Board and Management
Justin Osborne – Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Osborne has over 35 years experience as an exploration, mining and development geologist, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours (First Class) from La Trobe University of Victoria.
Up until June 2021 Mr Osborne was Executive Director at Gold Road Resources (ASX: GOR) playing a pivotal role in the discovery, development and construction of the world class Gruyere Gold Mine (8Moz Au) which currently produces approximately 350,000oz Au per annum.
Mr Osborne previously held senior positions on the exploration executive team of Gold Fields Ltd, including Vice President Development Strategy – Growth and International Projects, and General Manager Near Mine Exploration covering all international mining operations; and management roles with WMC Resources at the Kambalda Nickel and St Ives Gold operations.
Mr Osborne is also a Non-executive Director at IGO Limited (ASX:IGO), Hamelin Gold Limited (ASX:HMG) and Astral Resources NL (ASX:AAR).
Sam Pazuki – CEO/MD
Mr Pazuki is based in Toronto and has over 20 years of mining industry experience in senior leadership positions. He joins Matador as CEO / MD after nearly ten years with dual-listed OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC; TSX: OGC) where he led the Investor Relations and Corporate Development functions most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to OceanaGold, Mr. Pazuki advised major mining companies, including BHP Billiton, as a management consultant within Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services practice in Toronto, and was part of a team that helped establish a Climate Change and Sustainability practice for the firm. Mr. Pazuki is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Finance.
Mr. Pazuki’s extensive global capital markets network and gold industry leadership expertise will assist Matador in leveraging its current and future success as it grows the business, successfully advances the Cape Ray Gold Project and expands the Company’s shareholder base in North America.
Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell – Non-Executive Director
Dr Adshead-Bell is an experienced mining executive and non-Dr Adshead-Bell is a highly experienced mining executive, with a successful career spanning over 25 years. She was most recently the CEO and Managing Director of Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX:BDR), an ASX-listed company prior to its acquisition by Great Panther Mining Ltd (GPR:TO / GPLDF) in March 2019. Prior to this, Dr Adshead-Bell was Director of Mining Research at Sun Valley Gold LLC, a global precious metals fund, and Managing Director at Haywood Securities Inc. In addition to her position at Matador, Dr Adshead-Bell is President of Cupel Advisory Corporation, a Canadian corporate advisory firm she co-established which has successfully raised ~C$1.8Bn in equity and debt financings.
She is also a Non-Executive Director of Altius Minerals Corp. (ALS.TO), a diversified royalty company based in St John, Newfoundland, Canada; and Dundee Precious Metals (DPM.TO). Dr Adshead-Bell is also Non-Executive Chair of Hot Chili Limited (HCH.AX / HCH.B) and Lead Director of Bravo Mining Corp (BRVO.V).
Kerry Sparkes – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Sparkes has over 30 years experience in the mineral exploration business as both an exploration geologist and executive. His career has included the exploration, delineation and development of two major Canadian deposits, both of which were the subject of takeovers. Mr. Sparkes is currently President of Sparrowhawk Consulting, having recently retired after 7 years as V.P. Geology, for Franco-Nevada Corp. Previous positions included vice-president, exploration, at Rainy River Resources Ltd., vice-president, exploration, at Messina Minerals Inc., senior geologist at Voisey’s Bay Nickel Co. Ltd., exploration manager of Archean Resources Ltd. as well as president of Sparkes Consulting Inc.
Mr. Sparkes has previously held a number of board seats, including the board of directors of Sphinx Resources Ltd., Knight Metals Ltd., and was a founder and director of Orla Mining Ltd. Mr. Sparkes currently sits as a director of Aurion Resources Ltd.
He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and started his career as an exploration geologist for Noranda Exploration Co. Ltd.
Carol Marinkovich – Non-Executive Director & Company Secretary
Carol has over 25 years experience in the mining industry. She has extensive experience in Company Secretary and Corporate Governance Practices both within Australia and Internationally working with companies in the ASX200, ASX300 and for other listed junior explorers.
Carol is a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in London.
Crispin Pike – VP Discovery
Crispin Pike is Matador’s VP Discovery and leads the on-ground exploration activities for Matador Mining in Newfoundland. Following a 9 year career with Inco/Vale working across the Americas he has spent the last 6 years with the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador. Crispin brings his deep Newfoundland geology expertise and international experience in structural geology and geophysics to Matador’s exploration programs.
Ryan Finkelstein – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Finkelstein is a seasoned Chartered Accountant with over 14 years of experience, including 10 years in audit at global mid-tier accounting firm Grant Thornton. He has extensive international experience working across Asia and the United Kingdom providing finance and accounting services to several organisations. He is currently a Director in the Carbon Group, a financial services firm that provides CFO, accounting and bookkeeping services. Mr. Finkelstein possesses significant leadership experience in strategy, compliance, corporate governance, risk management, accounting standards, and regulatory requirements.