Andrew Lee Smith
President & CEO
Mr. Smith is a Professional Geologist. He has over 25 years of experience successfully exploring, developing, and operating African and North American base and precious metals mining projects. He also holds Directorships and management positions with a number of other junior exploration companies.
Mr. Smith holds a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo and is a professional geologist and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He received the Mining Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1994 from the Quebec Prospectors Association for his role in mine development with Aurizon, and was named Outstanding Alumnus of 2009 by the Science Faculty of the University of Waterloo for his contributions to mineral exploration.
Vice President Exploration
Mr. Heidema is a Professional Geologist with over 25 years of exploration experience with the Cominco, Teck Cominco and Teck exploration groups. Mr. Heidema's career has largely focused on exploration project management for programs ranging from grass roots to near mine exploration, and also includes EHS, agreement, and tenure management. He predominantly specializes in VMS and Archean gold exploration. Mr. Heidema is also Vice President Exploration of Tigray Resources Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Granata is currently Chief Financial Officer of East Africa Metals and Tigray Resources Inc. Mr. Granata is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of accounting and financial reporting experience in Canada and Australia. Prior to joining EAM and Tigray, Mr. Granata was at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2005 specializing in statutory reporting audits, IFRS conversion projects, SOX404 projects, equity offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Whilst at PwC Mr. Granata's client portfolio comprised of mining companies including producing and exploration entities with both local and international operations, manufacturing companies and government entities including First Nations local governments. Mr. Granata is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University, Australia.
Mr. Watters is a co-founder of Canaco, Tigray and several other successful Mining enterprises since 1996. Mr. Watters has raised of nearly $260 million in his career. Beginning in the corporate communications field, he has worked with several public and private companies in a wide variety of sectors including mining, high-tech and the biotech industries. Mr. Watters helped create the corporate identities for a number of small start-ups as well as heading up their corporate communications departments. Mr. Watters is also serving as a Director to other Public Companies.
President Canaco Tanzania
Mr. Dillip has over 10 years of experience in gold exploration, including planning and execution of both regional and detailed exploration programs. He is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam with a BSc Honours degree in Geology. Mr. Dillip began his career with Anglo Gold Ashanti as a Mine Geologist, and later joined a regional exploration team where he worked as Project Geologist managing two projects, Mkurumu and Njoge. He joined Canaco in the role of Project Geologist, and now serves as Chief Geologist and President of Canaco Tanzania Limited.
Ms. Yang is Deputy Manager of the Overseas Development Department of Sinotech of Sinotech Minerals Exploration Co., Ltd. She is experienced in corporate communications for her skills in corporate culture publication, corporate promotion, info diffusion and internal and external coordination. Since joining Sinotech in 2008, she has been playing an active and beneficial role in the promotion of the image and core competitiveness of the company. Ms. Yang is also Director Corporate Communications for Tigray Resources Inc.