President & CEO, Director (Co-founder)
Mr. Awde is the co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Gold Standard. Since becoming Chief Executive Officer in July 2010, the Company’s market capitalization has increased from approximately $23 million to its current value. Mr. Awde oversees all corporate development, asset acquisition, joint ventures and the procurement of capital for the development of the Company’s assets. Mr. Awde has spent the last 12 years financing junior resource companies, focusing on institutional accounts, and has raised over $200 million for public and private companies in the resource sector. Mr. Awde holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Finance) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia (1999) and is a former sales and trading professional at a Canadian broker dealer.
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Mr. Bruce 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, which was acquired in 2016 by Goldcorp for $520 million. Mr. Bruce McLeod is currently the President, CEO and a director of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (TSX-SBB). Prior to that, he served in a senior capacity with a number 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 Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of Palmerejo Silver and Gold Corp. (acquired by Coeur D’Alene Mines) 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. Bruce McLeod was the co-recipient of AMEBC’s EA Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in 2009 and primarily focuses on project development, strategic planning, and financing activities. Mr. Bruce McLeod holds a Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and is a member of the British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.
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Mr. Strauss is launching an alternative research platform for the mining industry. He remains a director of the boutique mining finance firm, Strauss Partners Ltd., based in London, England and has worked as a stockbroker in the City of London for over 30 years. He was Managing Director of UK Equity Products for BMO Capital Markets 2007-2009. Mr. Strauss is also a non-executive director of Altius Minerals Corporation (TSX) and Bacanora Lithium plc (London-AIM).
P.Geo, Director (1) (2) (5)
Mr. Robert McLeod has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of IDM Mining Ltd (TSXV-IDM), since September 2013, where he was previously VP Exploration since 2010. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and VP Exploration for Full Metal Minerals Ltd. (TSXV-FMM) from June 2003 until November 2014. He is also a director of Lithium-X (TSXV-LlX), Redstar Gold Corp. (TSXV-RGC) and Independence Gold Corp. (TSXV-IGO). He was formerly Vice-President, Exploration for Atna Resources Ltd. (TSX-ATN) from February 2003 to February 2004. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. Robert McLeod was a Project Geologist for Miramar Mining Corp. and a Senior Geologist for Grayd Resource Corporation from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Robert McLeod is a professional geologist (March 2003) with a Master of Science, Geology, from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario (1998) and a Bachelors of Science, Geology, from the University of British Columbia (1993).
William E. Threlkeld
Mr. Threlkeld is a designee of FCMI Parent Co. (“FCMI”) (see ITEM 14: “Interest of Management and others in Material Transactions”). Since 2001, he has been a Senior Vice President of Seabridge Gold, Inc. where he is responsible for, among other things, designing and executing exploration and resource delineation programs. 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. From 1991 to 1997, he was a Vice President and Exploration Manager at Placer Dome Inc. where he was responsible for its exploration activity and investment in South America. Mr. Threlkeld obtained a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Morrison is a mining executive and Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. Morrison has held Board and senior executive positions with a number of mining companies, most recently serving as a Director of Detour Gold Corporation until December 2018 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco-Nevada Corporation from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont, including Vice President, Operations Services and Vice President, Information Technology. 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.
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. Ms. Boldt is currently the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Lucara Diamond Corp., a mining company, since April, 2018. Ms. Boldt has also served as CFO and Corporate Secretary of Strongbow Exploration Inc., a Canadian mineral exploration company and Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary of Kaminak, 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 $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.
Mr. Clayton is a seasoned mining executive with over 35 years of mine operating experience and led the construction of the Escobal mine. Mr. Clayton joined Tahoe as the first Chief Operating Officer on March 30, 2010, was appointed President on March 12, 2014 and was further appointed Chief Executive Officer on August 16, 2016, serving until June 25, 2018. Prior to joining Tahoe, Mr. Clayton was Senior Vice President, Operations, and the General Manager of several underground mines for Hecla Mining Company. He also held the position of Vice President, Operations with Stillwater Mining Company and a number of engineering and operations management positions with Climax Molybdenum Company and Homestake Mining Company. Mr. Clayton earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a graduate of the Tuck School of Business Executive Program at Dartmouth College.
Michael N. Waldkirch
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Waldkirch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia and has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 1998. From 1997 to 2011, he held the position of principal with JBH Professional Services Inc., a business consulting firm located in Richmond, B.C., Canada. Since 1999, Mr. Waldkirch has also held the position of Senior Partner with the Public Accounting firm Michael Waldkirch and Company Inc., Chartered Professional Accountants, in Vancouver, B.C.
VP General Counsel & Corporate Secretary (10)
Glenn Kumoi, B.A, LLB., is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Gold Standard. Mr. Kumoi is also a lawyer and executive leader with extensive experience in the areas of financing, project development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and legal compliance. In the 20 years prior to joining Gold Standard in 2017, Mr. Kumoi was the VP General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of three other public companies including Rubicon Minerals Corporation and Ballard Power Systems. During that time, Mr. Kumoi was a key part of the executive teams who raised in aggregate over $700 million.
(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 HS&E Committee
(10) Member of the HS&E Committee