Management and directors
John W. Jewitt, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer - 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, Director, CFO - 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.