Shaun M. Dykes, M.Sc. (Eng.), P. Geo was Mosquito’s Exploration Manager from 1995 until 2011, during which tenure he played a key and leading role in the acquisition and development of Mosquito’s principal mining properties: CuMo, Pine Tree, Spring Creek, Trikay and Blackpoint. He has been successful at combining the two disciplines of geological exploration and computer data processing into a powerful mineral property identification, evaluation and development tool. Techniques developed combined with over 35 years of practical experience in the management, exploration and analysis of mineral properties, at varying stages of development from grass roots to pre development, have been directly involved or responsible for the discovery of several mineral deposits, five of which have been placed into commercial production.
Mr. Dykes spent 15 years working as a project geologist with Westmin Resources Ltd. He has managed a wide variety of projects with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $5,000,000 including Big Missouri, Stewart, B.C., from initial stages of exploration to pre production. He was responsible for the outlining and discovery of the Premier open pit deposit as a result of analysis and computerization of an extensive historical database. During this time, he worked directly as a team member in the development and subsequent production of the Stewart properties, including both open pit and underground mining. Working with an integrated team of geologists and engineers, Mr. Dykes’ work included ore reserve estimation, economic analysis, pre feasibility and feasibility studies, and environmental permitting in both Canadian and United States jurisdictions. It also included presentations to all groups involved in the projects: banks, investors, analysts, and government officials in both the United States and Canada. This was followed up with actual production experience in mining of the S 1 zone and Premier open pits, where as a member of the production team he was given the responsibility for blast hole reserves, ore outlines and production.
Mr. Dykes founded Geologic Systems Ltd. in 1994 to supply geological expertise to the mining and exploration community. Clients included Cominco (now Teck Resources Ltd.), Rio Algom, Echo Bay, Billington, Placer Dome and Redfern Resources. He has been involved in the evaluation, exploration and/or development of some of the world’s major mineral deposits including: CuMo, Voisey’s Bay, Cariboo Gold, Petaquilla, Dunka Road (now Northmet), Red Chris, Tulsequah, Pine Point (extension), Wernecke, HW and Myra Falls and Premier.