Senior Staff Writer
The Northern Miner
I graduated from U of T in 1980 with a B.Sc after spending some
very memorable years in the old Mining Building on College St.
My geology days at U of T included several summer field seasons working with exploration companies and that experience landed me
a job after graduation.
I spent several more years with Urangesellschaft Canada,
a German uranium exploration company working in the Thelon Basin,
in what is now called Nunavut.
From there I headed to the Ontario Geological Survey.
In 1983 I noticed an ad in The Northern Miner, the mining newspaper,
advertising for a staff write and I applied. I spent the next seven years being introduced to the wilds of the Canadian junior
resources sector meeting everyone from the broker and bankers to
the staff working in the field. People such as Peter Munk when he came back to Canada to start his mining business, then called American Barrick, which came out of a reorganization of several busted companies. He then went on to methodically
build one of the largest gold companies in the world.
In 1990 I took the plunge and got involved with my own junior company which was financed by Yorkton Securities. I've been
involved with mining investment and management of resource
companies ever since.
I'm currently involved a director or involve with the management of several public companies such as Anaconda Gold Corp., Andina Minerals, Moto Goldmines and San Anton Resources. And in this
boom market, a few more to come in the 2007.
The most exciting part for me as a geologist has been the field and seeing parts of the world that I would never have ever had the chance see and experience if I had not completed my degree at
U of T. My first ever field work was in the eastern Arctic of Canada which to this day still mesmerizes
me when I think of it. I've had the pleasure of being in the high Andes of Chile, deserts of Kazakhstan, grasslands of the Congo to just about most places throughout Australia and more. I've always gotten a thrill from
exploration, seeing parts of the earth that few Canadians have seen,
learning about the geology and potential of an area, especially when our work can make a significant contribution to an areas economy.
My finest memories at U of T really came from years three and four, when the
classes were quite small and intimate. In particular, I enjoyed Dr.
Goodwin's 4th year Mobile Fold Belts class which many times took place in
his office or in the library as there were only about six people in the
class. And it all took place in the good old Mining Building which just
oozed geology from all its wood lined walls. It was very satisfying to be
able to spend time on a personal level with one of the preeminent Archean
geologists in the world. After all of that, I knew exactly what I wanted to
do when I left school.