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Robert Giustra
Position: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Mr. Giustra is the Chairman and CEO of Columbus Gold Corp., which in 2015 was selected from a peer group of some 1,200 mining companies as a TSX Venture 50 company -- a ranking of the top 10 companies in each of the five major industry sectors that make up the TSX Venture Exchange. He has been actively engaged in funding and managing mining companies for more than 23 years. He is a former investment banker with the Québec based national investment dealer Whalen Béliveau (later acquired by Canaccord Capital) where he co-founded the institutional equity sales department with a specialist focus on the mining sector. He has raised millions of dollars for the exploration and development of mining projects globally, and has held director and senior executive positions with a number of listed mining companies. Mr. Giustra has completed option and joint venture arrangements on numerous mineral exploration projects and has successfully negotiated agreements with some of the world's leading miners, including Teck, Agnico Eagle, IAMGOLD, First Quantum, Nord Gold, Alacer Gold, and the world's two largest gold mining companies, Newmont and Barrick. Mr. Giustra is a member of the TSX Venture Exchange's Local Advisory Committee. Mr. Giustra holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Rock Lefrançois, P.Geo.*
Position: Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Rock Lefrançois is a professional geologist with 25 years of experience in the mining industry, more precisely in the search and evaluation of various types of precious and base metal deposits throughout North and Central America. During his fifteen-year engagement with mid-tier mining companies, namely in the position of Senior Geologist with Cambior and Aur Resources, he was responsible for the implementation of project generative and advanced acquisition programs and the management of exploration and extensive resource/reserve definition drilling programs.

More recently, Mr. Lefrançois has held high-level management positions and directorship of publicly trading Canadian junior exploration companies. During his seven-year tenure as Vice-President and President & COO of NioGold Mining Corp., he was a key contributor to consolidating a large land package within the heart of Canada's most prolific gold mining camp, defining a +2 million-ounce resource, and finally attracting and negotiating a strategic partnership with a mid-tier producer to carry the project to the feasibility stage.

* Is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101

Andy B. Wallace
Position: President - Columbus Gold Nevada

Mr. Andy Wallace is the principal of Cordex Exploration LLC ("Cordex"), considered by many in the mining industry to be one of the most successful gold exploration groups in the United States. Cordex was founded by the legendary John Livermore, who discovered the Carlin Mine in Nevada and a new type of gold mineralization that is now referred to as "Carlin-Type". The discovery of the Carlin Mine transformed the gold mining industry in the United States and perhaps the world. A flurry of exploration for Carlin-Type gold deposits ensued and as additional discoveries were made, the Carlin Trend of Nevada became the most prolific goldfield in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest gold depository in the world. Today the Carlin Trend reportedly hosts more than 120 million ounces of known proven and probable reserves and has produced more than 60 million ounces of gold in past production and Nevada is the largest gold producing area in the world per square kilometer.

At the height of the Nevada gold rush, in 1974, Andy Wallace joined Cordex, becoming a full time geologist in 1978 and eventually Manager of Exploration in 1985. Cordex is credited with an unprecedented nine gold discoveries in Nevada, a number of which were under Mr. Wallace's management, including the 5 million ounce Marigold mine now operated by Goldcorp and the 12 million ounce Stonehouse/Lone Tree mines and the Daisy mine now controlled by Newmont.

Mr. Wallace's experience in the gold mining industry is vast and varied and includes every aspect of mine development. At his Marigold discovery and also at the Pinson and Dee mines in Nevada, Mr. Wallace directed or was involved in, resource expansion, development, feasibility, engineering, permitting, mine construction and production. Pinson and Dee were Cordex discoveries and are now controlled by Barrick; in the mid-1970s Pinson accounted for 7% of all U.S. domestic gold production.

Mr. Wallace is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He completed a B.S. in geology at Eastern New Mexico University, an M.S. in geology at the University of Texas at El Paso, and a PhD in geology at the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Andrew Yau, CPA, CGA
Position: Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Andrew Yau, CPA, CGA, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration degree from the University of British Columbia and has been in accounting and finance roles with publicly listed companies since 2006. Mr. Yau has an extensive accounting background, having previously served as Controller of several TSX and TSX-V listed companies where he was responsible for all aspects of accounting, tax compliance, managing banking relationships, financial reporting, and developing internal control frameworks. With Mr. Yau's strong working knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards and public company reporting requirements, he played an instrumental role in completing complex transactions, such as business acquisitions, divestitures, and reverse takeovers.

Blaine Monaghan, MBA
Position: Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Monaghan has over 15 years of experience working with mineral exploration and development companies, including True Gold Mining Inc., acquired by Endeavour Mining Corp., Canplats Resources Corp., acquired by Goldcorp Inc., Western Prospector Group Ltd., acquired by a subsidiary of China Nuclear National Corp., and Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., which merged with Goldcorp in 2005. Mr. Monaghan holds a MBA from Royal Roads University, a bachelor of arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and a diploma in public relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Jorge Martinez
Position: Vice President, Communications & Technology

Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami with concentrations in Electrical Engineering, Business Administration and Marketing, and further studies in Project Management at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Martinez has over twenty years of experience in Corporate Development and Communications, particularly in the natural resource and technology industries.

Michel Boudrie
Position: Country Manager - French Guiana

Mr. Boudrie is a professional geologist with over 36 years of experience in the mining industry, more precisely in the exploration and development of gold projects in Europe, West Africa and South America. Mr. Boudrie obtained a Ph.D. in Mineralogy from the University of Toulouse, France, in 1977, and during his career, has worked for a number of mining companies such as Cominco, BP Minerals, Rio Tinto, Billiton, Golden Star, Armina Ressources Minières. Mr. Boudrie has over 18 years of experience exploring French Guiana and has been involved in the Paul Isnard project since 1998, including in the position of Project and Regional Manager for Golden Star. His familiarity with French mining regulations and the mining community in French Guiana and his past contribution to the Paul Isnard project are an asset in moving the Montagne d'Or deposit to the mine feasibility stage.

Board of Directors & Advisors

Peter Gianulis
Position: Director

Mr. Peter Gianulis is the President and Managing Director of Carrelton Asset Management, and was formerly a Partner of Saranac Capital Management, a NYC-based hedge fund. Carrelton Asset Management is an asset management and private equity firm specializing in small and micro-cap companies with a particular emphasis on the natural resource sector. Carrelton Asset Management is a significant shareholder of Columbus Gold. Mr. Gianulis graduated with an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from the University of California at San Diego.

Gil Atzmon
Position: Director

Mr. Gil Atzmon has over 20 years experience in the mineral resource sector. His career has included positions as a mining fund manager, investment banker and mining executive. Mr. Atzmon has participated in various capacities in many global exploration and mining projects. Mr. Atzmon holds a BA in Geology and Geography from Columbia University and an MA in Energy and Mineral Resources from the University of Texas at Austin.

Oleg Pelevin
Position: Director

Mr. Oleg Pelevin holds the position of Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Nordgold. He has been with Nordgold since its founding in 2007 as the gold mining division of OJSC Severstal, one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel companies. During his tenure, Nordgold has grown aggressively from an ambitious upstart to a major gold producer, and now operates nine gold mines in four countries. In 2013, Nordgold achieved 924,000 ounces of gold production and generated US$1.3 billion in revenue, earning it the distinction of being the world's fastest growing gold company.

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