R. David Russell

President, CEO & Chairman of the Board

Mr. Russell has over three decades of executive experience in the mineral exploration and development industry. From 2002 to June 2010 Mr. Russell was the Founder, President, CEO and a director of the former Apollo Gold Corporation, (Primero Mining Corp / now First Majestic Silver). His previous positions include Vice-President and COO of Getchell Gold Company/Placer Dome Gold; General Manager, US Operations, LAC Minerals Ltd. (now Barrick Gold Corporation); Manager, Underground Mining, Independence Mining Company; Project Manager, Hecla Mining Company; and Manager, Lincoln Project FMC/Meridian Gold. Mr. Russell graduated from the University of Montana, School of Minerals Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering.

Timothy Smith, P.Eng.


Mr. Smith has over 30 years experience in the mining industry. He was Vice President - U.S. & Canadian Operations at Apollo Gold where he led the mine start up and mill expansion of the Black Fox Mine and Stock Mill located outside of Timmins, Ontario (now owned by McEwen Mining). Previous operating experience also includes General Manager of the Montana Tunnels polymetallic mine, Montana, Operating Manager at Red Dog Mine in Alaska, Vice President - Operations for Pine Point Mining (now owned by Osisko Metals) and COO of Fire River Gold.   He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical) from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec and is a professional engineer, registered in B.C., he holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenships.

Sonia Agustina

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Agustina worked as a consulting accountant for Galleon Gold (formerly Pure Nickel) from March 2017 until her appointment as CFO. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 17 years of audit and public market experience with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honours) from York University.

Lisa Buchan

VP Corporate Development & Corporate Secretary

Lisa Buchan has been with Galleon Gold (formerly Pure Nickel) since 2007. Through her experience in merchant banking she has a broad understanding of junior mining companies and their public markets. Ms. Buchan holds a BScH in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from York University.

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