Key Personnel

Barry Carlson, P.E., P.Eng

Barry Carlson, P.E., P.Eng, is a principal engineer with over 30 years of experience in project management and project design for numerous mining projects and operations across the United States, including heap leach water balance management and analyses, feasibility studies, geotechnical design and analyses, site reclamation planning and remedial action planning. Recent acknowledgements include optimizing recovery of heap leach operations through advanced metallurgical testing and dynamic systems modeling, process plant design and optimization, and stochastic water balance modeling for heap leach operations in the U.S. and abroad. Included in these projects were flow processes analyses and gold recovery projections. Areas of expertise include heap leach/process design, feasibility studies, mine closure and reclamation, geotechnical/civil engineering, hydrologic/hydraulic analysis, site characterization, well installation/monitoring, permitting/compliance and construction quality assurance, which he has provided to clients such as Newmont Corporation, Victoria Gold Corporation, McEwen Mining, Waterton Global Resource Management, Freeport McMoRan, Alexco Resources Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation, Kinross and Goldcorp, Inc. As President and CEO of Forte Dynamics, Barry spearheaded the development of Forte Analytical (an advanced research and metallurgical testing laboratory), and currently serves as Forte Analytical's Business Manager.


Clint Green, P.E.

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Clint Green, P.E., is a principal engineer with over 16 years of experience in engineering design and construction of infrastructure, including work as a consultant and contractor in the planning, design, bid, build and closeout phases of construction projects in areas such as water distribution systems (potable and non-potable), roads, hydrology and hydraulics, storage ponds, rapid infiltration basins and closure and reclamation of historic sites. Construction experience also includes quality control and assurance, scheduling and project management. Significant experience in field investigations such as geotechnical drilling/test pit observation, water sampling, percolation and hydraulic conductivity testing, and geotechnical lab testing such as proctors, Atterberg limits, sieve analysis and nuclear gauge testing, for both private and public projects. He has also demonstrated skill managing multiple projects through all phases of completion. He is a highly personable and self-motivated professional who is passionate about quality and satisfaction.

Brendan Fetter, P.E.

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Brendan Fetter, P.E. is a principal mechanical and civil engineer with seven years of experience in specialty modeling analyses, design and construction of water infrastructure, and heap leach modeling. His work experience includes application of various hydrologic and kinetic models predominately related to mine water and solution management. He has also provided design and construction quality assurance for hydraulic pumping systems, heap leach pads, and process ponds. Recently, he has performed several heap leach models for existing operations to enhance production and analyze optimal solution management and pumping scenarios. He has worked on projects across the United States, as well as international work experience in Canada, Mexico, Turkey, and South America.

Adam House, PMP, QP-PM/Process

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Adam House, PMP, QP-PM/Process, has over 20 years of experience as an accomplished professional in the fields of project management, safety and environmental management, project engineering, engineering management, process operations, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, operational readiness, and construction management. Adam is a strong collaborator with excellent communication and technical skills while effectively planning and executing work. He is very driven with a high success rate on a diverse portfolio of projects. His certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP®), MMSA Qualified Professional – Metallurgy/Processing, and Technical Expert Auditor for the International Cyanide Management Code.

R. Nick Gow, PhD, P.E.

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Nick Gow, PhD, PE, has over 10 years of experience in hands-on metallurgical testing, equipment design and manufacturing, with a focus in mineral processing feasibility. His experience includes design and due-diligence of metallurgical testing campaigns for processes including comminution, gravity, flotation and leaching of base and precious metals. This includes a focus on process development for whole circuit gold/silver processing (CIC/CIL/CIP) operations, including carbon adsorption and recovery methodologies. He routinely conducts metallurgical pilot and plant audit campaigns domestically and internationally. Forte Dynamics tapped Nick to serve as Lab Manager for Forte Analytical, an advanced metallurgical research and testing laboratory introduced in early 2020.

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Russ Downer, P.E.


Russ Downer, PE, has over 25 years of experience as a mine operator and technical manager working for large mining companies. Russ is the founder of Opencontour, a mining software and consulting firm that helps companies discover the true value of their assets. His experience in mining valuation and passion for software has been the right combination for successfully building a dependable mine planning tool. Much of this time has been spent in operations and mine start-ups in an operational and technical capacity. Russ has also benefited from experience in a Corporate role getting exposure to many projects and mine planning and budget processes. His software and consultation has resulted in many impactful insights for clients.


Jeff Winterton, PhD, P.E.

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Jeff Winterton, PhD, PE, has over 12 years of experience engineering, operating, and managing heap leach and mineral processing operations. He has experience in aspects ranging from process operation and optimization to detailed project design and commissioning. Jeff is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He has authored and presented several technical papers throughout his career. Dr. Winterton has previously been involved as a metallurgist guiding setup of testing protocols and production tracking and modeling routines for new heap leach facilities. Additionally, he was a process engineer for an on-site team recommissioning and optimizing heap leach crushing plant.

Patrick Garretson - Director, Resources and Mining


Patrick has nearly 30 years of technical services experience within the mining industry.  Patrick has held various positions at both the site and corporate level which include production geology, resource modeling, mine planning and mine reclamation.  He has worked for several major mining companies including BHP Billiton, Barrick and Goldcorp/Newmont.  Much of his time in recent years has been spent developing processes and tools to optimize the life-of-mine planning process and to extract maximum value from mining operations, projects and company portfolios.  Patrick promotes that a strong, collaborative link between geology, resource modeling, mine planning, process planning and operations is beneficial to the success of an operation or project.  Patrick is a Qualified Person under SME Registered Member status.

Jake Cefalo, MSc Explosive Engineer - Senior Mining Engineer

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Jake is a qualified operational mining engineer with over 10 years of experience at major mining operations and most recently working as the senior drill and blast engineer for the Bingham Canyon Mine. Experience includes cost reductions by expanding out blast patterns while optimizing product selection and maintaining production targets. Developed planning tools to create more efficient reporting, reconciliation, and compliance of monthly plans. Experience with managing explosives inhibitor levels for reactive ground and vibration and flyrock control blasting around buildings and critical infrastructure. Proficient with optimized timing with electronic and nonelectronic detonators for the reduction of wall response in geotechnically sensitive areas, especially in the field of frequency control blasting techniques. Completed multiple training programs in drill and blast technical and operational courses.