History

Mercator was started in 1994 by experienced professional geologists and we have served the exploration and mining industry continuously since that time. We offer extensive commodity experience and a full range of professional services to clients on projects all over the world.

Mercator has built a strong professional team and has a long history of offering clients professional geological services. We are a small boutique style firm with a deep understanding of client needs and provide direct access to our professional staff, quick response time on project start up, and quality services.

Mission

Our mission is to provide our clients with the highest-quality professional services in a timely and cost-effective manner. In addition to a high professional and ethical standard, our team incorporates environmental and social responsibility to meet the needs of both our clients and our communities. These values guide our staff on assignments throughout the world and ensure our clients receive the best possible service and advice.  Our company adheres to a high level of client confidentiality and professionalism to ensure the privacy of information and security of project data.

Our team has extensive experience with combined strengths in structural and ore deposit geology, mineral deposit modelling, resource estimation, geochemical modeling and data analytics, exploration permitting, and project management.

Peter Webster

Peter Webster

President - B.Sc., P.Geo.

Michael Cullen

Michael Cullen

Chief Geologist - M.Sc., P.Geo.

Matthew Harrington

Matthew Harrington

Senior Resource Geologist - P.Geo.

Shaun O'Connor

Shaun O'Connor

Senior Resource Geologist - M.Sc., P.Geo.

Michael Power

Michael Power

Senior Project Geologist, Business Development Lead - M.Sc., P.Geo

Wren Bruce

Wren Bruce

Senior Project Geologist - M.Sc., P.Geo.

Ryan Kressall

Ryan Kressall

Senior Geochemist/Geologist - M.Sc.

Courtney Fry

Courtney Fry

Senior GIS Specialist - B.A., ADip. GIS

David Murray

David Murray

Senior Project Geologist - B.Sc., P.Geo.

Alan Philippe

Alan Philippe

Senior Project Geologist - B.Sc., P.Geo.

Stewart Yule

Stewart Yule

Senior Project Geologist - B.Sc., P.Geo

Kelsey McInnis

Kelsey McInnis

GIS Specialist and Field Geologist - B.Sc., ADip. GIS

Paul Ténière,

Paul Ténière,

Senior Associate - M.Sc., P.Geo.

Sandra Warner

Sandra Warner

Office Manager

In addition to the professionals listed above we also have highly skilled geologists, GIS specialists and support staff to meet client needs.

Peter is a graduate of Dalhousie University (1981) and has been involved in mineral exploration since that time. He is a Professional Geologist registered with Geoscientists Nova Scotia and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Peter provides professional oversight and senior management skills that come with over 35 years of mineral exploration experience.  As a senior geoscientist he works with companies to develop exploration projects, large exploration budgets and client logistical needs for global projects.  Additionally, he has expertise in property and technical assessments, project design and program implementation for projects relating to precious metals and base metals as well as industrial mineral commodities for clients in Canada, Finland, Mexico, Australia, South America, Africa, and Russia.

Michael Cullen is the Chief Geologist at Mercator Geological Services and is a graduate of Mount Allison University (B.Sc., Hons.) and Dalhousie University (M.Sc.). He is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist New Brunswick, and is a Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia.  He has over 30 years of combined experience as a geologist and/or Senior Manager within the mineral exploration industry and, more recently, as a geological consultant to government and industry. He has been employed with Mercator Geological Services Limited since 2001. Technical assignments have included locations throughout Canada as well as in the United States, Africa, Australia, Bolivia, Columbia, Chile, Finland, and Russia. He has a strong background in detailed geological evaluation of mineral deposits with specific experience in precious metals, uranium, base metals, and coal. He has also been involved in exploration and assessment of other commodities, including barite, gypsum, limestone, marble, and coal bed methane.

Matthew is a Senior Resource Geologist and a graduate of Dalhousie University with Combined Honours in Earth Sciences/Biology and concentration in Environmental Studies. He is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia (APGNS). He joined Mercator in 2004 and has since focused on the management and evaluation of various geological projects using Surpac and Leapfrog® 3D software to reporting standards of National Instrument 43-101. This has included design of diamond drill hole programs, drill hole database management, 3D wireframe and solids generation, geological interpretation, geostatistical analysis and block model resource estimations. Matthew has experience with various deposit styles present in Eastern Canada, including coarse-grained and disseminated gold, carbonate hosted base-metal, and porphyry polymetallic mineral deposits. His experience in deposit modeling using modelling software provides clients with management and support services through various project phases, including historic drilling database evaluation and validation, design of new drilling programs and completion of block model resource estimations. Matthew currently sits as a Councillor for the APGNS.

Shaun holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) Earth Science from Carleton University and an M.Sc. in Geological Science from Queen’s University. He is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia. Shaun has over eight years of exploration experience in the Yukon, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. He joined Mercator in 2018 and has worked in a range of deposit environments including epithermal, orogenic and intrusion-related gold and carbonate-hosted lead and zinc. He has a strong background in 3D geological modelling using Leapfrog, Datamine, and Target. As part of our resource modeling team, Shaun uses these skills to interpret and model complex ore bodies as part of a mineral resource estimate and to provide geological control on grade continuity and geotechnical conditions. Shaun specializes in expressing and solving geological problems using computational and data science methods and is experienced using Python for processing and analyzing exploration data. Shaun was part of the multidisciplinary team that developed Goldcorp and IBM’s award-winning Goldcorp Cognitive Journey project.

Mike is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.Sc. Hons.) and the University of Ottawa (M.Sc.). Mike is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists in Nova Scotia (APGNS). He has more than 6 years experience as a project manager and project coordinator for mineral exploration, environmental consulting, and oil and gas development projects in the provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Specifically, Mike has experience in exploration for precious metals (gold and copper), industrial minerals (gypsum), uranium, and offshore oil and gas and heavy oil development projects. Mike also has experience in environmental assessments, exploration targeting and related business development initiatives. Mike joined Mercator in 2018 and as senior project manager is responsible for oversight of assessment reporting, licence management, exploration permitting, land access, and leads Mercator’s Business Development initiatives. Mike is very active on a professional level and currently is the Chair of the Student Committee and the Secretary of the Mining and Energy Committee for the APGNS, as well as a Director for the Minerals Research Association of Nova Scotia.

Wren is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (BSc.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Sc.). She is a dedicated exploration geoscientist with experience in gold, copper, uranium, and kimberlite projects throughout Canada and the USA. Joining Mercator in 2019, Wren contributes great value to our clients and their projects as a senior project manager with expertise in drill project management, core logging and geotechnical logging, geochemical sampling, data compilation, processing and presentation, geological field mapping, remote field camp experience, and petrographic analysis.

Ryan holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba and has been completing a PhD dissertation and teaching at Dalhousie University. His experience includes exploration geologist roles supervising day-to-day operations including core-logging, managing exploration geologists and geotechnicians. He has also worked as part of a team of geologists that developed 3D ore models on projects in northern British Columbia. Joining Mercator in 2018 as Senior Geochemist, Ryan is responsible for sophisticated data analyses and database development to support prospectivity and targeting strategies. Using XRF, Magnetic Susceptibility and TerraSpec technologies, Ryan is developing unique geochemical, magnetic, or mineralogical fingerprinting signatures for specific deposit types.

Courtney leads our team of advanced GIS specialist who support our geological staff and provide data mapping and sophisticated spatial analytics to geological projects and databases. As Senior GIS Specialist at Mercator since 2018, she is responsible for the collection, analysis and verification of data sets from various sources for integration with existing data. She streamlines data mapping processes by performing spatial queries and utilizing python scripts to create, update, and export topographic maps using QGIS, Illustrator, MAPublisher, and other graphic formats.

David holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Geology from Dalhousie University. David is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists in Nova Scotia. David’s professional expertise was developed through participation in grassroots to brownfields exploration programs, as well as mining operations in the Americas and Europe. This includes coordinating generative exploration programs on land packages up to 70,000 hectares and overseeing the execution of surface and underground drilling programs up to 10 rigs. As an accomplished field geologist and Senior Project Geologist with Mercator since 2019, he has developed a diverse technical skill set exploring for numerous base and precious metal commodities. Through significant training and experience in GIS and 3D modelling, he possesses proficiency in ArcGIS, Maptek, Vulcan and Leapfrog®.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Geology and a PMP Certification in Project Management from Dalhousie University. Alan is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists in Nova Scotia. Alan has over 11 years of experience in the mining & exploration industry, including programs for gold, polymetallic VMS, Ni-Cu-PGEs, and uranium. As Senior Project Geologist with Mercator since 2019, he has expertise in supervision of large drilling programs, managing all aspects of drilling logistics in addition to geological staff and geophysical exploration campaigns. Through these roles he has developed a skill set that includes data compilation, review for potential M&A activity, health and safety, land management and claim tracking.

Stewart graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours (B.Sc Hons.) in Geology. He joined Mercator in 2007 as a field geologist and is registered as a Professional Geologist with Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia. As Senior Project Geologist, Stewart has extensive experience with supervising diamond drill and reverse circulation drill projects in exploration for base metals and gold, as well as, bituminous well site and drill site remediation projects across Canada. His field work experience also has included geochemical sampling, mapping, prospecting and gas absorption sampling. In the office, he has participated in research, graphical presentation, mapping, data compilation and verification, as well as the writing of technical and property reports.

Kelsey graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science double-majoring in Geology and Environmental Science. She also completed an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Sciences concentrating in Remote Sensing from the Centre of Geographic Sciences. As a GIS Specialist with Mercator since 2018, Kelsey designs and manages relational databases to organize data from ongoing exploration programs. she streamlines data entry and management processes by designing custom digital forms that can be used in a remote setting for various field activities such as drill logging, soil sampling, and geological field mapping. She utilizes SQL queries to perform QAQC checks and database updates. As a Field Geologist, Kelsey has participated in field exploration programs including reverse circulation drilling and soil sampling projects focusing on base metal and gold exploration. She assists in the management of client properties by co-authoring, writing and filing technical reports for assessment work.

Paul is a Senior Professional Geologist (P.Geo.) with over 20 years of experience in the mining and oil & gas sectors in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and internationally taking projects from exploration stage to mine development. He is a NI 43-101 and JORC expert including writing and reviewing NI 43-101 technical reports for compliance and ensuring mining company public disclosure (corporate website and presentations, news releases, AIF, MD&A, etc.) meet the Canadian mining disclosure standards for securities commissions, TSX and TSX Venture Exchange, and CSE filings.