Board of Directors

Sonny Janda


Mr. Sonny Janda holds the Executive Chairman and Director position with Desert Gold Ventures Inc. and has been involved with the company and the company's operations since 2010. Mr. Janda's experience ranges from operational and financial management, to business development and capital procurement strategy. He holds notable board positions with Sierra Growth Corp. and Grand Peak Capital Corp. Mr. Janda concurrently serves as Director of the Janda Group, a family owned business developing various types of real estate assets including commercial, office, industrial, mixed-use, residential and agricultural. Mr. Janda earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Jared Scharf

Jared Scharf

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Scharf is Chief Executive Officer of Desert Gold and has been involved with the company since 2010 and has been a director since 2015. His background is in corporate finance and public markets. Prior to working with Desert Gold, Mr. Scharf worked for ITM Corporation, a Toronto-based asset management firm, where he was involved in the development of a variety of companies ranging from gold and geothermal projects in Latin and South America to oil and gas projects in Eastern Europe. Mr. Scharf holds an Honours Commerce degree in Finance from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelors of Administration also from the University of Ottawa.

Don Dudek

Don Dudek, P. Geo

Director & Lead Technical Director

Mr. Dudek brings over 40 years of experience in various roles with junior to senior exploration and mining companies. He recently served as |President and CEO of Savary Gold Corp., which was sold to Semafo Inc. in April 2019. He also served as Senior V.P. of Technical Services for Endeavour Mining Corporation while managing a feasibility study for the Hounde Gold Project in Burkina Faso. Previously, he served as Senior VP Exploration of Avion Gold Corporation, a successful junior gold producer and explorer in Western Mali. He holds a B.Sc. Geology (Honors) from the University of Saskatchewan

Chris Marsh

Chris Marsh, CFA


Mr. Marsh is the President of Blockchain Foundry. Previously, Chris spent 8 years at Richardson GMP and GMP Securities in Toronto, Canada, as an investment banker and corporate development executive. He also spent four years in London, England where he worked in corporate finance and asset management. Mr. Marsh is a CFA charter holder and holds a Masters in Finance degree from London Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.