administration from Simon Fraser University (1991).
Gary Lewis, CET
Gary has over 35 years of experience in exploration and project development in Newfoundland and is a driving force of exploration in the Exploits subzone in 2000, he introduced Rubicon Minerals to the mineral potential of the area resulting in Numerous Gold discoveries. In 2004 directed VVC Exploration efforts in the Zone and the acquisition of the Dormant Beaver Brook Antimony Mine resulting in reactivation.
In 2008 discovered a World-Class Critical Rare Earth Metals District in Labrador as the founding Member of Search Minerals/Altera Resources. In 2012 Gary was awarded the Prospect of the Year award and Search Minerals was awarded the Developer of the Year award from the CIM Newfoundland branch for this discovery.
In 2016/2017, Gary introduced the founding members of Newfound Gold to the mineral potential of the Appleton linear, Jonathan's Pond linear and the structural significance of the geology sandwiched between the GRUB line and the Dog Bay line. He was the first to note the structural significance of the Gander Lake sigmoidal structure and the relating stacked sigmodal structures in the area.
David Shaw, PhD
Dr. Shaw's working career, both as a geologist and an analyst, includes extensive involvement in both the corporate resource and investment banking sectors, focused on metals and hydrocarbons. He is a current director of Cerro de Pasco Resources and Medallion Resources Ltd. and is a former director of First Majestic Silver Corp. (from prior to its first mine coming on stream), Talison Lithium Ltd. (until its purchase by Tianqui Lithium of China) and First Mining Gold (from its initial public listing).
Andrew Lee Smith
Mr. Smith is a professional geologist who has over 30 years of experience successfully exploring, developing and operating African and North American base metal and precious metal mining projects. Mr. Smith holds an Honours BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He received the Mining Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1994 from the Quebec Prospectors Association for his role in the development of the Beaufor and Sleeping Giant mines and was named outstanding alumnus of 2009 by the science faculty of the University of Waterloo for his contributions to mineral exploration. Mr. Smith is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and achieved the ICDD accreditation -- the only professional designation for Canadian directors recognized both nationally and internationally.
David Groves, PhD
Born in Brighton, England, David Groves was educated at Hobart High School and University of Tasmania, completing a PhD on the giant Mt Bischoff tin deposit under the
mentorship of Mike Solomon. After a period with the Geological Survey of Tasmania, David was appointed Lecturer in Economic Geology at the University of Western
Australia (UWA) in 1972. In 1987, he was awarded a Personal Chair at UWA and formed the Centre for Strategic Mineral Deposits, which morphed into the Centre for Global
Metallogeny, with him as Director, and which became the Centre for Exploration Targeting after his retirement as Emeritus Professor. He had a very successful academic
career in terms of approximately 500 highly-cited published papers and book chapters, many keynote and invited lectures, and mentorship of many outstanding
postgraduates, being awarded 13 medals and prizes, including the SEG Silver and Penrose Gold Medals and the SGA-Newmont Gold Medal, and being inducted into the
Australian Academy of Sciences as a Fellow. He has been President of GSA, SEG and SGA during his career and represented Australia on UNESCO committees.