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PDAC's new Executive Director, Andrew Cheatle, shares his thoughts on joining the PDAC, and discusses the current challenges and opportunities within the mineral exploration and mining industry. Click here 

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PDAC names Andrew Cheatle new Executive Director (January 14, 2015). Click here 


Andrew speaking with at AME BC Roundup 2015 about the state of the industry, Aboriginal engagement and the initiatives of the PDAC. Click here


Andrew Cheatle

Executive Director
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)


Andrew Cheatle is the Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

As a Professional Geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, he has worked extensively in the exploration and mining industry from the rock face, to the boardroom, and into the halls of Government. Executive Director Andrew Cheatle

Andrew’s 25-plus-year career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist, mine geologist, manager and mining executive. He has also volunteered with not-for-profit organizations, notably as past-president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario

Prior to his role at PDAC, Andrew was President and Chief Executive Officer, Director at Unigold Inc., where he oversaw the delivery of the company's initial mineral resource of two million ounces of gold at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic, and successfully partnered the project with the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank.

His career started as a deep-level gold mine geologist in South Africa. He subsequently worked as Vice President Exploration at Treasury Metals Inc., Principal Geologist at AMEC plc, Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc., and Mineral Resource Manager with Anglo American Corporation. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. 

Andrew has built a strong reputation as an advocate for a responsible minerals industry—an industry that he believes has the ability to build prosperous communities and develop nations.


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