Since 1989, owner and founder of Vytyl Exploration Services, a contracting business in mineral development and exploration for a wide variety of clients including Placer Dome Canada Inc., Noranda Mining and Exploration Company Ltd., Canmine Resources, and many others. Vytyl has conducted exploration and geophysical contracts on advanced projects such as the Musselwhite and Campbell Mines (Placer), Eagle River Mine (River Gold), GECO-Manitouwadge (Noranda), and Werner Lake (Canmine).
Mr. Downie is also involved with the following companies as a director: Source Exploration, Mega Precious Metals Inc., Newstrike Resources Ltd., PC Gold Inc., Benton Resources Corp., and Marksmen Capital Inc.
In 2004, Mr. Downie was part of the exploration team for Wolfden Resources Inc. that received the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) '2003 Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award'. Mr. Downie was also presented with the 2003 Developer of the Year award from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association. He also received the Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year Award for 2005.