With previous experience as vice president, geology of the largest gold-focused royalty and streaming company, Franco-Nevada Corp (TSE:FNV) (NYSE:FNV), Sparkes will provide high-level assistance to the exploration team and advise the board on its exploration and development strategy in Newfoundland, Canada.
He has also previously held senior positions with Vale at their world-class Voisey Bay nickel deposit in Labrador as well as Rainy River Resources (now New Gold Inc.) at their + 8-million-ounce gold project in Ontario, Canada.
Other positions include working at the Cape Ray Gold Project for Terra Nova Gold Corp, from 2002-2003.
“Aware of project potential”
Speaking to his appointment with the company, Sparkes said: “Having worked at the Cape Ray Gold Project during the early 2000s, I have been aware of the potential of this project for some time.
“Unfortunately, due to a lack of commitment by previous owners, mainly due to limited funds, this potential has not been fully recognised.
“Having spoken with the team at Matador in-depth prior to my appointment, I was excited by their exploration strategy - I believe the systematic approach the company is undertaking, using a range of smart exploration tools is what is required to better understand and test the potential of this region for new gold discoveries.
“I look forward to assisting both the exploration team and the board, regarding the future exploration strategy at both the Cape Ray Gold Project and the new Hermitage Project into the future.”
Responsible for Ovoid discovery
Sparkes resides in St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, and has more than 30 years of experience as a geologist.
Matador believes he is well respected throughout the resources sector for his global deposit knowledge and expertise, including Newfoundland and Labrador where he was responsible for the Ovoid discovery in the world-class Voisey’s Bay nickel deposit.
In his senior advisor capacity, Sparkes is available to meet key stakeholders on Newfoundland.
The board takes this opportunity to welcome Sparkes as an advisor to Matador and looks forward to working with him.