He has experience in the founding, early development & management of companies in natural resources, health care and biotech bringing a wealth of international corporate development and governance knowledge. Mr. Smit has been instrumental in the early stage development of many mineral resource projects from early stages of identification, through exploration and eventual development of producing mines.
Over the last 3 decades, he has served in various capacities such as Chairman, CEO, and NED and senior manager for both Private and Public companies listed on Securities Exchanges both in Canada and the UK.
He was involved in the development and success of companies such as LSE listed Petra Diamonds serving as Country manager for Angola and Rainbow Rare Earths where he served as a director leading up to its listing. AIM-listed Chariot Oil and Gas, and Goldplat where he served as Business development manager. TSX-V listed Mukuba Resources where he served as director and as CEO for a time.
His previous or on-going involvement in private companies includes Sutton Consulting, Piran Resources, Aurigin Resources, African Clean Energy Solutions, Provenance Health Care, Esya Labs, and Aegis Environmental Technologies.
He continues to employ his business management and leadership experience to assist existing and new start-up businesses reach their potential.