|I do not trust the markets currently but Cole Evans is a different story.|
These are perilous times with both a fast spreading virus and socioeconomic challenges. This was the theme of my talk at the newsletter writers presentation at PDAC last weekend and during my media interviews. Markets have a propensity to overshoot and over correct. Unfortunately I was right in my interviews conducted a year to a couple of years ago. I believed that the economy would be in a downturn in 2020-2021. Reassessing, the timing was pretty accurate but the severity and duration may not have been. It was way easier to see and predict an overbought market and a debt crisis scenario, rather than a fast spreading virus that was the catalyst. I do not think we are out of the woods yet or are close to being out of the woods. I feel that cutting interest rates in this economic downturn is like bringing a pale of water to a house fire. It seems like this is more or a supply side downturn than a demand side issue. Life is not uniform and neither are the markets. The stock market may continue to experience violent ups and down and overall stocks may continue to plummet further for a while but I am keeping my eye on a few, including Crystal Lake Mining.
A true leader is a rare gem, similarly hard to find. When you do find someone who exemplifies the components necessary for true leadership – treating people with respect, the development of a clear plan, execution of that plan with detailed precision, the reliance on knowledgeable people to whose advice they listen, then the potential generated from this leadership is invaluable. I have spent some time with Cole Evans to realize that he has the components to become a true leader and is demonstrating the attributes listed above and so many more. He does not boast or bully which comes from a place of weakness. I believe he has true strength, skills, intelligence and a strong moral character to lead Crystal Lake to the next level. I have a high level of respect for individuals like Mr. Evans who stand up for principles of integrity and for the shareholders.
He comes in as CEO of Crystal Lake at a time when the company needs a true leader, someone who understands both geology and the junior mining markets. According to the company’s news release, “Mr. Evans holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of British Columbia Okanagan specializing in applications of hyperspectral analysis and applied geochemistry from the Charles Fipke Centre for Innovative Research. He prides himself as being a strategical, business minded geologist with a track record of exponential growth of his private sector business endeavors.”
In my opinion, Crystal Lake Mining has potential. Mr. Evans also sees this and I believe he has a concise and achievable vision to move the company forward. In regards to Maurizio Napoli, he took on the challenging role as interim President/CEO after former CEO/President Richard Savage left. Mr. Napoli did many productive things, including steering the Crystal Lake Mining ship at a time when the junior mining sector as a whole was challenged and it was hard to find financing. He helped to raise close to $4,000,000 in financing. Kudos to you Mr. Napoli.
Mr. Evans commented “Crystal Lake has an exceptional land package in the heart of BC’s Golden Triangle; an area that is among the most well-endowed and underdeveloped mineral districts in the world. I see the Newmont Lake project as tremendously undervalued and still in its infancy of discovery. I am very excited to have a role in forging Crystal Lake into an exploration powerhouse in the region, and create benefits for all shareholders, the local community, and the province of British Columbia.” https://crystallakemining.com/crystal-lake-mining-appoints-new-ceo-and-director/
As we all know, actions speak louder than words. Mr. Evans has about 20,000,000 reasons to do what he can for the success of Crystal Lake. He puts his money where his mouth is.
“In addition to his recent appointment as Crystal Lake’s CEO, Cole Evans is the Co-Founder and President/CEO of HEG & Associates Exploration Services Inc. He has been instrumental in building HEG from an idea into one of Western Canada’s largest exploration service companies focused on British Columbia’s Golden Triangle and South-Central regions. Mr. Evans and his Team have been key individuals at Crystal Lake’s Newmont Lake Project since its acquisition in Fall 2018. He is also the Co-Founder and Chief Owner of Catalina Discovery Ltd.; a private corporation focused on strategic investments in the mining industry. Mr. Evans is the direct owner/controller of approximately 11,200,000 common shares and 8,055,555 warrants of Crystal Lake which he acquired in 2019 for a combined ownership of approximately 19,200,000 shares/warrants, making him the single largest shareholder of the Company.”
Mr. Evans brings with him a vast amount of both business and geology experience working with different entities and mining companies. And if you ask anyone who knows Mr. Evans or has worked with HEG, I would expect that they will have very positive things to say. He asks the right questions and leads by example. Sometimes emotion and passion can overtake a lead but with experience and patience combined with the skills apparent in Mr. Evans, the likelihood of great success is huge.
I (JGR) am being compensated by Crystal Lake. I own shares, warrants and options. I am biased. Please do your own due diligence.
Dr. Kal Kotecha
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