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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).

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

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 37 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 Mining and VP Exploration for Northair Silver.

Teresa Conner – Manager of Land & Environmental Affairs

Ms. Conner has over 35 years of experience in the mining and oil and gas industries. She has held positions with three federal government agencies, and with Newmont, Queenstake Resources, Great Basin Gold, Waterton, and several consulting companies. Ms. Conner has permitted exploration and mining projects in Nevada, New Mexico, and Alaska. Having worked in northern Nevada for over 22 years, she understands both exploration and mining requirements as well as permitting needs for those types of projects. While at Newmont she was responsible for working with the exploration group in order to permit drilling activities along the Carlin Trend; and then later worked in the mine engineering department doing ore control, short term planning, long term planning, and projects work. She also held environmental manager and director positions at Queenstake, Great Basin and Waterton and was responsible for all environmental compliance, permitting, and reporting at multiple mine sites. Ms. Conner received her B.S. degree in Mining and Geological Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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.

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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