Position: President and Director
Stephen Stares is a successful entrepreneur with 15 years experience in mineral exploration. Stephen's first five years were spent prospecting for Noranda on such projects as the Hemlo and Eagle River gold deposits and the Geco and Mattabi base metal camps. The next ten years of Stephen's career was spent managing the operations of Stares Contracting Corp., a successful mineral exploration services company in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Stares Contracting has a large client base including major companies Noranda, Falconbridge, Teck Cominco, Inco and as well as numerous junior companies. Mr. Stares has discovered several major mineral occurrences in Canada that have been the subject of extensive exploration programs. In the last ten years Stares Contracting has optioned out more than forty properties to various companies.
In March of 2007, Stephen and Michael, along with the rest of the Stares/Keats family, were the proud recipients of Prospectors and Developers Association (PDAC) Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award. This award was given to recognize the family's contributions to the industry of the past 40 years.
Clinton Barr, P.Geo
Position: Director and V.P. of Exploration
Clinton Barr has been involved in mining exploration for nineteen years. He graduated from Lakehead University in 1991 with an H.B.Sc in Geology and is a qualified Professional Geologist. From 1989-2001 Clinton worked for major companies Noranda and Inco as a project geologist generating and evaluating base and precious metal opportunities throughout Canada and Turkey. During his tenure with Noranda he was personally involved in the discovery of five new base metal deposits. Since 2001 Clinton worked as a consulting geologist for such companies as North American Palladium Ltd., Metalex Ventures Ltd., and Big Red Diamond Corporation. Clinton's experience from grassroots to advanced projects has provided extensive knowledge of various mineral deposit models and allows him to evaluate the full potential of mineral properties in both geological as well as political environments.
Michael Stares is also been successful entrepreneur being 50% owner in Stares Contracting Corp. in joint with president Stephen Stares. Michael's background comes from 18 years of prospecting, 8 years for Noranda Exploration, having a fantastic track record for new discoveries. Michael has been given credit for the very timely advances in new discoveries on Benton's projects.
Mr. Fretwell graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with his Bachelor of Laws degree. Since that time, Mr. Fretwell has been a practicing solicitor in the City of Vancouver, primarily in areas of resource and securities law. In addition, Mr. Fretwell is a Director or Officer of various publicly traded companies including Pure Valley Mining Corporation, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, International Royalty Corp, Keegan Resources Corp, Continental Minerals Corp, and Benton Resources Corp.
Raphael R.W. Gerstel
Position: Director & European Financial Advisor
Raphael is a resident of Zurich, Switzerland and is managing director of Weston Compagnie de Finance et D'Investissement S.A., a finance company which has been involved in the financing of a variety of ventures from mining exploration companies to movie productions such as the Three and Four Muskateers, The Prince and the Pauper, Santa Claus, Christopher Columbus, as well as Superman I and II.
Evan Asselstine, C.A.
Position: Chief financial officer
Evan Asselstine received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Evan has been the Controller for Benton Resources Corp. since October 2007. In addition, Evan has been the controller of Metals Creek Resources Corp., a public exploration company, since January 2008. Prior to that, Evan spent over 4 years in finance positions in private industry including over 2 years as controller for a private land development firm. Evan also spent over 7 years working in public accounting and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2002 with Ernst & Young LLP.
william s. harper mba, C.A.
Mr. Harper is a professional accountant with more than 25 years experience in corporate finance and administration with public companies listed in both Canada and the United States, primarily in the mining and high technology industries. Currently he is the CFO, Vice-President Finance and Corporate Secretary of Ondine Biomedical Inc., a private biotech company that was formerly listed on the TSX. Prior to joining that company, he was the Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Director of several public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
John Sullivan, P.Geo
Mr. Sullivan has been with Excellon Resources Inc, a TSX listed company operating in Mexico, since 2007 and has over 35 years of experience in the mineral industry. He has held senior positions with Noranda, Watts, Griffis and McQuat Ltd and Hudson Bay Mining, and has directed major exploration programs, managed field offices and evaluated projects in Canada, Europe, Africa and Latin America