Position: President and Director
Stephen Stares is a successful business entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in mineral exploration. Stephen's first 7 years were spent with Noranda exploration on such projects as the Hemlo gold mines, Eagle River gold deposit 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.
From 2004 to present Stephen has been directly involved in the start-up of 10 publicly traded companies on the TSX Venture exchange and was directly involved in assembling projects of merit and raising millions of dollars for these junior exploration companies. Throughout his career, Mr. Stares has discovered several major mineral occurrences in Canada that have been the subject of extensive exploration programs.
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 over 25 years. He graduated from Lakehead University in 1991 with an B.Sc in Geology (Honours) and is a qualified Professional Geologist. From 1989-2001 Clinton worked for major companies Noranda and Inco as a project geologist generating, managing and evaluating base and precious metal opportunities throughout Canada and Turkey. During his tenure with Noranda he was personally involved in several new base metal discoveries. Since 2001 Clinton consulted to several companies before helping establish Benton Resources. Clinton's experience from grassroots to advanced projects has provided broad 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.
Position: Corporate Secretary
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 Asanko Gold, Auryn Resources Corp., Coro Mining Corp. and Canada Rare Earth Corp.
Evan Asselstine, CPA, CA
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 Professional Accountants of Ontario. Evan has been the CFO of Benton Resources Inc., since its inception in 2012. In addition, Evan has been the CFO for Alset Energy Corp. (formerly Benton Capital Corp) since 2008 and served as its controller prior to then. Also, Evan has served as controller of Metals Creek Resources Corp., a public exploration company, since its inception in 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, CPA, CA
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