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posted on December 3, 2020

Cheers To Thirty Years!


Join us and be a part of this celebration as we “zoom” down memory lane and uncover the upcoming challenges in mineral exploration for the next decade.  We have an excellent line of speakers for this event.


Presenters List

Paul Agnew, Chief Geologist – Exploration Technology, Rio Tinto Exploration

Shaun Barker, Director of MDRU

Claire Chamberlain, Regional Head of Discovery – Americas, Anglo American

Sally Goodman, Global Chief Geologist, Newmont & BOD Member of MDRU

Craig Hart, Former Director of MDRU (2009-2020)

Simon Peacock, Professor, EOAS – UBC & Former Interim Director of MDRU (July – November 2020)

Francois Robert, Consultant

John Thompson, Former Director of MDRU (1991-1998)

Richard Tosdal, Former Director of MDRU (1999-2008)

Andrew Wurst, Global Chief Geologist – Project Generation, Research and Innovation, Barrick Gold Corporation & BOD Chair of MDRU



2:00pm – 2:05pm        Opening remarks from MDRU Board Chair (Wurst)

2:05pm – 2:10pm        Message on behalf of EOAS-UBC (Peacock)

Theme session is moderated by Claire Chamberlain

2:15pm  – 2:45pm       Historical perspective from the former directors highlighting accomplishments and the global reach of MDRU (Thompson, Tosdal & Hart)

2:45pm – 3:30pm        Technical Talks – Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Minerals Industry (Robert, Agnew & Goodman)

3:30pm – 3:50pm        Director’s View (Barker) & Dialogue (Chamberlain)

3:50pm – 4:00pm        Q&A


December 9, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events


Paul Agnew
Chief Geologist - Exploration Technology
Rio Tinto Exploration

Paul Agnew is an exploration geologist with more than 30 years of experience with Rio Tinto Exploration searching for a wide range of commodities in diverse environments. He is currently Chief Geologist – Exploration Technology, leading a team of technical specialists to deliver innovative exploration technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mineral exploration.

Shaun Barker

Shaun Barker is the Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at UBC. Shaun has a background of geochemistry, mineralogy and structural geology. Shaun's research focuses on the application of geochemical and isotopic tools to understand the flow of hydrothermal fluids through the Earth's crust, with a particular focus on hydrothermal ore deposits. Shaun is involved in a diverse range of research projects and has worked on a variety of gold and copper deposits. Shaun has particular research expertise on vectoring within the cryptic alteration footprints of various carbonate-hosted ore deposit types, including Carlin-type gold deposits in Nevada, and the Mount Isa Cu deposit in Queensland. Currently, he also leads the AMIRA P1206 research project, on the application of resistate indicator mineral chemistry in exploration for sedimentary-hosted Cu deposits. 

Claire Chamberlain
Regional Head of Discovery – Americas, Anglo American

Claire Chamberlain recently joined Anglo American as Regional Head of Discovery – Americas, with core responsibilities to drive discovery and support value-generating geoscience initiatives at mine sites through locations that the company operates in the Americas. Claire started her career working at an orogenic gold mine in Zimbabwe and then went on to explore for Au and Ni-Cu in Botswana. She then completed a PhD study at Imperial College London on the Archean Bulyanhulu gold deposit in Tanzania, supported by Barrick. This was followed up with post-doctoral research at MDRU focused on unravelling the geochronology of the Lake Victoria Greenstone Belt of northern Tanzania, linking physical properties to potential field geophysical inversions in orthomagmatic deposits, and co-led a collaborative MDRU-CODES project investigating global alkalic porphyry and epithermal systems. Subsequent to this, Claire worked for 13.5 years with Teck in North and South America as well as Europe, with largely field-oriented roles in alkalic and calc-alkalic Cu porphyries, high- and intermediate-sulfidation epithermal Au, orogenic Au and Irish-type Zn-Pb systems at greenfield, advanced project and mine sites. Claire values fundamental geoscience knowledge critical in understanding of mineral systems, application of traditional field skills balanced with evolving technologies, collaboration of multidisciplinary teams, and has a strong desire to be part of a team that makes a material (Cu) discovery that can be mined responsibly to deliver metals that improve people´s lives.

Sally Goodman
Global Chief Geologist, Newmont & BOD Member of MDRU

Sally Goodman is currently Newmont’s Global Chief Geologist, leading a team of 25 subject matter experts in Data Science, Geological Modeling, Geophysics and Geochemistry, that comprise the corporate Global Geoscience Group, providing technical support to the company’s exploration function around the world. Prior to joining Newmont she was Chief Geoscientist with Atlantic Gold, following five years with Goldcorp in a variety of corporate technical positions. Prior to that she travelled globally as a consultant in structural geology, after holding various lecturing and research posts in universities in Canada and the UK. She has a PhD in economic geology and MSc in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, London (UK), and BSc Geological Sciences from Leeds University (UK).

Sally is an experienced field geologist who is addicted to 3D modeling – and is equally at home peering down a microscope and interpreting regional-scale geophysical data (sometimes concurrently).

Craig Hart
Former Director of MDRU (2009-2020)

Craig Hart is the past Director of MDRU – Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he initiated and facilitated a wide range of mineral exploration industry-sponsored research projects that focused on gold and porphyry systems, regional metallogeny and exploration methods around the world. He raised >$20M in research funding (2009-2019) to contribute to the training of >60 graduate students, post-docs and researchers. These students won scholarships and awards and they are now highly-trained geologists contributing to a smarter minerals industry.
Craig is a “rocks-first” geologist with considerable field experience which he integrates with geochronology, geochemistry and geophysics to develop new exploration concepts and targets. He provides advanced ore deposit and mineral exploration training to students and industry, has given presentations and short courses, and consults to a range of major and junior explorers. Craig was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia (UWA) where he researched gold metallogeny of China and Mongolia. Most of Craig’s early career was with the Yukon Geological Survey where he undertook regional mapping and metallogenic surveys in the northern Cordillera. He played a significant role in developing intrusion-related gold models, and understanding redox controls on regional metallogeny. Craig has degrees from McMaster University (BSc 1986), University of British Columbia (MSc 1995) and University of Western Australia (2005) spacing academic advances over three decades separated by roles with industry and government.
Dr. Hart was awarded the Geological Association of Canada Boldy Award for the best mineral deposit-related presentation in 2005, and was the SEG Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2010. In 2016, Craig led his team to 5th place in the Integra Gold Rush Challenge, and was also awarded the move coveted “Audience Choice Award”.

Simon Peacock
Professor, EOAS - UBC & Former Interim Director of MDRU (July - November 2020)

Simon Peacock is a geology professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC. Prof. Peacock joined UBC in 2006. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2006 to 2018, during which time he served as a UBC representative on the MDRU Board. For the period July – November 2020, Prof. Peacock served as Interim Director of MDRU. He earned BS and MS degrees in Geology from MIT (1981) and a PhD in Geology from UCLA (1985). From 1985 to 2006, he was a geology professor and administrator at Arizona State University. Prof. Peacock’s research focuses on understanding earthquakes and mountain-building processes. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature, and Geology.

Francois Robert

François holds a degree in Geological Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where he also obtained MSc and PhD degrees. His PhD focused on the classic orogenic Sigma gold-quartz vein system at Val d’Or, Quebec. This was followed by a post-doctorate at the University of Michigan.

He joined the Geological Survey of Canada in 1985 as a research scientist where he carried out applied research on gold deposits in Canada and abroad. In late 1997, he joined Barrick Gold Corporation where he occupied various exploration positions in Canada, Australia, and South America, expanding his experience to most types of gold deposits. From 2006, he was Chief Geologist - Global Exploration until retiring at the end of 2019. He is presently independent part-time consultant, sharing his experience on selected projects.

He has published numerous papers in scientific journals and volumes, and served on many committees of scientific organizations, including Presidency of SEG in 2015. He received several awards, including the Lindgren, Silver Medal, and Ralph Marsden awards from the SEG, and Gross and Duncan Derry awards from GAC.

John Thompson
Former Director of MDRU (1991-1998)

Since 2012, John has partnered in a consulting business based in Vancouver, BC, focused on exploration, mining, innovation and sustainability. From 2013-18 he was the Wold Professor of Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability at Cornell University, and he holds Adjunct and Honorary Professor postions at Cornell, University of British Columbia, and University Bristol. John has over 35 years working in the mining industry and related research, and has held diverse leadership roles in many organizations – Teck Resources, Genome BC, the World Economic Forum, Resources for Future Generations 2018, Society of Economic Geologists, Geoscience BC, Canada Mining Innovation Council, and MDRU-UBC. He is a director and advisory board member for several exploration, technology, and venture capital companies, and not-for-profit organizations focused on resources and sustainability.

Richard Tosdal
Former Director of MDRU (1999-2008)

Richard Tosdal received a Bachelors degree from the University of California, a M.Sc. from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (1978 to 1999) and was the Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (1999 through 2008). He currently consults to the minerals industry on aspects regarding the metallogenic evolution of plate margins, the structural controls on ore deposition, and evolution of a range of hydrothermal deposits. He serves on technical advisory boards, is active in facilitating industry designed R&D projects and retains an adjunct appointment at the University of British Columbia.

Andrew Wurst
Global Chief Geologist - Project Generation, Research and Innovation, Barrick Gold Corporation & BOD Chair of MDRU

Andy Wurst is a Global Chief Geoscientist for Barrick Gold, based in Montreal, Canada. He gained his BSc (Hons) majoring in marine biology and geology from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD in economic geology from the University of Tasmania in Australia.
Team orientated, with a desire for knowledge, travel, and adventure, lead Andy to follow a career in global mineral exploration and research. He has over 28 years of worldwide experience in the mineral industry searching for a range of metal types across 30 countries in diverse environmental and geopolitical conditions. Andy has been fortunate enough to have been associated with several internationally significant mineral deposit discoveries and developments.

Currently, Andy leads Barrick Gold's Global Project Generation Team and Research, Development, Innovation Initiatives and is presently at the forefront of implementing cutting-edge technologies and innovative ideas into the mineral industry and gold space. Andy has sat on scientific advisory boards for several international academic and government institutions and is passionate about our impact on the planet and how we engage with government, local and traditional landowners to build enduring partnerships and positive legacies through the discovery of mineral wealth.