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Directors & Management

Thomas M. Clay

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Clay is Vice President of East Hill Management Co., LLC and Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute and of Thrombogenics N.V. His business education was completed at Harvard College, Oxford University and Harvard Business School. Mr. Clay has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.

Robert C. Walish, Jr.

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Walish is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Golden Queen Mining LLC and was most recently the General Manager of the SCM Franke Operation of KGHM International, formerly QuadraFNX, located in northern Chile, where he was responsible for mining, processing and administration of a four million pound per month open-pit copper mining, heap-leach and SX-EW operation. Prior to that and over the course of more than 30 years, Mr. Walish worked at mines in Guyana, Arizona, Alaska, South Carolina, Montana and Nevada. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and his Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Guy Le Bel

Chief Financial Officer

Guy Le Bel has more than 30 years of international mining experience in strategic and financial planning. Until recently, he served as Vice President Evaluations for Capstone Mining Corp. and is a Director of RedQuest Capital Corp. Previously, Mr. Le Bel was VP, Business Development at Quadra Mining Ltd., and prior to that held business advisory, strategy and planning, business valuation, and financial planning management roles at BHP Billiton Base Metals Ltd., Rio Algom Ltd. and Cambior Inc.

Paul Blythe


Mr. Blythe has over 40 years experience in the mining industry including significant international experience in corporate management, project development, open pit and underground operations, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity financing. He was the founder and President of Quadra FNX Mining and previously worked for Westmin Resources Limited, Placer Dome Canada Limited, Lac Minerals Limited and BHP Billiton.

Bryan A. Coates


Mr. Coates currently serves as President of Osisko Gold Royalties since June 2014. Prior to that, he was the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Osisko Mining. He was responsible for all activities related to financing, financial reporting, marketing relating to the gold industry, risk management and government relations. Mr. Coates has more than 30 years of progressive experience within the international and Canadian mining industry. Before joining Osisko, he was Chief Financial Officer of Iamgold (2006-2007), Cambior Inc. (2001-2006), and Cia Minera Antamina (1998-2001). He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Timmins Gold Corp. and is a director of Falco Resources. Mr. Coates holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Bernard Guarnera


Mr. Guarnera has over 40 years of experience in the global mining industry and is currently employed by Broadlands Mineral Advisory Services Ltd. Mr. Guarnera currently serves as the president of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and is a director of Colorado Mining Association and Northern Zinc and is a former Chairman of the Board of Behre Dolbear Group Inc., a mining consulting firm founded in 1991. Mr. Guarnera is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional geologist.

Brenda Dayton

Corporate Secretary & Investor Relations

Brenda Dayton serves as Golden Queen’s Corporate Secretary and is responsible for Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She has over 10 years of communications and compliance experience within the mining industry including serving in a variety of executive and senior roles with such companies as Ivanhoe Mines, Sunward Resources, Titan Uranium and Aumega Resources. Ms Dayton holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada.

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