President, Chairperson of the Board - David Watkinson
David Watkinson is a mining engineer by education and is currently President and CEO of Emgold Mining Corporation, a public mining company listed on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange in Canada and OTCQB in the U.S. He has over 30 years of professional engineering experience in underground and open pit mine development, including mine permitting, engineering, feasibility, construction, and operations. In addition, he has extensive experience in project management, having taken projects from grass roots start-up to successful operating status. Mr. Watkinson has been responsible for management of large capital projects and operations in Canada, the United States, and the Philippines. He has held progressively senior positions with various companies including Placer Dome Inc., Kinross Gold Corporation, Thyssen Mining Construction and Vulcan Materials Company. Mr. Watkinson holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science, Mining Engineering, from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (1985) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He resides in Placer County, California.
Vice President - Patricia Nelson
Patricia Nelson has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Environmental Property Assessor serving private industry and utility clients. A team oriented leader, she has successfully planned, directed and performed environmental assessments, prepared permit applications and compliance reports for complex natural resource development and restoration projects. She has designed and delivered community outreach programs for projects resulting in cost and schedule efficiencies for clients.
Ms. Nelson's regulatory expertise includes: California Environmental Quality Act, (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), federal Clean Water Act (CWA), Porter Cologne Act, State and federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Fish and Game Code, hydroelectric relicensing in accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Secretary - Robert Pease
Robert Pease is a Professional Geologist with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in geology from University of Nevada, Reno. He has 40 years of diversified experience in mineral development and engineering geology in the mining and construction industries. He has managed exploration projects and his field geology work led to discoveries of lode and placer gold and bedded barite deposits in Nevada and California. He has an extensive background in Mother Lode and Basin-Range geology applied to gold deposits and industrial minerals; surface and underground geologic mapping; core and RC drilling and sampling in difficult ground conditions; engineering geology, and project reclamation. He is also experienced with geologic modeling using MineSight three-dimensional software. He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.
Treasurer - Christine Daggett
Christine Daggett is an Accounting Technician with the County of Nevada with over 15 years of accounting experience. She has worked as an office manager and currently works on a part-time accounts payable/ receivable clerk for various companies. She is a Nevada County resident and enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, swimming, etc.