Management Team

The Management Team of Dakota Territory Resource Corp is a focused team of senior professionals with vast business and finance experience in the mining, exploration, and energy sectors of the resource industries. Dakota Territory’s leadership has been coupled with more than 100 years of direct exploration and mining experience specific to the Homestake District to build shareholder value through the responsible exploration and development of high caliber gold properties in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Mr. Jonathan Awde | CEO President and Director

Jonathan Awde is a co-founder and past director, chief executive and president of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. As CEO/president, from July, 2010 through December, 2020, Mr. Awde oversaw all corporate development, asset acquisition, joint ventures, capital raising and the procurement of capital for the development of Gold Standard Ventures Corp.’s assets. Mr. Awde spent the last 15 years raising financing for various junior resource companies, focusing on institutional accounts, high net worth and family offices, and has raised over $600 million for public and private companies in the natural resources sector during this period.

Mr. Gerald Aberle | COO and Director

Mr. Aberle graduated in 1980 from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in the minerals industry, including 22 years with Homestake Mining Company at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, S.D. Mr. Aberle has consulted in the mining, underground construction and minerals exploration business for clients including Homestake Mining Co., Barrick Gold Corp., the State of South Dakota. Mr. Aberle has held numerous management positions for public companies in the exploration business and has more than 25 years of private business experience, primarily in the land development and construction industries in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Mr. Wm Chris Mathers | Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Mathers is a strategic finance and senior accounting professional with more than 30 years financial, accounting, merger and acquisition, Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and operational and administrative support expertise across diverse middle market industries.

Mr. Mathers holds a BBA in accounting from Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Mathers began his career in public accounting with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and has served as chief financial officer for several privately and publicly held companies. Mr. Mathers served as chief financial officer of Intersystems, Inc (Amex:II) from 1993 through1999 and most recently served as chief financial officer of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (TRER:OTCQX) from November 2010 through December 2012.

Mr. Stephen T. O’Rourke | Co-Chair and Director

Mr. O’Rourke served as President of Global Petroleum Exploration for BHP Billiton (BHP:NYSE) and was a member of the Senior Management Team for the corporation. Other key roles at BHPB included VP of Development Planning and VP of Appraisal and Petroleum Engineering. Prior to joining BHPB he held various senior technical and management roles for Shell Oil Company. Mr. O’Rourke is a founding partner of Strategic Management Partners LLC, a consulting firm based in Rapid City, SD specializing in energy, minerals & business development. He serves as Managing Director for Heat Mining LLC, a geothermal technology development company and is a Managing Partner for Geoparks International LLC, a geologic consulting group focused on the Black Hills of South Dakota. He is currently a non-executive board member of RESPEC, an engineering consulting firm also based in Rapid City, SD. Stephen serves as a member of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) Geological Engineering advisory board and is Vice Chair of the SDSM&T Foundation Executive Committee. Mr. O’Rourke holds a BSc in Geological Engineering and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from SDSM&T and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program.

Mr. Alex Morrison | Director

Mr. Morrison is a mining executive and chartered professional accountant with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. Morrison has held board and senior executive positions with a number of mining companies, most recently serving as a director of Detour Gold Corporation until December 2018 and as vice president and chief financial officer of Franco-Nevada Corporation from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont, including vice president, operations services and vice president, information technology. Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was vice president and chief financial officer of NovaGold Resources Inc., vice president and controller of Homestake Mining Company and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge Corporation and Stillwater Mining Company. Mr. Morrison began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.

Dr. Robert Quartermain | Co-Chair and Director

Robert Quartermain, P Geo, DSc has 45 years experience in the resource industry. Dr. Quartermain is a precious metals entrepreneur and was most recently executive chairman of Pretium Resources Inc. which he founded in October, 2010. Prior to Pretium, Dr. Quartermain was the president and chief executive officer of Silver Standard Resources Inc. (now SSR Mining Inc.) for 25 years starting in 1985. In addition to his focus on gold development opportunities, Dr. Quartermain has a number of wildlife and social justice philanthropic interests.