Directors & Management
Jonathan Awde – President & CEO, Director
Mr. Awde has the spent the last 12 years financing junior resource companies and has focused on institutional accounts. Mr. Awde has raised over $100m for public and private companies in the resource sector. Mr. Awde is co-founder, President/CEO and a Director of Gold Standard Ventures where he oversees all financing, corporate activities and developments for the company. Mr. Awde received his BA in Economics & Finance from Acadia University and is a former Sales & Trading professional at a CDN Broker Dealer.
William E. Threlkeld, MSc Economic Geology, Director (1) (2) (3)
For the past 11 years, Mr. Threlkeld has served as Senior Vice President of Seabridge Gold where he has designed and executed exploration and resource delineation programs which have defined more than 45 million ounces of measured and indicated gold resources. His successes include the discovery and definition of the Mitchell and Iron Cap deposits which have made the KSM project in British Columbia the largest gold reserve in Canada.
While serving as Exploration Manager and Vice President of Placer Dome Inc., from 1991 to 1997, he was responsible for all of Placer Dome’s exploration activity and investment in Latin America. Mr. Threlkeld directed programs that resulted in the discovery and delineation of Las Cristinas, Venezuela, Cerro Crucitas, Costa Rica and Mulatos, Mexico. From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President, Exploration for Greenstone Resources Ltd. responsible for resource delineation on three Central American gold deposits and development of an organization and strategy to identify new mineral investments. Mr. Threlkeld obtained his MSc in Economic Geology from the University of Western Ontario.
Jamie Strauss, Director (3)
Mr. Strauss is currently a Director of boutique mining finance firm, Strauss Partners based in London, England. Mr. Strauss has worked as a stockbroker in the City of London for 25 years, specialising in the corporate resource arena, including a term as Managing Director of UK for BMO Capital Markets 2007-2009. He has raised in excess of $1bn in recent years for projects spanning the globe in both the energy and mineral world on behalf of leading institutions in North America, Australia and Europe. He has been a committee member of the Association of Mining Analysts for the last four years, and is a non-executive director of Wildhorse Energy Ltd and Altius Minerals. Mr. Strauss was a director of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd until it was taken over by Yamana.
David M. Cole, M.S. Geology, Director (1) (2) (3)
Mr. Cole is currently the President and CEO of Eurasian Minerals Inc. Mr. Cole has spent 18 years at Newmont, where he held a number of management and senior geologic positions, gaining extensive global experience as a project, mine, and generative exploration geologist in Nevada, Southeast Asia, South America, Europe, and Central Asia. Mr. Cole’s success as part of Newmont’s exploration team includes contributions at the world class Carlin Trend, Yanacocha, and Minihasa mines. Subsequently, he established and managed Newmont’s exploration programs in Turkey while also identifying early stage acquisition targets in Eastern Europe. He studied under Dr. Tommy Thompson at Colorado State University, earning an M.S. in Geology.
Robert McLeod, P.Geo, Director (1) (2) (3)
Mr. McLeod has over 17 years of post-graduate experience in mining and mineral exploration, working for a variety of major and junior mining companies. As an exploration geologist and project manager at Miramar’s Hope Bay project, he was part of the team that discovered the Naartok deposit, as well as expanding and delineating the Boston and Doris deposits. As Vice-President Exploration for Underworld Resources, his team acquired, discovered and delineated the Golden Saddle and Arc Deposits at the White Gold Property, Yukon. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Economic Geology from the University of British Columbia (1993) and in 1998 graduated from Queens University, Masters in Geology, Mineral Exploration Program.
Mr. Richard Silas – Corporate Secretary, Director
Mr. Silas serves as President and is the Owner of Universal Solutions Inc; a management company for TSX listed Companies. Mr. Silas has an administrative background with Junior Resources Companies for over the last 15 years. Mr. Silas served as the Chief Executive Officer and president of Gold Standard Ventures Corp., until August 2009, and is currently serving as its Corporate Secretary. He serves as a Director for several public and private companies in Canada and USA. Mr. Silas has completed the Securities Program (Going Public, Director/Officers and Continuous Disclosure) from Simon Fraser University in 1997.
Michael N. Waldkirch – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Waldkirch is a Senior Partner with the Public Accounting firm Michael Waldkirch and Company, Certified General Accountants in Vancouver, BC. He has extensive experience in providing a wide variety of financial and business consultancy services to public and private companies. Mr. Waldkirch serves as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Director of Spirit Bear Capital Corp. Mr. Waldkirch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia and has been a Certified General Accountant since 1998.
(1) Member of Audit Committee
(2) Member of Compensation Committee
(3) Independent Director