Directors & Officers

Jonathan Awde – President & CEO, Director (Co-founder)

Mr. Awde has the spent the last 12 years financing junior resource companies and has focused on institutional accounts.  Mr. Awde has raised over $200m 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.

Bruce McLeod, Director (3) (4) (5) 

Mr. McLeod is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in all areas of the mining industry. Most recently he was a director of Kaminak Gold Corp, which was acquired this year by Goldcorp Inc. for $520 million. Mr. McLeod is currently President and CEO of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. Prior to that, he served in a senior capacity with a number of successful junior mining ventures including: President and CEO of Mercator Minerals Ltd.; President, CEO and director of Creston Moly Corp.; and founder of both Sherwood Copper Corp. and Stornoway Diamond Corp. He also served on the board of directors of Palmarejo Silver and Gold Corp. (acquired by Coeur D’Alene Mines for $1.2 billion) and Ariane Gold (acquired by Cambior Inc.), and has been involved in numerous projects at various stages of development while with the Northair Group. Mr. McLeod was the co-recipient of AME BC’s E.A. Scholz award for excellence in mine development in 2009.

Jamie Strauss, Director (2) (3) (5)

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.

Robert McLeod, P.Geo, Director (1) (2) (5)

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. McLeod is currently President, CEO and a Director of IDM Mining Ltd.

William E. Threlkeld, Director (5)(9)(10)

Mr. Threlkeld is  currently Senior Vice President, Exploration, of Seabridge Gold, where for the past 15 years, 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. 

Mr. Threlkeld began his career at Noranda Exploration Inc. but achieved his greatest recognition at Placer Dome Inc. From 1991 to 1997, as Exploration Manager and Vice President, he was responsible for all of Placer Dome’s exploration activity and investment in Latin America, directing programs that resulted in the discovery and delineation of Las Cristinas, Venezuela (9.7 million ounces), Cerro Crucitas, Costa Rica (2.3 million ounces) and Mulatos, Mexico (2.0 million ounces). Mr. Threlkeld obtained his MSc in Economic Geology from the University of Western Ontario.

Alex Morrison  – Director (1)(2)(5)(7)

Mr. Morrison is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 30 years of mining industry experience. Mr. Morrison has held senior executive positions at a number of mining companies, including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco Nevada Corporation (2007 to 2010). At Newmont Mining Corporation, Mr. Morrison was Vice President, Operations Services and Vice-President, Information Technology (2002 to 2007). Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NovaGold Resources Inc., Vice President and Controller of Homestake Mining Company and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge Corporation and Stillwater Mining Company. Mr. Morrison began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University. Mr. Morrison currently sits on the Board of Directors of Taseko Mines Ltd. and Gold Resource Corp.

Zara BoldtDirector (1)(5)(6)

Ms. Boldt is a professional accountant (CPA, CGA) with over fifteen years of progressively senior financial leadership roles with public companies in the mineral exploration and development industry. Most recently, Ms. Boldt served as Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary of Kaminak Gold, where she was responsible for corporate due diligence and the negotiation, documentation and execution of a Plan of Arrangement for an acquisition transaction valued at C$520 million. Prior to Kaminak, Ms. Boldt served as the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Stornoway Diamond Corporation where she was a member of the senior management team responsible for arranging financing in excess of $900 million for the development of the Renard Project in Quebec. Ms. Boldt is the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Ron Clayton  Director  (3)(5)(8)(10)

Mr. Clayton is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tahoe Resources Inc.  Ron is a highly experienced mining executive. In his 37 years in the business, he has successfully guided companies through the mining company life cycle, including advanced stage exploration, development, construction and mining. As member of Tahoe’s founding executive team, Mr. Clayton led the construction of the Escobal mine as the Company’s first Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Tahoe, he was Senior Vice President, Operations, and the General Manager of several underground mines for Hecla Mining Company. He was also Vice President, Operations with Stillwater Mining Company. In addition, Mr. Clayton has held a number of engineering and operations management positions with the Climax Molybdenum Company and Homestake Mining Company. Mr. Clayton earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

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.

Glenn Kumoi – VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary (10)

Mr. Kumoi, B.A, LL B., is a lawyer and executive leader who has extensive experience in the areas of financing, project development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and legal compliance. In the twenty years prior to joining Gold Standard Ventures, he was the VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of three other public companies. During that time, he has been a key part of executive teams who have raised over $700m.

(1)  Member of Audit Committee
(2)  Member of Compensation Committee
(3)  Member of Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee
(4)  Lead Director
(5)  Independent Director
(6) Chair of Audit Committee
(7) Chair of Compensation Committee
(8) Chair of Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee
(9) Chair of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee
(10) Member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee

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