Management

Matthew Manson, PhD

President, CEO and Director

Matt was appointed President and CEO of Marathon Gold in August 2019. He has over 25 years in mining exploration, project development, construction and operation. Matt was previously the President and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corporation where he led the C$947M project financing for the Renard Diamond Mine in north central Quebec and oversaw its successful construction and ramp-up.

Prior to Stornoway (and its predecessor companies), Matt was employed by Aber Diamond Corporation (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) as Vice-President, Marketing, and thereafter Vice-President, Technical Services and Control, during which time he participated in the US$230m project financing for the Diavik Diamond Mine and oversaw Aber’s technical and marketing operations.

In 2015, Matt was awarded the Viola Macmillan Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and in 2017 he was the Northern Miner Mining Person of the Year and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Mining and Energy, Quebec), Matt is also a director of Fiore Gold (TSXV:F) and AmAuCu Inc. (a private corporation), and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (B.Sc. Geophysics, 1987) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. Geology, 1996).

Hannes Portmann

Chief Financial Officer and Business Development

Hannes Portmann was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Marathon Gold in October 2019. He is a mining executive with significant financial management and capital markets experience. Most recently (2008 to 2018) he was employed by New Gold Inc. in a series of progressively more senior roles including Executive Vice President, Business Development and, ultimately, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to New Gold, he was a member of the Merrill Lynch investment banking mining group (2006 to 2008) and the assurance and advisory practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2002 to 2006). Hannes is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Management and Professional Accounting from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Hannes is also a member of the Board of Directors of SilverCrest Metals Inc.

Tim Williams

Chief Operating Officer

Tim Williams was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Marathon in July 2020, with overall responsibility for the development, ramp-up and operation of the Valentine Gold Project. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in mine construction and operation. Between 2011 and 2016 he served as VP Operations for Rio Alto Mining Inc. and subsequently Tahoe Resources Inc., during which time he was responsible for the construction, ramp-up and successful operation of the La Arena Gold Mine in Peru and the construction of the nearby Shahuindo Gold Mine. La Arena and Shahuindo are currently operated by Pan American Silver Corporation.

Prior to Rio Alto, Tim served in a series of progressively more senior technical and project management roles including at the El Brocal and Marcona mines in Peru for mining contractor Stracon SAC, the Geita mine in Tanzania for AngloGold Ashanti, and the Leintster and McArthur River mines in Australia for Western Mining Corporation and Mount Isa Mines Limited, respectively. Most recently, Tim served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Rio2 Limited responsible for the development of the Fenix Gold Project in Chile.

Tim holds a Masters Degree in Mining Geomechanics, a Bachelors Degree in Mining and Economic Geology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mining, all from Curtin University, Western Australian School of Mines. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

James Powell

VP Regulatory and Government Affairs

James Powell is a mining professional with over 20 years of technical and project management experience in mining, civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering/sciences on a wide range of mining and industrial projects. James has a B.Sc. in Engineering (civil) from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Mining Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, QC. 

His experience includes over 16 years of consulting services to a variety of mining projects including gold, nickel, iron, copper/zinc, and industrial minerals, as well as over 4 years in senior management positions with Alderon Iron Ore Corp and Cap-Ex Iron Ore Corp. 

James’ work has been instrumental in developing and expanding mining projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, he has been a leader in mining industry advocacy through his many years of service as a (former) Director with Mining Industry NL and is currently the President/Chair of the NL Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Paolo Toscano

Vice President, Projects

Mr. Toscano is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in project management, process engineering, and mine design and operations. Since March 2016, Mr. Toscano has been employed by Alamos Gold Inc. as Director of Projects. In this capacity he has had overall responsibility for the development of the Lynn Lake Gold Project in Manitoba, in addition to providing project-level management and engineering support to the Island Gold Mine and the Young-Davidson Gold Mine, both in Ontario. Between 2014 and 2016 Mr. Toscano was employed by Ausenco Engineering as Director, Technical Solutions responsible for management of the Toronto-based Ausenco engineering team and office. Between 2012 and 2014 he served as Director, Engineering for Rainy River Resources Ltd. and then subsequently New Gold Inc., with responsibility for plant site and process engineering at the Rainy River Gold Project in Fort Frances, Ontario. Between 2005 and 2012, Mr. Toscano was employed by SNC Lavalin Inc. in Toronto, as Director, Process, during which time he was involved in multiple Canadian and International mining projects across a range of commodities. Mr. Toscano holds a Master of Applied Science (Material Sciences) from the University of Toronto (2001) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy) from McGill University (1995). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Mary Hatherly

Manager, Stakeholder Engagement

Mary Hatherly joined Marathon Gold as the Manager of Stakeholder Engagement in October 2019.  She is a lawyer who has worked for over 30 years in the area of stakeholder and Indigenous relations in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Marathon Gold, she was employed as a sustainability advisor to Equinor Canada and has previously worked in hydropower (Nalcor Energy, Hydro One) and the mining sector (Alderon Iron Ore Corp, Baffinland Iron Mines). Through her 10-year association with the International Centre for Hydropower (Trondheim, Norway), she has regularly lectured on stakeholder engagement, Indigenous rights and conflict resolution in Norway, Asia and Central America.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall, York University. She is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Amanda Mallough

Sr Associate, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Amanda Mallough joined Marathon in April 2020 as Senior Associate, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Before joining Marathon, Amanda worked at New Gold Inc, a publicly listed intermediate gold producer in various capacities; initially supporting senior executives in the Investor Relations, Corporate Development field and most recently as Associate, Investor Relations from 2015-2020.

Amanda is a member of the Canadian Institute Investor Relations (CIRI) and is currently enrolled in their executive program at Rotman School of Management to obtain her Certified Professional, Investor Relations designation. Amanda attended Dalhousie University where she studied Business Management with a focus on Marketing.