President and CEO, Director
Mr. Heath has a comprehensive career in the structured finance, corporate finance, and investment management industry. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of High Stream Corporation before Metalla acquired it in August 2016. High Stream was a specialty streaming and royalty consulting company where he worked with First Mining Finance, (FF:CVE) and several other private equity funds, advising and brokering metal streaming transactions. Before that, he was the President of a private streaming company where he deployed $11 million in 4 producing streaming transactions in 3 separate jurisdictions. Prior to that, he was a founding principal of KSIR Capital Management a hedge fund focused on small and micro-cap mining companies. He also advised several mining companies with KSIR Capital, the corporate finance division of KSIR.
VP Corporate Development
Mr. Clark has over a decade of experience within the mining sector as a research analyst, investment banker and corporate development professional. He joined Metalla from a boutique investment bank where he was VP Corporate Finance where he covered royalty and streaming companies. Mr. Clark’s corporate development career includes Carlisle Goldfields and Premier Royalty Corp. As an integral part of the team at Premier Royalty, he was responsible for the identification and evaluation of hundreds of royalty and streaming opportunities. Mr. Clark started in the industry as a junior mining research associate at CIBC World Markets and went on to become a publishing mining analyst at two boutique investment dealers in Toronto. Drew obtained his Bachelor’s in Commerce Degree from McGill University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Handa has over 15 years of progressive senior level experience as a mining professional with experience in various areas including finance, mergers and acquisitions, taxation planning, treasury management, risk management, regulatory compliance, and multi-jurisdictional public company reporting. Recently, he has provided consulting services to various mining companies through his own company, Handa Financial Consulting Inc. Previously, he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Titan Mining Corp., Vice President, Finance of Imperial Metals Corp., Chief Financial Officer of Meryllion Resources Corp., Chief Financial Officer of Yellowhead Mining Inc. and Controller for SouthGobi Resources Ltd. Mr. Handa currently serves as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for K92 Mining Inc. Mr. Handa is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduated with Honours from the University of British Columbia with a diploma in Accounting. Prior to joining the accounting profession, Mr. Handa obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in Computer Systems from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Townsend is an accounting professional who is currently pursuing a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Prior to joining Metalla, for the past three years he was a Senior Accountant at KPMG Canada working primarily in the mining practice where he gained significant experience working with both Canadian and US listed public companies, including experience gained in accounting, tax, and internal controls. Mr. Townsend obtained a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.
Ms. Pillon is the Founder and President of High Tide Consulting Corp. an investor relations advisory firm focused on creating and implementing marketing strategies for public and private companies.
Ms. Pillon has over a decade of capital markets experience focused primarily in the resource sector holding various roles, including 6 years at a Toronto-based boutique exempt market dealer as Head of Retail Marketing and Vice President Institutional Equity Sales. Prior to that, Ms. Pillon acted as Manager of Investor Relations for several junior mining companies.
Ms. Pillon has a Public Relations Degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course.
Corporate Development Associate
Mr. Sara has several years of experience within the mining sector as a corporate development professional, economic geology research analyst and gold prospector in Ontario. Mr. Sara's primary role is to help grow Metalla's asset portfolio to increase value in line with shareholder and corporate interests. Mr. Sara obtained his Master's of Science in Geology degree from University of Western Ontario with a focus on mineral resource estimation methods. Prior to his masters degree, he completed a Bachelor's in Commerce degree with a major in geology from the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Casswell has been the Corporate Secretary of several public companies listed on TSX-V and the Toronto Stock Exchange since 1994, and has been providing independent corporate secretary services since 1995. Ms. Casswell has played an important role in the growth of these companies and is familiar with regulations governing public companies in several jurisdictions. Ms. Casswell has been and currently still is Corporate Secretary of a number of TSX Venture Exchange listed junior exploration companies.