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Our Management Team & Advisors

Providence Gold Mines Inc is a dedicated group of professionals with a history and desire for shareholder success 

Ronald Allan Coombes

President, CEO & Director

Ronald Allan Coombes is a respected mining executive with an impressive track record in the industry. With over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, development and public company management, Mr. Coombes has raised significant funding in North America and internationally for various mining projects.

One notable success was when Mr. Coombes commissioned a significant drill program with a forty-person camp and developed an NI 43-101 Open Pit Resource Report for the Storie Molybdenum Project. Within a 24-month period, a market cap of $1.5 million appreciated to > $250 million. This is a testament to Mr. Coombes’ exceptional ability to create significant value for shareholders has made him a sought-after leader in the mining industry.

Mr. Coombes has been responsible for the acquisition, exploration, and development of several potentially significant VMS copper targets such as the Marshall Lake and Norton Lake properties in Ontario, Canada, which are part of the Ring of Fire. Ron was exclusively requested to represent the junior resources sector and gave testimony on the Ring of Fire with Cliff’s Natural Resources in Ottawa. As documented in the Standing Committee on Natural Resources of the Canadian Parliament, view the testimony here: 

As President, CEO and director of several publicly traded mining companies, Mr. Coombes has proven his ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and lead successful projects to fruition. His collaborative leadership style and commitment to creating value for shareholders make him an asset to the mining industry.

Investors seeking opportunities in the mining sector should consider projects Mr. Coombes has identified, as his impressive track record combined with his exceptional leadership and vision, are the attributes that make him a reliable and trustworthy leader in the industry.

Attached is a letter of reference from Lee Groat, Professor of Earth Science at UBC: https://providencegold.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Letter-from-LeeGroat.pdf


Rodger Young

Chairman, Vice President & Director

Mr. Young has extensive expertise international financing and decades of experience in the Natural resources sector including past President of a Natural resource fund, based in Toronto with NAV in excess of C$4.6 billion. Founder and Director of a major Finance House based in London and specializing in principle business of raising investment finance and development thereof within the Natural Resources sector generally. Director of various other multiple entities in unrelated businesses activities. Attributes include good corporate governance, administration thereof and raising of investment finance generally.

Lee Groat



Professor Groat, grew up in Kingston, where Lake Ontario meets the Canadian Shield. Graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. (Honors, Geology) in 1982. From there he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Ph.D. degree in 1988. In 1988-89 Was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University. Landing at UBC in July 1989 and in 1999 was awarded the Young Scientist Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada.

Throughout the 1990’s Professor Groat was at various times an Associate Editor for both The Canadian Mineralogist and The American Mineralogist, and from 2001 to 2006 was Editor of The American Mineralogist. In 2002 he was awarded a Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. In 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in Professor Groats’ honor.

Professor Groat is a Past-President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of The Canadian Mineralogist. In 2019 he was awarded the Leonard G. Berry Medal for distinguished service to the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Is Director of the Integrated Sciences program at UBC (see COURSES). Since 2002 Professor Groat has been an Independent Director of Strategic Metals Ltd. (V.SMD), and since 2016 I have been an Independent Director of Terra CO2 Technologies Ltd., a private company.

Scott C. Davis


Scott is a principal of Cross Davis & Company LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Scott is a CPA, and CGA and has been involved for over 15+ years in full-service accounting and management services for private and publicly-listed mining companies including CFO services, quarterly & year-end financial statements, management discussion & analysis, corporate secretary services and full cycle bookkeeping.

Tom Kennedy



Mr. Kennedy, B.Comm., J.D., is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. After an initial career with the Federal Department of Justice, Mr. Kennedy has primarily focused as a legal, financial and business consultant to publicly traded companies. Mr. Kennedy is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the British Columbia Bar Association, and an Associate member of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Kennedy is a Director and/or Officer of several TSX-V and CSE publicly traded companies.

Richard ‘Dick’ Todd



Mr. Richard T. “Dick” Todd graduated with the professional degree of Engineer of Mines (EM) and immediately emigrated to Australia to the position of Assistant Officer in Charge for B.H.P. Co.  Ltd at their Iron Knob property in South Australia. He was promoted to Officer in Charge of a neighbouring mine at Iron Baron where he took charge of the mine. During his time at Iron Baron, Dick earned the State of South Australia’s Quarry Manager’s Certification. After 3 1/2 years in Australia, he returned to the U.S. in mid-1968 where he took on the position of Quarry Superintendent for Kaiser Cement and Gypsum Corporation near Lucerne Valley, California After many years with Kaiser Cement.

Mr. Todd then became a licensed Land Surveyor and started Todd Land Surveying in Big Bear Lake, California. He was commissioned to complete a mining claim survey for the Oro gold property laying out and mapping the entire 6,000 ft centerline of the La Dama de Oro Claim Group.

In 2008, Dick was commissioned by a mining company to file a Plan of Operations with the BLM in 2009 to January 2011, Dick assisted in the Exploration and Development Programs for the La Dama de Oro, In October 2012, after all, biological and archaeological requirements were satisfied, the BLM granted the decision to allow the Plan of Operations.

Since then, Mr. Todd has resided in Sonora California actively surveying. Providence Gold first had the pleasure of being introduced to Mr. Todd in late 2017 at the Land Survey Branch in Sonora CA.  Since that time Mr. Todd has demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of the motherlode belt. 

Richard Ellers



Mr. Ellers is a well-known attorney licensed by the State of California since 1971 and is authorized to appear in all of the Federal State courts in California and Nevada. He has a BA degree from the University of Oregon and a JD Degree from the University of California, Hasting College of the Law. During his lengthy law career he has specialized in land use planning and compliance with both Federal and State environmental laws. For 45 years his offices have been located in Nevada City, California, the heart of the California gold rush, which has given him a deep understanding of the remarkable history of the Mother lode gold mines. Much of his practice has been devoted to gold mining transactions and litigation.

He is an expert in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQUA), The Federal Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Federal Superfund Clean Up Act (CERCLA) having successfully filed and tried several mining cleanup cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Mark Payne


Mark Payne is a registered geologist in the State of California and is an expert in the Motherlode Belt with over 45 years of experience. Mr. Payne is an expert in structurally controlled lode gold mineralization, with extensive experience in active underground gold mining, Greenfields Exploration and Grownfields Exploration. He has worked on over 50 distinct lode gold projects along the Mother-Lode Belt.

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