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HRC is a formal collaboration of mining industry professionals specializing in geology, engineering, metallurgy, economics, finance, and project management. We offer a wealth and variety of professional experience - and a passion to gain more. Our goal is to provide services that we excel at and enjoy, and to take on projects that challenge us and allow us to grow through exposure and first-hand experience. As a team, we take pride in our ability to apply practical solutions to real-world project challenges, whether in the field or in the office. At HRC, we believe that our value as a company lies in the combined knowledge and experience of our team members, our commitment to quality, and our shared desire to succeed  at every task we take on, regardless of size or scope.


Don Beesley


Project Management, Independent Engineer

Mr. Beesley has over 40 years of experience in project management in a variety of industries, including mining, oil and gas, commercial, and government agencies. Projects he has managed include feasibility, pre-feasibility, and detailed design of grass roots facilities, modifications of existing facilities, demolition and restoration projects. He has been involved with projects in Russia, Bulgaria, Chile, Peru, North America, and the South Pacific. Mr. Beesley's career has encompassed project management in the engineering, procurement, and ​construction management organizations of Olsson Associates, Raytheon, Fluor Daniel, Williams Brothers and SRK. He is a member of the advisory committee for the Project Management Master’s Degree program at the Denver Technical College, is a member if PMI, and has taught project management both in educational institutions as well as on-site for owners and operators.

Zachary Black
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Geology & Resources

Mr. Black is a resource geologist with more than 17 years of domestic and international experience in the mining and construction industries. He is a registered member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., and is a Qualified Person for geology and mineral resources as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Black's experience includes industrial materials, base metals, and precious metals projects throughout the world, and he has extensive experience in geologic modelling and mineral resource estimation for both open pit and underground mineral resource projects. Mr. Black’s professional expertise includes drilling exploration program design and implementation, geologic and mineral resource modelling, geostatistical analysis, drilling and sampling QA/QC protocols, and mineral resource and reserve estimation and reporting.

J.J. Brown, P.G.
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Geology & Exploration

Ms. Brown has 25 years of professional experience as a consulting geologist, including geologic and geotechnical exploration, analysis, and reporting associated with mineral resource development, construction materials, oil and gas energy resources, rural municipal and oilfield infrastructure, and waste disposal siting and remediation. Ms. Brown is a licensed Professional Geologist in the states of Idaho and Wyoming, and is recognized as a Qualified Person (QP) with regard to geology and mineral resources according to United States, Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101), Australian (JORC), and South African (SAMREC) standards. She has conducted site inspection, geologic field reconnaissance, and data verification as an independent QP for a variety of gold, silver, and multiple commodity projects throughout the western U.S., Mexico, and South America. She has contributed to more than 30 NI 43-101 Technical Reports on geology, exploration, mineral resources and reserves, economic assessment, and pre-feasibility and feasibility level studies over the past 10 years. Ms. Brown’s professional specialties are field exploration, including exploration program design and oversight, and technical writing.

Jeff Choquette, P.E.


Mining Engineer

Mr. Choquette is a professional mining engineer with more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in mine operations, mine engineering, project evaluation and financial analysis. He has been lead technical advisor for many mine financings, mergers, and acquisitions. Mr. Choquette has been involved in industrial minerals, base metals and precious metal mining projects around the world and has extensive experience in mine cost estimating and is skilled in management from project start-up to production. He has extensive experience in developing and optimizing life of mine plans, including open pit and underground mine plans. His past experience includes feasibility and prefeasibility studies, short/long term mine planning, cost tracking, mine design, ore control, tailings embankment construction, drill and blast controls, mine scheduling and budgeting, and resource and reserve modeling and reporting.

Justin Mistikawy
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Mr. Mistikawy is an early career geologist and holds a M.S. in Geology. He has expertise in mineralogy, petrology, ore geology, and structural geology, as well as technical writing, geostatistics, digital cartography and geospatial analysis. His experience includes field services (logging, mapping, sampling, etc.), drill hole planning and oversight, and sample preparation including QA/QC. Mr. Mistikawy has worked on gold and copper porphyry deposits, groundwater-controlled uranium systems, and REE-bearing intrusions. Mr. Mistikawy is Geologist-In-Training and is eager to pursue professional licensure in the near future. 

Staff Geologist, GIS Specialist

Mark Shonnard
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Business Strategy, Procurement, Business Management

Mr. Shonnard has over 25 years of experience in natural resources and construction, having served as VP of Finance for Hecla Venezuela, Country Controller in Peru for Magma Copper Company, CEO for a Junior Gold Company he cofounded, as well as having run a utility drilling company he cofounded. He has advised clients and Company management on Company Valuation, Strategic Deal Structuring, Due Diligence matters, Organizational Design and Management, Metallurgical Accounting, SEC and Canadian Securities filings, Debt Negotiation and Compliance issues, Feasibility and Pre-Feasibility Study capital/ operating/economic modeling aspects, Joint Venture and Merger opportunities, and Business Organization (including staffing and governance) for start-ups.

Mr. Schwering has over 10 years of experience in exploration and database management, as well as 8 years of geologic modeling, mineral resource estimation, and technical reporting experience. He has worked on a variety of deposit types ranging from precious and base metals to industrial materials. Mr. Schwering is adept with Leapfrog Geo®, Datamine®, and ArcGIS® and uses his unique skillset to combine perspectives from traditional field exploration with database assembly, management, and validation, which allows him to produce geometrically realistic geologic models and mineral resource estimates. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Wyoming and a Registered Member of the Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME®) with core competencies in Geology and Resource Modeling.

Richard Schwering, P.G.
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Resource Geologist

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