J. Paul has been active continuously in mineral exploration and development since 1965 when he began working for Amax Exploration Inc. in Smithers, British Columbia. From 1968 to 1978 he worked for various exploration syndicates managed by Bacon & Crowhurst Engineers. J. Paul had the privilege during this era to be taught and trained by noted prospector JC “Cam” Stephen, and was able to hone his skills as a prospector and project manager.
After managing a number of exploration syndicates of his own, J. Paul entered the world of junior companies as a project manager in the 1980’s with a strong focus on Porphyry Copper exploration and development. In 1995 he became CEO of Pacific Booker Minerals Inc., and after taking the Morrison Project to Preliminary Economic Assessment, left Pacific Booker with board members Chris Sampson, P.Eng., Shelley Hallock, and Al Hilton to found Sego Resources Inc. in 2005.
J. Paul is a Community Elder of the Vancouver Métis Community Association, a board member of the National Aboriginal Energy and Power Association, a board member of his local Constituency Association, and a member of the Indigenous Network. He has served on the Premier’s Committee for Mining Initiatives, on the British Columbia Multiculturalism Advisory Council, and was Vice-Chair of Vancouver City Council’s Special Advisory Committee for Cultural Communities.
J. Paul has been a lifelong volunteer and activist focussed on the mining industry he loves and his Métis Community. In the traditional Métis way, he has a foot in two camps and strives to serve both. These two areas often intersect in his efforts to ensure full engagement between Indigenous People and the Mining Industry, and to explore for minerals with full respect for the Land. His current interest of the last ten years, besides advancing Sego’s Miner Mountain project, has been to assist Aboriginal men readjust to civil society after federal incarceration, and ensuring post-secondary education for Indigenous youth. In recognition of his service to the community, J. Paul was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.