Professor Emeritus in Economic Geology joins the Advisory Board


We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Roger D. Morton to our Advisory Board. Dr. Morton is currently a Professor Emeritus in Economic Geology, in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, at the University of Alberta, Canada. 

Dr. Morton’s long and distinguished career in the field of geology has made him a respected figure all over the world. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway, a Lecturer in Geology at the University of Nottingham, England, and more recently a Professor of Economic Geology at the University of Alberta where he was elevated to Professor Emeritus. 

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Morton was a co-Founder and Vice President of Golden Star Resources Ltd., an established gold mining company that owns and operates the Wassa and Prestea mines situated on the Ashanti Gold Belt in Ghana, West Africa. Dr. Morton initiated the acquisition and development of the Omai Gold Project in Guyana, which subsequently produced approximately 3.8 million ounces of gold from two open pits. He worked in the field in Guyana, French Guiana, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada in a variety of senior geological roles. 

Dr. Morton has a B.Sc (1st Class Honours) and a Ph.D (Geology) from the University of Nottingham and is a registered P.Geol with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Dr. Morton visited the Company's Kilgore Gold Project in 2016. Following the visit, he stated:

"Otis' technical team has done an excellent job identifying and capitalizing on the geologic potential of Kilgore. The project is growing in both size and quality and I see some very interesting district-scale potential.” -Dr. Roger D. Morton

Current research interests of Dr. Roger D. Morton at the University of Alberta are centered in the fields of economic geology and metallogeny. He delves into the nature and genesis of uranium, silver, and gold deposits in N.W. Canada, as well as the genesis of massive-sulphide deposits in Saskatchewan. He is also involved in research about the origins of placer-gold and -platinum deposits in Alberta, the nature of metamorphic-hosted gold occurrences in British Columbia, and gold deposits in Costa Rica and Guyana.

We are certain Dr. Morton will provide valuable insights that will help propel Otis into a brighter future. When asked about the appointment, our CEO, Craig Lindsay, said: "We are very pleased to have Dr. Morton join our team. He is an astute geologist with a strong understanding of epithermal gold deposits. His 50 years of technical experience will be invaluable to the development of our Kilgore Gold Project. He also has an excellent commercial sense, which will be very beneficial to the development of the Company as a whole."

Also on The Advisory Board

Eric Klepfer is already a member of the board. 

Mr. Klepfer, who is an Idaho resident, has been in the mining industry for over 30 years. He earned his B.S. in Mining Engineering and Engineering Administration from Michigan Technological University. He has held management positions in engineering, production and environmental. As a mining engineer, Mr. Klepfer provides senior level management assistance to companies overseeing their technical, environmental, and corporate development programs. His experience covers international as well as domestic projects for base and precious metals, coal, and industrial minerals in both surface and underground projects. He has worked for Placer Dome, Newmont Gold, Coeur d' Alene Mines and Mines Management Inc. where he was Vice President of Operations for the Montanore Project. Mr. Klepfer's work experience covers; Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Oregon, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Uzbekistan, Peru, Bolivia, and Indonesia.

To learn more about the Otis team, including Management and Directors, visit our main website, here.