Management

Victoria Gold's Management team has experience in all phases of the mining process, specifically in Canada's arctic. They have mine-building know-how from exploration through to mine operations and with a demonstrated ability to do it in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.Management is driven to continually improve value for all stakeholders, including investors, First Nations and employees.

John McConnell

John McConnell

President, Director & CEO

John McConnell's +40 years of mining experience is mostly in Canada's northern territories. Previously, he was President & CEO of Western Keltic Mines until it was acquired by Sherwood Copper; VP, NWT Projects for De Beers Canada primarily responsible for permitting and development of the Snap Lake Diamond Mine; Breakwater Resources Ltd in operations at the Nanisivik Zinc & Lead Mine on Baffin Island; and Strathcona Mineral Services Ltd.

Mr. McConnell is the 2021 Winner of AME BC's prestigious EA Scholtz Award for Excellence in Mine Development for his role in building the Eagle Gold mine.

A graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering Mr. McConnell is also a Director of Lahontan Gold Corp and Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp.


Marty Rendall, CFA

Marty Rendall, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Marty joined Victoria in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer. Throughout his career, Marty has been involved in every stage of a mine's life from early-stage exploration through studies and permitting into construction, operations, and closure. Marty has experience with gold, diamonds and base metals and previous employers include De Beers Canada and Breakwater Resources. Marty holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation along with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.


Mark Ayranto

Mark Ayranto

Chief Operating Officer

Mark has 20 years project development experience including ten years' experience working in the Yukon, in which he has been focused on project development including First Nations, engineering studies, and permitting. In 2007, before Victoria Gold, Mark completed the first modern exploration agreement with the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun as well as the Comprehensive Cooperation Benefits Agreement (CBA) in 2011 to develop the Eagle Gold Mine. Mark is also founder and chairman of Banyan Gold and a chairman of the Yukon Minerals Advisory Board.


PAUL D. GRAY, P.Geo.

PAUL D. GRAY, P.Geo.

Vice President, Technical Services

Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Dalhousie University and is a member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Paul has been the Principal of Paul D. Gray Geological Consultants for over 15 years working with project Worldwide, with a particular focus on Northern Canada exploration projects, from permitting through execution. Paul has worked extensively as an exploration geologist in the Mineral Exploration Industry in Canada, the United States, Asia, and Central and South America for the past 27 years, concentrating on precious metals, base metals, and uranium exploration and development. Paul has been working in the Yukon and Northwest Territories with advanced gold exploration projects since 2001 and has been part of the Victoria Gold team since 2013.


Dave Rouleau

Dave Rouleau

Vice President - Operations

Dave has more than 30 years of operational and management experience in the mining industry. Previously, he was Vice President of Operations with Barkerville Gold Mines; his experience includes five (5) years with Taseko as Vice President of Operations primarily responsible for the Gibraltar Mine. Prior to this he was a key member of the Canadian Natural Resources Senior Management team developing the Horizon Oil Sands Project in Fort McMurray. Dave's background also includes 17 years with Teck Cominco in various operational and engineering roles at a number of their mine sites. Dave holds a BSc in Mine Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and a Mine Technology Diploma from the Haileybury School of Mines.


Adam Melnyk

Adam Melnyk

Vice President Business Development

Adam Melnyk has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry. He was previously Head of Mining Research for a precious-metals focused investment fund and has worked in Equity Research since 2007 with both bank-owned and independent investment dealers. Prior to the financial industry, Adam was employed as an Engineer with Golder Associates and worked in the Exploration Division of Goldcorp's Red Lake mine.

Adam holds a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering (Hons) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and is registered as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). He is also a CFA Charterholder.


Hugh Coyle

Hugh Coyle

Vice President Environment

Hugh has 15 years of mining industry related environmental, land management and regulatory experience in Yukon, the United States and Guyana. Hugh started with StrataGold Corporation in 2006 and continued when the company was acquired by Victoria Gold in 2009. He was instrumental in acquiring all exploration and mining licenses and permits for the Eagle Gold Mine and our regional projects. Prior to entering the mining industry, Hugh obtained extensive regulatory experience working with the Queensland Government as an Environmental Health Officer. Hugh holds a Bachelor of Health Science – Environmental Health from Queensland University of Technology.


Jim Dainard

Jim Dainard

Vice President Finance

Jim is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting, 12+ of those years dedicated to the mining industry. He has been responsible for the design and implementation of financial reporting, treasury, budgeting, forecasting, and managing the day-to-day corporate operations. Jim commenced his career in public accounting, moving to IT and financial services before transitioning to the resource sector and joining the Victoria Gold team in 2009. Jim holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) degree from the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.


Helena Kuikka

Helena Kuikka

Vice President Exploration

Helena joined Victoria in 2011 after working on several precious metal and base metal projects throughout the Yukon. During her career, she has led grassroots to late-stage exploration projects, was involved in the development of the Eagle Mine Geology and Grade Control program and served on the Yukon Technical Liaison Committee for Minerals from 2014-2019. Helena holds a BSc. degree in Geology from Simon Fraser University and is a member in good standing with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.


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