GoldQuest is led by a strong management team with mining experience in the Dominican Republic. Our Executive Chairman, Bill Fisher and President and CEO, Julio Espaillat were both instrumental in the development of a producing mine in the Dominican Republic (2008), and lead GoldQuest's team in developing its projects in the Dominican Republic. [View Our Projects]
(clockwise from top right: Jeremy Niemi, VP Exploration; Bill Fisher, Executive Chairman; Julio Espaillat, President & CEO; and Paul Robertson, CFO)
Bill Fisher graduated in UK as a geologist in 1979. He has extensive industry experience including a number of residential posts in Africa, Australia, Europe and Canada in both exploration and mining positions. Under his leadership, Karmin Exploration discovered the Aripuanã base metal massive sulphide deposits in Brazil. From 1997 to 2001 Mr. Fisher was Vice President, Exploration for Boliden AB, a major European mining and smelting company where he was responsible for thirty five projects in nine countries. From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Fisher led GlobeStar Mining Corp. from an exploration company to an emerging precious and base metal producer in the Dominican Republic, developing and operating the Cerro de Maimon copper/gold mine until it was sold to Perilya for $186 million. Mr. Fisher was also Chairman of Aurelian Resources which was sold to Kinross Gold in 2008 for $1.2 Billion after the discovery of the Fruta del Norte gold deposit in Ecuador. Mr. Fisher currently serves as an independent director of Horizonte Minerals (AIM: HZM), and Treasury Metals (TSX: TML) and the London(UK) based Andiamo Exploration and RAME Energy (LSE:RAME).
Mr. Espaillat has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Espaillat served as Vice President of Exploration at GlobeStar Mining Corporation, where he was responsible for all technical and financial administration of the company's properties in the Dominican Republic, including the acquisition, development and construction of the Cerro de Maimón massive sulphide deposit, where production commenced in October 2008.
Prior to GlobeStar, Mr. Espaillat spent 12 years at Falconbridge Limited in various roles in the Dominican Republic and Timmins, Ontario. Prior to leaving Falconbridge, he was Senior Geologist in charge of exploration activities in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Espaillat received his degree in Mining Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic, in 1978. In 1982 Mr. Espaillat completed a degree in Mining Geology ( Economic Geology) Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK. More recently he received a Master Degree in Financial Management from the Universidad Tecnológica del Cibao , La Vega, Dominican Republic in 1999, and a Post Graduate Degree in Environmental Economics, Universidad de Chile -- Global Development in 2000.
He has also served as a Professor of Geology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic from 1981 to 1988.
Mr. Robertson is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the mining sector, including assisting junior resource companies with their financial reporting and regulatory requirements. He has over sixteen years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience including working with Ernst & Young from 1999 to 2005. Currently, he is the managing partner of Quantum Advisory Partners LLP, a professional services firm dedicated to assisting publicly listed companies with their financial reporting, taxation and regulatory requirements. He was previously the CFO of Grayd Resource Corporation that was acquired by Agnico Eagle in 2011. Mr. Robertson holds a BA from the Universty of Western Ontario (1993) and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation from the British Columbian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1997.
Mr. Niemi is a geologist with 20 years experience in the mining/resource industry, both at corporate and operational levels. Mr. Niemi is currently the Vice President, Exploration for GoldQuest Corporation. Prior to joining GoldQuest which he served as Vice President, Geology with Noront Resources and before joining Noront he was Manager, Technical Services, for Kinross Gold Corporation. He started his career with Inco Technical Services Ltd. in 1996, working on the Victor Deep project in the Sudbury basin. Mr. Niemi is a technical advisor of Gowest Gold (TSX.V GWA). Mr. Niemi is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and holds a BSc Honours degree in Earth Sciences from Laurentian University.
Dave Massola is an executive with three decades of international mining experience in a broad range of financial and business aspects, including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, taxation, treasury and risk management. This includes 20 years with BHP-Billiton at the Escondida Copper Mine in Chile, the Island Copper Mine in British Columbia and the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. As Vice President and C.F.O. of De Beers Canada, he contributed to the development of two diamond mines in northern Canada. Subsequently as Senior Vice President of Finance and C.F.O. of GlobeStar Mining, Dave was a key employee in the financing, construction and operations of GlobeStar’s Cerro de Maimón Mine in the Dominican Republic and negotiated its subsequent sale. He was also the President and C.E.O. of Continental Nickel Ltd., while it was developing a mine in Tanzania, and led negotiations for its subsequent takeover.
Felix is a Dominican geologist with more than 20 years of experience in the Dominican Republic mining and exploration sector. Felix has worked for several companies as project and general manager and was previously the Caribbean representative for Energold International Drilling. Felix has a Degree in Geology and a Masters Degree in Business administration and is currently a director of the Mining and Petroleum Chamber of the Dominican Republic.