Management Team

Peter Hemstead, CPA, CMA
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Mr. Hemstead is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Hemstead has over 20 years of finance experience, with the last 10 years spent in a senior financial executive role at Capstone Mining Corp., leading the finance team through the successful expansion from a development stage mining company to an intermediate producer. He has a proven track record of providing financial leadership and his extensive experience in financial management, corporate finance, project finance, treasury, commercial banking, marketing/sales, financial risk management, insurance and international tax planning.

Nevin Lau, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lau has been with the Company since 2017. He has over 14 years of accounting and finance experience, mostly in the mining industry. Prior to joining Bluestone, Mr. Lau was at SSR Mining and Ernst & Young. Mr. Lau is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.

Nadia Carotenuto
Vice President Human Resources & Organizational Development

Ms. Carotenuto has been working as a human resources professional in the mining industry for over 20 years. She joined Bluestone Resources as a consultant in 2017 and was appointed Director of HR & Organizational Development in 2020. Nadia spent the first 9 years of her career with Placer Dome Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Industrial Relations Management from the University of British Columbia.

Stephen Williams, P.Eng., MBA
Vice President Corporate Development & Investor Relations

Mr. Williams was previously a Director at Canaccord Genuity Corp. in the metals and mining investment banking team. He provided strategic advice to clients on acquisitions, mergers, and equity financings. Stephen is a professional engineer by background and worked for Freeport-McMoRan in an operational and process development capacity. He holds a B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Penny Johnson
Corporate Secretary

Ms. Johnson has over 15 years of experience as corporate secretary for Canadian mining companies trading on the TSX, TSXV, and NYSE American. Her experience and expertise include corporate governance, business practice, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements for mining and exploration companies. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

David Cass, P.Geo., M.Sc.

Mr. Cass is a geologist with over 25 years of international experience in mineral exploration and mining for precious and base metals, with most of this time focused in Latin America. David has spent 15 years of his career with major international mining company Anglo American plc, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in jurisdictions including South and Central America, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe. Mr. Cass’ time at Anglo also include four years as Senior Geologist in Peru, and six years as Exploration Manager for North America, where he was responsible for Anglo's exploration programs throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, mainland USA and Alaska. More recently, Mr. Cass has managed junior exploration companies with projects in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia.

Mr. Cass holds a Masters of Science degree in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology from the University of Leicester, UK (1990) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from London Metropolitan University. He is a practicing member (P.Geo) of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.