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James Anderson

Mr. Anderson serves as Chairman and CEO of VanGold Mining Corp. His career began in the financial services industry with a successful 19-years as a retail broker, investment banker, and manager with several Canadian investment firms. These included First Canada Capital Ltd., Research Capital Corp., and Majendie Securities Ltd., where he was instrumental in the financing of numerous small-cap public companies in the mining exploration and development industry. James then went on a career in mining exploration, serving as CEO of NuLegacy Gold Corp. from 2012 until April 2019. He is also currently a director of Orestone Mining Corp. James was born in the gold mining community of Timmins, Ontario, and is a graduate of the University of Alberta.


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Daniel Oliver

Mr. Oliver manages Myrmikan Capital LLC, of New York, NY, which actively invests in the precious metals mining sector. Mr. Oliver also serves as President of the Committee for Monetary Research & Education, an organization founded by prominent economists and businessmen in 1970 in opposition to the Bretton Woods monetary system. His articles have been published in, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Real Clear Markets, National Review Online, among others, and he speaks frequently at precious metals conferences. Mr. Oliver has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an MBA from INSEAD.


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Richard Silas

Mr. Silas has been a Director of VanGold Mining Corp. since October of 2019, Richard now also serves as VP of Corporate Development. Previously was President and Director of Barksdale Resources Corp., where he played a vital role in acquiring the company's flagship Sunnyside project in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Sunnyside is located adjacent to South32’s Taylor deposit, which was acquired in 2018 for $2.1 Billion. Mr. Silas has 20+ years’ experience in corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and administration of junior resource companies. Prior to Barksdale, Mr. Silas was Director and Corporate Secretary of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (listed on the TSX and NYSE) from 2009 until 2017. During his time at Gold Standard, the Company’s market capitalization increased from $23 million to over $400 million. His understanding of the junior exploration markets and ability to position, structure, and administer companies has been integral to their successes. 


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Hernan Dorado Smith

Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith has been a Director of VanGold Mining Corp. since April 2017. Mr. Smith is a 5th generation mining engineer and possesses 15-years of underground and open-pit mining experience. He has in-depth knowledge of the El Pinguico mine in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has worked with several mining companies on major projects: New Gold at its Peak Mine, Australia and Rainy River, Canada; Panamerican Silver at Navidad, Argentina and La Preciosa, Mexico. Mr. Smith graduated as a mining engineer from Universidad de Guanajuato in 2003 and received an Executive MBA from Escuela Europea de Negocios, Salamanca in 2013.

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Ramón Dávila

Mr. Davila was Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors of First Majestic Silver Corp from 2004 to 2014. Within that 10-year period, he led a team that created five new silver mining operations in Mexico, taking the company from two employees to more than 4000, growing First Majestic’s production profile from zero to over 12 million ounces of silver equivalent production per year. In September 2016, Mr. Davila was appointed Minister of Economic Development for the State of Durango, Mexico – a post he held until June 2020. His graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.


William Gehlen

Mr. Gehlen was Manager of Resource Development for OceanaGold Corp. from 2013 to 2018. Prior to his term at Oceana, Mr. Gehlen served as VP of Exploration for Pacific Rim Mining Corp. where he managed all aspects of mineral exploration for the company and was in charge of exploration at the El Dorado gold deposit in El Salvador, and the Diablillos silver-gold deposit in Argentina. Mr. Gehlen currently serves as Manager of Corporate Development for Gold Standard Ventures Corp. Bill earned an M.S. (Geology) from the University of Idaho after completing a B.Sc. (Geology) at the University of Oregon.


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Lisa Dea

Lisa Dea, CPA, CA has 20 years of experience in the finance, securities and accounting fields. Ms. Dea has been the CFO of several TSX, TSX-v, CSE and ASX listed companies where she was responsible for corporate strategy, all aspects of finance and legal, debt and capital market activities, managing banking relationships with US, Canadian and International banks, internal and external public reporting, financial controls, processes and corporate governance. She has been instrumental in helping several companies grow from the development stage to large-scale commercial operations. Previous to her time in industry, Ms. Dea spent eleven years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, achieving the position of Senior Manager. Ms. Dea obtained her Chartered Professional Accountants designation in 1997 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.



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VanGold Mining is an exploration and development company engaged in reactivating past producing silver and gold mines near the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. The Company's El Pinguico project is a significant past producer of both silver and gold located just 7 kilometers south of the city. Upon closing of the El Cubo acquisition, the Company will focus on the refurbishment of the El Cubo mill, and swift commencement of production from the El Cubo and El Pinguico Combined Operation, as well as delineating additional silver and gold resources through underground and surface drilling on its projects located in this 480-year-old mining camp.