Mr. Smith is a senior mining executive with 40 years of executive management experience in the international mineral exploration and mining industry, including 20 years in Alaska. Mr. Smith held the position of Alaskan Exploration Manger for Kennecott Exploration Company as well as other senior management positions with Rio Tinto plc over the course of 32 years, culminating in his role as Managing Director of Exploration, Australasia Region, based in Perth, Australia. He then assumed the position as President and CEO of Heatherdale Resources Ltd. with focus on the advanced stage Niblack polymetallic deposit in Alaska. Mr. Smith has been involved with globally diverse exploration and development projects spanning many commodities including gold, copper, molybdenum, iron ore, diamonds, industrial minerals, and lithium. Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, member of the Society of Mining Engineers, the American Exploration and Mining Association, and Alaska Miners Association. He holds Professional Geologist licenses in Utah, Wyoming, and Washington.