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Technical Team

Mac Jackson – V.P. Exploration, Senior Geologist

Mr. Jackson has 18 years of experience as an exploration geologist. He has contributed to the discovery of several gold deposits and authored technical papers on these deposits. He has directed teams of geologists in the exploration of projects along the major gold trends in Nevada and has been responsible for the planning, budgeting and managing of several large projects. His technical work has included geologic mapping, logging of drill holes, compilation and interpretation of multiple data sets for target identification, 3D-computer modeling of gold deposits leading to resource calculations. Mr. Jackson contributed to the discovery of the Leeville and Turf deposits on the Carlin Trend and the Fiber Line deposit at Twin Creeks. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science from the Mackay School of Mines at University of Nevada-Reno. Mr. Jackson is also an AIPG Certified Professional Geologist (AIPG CPG-11661).

John Norby – Chief Geologist

John Norby has extensive Nevada exploration experience, including designing and executing exploration and resource delineation/expansion programs for Newmont Mining, Placer Dome, Barrick Gold, and Victoria Gold. At Newmont, Mr. Norby managed exploration of the central Carlin Trend, where his group delineated additional resources at the Mike deposit and contributed to the expansion of the Gold Quarry deposit. At Placer Dome and Barrick, Mr. Norby led teams that drilled new mineralization along the Pipeline trend of deposits at Cortez, drilled out a gold structure at the Ruby Hill deposit, and more than doubled the Spring Valley deposit resource. At Victoria, he helped design the successful drill expansion of the Helen high-grade gold zone at the Cove deposit. He also led teams that drilled early holes at the large Aktigiruk zinc-lead sedimentary exhalative deposit in the Red Dog district in Alaska (Teck), and at the Rattlesnake Hills alkaline gold deposit in Wyoming (Newmont). John obtained his Master of Science in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science, geology concentration, from the University of Virginia.

Steven Koehler – Manager of Projects, Senior Geologist & QP

Steven Koehler has 26 years of experience designing, implementing and managing large exploration programs on the Carlin and Cortez Trends of northern Nevada.  Over his career, Steve has held senior level exploration positions with Newmont, Placer Dome and Miranda Gold.  At Newmont, Mr. Koehler managed and contributed to exploration programs on the northern Carlin Trend that led to the multi-million ounce Leeville discovery, in addition to discoveries at Four Corners, Hardie Footwall Extension, and Fence / Pete Bajo.  At Placer Dome, Mr. Koehler contributed to the multi-million ounce Cortez Hills discovery, and led the reinterpretation of Cortez District carbonate stratigraphy that resulted in the identification of new exploration opportunities.  As Chief Geologist with Evolving Gold, Mr. Koehler managed the Nevada exploration team that expanded the Arch discovery.  Earlier in his career, he was directly responsible for the discovery of a rare-metal pegmatite district in northern Wisconsin.  Mr. Koehler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, he is an AIPG Certified Professional Geologist (#10216), and is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.

Steven R. Koehler, Gold Standard’s Manager of Projects, BSc. Geology and CPG-10216, is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101

Neil Whitmer – Manager Lands, Legal & Environmental Affairs

Mr. Whitmer joined Gold Standard Ventures in 2012.  He advises Gold Standard in operational and regulatory matters relating to acquisition, due diligence, title review, permitting and maintenance of mineral and surface rights required to support exploration.  He is experienced in land acquisition and lease agreements, as well as permitting projects on public and private property with state and federal agencies.  He also enjoys going to the field and hitting the outcrops when time allows.  Prior to joining Gold Standard, Mr. Whitmer practiced law in Colorado for four years.  He acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Indiana University in 2002 and a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Tennessee in 2005.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008.  Mr. Whitmer is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Nevada.

Steve Moore – Senior Geological Consultant

Michael Harp – Staff Geologist

Mr. Harp has 5 years of experience as an exploration geologist on the Carlin Trend. At the Railroad-Pinion property, Mr. Harp is a lead on the North Dark Star and Dark Star sediment hosted gold discoveries and he contributed to the discovery of the North Bullion sediment hosted gold deposit, the Pinion deposit acquisition and expansion and the Sylvania silver and base metal skarn deposit in the Central Bullion Area of the Railroad District. Mr. Harp is skilled in identifying structural controls, hydrothermal alteration, folding/faulting, and alteration products associated with gold mineralization and hydrothermal fluid flow. He has overseen and managed multiple drill rigs, contractors, and exploration programs. Technical skills include geologic mapping, cross-section generation, core/RC drill hole logging, drill hole planning, compilation and interpretation of multiple data sets for target identification, organization and implementation of field sampling programs, and has experience with MapInfo, ArcGIS, and Micromine software. Mr. Harp earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in geology in December of 2007 and his Master of Science Degree in geology from The University of Akron in December 2010.

Robert Edie – Staff Geologist

Mr. Edie acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from San Diego State University in 2009 and has since spent 5+ years exploring the Carlin Trend of Northern Nevada for Gold and other metal systems.  Mr. Edie contributed to the discovery of the Arch gold project located on the Carlin Trend from 2010-2012.  Mr. Edie is currently one of two project leads for GSV’s Dark Star Gold project contributing to the high-grade oxide gold discovery at North Dark Star.  Mr. Edie is skilled at identifying structural controls and alteration that support gold mineralization, including: faulting/folding, decalcification, silicification, and hydrothermal fluid flow. Mr. Edie is experienced in managing exploration drill programs with multiple drill rigs and contractors and has logged over 50 miles of Carlin style core and RC drill cuttings.  Mr. Edie is an experienced field geologist having collected thousands of rock outcrop, scoop, road cut, and soil samples leading to the identification of new geochemical anomalies and drill targets. Mr. Edie oversees Gold Standards specific gravity program having collected over 1,200 individual density samples for our North Bullion, Pinion, Bald Mountain and Dark Star projects.

James Wright – Senior Geophysical Consultant

Mr. Wright has a B.S. degree (Honors) in Geophysics from the University of Arizona (1973) and a M.Sc. in geophysics from Stanford (1975). He has over 40 years of varied experience applying geophysical techniques to exploration for a wide variety of commodities including gold, uranium, base metals, coal, lithium and potash. His career started with Phelps Dodge Corporation and continued with St. Joe Minerals, Sulpreto Minerals, Novamin Resources, Breakwater Resources and Newmont Mining Corp. Interspersed with the corporate assignments were sixteen years as a consultant, a position he holds today.

Gary Simmons – Senior Metallurgical Consultant

Mr. Simmons has more than 35 years of experience with mining companies – including Newmont Mining Corporation, where he was Senior Technical Director of Metallurgy and Technology.

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