A different approach to junior gold mining failure. Don’t.

Advance United (CSE: AUHI) is a Canadian junior mining company designed to succeed where others fail. Our expertise is in identifying and acquiring undervalued gold properties then developing and exploiting newly realized and documented value without mining for gold. The purpose is to bring increasing long-term value to our shareholders while reducing risk, so we can all advance united.


An executive team with over 100 years of experience.

The leadership team has significant industry and recognizable experience working with notable major mining companies including Kinross, GoldCorp, and Barrick.

With over one hundred years cumulative experience, our team has held positions as executives, directors, and advisors of publicly traded companies and are well versed in capital markets, investment banking, international mining projects, and financial and reporting requirements.

James R. Atkinson, M.Sc., P.Geo., CEO, Director

Since 2018, Mr. Atkinson has been the President and CEO of Talisker Gold, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance United. An experienced exploration geologist and project manager with over 45 years of experience, Mr. Atkinson has spent his career in both mineral exploration and mining and in the environmental field as Vice President, Exploration Manager and Regional Manager with junior and major mining companies such as Newmont, Billiton and Agnico Eagle. He has reviewed, evaluated and acquired projects around the world and recently was part of the team responsible for mergers and acquisitions at American Silver. He has worked with investors to form and manage junior exploration companies. 

In the area of mineral exploration, James has designed and managed multimillion dollar programs searching for and discovering various commodities including industrial minerals. These projects, comprised of up to 100 staff, involved geophysical, geochemical and drilling programs as well as prospecting and geological mapping. He has also negotiated option and purchase deals for mineral properties.

Walter Henry, BA, CFA, Director

Mr. Henry has been involved in various capacities within the global resource industries and the North American and European finance markets (both debt and equity) since 1991. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Frontline Gold since the fall of 2009. Prior to joining Frontline, Mr. Henry acted as VP, Finance and CFO with several public companies listed on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange, including Tiberon Minerals, Royal Nickel, Juno Special Situations, Satori Resources, and Alturas Minerals. Prior to 2003 He served with CIBC, BNP Paribas, and PWC where he managed portfolios and arranged project financings totalling over $1 billion.

Walter also serves as a Director of Riverside Resources, Alturas Minerals, and Gold Candle. Since 2003, he has since held executive positions with Tiberon Minerals, Royal Nickel Corporation, Alturas Minerals, and Satori Resources. He has held various Chairman, Audit Committee Chairman and Director roles, in the following companies: Alexandria Minerals, Alturas Minerals, Merrex Gold, and Platinex Inc. Mr. Henry has completed the requirements of the CFA program and Institute of Corporate Directors – Director Education Program.

Kevin Wright, P.Eng., Director

Mr. Wright’s career is based on advertising and marketing experience as an award-winning director for multinational marketing and advertising agencies, having worked for businesses in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Kevin has been instrumental in formulating successful marketing strategies and business strategies for clients such as Party Poker, Sympatico MSN, IBM, CIBC, L’Oreal, Rogers, Famous Players, Beck’s Beer and Vonage to name just a few.

With 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, he has a keen eye for reading and predicting customer needs. He combines this talent with a visionary entrepreneurial sense and proven success record. He has appeared on TV and lectured at Queens, Toronto and Western universities on the subjects of marketing and business strategy.

Mr. Wright has served on the boards of both public and private companies. He is a graduate of Queens University, a former diver in the Canadian Navy and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Vishal Gupta P.Geo., Director

Mr. Gupta is a P.Geo. registered with the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and currently serves as the President and CEO of Blingold Corp., a private gold exploration company with a portfolio of gold and copper-gold exploration properties in the Beardmore Gold Belt of Ontario.

Prior to joining Blingold, he served as the President and CEO of California Gold Mining Inc., a gold exploration company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, with its flagship Fremont property located in the prolific Mother Lode Gold Belt of California. Previously, he worked as an equity research analyst covering junior base and precious metals companies for a number of Toronto-based financial institutions including Dundee Capital Markets, Fraser Mackenzie and Global Financial. During his tenure as an equity research analyst, Mr. Gupta conducted independent technical due diligence on a wide variety of exploration and resource development programs across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Nicaragua.

Mr. Gupta holds a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto and started his career as an exploration geologist for junior resource companies where he was involved in the planning, preparation, execution and reconciliation of drill programs.

Danièle Spethmann, P.Geo., Director

Danièle Spethmann has over 30 years’ experience as an exploration geologist in northern Ontario, Canada and internationally in Latin American and Botswana. She has worked as a senior geologist on teams that have made significant discoveries (Choco 10 – Carolina Zone and Fruta del Norte). Companies she has worked with include IAMGOLD, African Copper, Aurelian Resources and Bolivar Goldfields. She is the current President and CEO of Warrior Gold Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company with properties in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Danièle is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists Ontario, a committee member of the Toronto Geological Discussion Group and a member of Women in Mining Toronto and Canada.