Tectonic Metals Inc. is a mineral exploration company created and operated by an experienced and well-respected technical and financial team with a track record of wealth creation for shareholders. Key members of the Tectonic team were involved with Kaminak Gold Corporation, the Company that raised C$165 million to fund the acquisition, discovery and advancement of the Coffee Gold Project in the Yukon Territory through to the completion of a bankable feasibility study before selling the multi-million-ounce gold project to Goldcorp Inc. (now Newmont Goldcorp) for C$520 million in 2016.
Tectonic is focused on the acquisition, exploration, discovery and development of mineral resources from district-scale projects in politically stable jurisdictions that have the potential to host world-class orebodies. Whether at home or at work, the Tectonic team is grounded on the following core values: passion, integrity, patience, focus, perseverance, honesty, fairness, accountability, respect and a play big mindset. The Company works for its shareholders and is committed to creating value for them.
Tectonic 2020 Achievements
Tony takes a vision and makes it a reality through hard work, tenacity, perseverance and sound strategy development. His passion, enthusiasm and drive are infectious, motivating and empowering the people around him. As Founder, President, CEO and Director of Tectonic Metals Inc., Tony is all in, working solely to create value for the company’s shareholders and stakeholders.
His loyalty and commitment to his work are undeniable, as demonstrated by the fact that he was the longest-serving employee of Kaminak Gold Corporation from inception in 2005 to the sale of the company, including the Coffee Gold Project, in 2016 to Goldcorp Inc. (now Newmont Goldcorp) for $520 million. Tony served as Vice President, Corporate Development for Kaminak executing the company's strategic planning, financing, business development and marketing while overseeing the public relations and investor communications of the company. Tony was pivotal in orchestrating capital raises totaling over $165 million to primarily fund the acquisition and advancement of the Coffee Gold Project in the Yukon Territory from a grassroots discovery through to the completion of a bankable feasibility study. He was also involved in monetizing Kaminak’s other projects by forming strategic alliances, joint venture agreements and creating public and private companies resulting in over $35 million being spent by third parties directly on Kaminak’s projects.
During his tenure with Kaminak, the company was ranked 8th best performing mining company from a peer group of some 1,200 mining companies, was listed as a 2015 TSX Venture 50 Company and was one of four companies selected out of 1,971 companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange as Best IR by IR Magazine in 2015.
Tony personifies Tectonic’s belief that responsible mineral exploration and development can positively impact the communities in which the company lives and operates and its committment to early and ongoing community engagement, best practices in environmental stewardship and the development of a strong safety culture.
Eira brings more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry, including 14 years with Aber Diamond Corporation (now Dominion Diamond), where she served in ever increasing roles from initial discovery as a geologist to Vice President Exploration and ultimately a Director of the Board. She was co-founder of Stornoway Diamond Corp., serving first as CEO and then as Executive Chairman. There she led the acquisition of the Renard diamond deposit, which subsequently became Quebec's first diamond mine. In 2007, she founded Lucara with partners Lukas Lundin and Ms. Catherine McLeod Seltzer. Eira served as CEO of Kaminak Gold Corporation, which was acquired by Goldcorp in 2016 for $520 Million. Eira now serves as President, CEO and Director of Lucara Diamond Corp. and a Director of Suncor Energy.
Mel was appointed Chairman of Tectonic Metals Inc. in September 2019, and provides leadership and a commitment to ensuring the company’s strategy is effectively executed, and shareholders’ interests are being protected.
Mel is the longest-serving Director, since 2000, of Suncor Energy serving on the compensation, audit and environment, health and safety committees, and the President of Mel E. Benson Management Services Inc., an international consulting firm working in various countries with a focus on First Nations and corporate negotiations. He is also part owner of Waterside Energy, a private energy company based in the USA.
Mel retired from Exxon International and Imperial Oil Canada in 2000 after a long career as an operations manager and senior member of project management where he worked on international projects in West Africa and the former Soviet Union. He is also a past Director of the Fort McKay Group of Companies, a community investment organization.
In 2003, Mr. Benson was the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and in 2015, was inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is honoured with a Red Cross Service Award, an Alberta Aboriginal Recognition Award and a Business Development Award. He has received the Alberta Justice Crime Prevention Recognition Award from the Minister of Justice and was recognized for his contributions to the community by the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Mel prides himself on being active in his community and is a member of several charitable organizations, including Director of Calgary Stampede Foundation, past Director of Hull Child and Family Services, Stars, NAIT and the University of Alberta land institute.
Mel is a member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, located in northeastern Alberta.
Mick’s 40+ years’ experience spans the mineral resource development cycle – exploration to discovery, resource estimation, mine planning, feasibility studies, project construction and mine operations through reclamation, remediation and closure. He has BS and MS degrees in the Earth Sciences (Economic Geology/Business) from Montana State University, Bozeman, and is Certified with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CPG-11158).
He worked 20+ years for Placer Dome US, primarily in Nevada and Montana, as Chief Geologist, Chief Engineer and temporary Mine Superintendent at the McDermitt Mine, NV, and Golden Sunlight Mine, MT, as well as Project Geologist, Great Basin and Northwest District Exploration Manager, then Mine District Geologist (serving Cortez, Bald Mountain, Golden Sunlight Mine).
He subsequently managed exploration and mine development projects for Orvana Minerals for four years in Bolivia (Don Mario, Pederson) and the US (Butte Highlands) as Manager, Advanced Projects based in Golden, CO. He gained additional experience working for Denver CO-area engineering management, construction, IT and environmental companies during period of downturn in the mineral industry.
He has worked for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. for the past 15 years as a Senior Geologist (Reno, NV) then US / Western Canada Exploration Manager, now as Director, Project Evaluations managing the Vancouver office. He helped develop Agnico Eagle’s Project Evaluations process and was involved with the evaluation and acquisition of the Meadowbank (Cumberland Resources) and Meliadine (Comaplex Minerals) Nunavut projects. He has extensive experience working with cross-functional teams conducting project evaluations through formal due diligence, focused on joint venture, partnership, M&A opportunities throughout the Americas and Europe.
Eric is a professional geologist who brings expertise in both cost-effective grassroots discovery and resource delineation. Eric began his career with Kaminak Gold Corporation in 2011 and was instrumental in the exploration and development success of the Coffee Gold Project from an early grassroots discovery to a multi-million ounce gold resource estimate and economic Feasibility Study. Eric was part of the core technical team at Kaminak that designed, budgeted, executed and supervised multi-million dollar exploration and resource definition programs, and later shifted into geological support of the Feasibility Study. Eric joined Goldcorp Inc. following the acquisition of the Coffee Project in 2016. While at Goldcorp, he oversaw the field activities of the Coffee Gold exploration team at Coffee and within the Yukon. Eric now brings his experience to Tectonic Metals Inc. as Vice President, Exploration. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology and Master of Science in Geology, both from the University of Western Ontario. Eric is a Professional Geologist registered in British Columbia and Ontario.
To be the number one mineral exploration company in the world.
To create transformational wealth for our shareholders by identifying, discovering and developing world-class gold districts in North America with a commitment to high standards of environmental stewardship and maximizing social and economic benefits to the communities in which we live and operate in.
We take responsibility for our actions and are held accountable. We learn from our experiences and search for continuous improvement.
We are dreamers, and as dreamers, we ignore the word impossible. Whether playing big or playing small, the same effort is required; the only difference is the level of your insecurity. Why not play big?
Focus is everything. Our dedicated team knows the meaning of hard work and attention and decides to focus on what matters most instead of letting our goals become a blur.
It is the only way to be. Our word is our bond. We do what we say, and live up to the highest standards of fairness and ethical behavior.
We love what we do and are committed to the success of our company.
At Tectonic, we work hard to earn your trust and respect on everything we do.
Eira Thomas, Tectonic Founder, commented, “Exploration is the lifeblood of the mining industry, and where the most value can be leveraged for shareholders through the success of discovery. Tectonic brings together a strong, experienced team and top tier assets in highly rated, under-explored, first world jurisdictions. We have engaged early and developed key relationships with all of our stakeholders and First Nations partners with a commitment to maximizing value for the communities in which we live and work.
District Scale Opportunities
The foundation of Tectonic’s governance is knowledgeable, independent and effective directors that share Tectonic’s core values.
Tectonic is committed to maintaining the highest possible corporate standards and personal integrity with respect to all aspects of our business. Tectonic has adopted a Code of Conduct and Business Ethics that communicates how we put our values in action and governs the behaviour of our directors, officers and employees.
We know we are successful when we manage the economic, social and environmental aspects of our business in a manner that aligns with our core values. We integrate our values into our operations and consider them at each decision point.
We take a thoughtful and timely approach to assess emerging governance best practices. We will continually evaluate our business to make appropriate commitments to internationally recognized mining standards and voluntary sustainability initiatives
Our remarkable team have accomplished great things in the past few years, and we’re looking for more people to join us—people who are passionate, motivated and eager to learn and grow.
At Tectonic, we work hard to earn your trust and respect with everything we do. We make it a priority to support the aspirations of every individual. We are dreamers, and as dreamers, we ignore the word impossible.
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