Meet the Team

MIKE KERNICK, PRESIDENT

Mr. Kernick serves as President of Vanguard Mining and has been on its Board of Directors since January of 2017. Prior to joining Vanguard Mining, he has served as General Manager of Operations at Klondex Mines in Manitoba, as well as General Manager of San Gold, Kerr Mines, Auriga Gold, and Liberty Mines over the last 10 years.

With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Kernick has held positions as a Miner, Mine Superintendent, Mine Manager, and President with a focus primarily in Canada. Mr. Kernick’s areas of expertise include Long-Hole Drilling, Diamond Drilling, Underground Development, and Production Mining and has been involved in leadership roles for gold, copper, and nickel mines.

BRIAN DODD, PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT

Mr. Dodd serves as Project Manager and has been with Vanguard Mining since 2017. With over 20 years of experience throughout the mining industry in Timmins and Sudbury, Mr. Dodd brings effective leadership and superior knowledge to our team, specializing in Long-Hole Mining Methods.

Prior to joining the Vanguard Mining team, Mr. Dodd served as a Driller/Supervisor for Boart Longyear with projects in Canada such as Hoyle Pond, Liberty Mines, Craig Mine, and Lake Shore.

MICHEL CARRIERE, HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGER

Mr. Carrier brings nearly 20 years of experience to Vanguard Mining Corp and has extensive training in safe workplace requirements. Within the course of his career, Michel has held positions with responsibilities that include overseeing crews and ensuring safety standards are being met, setting up materials for jobs, and operating site equipment. His wide variety of skills are critical to ensuring all drill sites are safe for everybody and in accordance with environmental standards.

  • Extensive Safety Training Courses
  • Red Seal - Powerline Technician
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Propane Certificate
  • Confined Space - Train the Trainer
  • Municipal Water Distribution Level I

Fern GAMACHE, Core Drilling Superintendent

Mr. Gamache brings over 20 years of experience to Vanguard Mining Corp and has focused on Diamond Core Drilling operations primarily in Canada. Within the course of his career, Fern has held responsibilities including supervising day to day operations, setting up drills both surface and underground, and ensuring the work areas are safe for all members.

  • Common Core SF & UG Diamond Drilling
  • Due Diligent Mining Supervisor Course
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Workplace-Specific Hazard Training
  • First Line Supervisor Training
  • Acts & Regulations for Underground and Open Pit
  • Train the Trainer

STEVE HARVEY, DRILLER

Steve Harvey has over 10 years of drilling and blasting experience on both surface and underground projects throughout Ontario and Manitoba. Mr. Harvey has an extensive knowledge of safety procedures for daily operations as well as emergency situation. In addition, he has training in managing and supervising crews on site during execution.

  • Train the Trainer
  • Introduction to Mining Safety Programs
  • Prepare for Emergencies: UG Mining
  • Duly Diligent Mining Supervisor
  • Manage Employees: Mining
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act and Mining Regulations