A Proven, Experienced
Management Team
With an Extensive
Knowledge of Nevada


Management & Directors

Nevada Canyon Gold Corp is a newly structured emerging natural resource company focused on the state of Nevada, continuously rated as one of the best places to explore and mine in the world. Our management team has over 30 years experience operating in Nevada, with extensive contacts and knowledge within the mining industry.

Alan R. Day, B.Sc

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Day has 30 years of exploration and mining experience with a focus on precious metals, copper and nickel. Alan has held senior project management roles in exploration and mining programs within Nevada, Utah, Idaho, California, Alaska and Mexico. Mr. Day has extensive experience in property acquisitions and divestures, in addition to mineral claim locating, considered one of the top mineral property landman in the State of Nevada. Mr. Day’s company, Mineral Exploration Services, Ltd. was formed in 1998 to serve the mining industry in property acquisitions and divestures, claim locating, complete exploration services, including geological consulting and project management. Mineral Exploration Services, Ltd., operates primarily in the western United States, including Alaska, Mexico, and throughout the world. Clients have included Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold, Anglo American, Meridian Gold, Yamana Resources, Midway Gold and many public and private junior mining companies from all over the world. Mr. Day received a B.S. in Geology and a B.A. in Spanish, from the University of Utah in 1990.

John Schaff, B.Sc.


Mr. Schaff has worked for over 30 years in the exploration industry for both junior and senior mining companies. John has actively participated in numerous discoveries including Kennecott’s Gemfield, Midway, Castle Au deposits in Nevada, the Whistler Cu-Au deposit in Alaska; Rio Tinto’s Eagle Cu-Ni deposit in Michigan, the Tamarack Cu-Ni deposit in Minnesota, the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada; and Noranda’s Lynne VMS deposit in Wisconsin. Mr. Schaff’s experience also includes serving as Exploration Manager with Coeur Explorations Inc, where he was an integral part in the discovery of the +500k ounce C-Horst Au deposit located in the highly active Bare Mountain Mining District near Beatty, Nevada. In 1987 John received his Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota.

Jeffrey A. Cocks

Chairman, Director

Mr. Cocks is a well-seasoned venture capitalist who has founded or assisted with numerous public companies IPOs, RTOs and re-structures. Jeff has an extensive financial, operational, and administrative background, having over thirty years’ experience with various sector start-ups and natural resource companies. He has managed numerous multi-million-dollar exploration programs throughout the world for natural resource companies. He serves and has served as a director & officer for several public companies both in the United States and Canada. Mr. Cocks has a degree from Simon Frasier University in its Securities Program.

Smith Miller, B.A.


Mr. Miller is the CEO and founding member of Strategic Tax Solutions (“STS”) with offices in Boise, Idaho and Loomis, California. He has more than 20 years of experience working with various size companies providing research & development (“R&D”) tax credit services. STS has successfully completed R&D tax credits for hundreds of projects, across multiple industries including but not limited to: architecture, engineering, manufacturing, design build contractors, aerospace/DOD, and Software. Prior to starting STS, Mr. Miller spent numerous years with two regional accounting firms building some of the industry’s best tax credit and incentive programs. During his career, Smith has developed a reputation for his expertise and strategic approach as a leader in federal and state research and development tax credits and incentives. In 1987, Mr Miller received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.), from California State University, Sacramento, CA and his B.S. General Business from Regents College, Albany N.Y.

Ryan McMillan

Vice President of Operations

Mr. McMillan has since 2012 served as a private consultant advising business in structuring, corporate mergers, acquisitions, finance, restructuring, recapitalization, creating exit strategies, primarily utilizing traditional IPO’s and Alternative Public Offerings. Prior to 2012 Ryan worked as Director of Business Development for a private sector company responsible for financial model design, customers acquisitions in both new and existing marketplaces, and M&A transactions. Previous to this, he was an Associate at a private equity firm in the Capital Market’s Division. Mr. McMillan’s roles included identifying and interacting with the emerging companies, investor relations, raising new forms of private capital and developing advisory leads. Mr. McMillan attended the University of Arizona where he studied Regional Development with an an emphasis in Business.

Robert F. List


Mr. List brings a wealth of Nevada knowledge, experience, contacts, and long-standing relationships to the Company. He served as the Governor of Nevada from 1979-1983.
Prior to being elected Governor, he served as district attorney of Carson City and 8 years as Attorney General of Nevada. He was Chairman of both the Western Governors Association and the Conference of Western Attorney Generals. Gov. List has been appointed to boards and commissions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, including the National Public Lands Advisory Council. He has served as a director of Prime Trust LLC, First Interstate Bank of Nevada, Bank of Nevada, First Asian Bank of Nevada (Chairman) the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and Boomtown, Inc. His civic and volunteer activities include participation in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Geothermal Resource Council, the American Cancer Society, and the Keystone Corporation. He currently is Of Counsel to the Las Vegas law firm Jolley Urga Woodbury and Holthus and specializes in natural resources, finance, gaming, regulatory and administrative law. He is a member of the Bar Associations of Nevada and the District of Columbia. Mr. List received his B.S. from Utah State University and his LL. B and J.D. law degrees from the University of California and Hastings College of Law.

About Nevada

Historical mining production began in Nevada over 150 years ago. The discovery of the famous Comstock Lode in the 1850s is some of the richest silver/gold mines ever found to date. The Comstock Lode and Virginia City became household names throughout the world. The wealth of the Comstock’s fabulously rich mines affected presidential politics and gave Nevada1 international fame.

In 2020, it was reported1 approximately 30 gold mines produced $7.1 billion from gold and silver mining in Nevada. Gold production from Nevada was higher than any other U.S. state (4,868,086 Au troy ounces in 2019), accounting for 76% of gold produced in the United States. If Nevada were its own country, it would have been the world’s 4th largest Gold producer.

1. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, January 2020
2. World Gold Council Report June 2020
3. Nevada Bureau of Mines Survey, July 2020


  • In Nevada, 90% of mining is from gold, and 90% of the gold mined is from two transnational mining conglomerates, Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Goldcorp.
  • Most of Nevada’s gold is mined from deposits, known as Carlin-type deposits. These unique deposits have an endowment of 255 M oz of gold (past production and current reserves/resources).
  • These Carlin-type deposits, located in a 190-mile by 190-mile area in Nevada, make up the second largest concentration of gold in the world, after only the Witwatersrand in South Africa.2
  • Nevada mining companies spent $460.1 million probing for minerals and energy sources in 2020.3 63% of expenditures went towards actual exploration (mainly drilling).
  • In 2019, Nevada accounted for 54% of all mining exploration budgets within the U.S. Multiple world-class gold discoveries have occurred in Nevada during the past two decades.
  • Nevada’s major geologic trends have been producing precious metals continuously for more than 50 years with mine lives slated to produce for several more decades.


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