Technical Team

Jill Maxwell


VP Exploration

Vernon Shein holds a B.Sc., Specialization Geology, from Concordia University and has 39 years of exploration industry experience. He has worked on major gold exploration and development programs in eleven countries and has performed property evaluations in over twenty-five countries. Prior to joining Cassiar Gold Corp. he was the Exploration Manager for Bema Gold Corp. and its successor company B2GOLD Corp. for 18 years. His specialty is in advancing exploration programs through Preliminary Economic Assessment, Feasibility Study and then into production. Projects that he has managed from exploration through to production include the Kupol Mine in Russia, the Jabali Mine in Nicaragua and the Montana open pit at the Masbate Mine in the Philippines.


Jill Maxwell


Exploration Manager

Jill Maxwell, P.Geo., joined the Cassiar Gold Corp. team in August 2020. Jill is a Professional Geoscientist and obtained her B.Sc. with honours from the University of Manitoba in 2010. She has contributed to resource conversion, expansion and discovery teams at orogenic gold deposits in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. Most recently, Jill worked for Impala Canada (predecessor North American Palladium) from spring 2014 to late summer 2020. As Senior Project Geologist at Impala Canada she explored for PGE and base metal sulphide mineralization in the Thunder Bay district of Ontario. She assisted in the discovery and expansion of the B2 deposit at the Lac des Iles Mine as well as the expansion of mine resources. In leadership roles Jill contributed to targeting, planning, and execution of successful brownfields and regional drill programs, grassroots field programs, as well as identification and development of new exploration opportunities. 


Jill Maxwell


Senior Geologist

Colin Birnie, P.Geo, earned his Master of Science degree from Brock University in 2012, and has more than 10 years of experience working on various deposit types in Nunavut and BC’s Golden Triangle. His experience includes planning and implementing brownfields drill programs for resource conversion, resource expansion, and exploration. As a Senior Project Geologist at Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., Colin contributed to the discovery, definition, and modelling of the Nuvuyak gold deposit.


Spencer Skerget


Senior Project Geologist

Spencer Skerget, GIT, obtained his B.Sc. in Geology and Physical Geography from the University of Victoria in 2017. He has been involved in exploration programs with Cassiar Gold Corp. and its predecessor Margaux Resources Ltd. since 2017. He has also worked on exploration programs in British Columbia for various deposit types, including porphyry deposits, carbonate-hosted base metal deposits, and orogenic gold deposits. Spencer has worked on the Cassiar Gold project since 2019, and has been a key contributor to the implementation and success of exploration programs.


Tyler Vig


Exploration Geologist

Tyler Vig, GIT, has worked in the Cassiar region since 2018 as a junior geologist. He obtained a B.Sc. specializing in Geology from the University of Calgary in 2017. He worked for Wildsky Resources during their 2018 “Lucky” soil survey and tailings drilling program on the Cassiar Gold property. Tyler gained familiarity with the region during a low-impact drilling program at the nearby Haskins-Reed polymetallic project, and field prospecting at the historic Boulder Creek placer claims. He joined Cassiar Gold Corp. the following year, continuing work as a junior geologist during the 2019 field exploration program and 2020 Taurus drilling project.


Jayme Anderson


GIS Technician

Jayme Anderson has been part of the Cassiar Gold Corp team since 2016, after her graduation from the Integrated Environmental Program at Selkirk College in BC. She is involved with GIS, permitting, and reporting for the company’s projects. Jayme has previously worked for and volunteered with the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society, and has contributed to several exploration projects and 43-101 resource reports through her GIS work. She is passionate about environmental advocacy and maintaining strong relationships between First Nations groups and the resource sector.


Jill Maxwell


Junior Geologist

Dawson Stone, GIT, earned a BSc., Specialization Geology, from the University of Alberta in 2019. He has three years of experience mapping volcanic belts in the NWT as part of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey’s Slave volcanogenic massive sulphides project and is currently completing a MSc in geological sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the Cassiar Gold Corp. team for the 2021 drill program in a move to the exploration industry and has stayed on as a full time junior geologist.


Jill Maxwell


Junior Geologist

Shelby Austin-Fafard obtained a B.Sc. with specialization in Geology from Mount Royal University in 2019. Shelby joined Cassiar Gold Corp. as a junior geologist during the 2021 drilling program. Before joining Cassiar Gold Corp. he worked alongside the Northwest Territories Geological Survey as a junior and senior field mapper.