John has served as Founder, Chairman, President, CEO, CFO or Director of more than 20 listed companies in Canada and Australia. On more than one occasion his team’s efforts have been recognized for excellence by being named to the TSX Venture 50TM.
Benchmark Metals Inc. is a mineral exploration company focused on proving and developing the substantial resource potential of the Lawyer’s Gold and Silver project, located in the prolific Golden Horseshoe of northern British Columbia, Canada.
Benchmark is led by a dynamic group of resource sector professionals who have a strong record of success in evaluating and advancing mining projects from exploration through to production, attracting capital and overcoming adversity to deliver exceptional shareholder value.
Benchmark Metals Inc. [BNCH-TSXV; BNCHF-OTCQX; A2JM2X-WKN] is a mineral exploration company with a focus on developing the substantial resource potential of the road accessible Lawyers Gold and Silver Project, located in the prolific Golden Horseshoe area of northern British Columbia. Benchmark is part of the Metals Group of Companies and sees future potential to outline over 5.0 million gold equivalent ounces (AuEq) at its flagship Lawyers Project.
Benchmark is part of the Metals Group led by a dynamic group of resource sector professionals who have a strong record of success in evaluating and advancing mining projects from exploration through to production, attracting capital to deliver exceptional shareholder value.
Backed by an investor group that includes numerous institutions, high profile shareholders including Eric Sprott, Benchmark is working towards the announcement of a maiden bulk-tonnage mineral resource estimate and a preliminary economic study for the Lawyers Project.
The company is planning to complete a fully funded drill program, at a cost of up to approximately $25 million this year, to move the project towards the feasibility study stage. That includes resource expansion and definition drilling and drilling new targets that include the newly discovered Marmot Zone. The new discovery yielded a 101.00 metre core length of 0.82 g/t AuEq in inaugural 2020 drilling.
- Fully funded to a mining decision with CDN$35 million cash position
- Maiden Bulk-Tonnage Resource Estimate pending (imminent)
- Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for Q3, 2021
- 100,000 drill program in 2021 for resource expansion and new discovery drilling
- 2022 – Updated Resource Estimate and Feasibility Study
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The highly experienced management team is led by CEO and Chairman John Williamson who has held senior executive and board positions at more than 20-listed companies in Canada and Australia. Benchmark President Jim Greig was involved in the advancement of the 5.0 million-ounce-Esaase Gold Project in West Africa as a member of the development team at Keegan Resources.
John WilliamsonDirector, CEO & Chairman
Jim GreigDirector, President & Audit Committee Member
Sean MagerDirector and CFO
Toby PierceIndependent Director & Audit Committee Member
Michael Dufresne, P.Geol., P.Geo.Independent Director, Qualified Person & Audit Committee Member
Jim holds an MBA from the University of Calgary, a BA Geography from Carleton University and 20 years of experience in the resource sector, including advancement of the 5 million ounce Esaase Gold Project in West Africa as a member of mine development team at Keegan Resources Inc. (now Asanko Gold). Other resource sector engagements include the Hunter-Dickinson Group, Kennecott Canada, Breakwater Resources Ltd, McIntosh Engineering and Stantec Engineering.
Sean has a Commerce degree from the Alberta School of Business and thirty years of experience in the development, management and governance of a wide range of private and public enterprises and transactions. Since 1998, he has served as Founder, President, Vice-President, Director, Advisor, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Financial Officer for numerous listed companies with mining ventures in North and South America, Africa and Australia.
Mr. Pierce holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business and a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Victoria. He is currently the CEO at Tag Oil Inc. and was previously a Partner and Senior Analyst with GMP Securities (London, U.K.). Prior to GMP, he served as Director of Institutional Research at Tristone Capital (London, U.K.). His previous technical engagements include well-site geology across the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and mineral exploration across North and Latin America.
Michael Dufresne, P.Geol., P.Geo.
Mr. Dufresne is the President and a principal of APEX Geoscience Ltd. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1983) and an M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of Alberta (1987). He is a Professional Geologist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), British Columbia (APEGBC) and the Northwest and Nunavut Territories (NAPEG). He has worked as a consulting geologist for over thirty years, conducting and directing exploration programs worldwide for junior and major exploration and mining companies encompassing a variety of commodities and deposit types including diamond, gold (placer and lode), base metal and industrial minerals. Mr. Dufresne has authored numerous Technical Reports for public companies on early to advanced exploration stage projects including resource work for a variety of commodities and deposit types. He has been integral to numerous large discoveries in Canada and Australia and has published extensively on the regional mineral potential of Alberta.