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  • Robert Quartermain
    Robert Quartermain

    Co-Chairman

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    Stephen O’Rourke
    Stephen O’Rourke

    Co-Chairman

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    Jonathan Awde
    Jonathan Awde

    President, CEO and Director

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    Gerald Aberle
    Gerald Aberle

    Director & COO

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    Jennifer S. Grafton
    Jennifer S. Grafton

    Director

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    Amy K. Koenig
    Amy K. Koenig

    Director

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    Alex G. Morrison
    Alex G. Morrison

    Director

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  • Jonathan Awde
    Jonathan Awde

    President, CEO and Director

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    Gerald Aberle
    Gerald Aberle

    Director & COO

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    Shawn Campbell
    Shawn Campbell

    CFO

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    James Berry
    James Berry

    Vice President of Exploration

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    Elizabeth Sailer
    Elizabeth Sailer

    Vice President for External Relations

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    Daniel Cherniak
    Daniel Cherniak

    Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary

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    Bill Gehlen
    Bill Gehlen

    Director of Geology

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    Mark Rantapaa
    Mark Rantapaa

    Manager of Black Hills Operations

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    Carling Gaze
    Carling Gaze

    Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

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  • Mac Jackson
    Mac Jackson

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Robert Quartermain

Robert Quartermain

Co-Chairman

Dr. Quartermain serves as a Director of Dakota Gold and was most recently Executive Chairman of Pretium Resources Inc., which he founded in October 2010. Prior to Pretium, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Standard Resources Inc. (now SSR Mining Inc.) for 25 years from 1985-2010. Dr. Quartermain holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science from Queens University, his Professional Geoscience certification from the Engineers and Geoscientists BC and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his focus on Dakota Gold, Dr. Quartermain has a number of education, wildlife and social justice philanthropic interests that he supports.

Stephen O’Rourke

Stephen O’Rourke

Co-Chairman

Mr. O’Rourke serves as a Director of Dakota Gold and previously served as President of global petroleum exploration for BHP Billiton (BHPB) (BHP:NYSE) and was a member of its senior management team. Other key roles at BHPB included Vice President of Development Planning and Vice President of Appraisal and Petroleum Engineering. Prior to joining BHPB, he held various senior technical and management roles for Shell Oil Co., was a founding partner of Strategic Management Partners LLC, a consulting firm based in Rapid City, South Dakota, specializing in energy, minerals and business development. He serves as Managing Director for Heat Mining LLC, a geothermal technology development company. He currently is a Non-Executive Board Member of RESPEC, an engineering consulting firm also based in Rapid City. O’Rourke also serves as a Chairman of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Geological Engineering advisory board and is a member of the South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement board of trustees. Mr. O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from South Dakota Mines and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program.

Jonathan Awde

Jonathan Awde

President, CEO and Director

Mr. Awde serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Dakota Gold. Previously, he served as co-founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer and President of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. from July 2010 through December 2020. Awde oversaw all corporate development, asset acquisition, joint ventures, capital raising and the procurement of capital for the development of Gold Standard Ventures assets. Awde spent the last 15 years raising financing for various junior resource companies, focusing on institutional accounts, high net worth and family offices, and has raised more than $600 million for public and private companies in the natural resources sector during this period.

Gerald Aberle

Gerald Aberle

Director & COO

Mr. Aberle serves as Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Dakota Gold, and has held numerous corporate management positions for public companies operating in the exploration business. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines, Aberle attained more than 40 years of experience in the minerals industry, including 22 years at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota. In addition, his mining background includes extensive engineering, operations management and project management experience, including consulting in the mining, underground construction and minerals exploration business for clients including Homestake Mining Co., Barrick Gold Corp., the State of South Dakota and the University of Washington in connection with the planning and development of the National Science Foundation's national deep underground science and engineering laboratory.

Jennifer S. Grafton

Jennifer S. Grafton

Director

Ms. Grafton currently serves as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of E2open Parent Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ETWO), a cloud-based, end-to-end supply chain management software company. Previous to E2open, Ms. Grafton worked at Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ: WLB) for over a decade, most recently serving as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary. Prior to Westmoreland, Ms. Grafton worked in the corporate group of various Denver-based and national law firms focusing her practice on securities and corporate governance.

Amy K. Koenig

Amy K. Koenig

Director

Ms. Koenig currently serves as Vice President – Governance, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel for Black Hills Corporation (NYSE: BKH), an electric and gas utility company headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota. Prior to joining Black Hills Corporation in 2013, Ms. Koenig spent ten years in private practice as a litigator with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP. Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Koenig held various engineering roles of increasing responsibility in both the chemical and computer industries. Ms. Koenig also serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota and the SD Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement.

Alex G. Morrison

Alex G. Morrison

Director

Mr. Morrison serves as a Director of Dakota Territory and is a mining executive and chartered professional accountant with more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Morrison has held board and senior executive positions with a number of mining companies, most recently serving as a Director of Energy Fuels Corp. since August 2019, Gold Standard Ventures since September 2017, Gold Resource Corp. since March 2016, Taseko Mines Ltd. from 2011 to July 2020, Detour Gold Corp. from 2010 until December 2018, and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco-Nevada Corp. from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont Mining Corp., including Vice President, Operations Services and Vice President, Information Technology. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NovaGold Resources Inc., Vice President and Controller of Homestake Mining Co., and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge Corp. and Stillwater Mining Co. Mr. Morrison began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.

Shawn Campbell

Shawn Campbell

CFO

Mr. Campbell serves as Chief Financial Officer of Dakota Gold and brings more than 15 years of progressively senior experience in project and operations financial management obtained via professional practice, capital markets and industry experience. Mr. Campbell most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of GT Gold Corp. and prior to that worked in various roles with Goldcorp Inc., including Head of Investor Relations and the Head of Finance for Canada and the U.S. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Distinction) from the University of Victoria, and a Diploma in Accounting (DAP) from the University of British Columbia. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a CFA Charter Holder.

James Berry

James Berry

Vice President of Exploration

Mr. Berry serves as the Vice President of Exploration of Dakota Gold. He has over 30 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry as an exploration and production geologist working in gold, silver, nickel, copper, and platinum-group element commodities for both underground and open pit deposits. He has worked for Asarco LLC, Homestake Mining Company of California, Goldcorp Inc., Barrick Gold Corporation, Romarco Minerals Inc., OceanaGold Corporation, Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. and Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation in increasing roles of responsibility. Highlights of Mr. Berry's career include working on the Haile deposit in South Carolina, where he developed an exploration model that tripled the size of the deposit and advanced the deposit to production. In addition, while at Homestake he was part of an exploration team that identified several Precambrian and Tertiary targets in the Homestake District. These included the North Drift, Lower Main Ledge, Upper 7 Ledge, 11 Ledge, 15 Ledge, Tinton, Maitland, and Chism Gulch. Mr. Berry holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Tennessee and is a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.

Elizabeth Sailer

Elizabeth Sailer

Vice President for External Relations

As Dakota Gold's Vice President for External Relations, Ms. Sailer brings extensive experience in public, governmental and media relations, communications and partnership collaborations throughout South Dakota. She previously served as Director of Development for South Dakota Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement and the Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of Rapid City. Sailer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the South Dakota School of Mines and a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences-Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Daniel Cherniak

Daniel Cherniak

Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Cherniak joined Dakota Gold in 2021, as Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining DTRC, Cherniak practiced law at a major Canadian law firm and a boutique Canadian law firm, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Bill Gehlen

Bill Gehlen

Director of Geology

Bill Gehlen is an exploration geologist with over 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and project evaluation for base and precious metals mostly in the Americas. Prior to 1997, Bill conducted and managed greenfield’s exploration thru project development with the following mining companies: Union Carbide, Duval, Noranda, WESTGOLD, Cambior, Newmont and Gibraltar Mines. From 1997 to 2012, Bill was VP Exploration for Pacific Rim Mining Corp and managed their exploration programs throughout Latin America. From 2007 to 2011, Bill was President of Pacific Rim El Salvador. Bill also served as Manager of Resource Development OceanGold Corp. where he was responsible for managing strategic investments and exploration activities. After Bill joined Gold Standard Ventures as Manager of Corporate Development, he followed Jonathan Awde to JR Resources where he served as Manager of Geology and also a Director. In 2022, Bill joined Dakota Gold.

Bill is also an independent technical Director for Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd, a public company that operates the El Cubo Mine and actively exploring surrounding districts in central Mexico. Bill has a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Oregon (1977) and a M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Idaho (1984).

Mark Rantapaa

Mark Rantapaa

Manager of Black Hills Operations

Mr. Rantapaa joined Dakota Gold as Manager of Black Hills Operations in January of 2021. Mr. Rantapaa brings extensive experience in mineral exploration with a focus on health and safety. He was previously the General Manager of McEwen Mining Inc.’s gold bar operations in Eureka, Nevada, and prior to that he served in leadership roles for both operations and corporate for Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Rantapaa holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines.

Mac Jackson

Mac Jackson

Mac Jackson is a certified professional geologist (AIPG #11661) with twenty-six years of experience managing and working on gold exploration programs.  He led exploration teams as a senior geologist for Newmont Exploration and most recently as VP of Exploration for Gold Standard Ventures, contributing to the discovery of several multi-million ounce gold deposits in Nevada, including the Leeville (Newmont), Fiberline (Newmont) and North Dark Star (Gold Standard Ventures) deposits.  He has a Master of Science from the University of Nevada-Reno and Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and has published and presented several technical papers on Carlin-type gold deposits. 

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Carling Gaze

Carling Gaze

Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Mrs. Gaze joined Dakota Gold in May 2022, as the Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Through strategic and targeted retail and institutional investor marketing, Mrs. Gaze will support the leadership team as they enter their next phase of growth as a NYSE American-listed company. She is an experienced mining capital markets professional, with an evolving career spanning over 13 years with exploration and intermediate mining companies. She has held a range of expanding roles and responsibilities, with an increased focus on investor relations and communications.  Most recently, Mrs. Gaze served as the Senior Investor Relations and Communications Associate for Pretium Resources Inc, a high-grade gold company founded by Dr. Robert Quartermain in 2010 that attracted a $2.8 billion acquisition by Newcrest Mining in March 2022. Over her 8 years with Pretivm, she gained valuable experience as the company grew their Brucejack Project in Canada from exploration to one of the highest-grade operating gold mines globally, and continued in investor relations and communications for Newcrest Mining following the acquisition.  Mrs. Gaze holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

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