Advisors to the Board


Mr. Stares is a successful mining entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration. He spent seven years with Noranda exploration on projects including the Hemlo gold mines, Eagle River gold deposit and the Geco and Mattabi base metal camps. He spent ten years managing the operations of Stares Contracting Corp., a successful mineral exploration services company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In March 2007, Stephen and brother 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. He is the President and CEO of Benton Resources.


Mr. Stares has more than 18 years’ experience in mineral exploration, spanning a variety of Canadian geological terranes, from Newfoundland to Yukon. Prior to forming his own Contracting Company - Stares Prospecting Ltd. - he worked with IndoMetals, Rubicon Minerals Corporation, Freewest Resources of Canada, New Millenium, Lac Des Isle Mines and Noranda. He was instrumental in the discovery of the H-Pond Gold Prospect and the Lost Pond Uranium Prospect. He has discovered numerous major mineral occurrences in Canada and abroad which have been the subject of extensive exploration programs. He was also one of the recipients of the PDAC’s ìBill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award” in March 2007, which was awarded to members of the Stares/Keats family. He is the President and CEO of Metals Creek Resources.

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