Management & Directors
Mr. Ioannis (Yannis) Tsitos
President, CEO & Director
Mr. Tsitos, MSc., has over 25 years experience in the Mining Industry, having spent 19 years with BHP Billiton group. Mr. Tsitos has lived and worked in South Africa, Ecuador, Greece and United Kingdom, and has been working in Canada since 2000. Originally a physicist-geophysicist, he left BHP Billiton in December 2007, where he had the title of New Business Manager for Minerals Exploration based in Vancouver. He holds a B.Sc degree in Physics from the University of Athens and a Master's degree in Applied Geophysics and Geology from the University of Birmingham, U.K. In addition, he has done management and finance studies as part of an MBA program with Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Mr. Tsitos brings to the Company a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in the mining sector focused on exploration and development for a wide spectrum of commodities, from gold, base metals, nickel and diamonds to bulk minerals such as bauxite, coal and iron ore. Well-known in the Canadian and international exploration communities, he has worked on projects and has travelled for business in 32 countries. He has been instrumental in the identification, negotiation and execution of more than 50 exploration agreements with juniors, majors, as well as with state exploration and mining companies. Mr. Tsitos has also been part of two discovery teams with BHP Billiton in porphyry-copper and nickel-sulphide deposits. He is a member of the Association for Minerals Exploration British Columbia and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. He is also a director at First Bauxite Corporation.
Mr. Geoff Hampson
Chairman & Director
Mr. Hampson has a long history of building and investing in early stage companies in a wide variety of industries including the Resource Sector. He is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Fibrox Technologies Ltd., a producer of synthetic mineral fibre, since February 1994. He was the Chairman of the Board of Pacific Rodera Energy Inc (TSXV:PRD) and sits on the Board of Directors of International Samuel Exploration Inc (TSXV:ISS). Mr. Hampson was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Peer 1 Network Enterprises Inc., an internet infrastructure company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 2000 to December 2005. From 2007 until 2010 he was the founder, CEO and a director of Corelink Data Centers LLC, a colocation provider based in Chicago. In addition, he is and has been a director and officer of a number of other reporting issuers including Cricket Capital Corp., Green Global Investments Inc, and Cymat Technologies Ltd.
Mr. Art Freeze
Mr. Freeze has 43 years of experience as an exploration and production geologist, spanning grass-roots exploration through to supervision of underground development programs. He has held consulting, supervising and management positions with major companies including: Cominco Ltd., Pasminco Ltd., Echo Bay Mines Ltd. and Pan American Silver Corp. Between 2002 and 2008, he was employed as principal Consulting Geologist to Goldcorp Inc., Silver Wheaton Corp., and New Gold Inc. Currently Mr. Freeze is President of Stillwater Enterprises Ltd. He sits as a Director of several public exploration companies. Mr. Freeze has extensive international experience in North, Central and South America, in Spain, in the former Soviet Republics and North Korea. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Most recently Mr. Freeze has devoted the majority of his professional services to Orko Silver Corp. as a Technical Advisor and devotes approximately 20% of his time to Goldcorp Inc.
Dr. Luiz Bizzi
The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Luiz Augusto Bizzi to the Board of Directors of Carat Exploration Inc. Dr. Bizzi is a Brazilian/Italian professional geologist and Certified Investment Analyst with over 25 yrs experience in minerals exploration and business development in South America. His academic credentials include a PhD from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil and editing of the book “Geology, Tectonics and Mineral Resources of Brazil” in 2003. Minerals exploration experience in different parts of South America (Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentine, Venezuela and the Guyanas) and Southern Africa, mostly with major mining corporations (e.g.) Exploration Manager for South America for BHP Billiton and Technical Director for South America for De Beers / Anglo American) but also with smaller-scale companies (e.g. Vice President - Exploration of MBAC Fertilizers), government (e.g. Director of Geology and Mineral Resources at CPRM - the Brazilian Geological Survey) and banking institutions (e.g. Senior Consultant at BNDES - the Brazilian Development Bank).
Mr. Demetreus (Jim) Heras
Chairman Emeritus & Director
Mr Heras is a businessman and entrepreneur and during his 45 year career he has been a director and executive of several private and public companies, having raised over $100 million dollars in financings. In the mid-nineties he was Director and Chairman of the Board of St. Philips Resources Inc., and negotiated the sale of the Kemess copper-gold deposit/mine to Royal Oak Mines and the final acquisition of St. Philips Resources by Royal Oak Mines. Mr Heras has held various directorships in private and public companies in land development and other real estate ventures.
Mr. Geoff Watson
CFO and Director
Mr. Watson has been involved in various aspects of the securities industry over the past 30 years. His background includes 25 years in the brokerage community, during which time he was involved with retail and institutional client management, and the financing of numerous public companies. Mr. Watson has most recently been involved in corporate communications, business development and overseeing the financial affairs of several North American public companies.