Mr. Hurst has over 25 years of experience in the mining/resource industries having acted as geologist, consultant, mining analyst, and senior executive. He was a founding executive of International Royalty Corporation and then a Director of the company until 2010 when it was purchased by Royal Gold, Inc. for $700 million. Recently, Mr. Hurst was one of the founders and executives of Newmarket Gold Inc. which was purchased for $1.0 billion by Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. In 2016.
Mr. Hurst holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from McMaster University.
Michael G. Allen
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Allen is a professional geologist with 20 years of experience in the mining industry. He has extensive experience in project evaluation, recently reviewing in excess of 400 gold projects worldwide. This effort lead Mike to identify and negotiate the purchase of the Sterling Gold Project.
Mike has a strong technical background having explored for gold in Nevada, Arctic, British Columbia and Ontario. He has worked in both open pit and underground mines, as well as managing the construction of new mines and exploration crews.
For the last several years Mike has spent his time in Nevada where he was part of a team that advanced a gold project through permitting and a positive pre-feasibility study. Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Alberta.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Santos is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience in financial planning and strategy, treasury, and M&A analysis, as well as strong experience in financial management, reporting and corporate governance. Prior to joining Northern Empire Resources Corp., Mr. Santos was the Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of Newmarket Gold Inc., a TSX-listed mid-tier Australian gold producer which produced over 220,000 ounces of gold annually. Mr. Santos was an integral member of the team that completed the successful merger between Newmarket Gold and Kirkland Lake Gold in November 2017, creating a new 500,000+ ounce gold producer. Prior to his appointment as Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of Newmarket Gold, Mr. Santos was the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Newmarket Gold prior to its amalgamation with Crocodile Gold in 2015. Mr. Santos previously worked with Calibre Mining Corp as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for a number of years prior to joining Newmarket Gold.