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Technical Team

Mac Jackson – V.P. Exploration, Senior Geologist

Mr. Jackson has 20 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).

Steven Koehler – Manager of Projects, Senior Geologist & QP

Mr. Koehler has 28 years of experience designing and implementing 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 Fence / Pete Bajo, Four Corners and Hardie Footwall Extension. At Placer Dome, Mr. Koehler played a key role in the Cortez Hills discovery, and led the reinterpretation of Cortez District carbonate stratigraphy that resulted in the identification of new exploration opportunities throughout the district. As Chief Geologist with Evolving Gold, Mr. Koehler managed the Nevada exploration team that expanded the Arch gold discovery. Earlier in his career, Steve was directly responsible for the discovery of a rare-metal pegmatite district in northern Wisconsin. Mr. Koehler earned a B.Sc. 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.

Mark Laffoon, P.E. – Senior Engineer & QP

Mark Laffoon has 39 years of experience as a mining engineer, mine foreman, mine manager, development manager, project manager, and construction manager. These engineering and management level positions were held with Duval, Gold Fields, Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Newmont, and Barrick Gold in the western United States. At Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Mr. Laffoon managed and contributed to the construction and operation of the Mule Canyon Mine near Battle Mountain, Nevada which led to the first whole ore highway shipments to processing facilities at Lone Tree and Twin Creeks. At Newmont, Mr. Laffoon was responsible for the mine development and the surface mine operations engineering department along the Carlin trend which contributed to the opening of the Gold Quarry mine below the James Creek tailings facility, the Pete deposit, the Tusc/Bootstrap deposits, the Beast/Genesis deposits, the Lantern deposit, and the Emigrant deposit. During Mr. Laffoon’s tenure with Barrick Gold, he contributed to the opening of the Cortez Hills Open Pit facilities/operations, managed the Arturo Joint Venture with Goldcorp, and was the Construction Manager of the Goldrush underground portal surface facility. Mr. Laffoon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mine engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, he is a certified Professional Engineer in Nevada (#08708), is a Registered Mine Engineer and QP with the SME (#1818400), and is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.

Don Harris – Senior Development Geologist

Don Harris has 27 years experience as a mine development geologist, designing and implementing successful programs at several large gold and silver deposits in the Western US. These include Newmont’s Carlin Trend Surface operations at Gold Quarry, Genesis-Blue Star, Emigrant and underground at Carlin Mine. Additional mine development work has been implemented at the Mesquite and Hycroft Mines and the Pan deposit. Over his career, Don has held a multitude of positions, including Manager of Nevada Surface Geology for Newmont – which included Carlin area, Twin Creeks, and Phoenix, Vice President of Advanced Projects at Midway Gold – which included Spring Valley and Pan, and Director of Exploration at Hycroft Mining. These positions have lead to the successful development and/or production of over 30 million ounces gold and 300 million ounces silver. Don has a BS in geology from the University of Wyoming and an MS in geology from Northern Arizona University. Don is a Registered Geologist with SME (146776) and a qualified person as defined by NI-43-101.

David Ernst – Senior Geologist

Mr. Ernst is a geologist with 38 years of experience in mineral exploration and project management throughout the Americas. He graduated with a B.A. in Geology from Western State Colorado University in 1978, followed in 1980 by a M.S. in Geology from Eastern Washington University. David has played key roles in the discovery and expansion of numerous mineral deposits, including Hog Ranch, Red Canyon, and Hidden Hill in Nevada; Lomas Bayas and Fortuna de Cobre in Chile; Luicho in Peru; El Dorado, Nance Dulce and Santa Rita in El Salvador; Star City in California; and La Cigarra in Mexico. During his career David has worked as a prospector, project generator, project manager acquisitions evaluator and mentor. Prior to joining Gold Standard, David was Chief Geologist for Pacific Rim and VP Exploration for Northair Silver.

Michael Harp – Project 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 – Project 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.

Melanie Newton – Geologist

Ms. Newton has 2+ years’ experience as a geologist on the Carlin Trend. At the Railroad-Pinion property, Ms. Newton contributed to the development of Dark Star and Pinion sediment-hosted gold deposits, and she contributed to the expansion of the North Bullion, Sweet Hollow, and Pod sediment-hosted gold deposits. Ms. Newton contributed to the development of Arturo sediment hosted gold discovery in 2014 with Barrick. Ms. Newton is skilled at identifying structural controls, hydrothermal alteration, folding/faulting, and alteration products associated with gold mineralization and hydrothermal fluid flow. She is experienced with managing exploration and development drill programs with multiple drill rigs, and contractors. Her technical work has included geologic mapping, cross-section generation, logging of drill holes, compilation and interpretation of multiple data sets for target identification, 3D-computer modeling of gold deposits leading to resource calculations, field sampling, and experience with MapInfo, ArcGIS, Micromine and Vulcan software. Ms. Newton graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in geology from Western Kentucky University in December of 2011, and a Master of Science Degree in geology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in December 2015 where she completed her thesis on “Characterization of Gold and Related Mineralization at the North Bullion Fault Zone, Railroad Project, a Nevada Carlin-type Gold Prospect.”

Jesse Heavin – Drilling Services Manager

Jesse Heavin has 15 years’ experience as a drilling services professional with a back ground in both technical mining (development) and exploration (early stage) drilling for both surface and underground projects. He is responsible for overseeing all drilling related activities for Gold Standard Ventures. He worked on successful teams at Barrick Exploration (Gold Rush, Bald Mtn., Ruby Hill), Barrick North America (Cortez Hills, Pipeline), Placer Dome (Cortez, Bald Mountain), Echo Bay (Round Mountain Gold Corp.), he is credited with implementing best practices contributing to several million man hours worked achieving triple zero operations and drilling related savings exceeding $10 million dollars. Mr. Heavin has managed drill projects which included 35 surface/UG rigs and12 pieces of earth work equipment, two coreshed logging/cutting warehouse facilities with 20 geotechs, two surveyors responsible for pad/sump design, construction, and reclamation. Mr. Heavin is working on his B.S. in Business Management. He has an AAS in Business Administration, General Business, CS in Drilling fluids management, GIS ArcView, DICAT drilling standards.

Steve Moore – Senior Geological Consultant

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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