The Exploration Management Council was formed in June 2018. The Council assists management and field staff at Golden Predator in reviewing, interpreting, advising and planning on exploration and technical matters relating to the Company's mineral exploration projects. The Council will also identify new opportunities in Yukon, Alaska and British Columbia.

Richard (Rich) J. Goldfarb, Ph.D.

Council Chairman

Rich is the globally recognized authority on orogenic gold deposits having served 36 years with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Resources Program. Dr. Goldfarb is a Research Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, a Distinguished Overseas Professor at China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China, as well as, a private consultant.  

Dr. Goldfarb’s expertise and research highlights include:

  • Exploration targeting of orogenic gold deposits;
  • Global metallogeny, with emphasis on temporal/spatial distribution of gold deposits;
  • Geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera, with emphasis on orogenic gold and accretionary tectonics;
  • Distribution and geology of lode gold deposits in China and central Asia; and,
  • Geochemical applications to the understanding of ore genesis.

Dr. Goldfarb obtained his PhD Geology from the University of Colorado, and is the recipient of many awards from scientific organizations around the world. He is a Fellow and Ex-President of the Society of Economic Geologists and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits. He has senior authored or co-authored more than 225 papers and has delivered over 200 presentations in 31 countries. 26 of his papers on gold deposits of the Northern Cordillera were jointly authored with fellow council members Craig Hart and/or Lance Miller. 

Dr. Goldfarb was named to the Company’s Board of Directors in October 2017 and will continue to serve the Company as a Director as well as the Chair of the Exploration Management Council.

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Craig J.R. Hart, Ph.D., FSEG, FGAC


Craig Hart is the Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he initiates and facilitates a wide range of mineral exploration industry-sponsored research projects focused on gold and porphyry systems, regional metallogeny and exploration methods. His current research efforts are directed towards developing new exploration tools and strategies for gold and porphyry deposits.

Craig integrates field and mapping data with geochronology, geochemistry and geophysics to develop new geological platforms, exploration concepts and targets. His significant research impacts are in developing intrusion-related mineral deposit models, understanding redox controls on intrusion-related metallogeny, and on the evolution of cordilleran magmatism. 

Craig has been a UBC faculty member since 2009 and has contributed to the training and successful graduation of more than 40 MSc and PhD students, as well as, 20 Post-Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates.  Most of these former students and researchers are now active contributors to the mining and exploration industry. 

He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth, Australia where he pursued research on the gold metallogeny of China and Mongolia.  Most of his early career was with the Yukon Geological Survey where he undertook regional mapping and metallogenic research in the northern Cordillera. 

Craig has degrees from McMaster University (BSc 1986), University of British Columbia (MSc 1995) and University of Western Australia (2005) separated by employment in the exploration industry and with geological surveys.  He is an author or co-author on more than 200 geological manuscripts, maps, reports and published contributions.  His publications include many of the authoritative works on intrusion-related gold deposits of Yukon and Alaska, as well as description of the gold mineralization throughout Yukon’s upper Hyland River valley area.  He presents numerous invited scientific presentations and short courses throughout the world.  He was awarded the Boldy Award in 2005 by the Geological Association of Canada for best presentation, was the 2010 Society of Exploration Geologists Distinguished Lecturer, and was the winner of the Audience Choice Award and a top five finisher of the Integra Gold Rush Challenge in 2016.

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Lance Miller, Ph.D. PG


With over 30 years in the minerals industry, Lance Miller currently serves as Vice President of Natural Resources for NANA Regional Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation. NANA owns the land on which the Red Dog Mine, one of the world’s largest zinc mines, has operated since 1989 as a model of responsible resource development. 

Lance has been Projects Manager for NovaGold, Chief Geologist for Echo Bay mines on the Alaska-Juneau Project, and Projects Manager for Eurasia for Placer Dome. During this work, Lance conducted due-diligence programs on the giant Natalka and Sukhoi Log gold deposits in Russia and carried out the early structural geology analysis on the Donlin Creek (39.0 million ounces) deposit in SW Alaska which lead to the identification of new mineralized corridors and subsequent resource expansion.

Lance is Chairman of the Alaska Minerals Commission, an Executive board member of the Resource Development Council, a member of the Council of Alaska Producers and is on the University of Alaska Anchorage Geosciences advisory board. Lance previously served as the Executive Director of the Juneau Economic Development Council leading the US Department of Defense technology transfer, business loan and entrepreneurial/business initiative. He also previously served as a member of the Alaska Geological Mapping advisory board, member of the Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission, and Past President of the Juneau Douglas Ice Association and the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research. He was a founding member of AlaskaInvestnet.

Lance has authored and co-authored over 25 scientific publications and holds a Ph.D. in economic and structural geology from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in economic geology from the University of Alaska and a B.S. in geology from Stanford University.

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William (Bill) E. Threlkeld, MSc, PG


Bill is currently the Senior Vice President-Exploration for Seabridge Gold Inc. He has been instrumental in the design and execution of exploration and resource delineation programs and deeply integrated in the overall strategy of Seabridge. His team’s successes include the discovery, definition and expansion of the Courageous Lake deposit, NWT, and the Mitchell, Iron Cap and Deep Kerr deposits which have made the KSM project in British Columbia the largest gold reserve in Canada. Previously, from 1991 to 1997, Bill was Exploration Manager and Vice President of Placer Dome and was responsible for all exploration activity and investment in Latin America.  Bill directed programs that resulted in the discovery and delineation of a number of gold deposits including Las Cristinas, Venezuela (9.7 million ounces), Cerro Crucitas, Costa Rica (2.3 million ounces) and Mulatos, Mexico (2.0 million ounces).

Bill obtained his MSc in Economic Geology from the University of Western Ontario and is registered as a professional geoscientist in British Columbia and the State of Washington.

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Michael Redfearn


Michael Redfearn has over 40 years of extensive mining, metallurgical, environmental and construction experience. Mr. Redfearn previously served as the Vice President of Operations for BCMetals Corporation, where he was responsible for the oversight of the feasibility study on the Red Chris project in Northern British Columbia and Vice President of Operations for Hawthorne Gold Corp. Mr. Redfearn was Director of the Metallurgical Division at Bureau Veritas, Mine Manager at the Cantung Mine in the Northwest Territories and held various senior positions with Cominco Limited including Superintendent at the Sullivan Mine, Project Superintendent at the Trail Operations, Mill Operations Manager at the Red Dog Mine and a Management Consultant to the El Brocal Mine.

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