Technical Team

Daniel McCoy PhD Geology

Chief Geologist and Director

Dr. Dan McCoy has worked extensively in the mineral sector for over 30 years, specializing in precious metals exploration, primarily in North and South America, and in Africa. Dr. McCoy was the President and CEO of Keegan Resources Inc. (2004-2010), where he led the acquisition and discovery team that discovered the multi-million ounce Esaase Deposit, which Asanko Gold is now actively mining. He served as Chief Geologist at Cayden Resources Inc. (2010-2014), where he led the acquisition and exploration teams that unveiled the value of the El Barqueño project in Mexico, leading to the company being acquired by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. in 2014. Dr. McCoy has also served as an independent director for Auryn Resources Inc., director of Keegan and Cayden Resources, and has served as Chief Geologist for Torq Resources Inc.

Prior to working in the junior sector, Dr. McCoy served as Senior Geologist at Placer Dome (1996-2004), where he coordinated acquisitions and field programs for Placer's US generative exploration group. From 1992 to 1995, he was a teaching and research associate at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has also worked various contract jobs throughout the continental US and Alaska for companies such as Newmont, Cominco and Noranda prior to acquiring his Ph.D.

Ajeet Milliard PhD Geology


Ajeet is an exploration geologist with a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno and M.Sc. in Geology from Oregon State University.  With over 10 years of experience as a field and research geologist, Ajeet was previously a geologist in the oil and gas industry and a member of the exploration team at Newmont in 2011, where she assisted in exploration and development of the Long Canyon Mine. Her PhD dissertation research was to evaluate spatial and temporal constraints on the sediment-hosted gold deposits at the Pequop Mountains, including Long Canyon.

James Slayton P. Geo


"James has over 35 years of gold and mineral exploration experience, working with Noranda Exploration (1986 – 1997), Hemlo Gold (1997-1999) and Battle Mountain Gold (1999-2001) where he worked all over the Great Basin, primarily in generative exploration. On his last hitch with Battle Mountain gold, he was part of the team that drilled out the Phoenix Deposit, which eventually led to BMG’s sale to Newmont and which is now one of Nevada Gold’s main producing assets. Starting in 2005, James worked for Keegan Resources, initially in the Great Basin, but then as part of the team that discovered the Esaase Gold Deposit in Ghana.  He became Lead Project Manager, where he oversaw its development into a multi-million ounce deposit, now being mined by Asanko Gold.  Starting in 2009, Jim worked as Lead Project Manager on the Morelos Sur project and eventually the El Barqueno project, whose “re-discovery” and development led to Cayden being sold to Agnico Eagle.

Luke Schranz MS Geology


Luke Schranz graduated from the University of Nevada with an MS in Economic Geology in 2021. He has four years of exploration and underground production experience working in the Great Basin. Prior to working for Eminent Gold Corp., Luke was an underground production geologist and an exploration geologist for Klondex Mines Ltd and Hecla Mining at the Fire Creek Mine (2017-2019). He has also worked on various exploration projects around Nevada and took on the role of senior production geologist at Fire Creek Mine in 2020. Before moving to Nevada, Luke attained bachelor's degrees in geology and geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, graduating in 2017. Luke is an officer for the Elko Chapter of the Geological Society of Nevada and is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists and Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration.