Management & Directors


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James Anderson

Mr. Anderson serves as Chairman and CEO of Guanajuato Silver Company. His career began in the financial services industry with a successful 19-years as a retail broker, investment banker, and manager with several Canadian investment firms. These included First Canada Capital Ltd., Research Capital Corp., and Majendie Securities Ltd., where he was instrumental in the financing of numerous small-cap public companies in the mining exploration and development industry. James then went on a career in mining exploration, serving as CEO of NuLegacy Gold Corp. from 2012 until April 2019. He is also currently a director of Orestone Mining Corp. James was born in the gold mining community of Timmins, Ontario, and is a graduate of the University of Alberta.


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Miranda Werstiuk

Miranda Werstiuk has over 30 years of experience as an innovative corporate finance and investment banking professional working within the resource sector. From 2011 to 2019, as Senior Vice-President, Investment Banking for the Canadian investment banking firm IBK Capital, Ms. Werstiuk led financing initiatives consisting primarily of debt and equity transactions totaling in excess of US$200 million. In 2020, she joined Geneva-based OCIM, a strategic assets financier and precious metals trader; as Director of Corporate Development, Ms. Werstiuk identified investment opportunities and designed and implemented alternative financing products and strategies. Most recently, she is the founder of Fuchsia Capital Advisors, a boutique financial advisory firm focused on the resource sector. A graduate of Queen’s University, Ms. Werstiuk has been a member of the Toronto Chapter of “Women in Mining” (WIM) since 2017, holding various executive roles, including Co-Vice Chair, and helping to grow the organization into Canada’s most influential association focused on advancing the role of women within the mining industry. She is also a member in good standing of WIM UK, PDAC and CIM, as well as the Artemis Project, which is a coalition of Canadian women entrepreneurs in the mining industry focused on advancing and supporting women within the mining sector. Miranda is Chair, Program Advisory Group of the planetGOLD program - a global partnership with governments, the private sector, and artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities to improve the production practices and work environment of artisanal and small-scale miners, with the aim to reduce mercury use in ASGM.


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Danny Lee

Mr. Lee is a Chartered Professional Accountant and accomplished finance leader with more than 25 years of experience working mainly within the natural resources sector. Mr. Lee has held the Chief Financial Officer position for several North American publicly listed companies; he brings experience in strategic financial planning; mergers & acquisitions; tax planning, and corporate governance. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.


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Hernan Dorado Smith

Mr. Hernan Dorado Smith has been a Director of Guanajuato Silver. since April 2017. Mr. Smith is a 5th generation mining engineer and possesses 15-years of underground and open-pit mining experience. He has in-depth knowledge of the El Pinguico mine in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has worked with several mining companies on major projects: New Gold at its Peak Mine, Australia and Rainy River, Canada; Panamerican Silver at Navidad, Argentina and La Preciosa, Mexico. Mr. Smith graduated as a mining engineer from Universidad de Guanajuato in 2003 and received an Executive MBA from Escuela Europea de Negocios, Salamanca in 2013.


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Carlos Silva

With a career spanning over 35 years, Mr. Silva has proven serially successful at advancing, expanding, and managing mining operations within Mexico & Bolivia. Mr. Silva is a graduate of mine engineering from the University of Guanajuato; he holds an MBA from ITESM, and he is a graduate of IPADE Business School. After an initial career of continually taking roles of greater responsibility overseeing different types of deposits such as gypsum, manganese, gold, silver and polymetallic deposits, notably with the La Fortuna mine in Sinaloa, and the San Dimas mine in Durango, he began working with Trafigura in 2007, where he expanded the Zimapan mine project in the state of Hidalgo. Mr. Silva co-founded Carrizal Mining in 2009, where he led the re-start and expansion of the Zimapan mine. In 2017 he joined Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., first as COO, and then as CEO, vending his company Carrizal Mining into Santacruz Silver in the process. Mr. Silva left Santacruz Silver in August 2023, having helped that company expand its production profile from just 815,000 silver-equivalent ounces in 2018 to 19,600,000 ounces of silver-equivalent production in 2022.


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William Gehlen

Mr. Gehlen (Bill) currently serves as a Director and Manager of Geology for JR Resources Corp., a USA listed company, and advises management on technical matters with investments in the USA at Dakota Territory Resource Corp. Prior to this, he served as Manager of Corporate Development for Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (March 2018 to December 2020), Manager of Resource Development for OceanaGold Corp. (January 2013 to April 2018), and VP of Exploration for Pacific Rim Mining Corp. (March 1997 to December 2012) where he managed all aspects of mineral exploration in the Americas and oversaw exploration and development at the El Dorado gold deposit in El Salvador, and the Diablillos silver-gold deposit in Argentina. Prior to Pacific Rim, Bill explored for precious and base metal deposits throughout the Western USA, Northern Mexico, and Chile with several major mining companies, including Union Carbide (Browns Lake), Duval, Noranda (Grey Eagle, Black Pine, and Carlin Trend), WestGold (Austin Ventures), Newmont, Cambior (Stibnite) and Gibraltar Mines (Gibraltar Mine and Lomas Bayas). Bill earned an M.S. (Geology-1984) from the University of Idaho and a B.Sc. (Geology-1977) at the University of Oregon. After 40+ years in the minerals exploration business, the internationally exposure, the geologic understanding of mineral systems, and the “boots-on-the-ground” approach, Bill’s passion is on finding new opportunities!


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Daniel Oliver

Mr. Oliver manages Myrmikan Capital LLC, of New York, NY, which actively invests in the precious metals mining sector. Mr. Oliver also serves as President of the Committee for Monetary Research & Education, an organization founded by prominent economists and businessmen in 1970 in opposition to the Bretton Woods monetary system. His articles have been published in, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Real Clear Markets, National Review Online, among others, and he speaks frequently at precious metals conferences. Mr. Oliver has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an MBA from INSEAD.


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Richard Silas

Mr. Silas has been a Director of Guanajuato Silver Company since October of 2019, Richard now also serves as VP of Corporate Development. Previously was President and Director of Barksdale Resources Corp., where he played a vital role in acquiring the company's flagship Sunnyside project in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Sunnyside is located adjacent to South32’s Taylor deposit, which was acquired in 2018 for $2.1 Billion. Mr. Silas has 20+ years’ experience in corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and administration of junior resource companies. Prior to Barksdale, Mr. Silas was Director and Corporate Secretary of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (listed on the TSX and NYSE) from 2009 until 2017. During his time at Gold Standard, the Company’s market capitalization increased from $23 million to over $400 million. His understanding of the junior exploration markets and ability to position, structure, and administer companies has been integral to their successes.