Northern Prospectors Association


Gino Chitaroni, President

Mr. Chitaroni is a lifelong resident of the Town of Cobalt, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines, Northern College with a diploma as a Mining Technologist in 1985; and then later completed his Bachelor Science degree in Geology at Lake Superior State University in 1988. Mr. Chitaroni has extensive experience in the mining sector and as prospector since 1982. He has also worked as a miner with Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. in mid to late 1980’s with a short stint as a student geological technician with Teck-Corona Corporation in Hemlo. In the early to late 1990’s, he worked as a project geologist for EGO

Resources Ltd-Cobatec Inc. before forming Blackstone Development IncB. to handle the management of various exploration projects and economic development projects in the Temagami, Matachewan and Cobalt areas. In 2000, Mr. Chitaroni formed Polymet Labs and is president of the company to present day. In 2006, he and partners formed Legends of Cobalt Corporation in order to re-energize the Cobalt Mining Camp; and then again later in 2011, he and another set of partners created Canagco Mining Corp, acting as President, is active to present day in Cobalt. Moreover, Mr. Chitaroni served as a long time town Councilor and has recently retired from politics in the Town of Cobalt. His family proudly owns and operates Portage Bay Lodge Tourist Camp.

Roger Dufresne, Treasurer

Roger Dufresne is currently a director and acting Treasurer of the Northern Prospector’s association. He graduated form the University of Waterloo (Arts, class of 1963) and completed post graduate studies in the Earth Sciences. An active prospector since 1984, he has also represented prospector interests as a past president and director of the Ontario Prospectors Association.