Meet President and Chief Geologist

Peter C. Lightfoot
Ph.D., P.Geo.

A skilled geologist with significant experience in the minerals industry (Inco and Vale), Ontario Geological Survey, and academia. Responsible for technical aspects of exploration, research and development portfolio, strategic studies of the nickel market, and mentoring geoscience staff.

International project generation in base metals exploration and due diligence reporting.

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International project generation in base metals exploration and due diligence reporting

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Greenfield exploration in Canada, Greenland, China, India, South Africa, Mongolia, Angola, Finland, Australia, and Brazil

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Brownfield and near-mine exploration in Indonesia, Carajas, Sudbury, Thompson, and Voisey’s Bay

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Project risk-reward analysis, monitoring new project developments, and global metal supply

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Hutchinson Visiting Industry Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario

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Published first complete text book on Sudbury ore deposits in 2016

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

Lightfoot Geoscience (Incorporated 2016)

Chief Geologist, Nickel: Base Metals Division, Vale (2008-2016)

Chief Geologist, Nickel: Global Technical Services Group, Vale (2005-2008)

Principal Geologist, Nickel Sulphide: Global Project Generation, Inco (2000-2005)

Senior Geologist, Nickel Sulphide: Project Generation and Technical Services, Inco (1996-2000)

Geoscientist: Mineral Deposits Section, Ontario Geological Survey (1991-1996)

Chief Analyst: Geoscience Laboratories, Ontario Geological Survey (1989-1991)

Supervisor: Geoscience Laboratories, Ontario Geological Survey (1987-1989)

EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION

Associate Adjunct Professor and Hutchinson Visiting Industry Professor
Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Western Ontario
Link to website
(2017-)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University
(1995-2017)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto
(1987-2000)

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
(1985-1986)

Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology, Open University
(1982-1985)

M.Sc. in Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, and Ore Deposit Geology,
University of Toronto
(1980-1982)

B.A. in Geology, Oxford University
(1977-1980)

MEMBERSHIPS

Ontario Professional Geologist designation
APGO Member number 671
(2003-Present)
PDAC
(1991-Present)
Fellow, Geological Association of Canada
(1986-Present)



AWARDS

William Harvey Gross Award in Mineral Deposit Geology
(1998)
Massey College Junior Fellow
(1980-1982)
Royal Geographic Society Award
(1977)


PROFESSIONAL INVOLEMENT

Associate Editor, Ore Geology Reviews (2015-present)

Associate Editor, Economic Geology (2010-2015)

Associate Editor, Mineralium Deposita (2003-2010)

Associate Editor, Canadian Mineralogist (1987-1990)

Honorary Editor and Advisor, Northwestern Geology (2012-2013)

Co-organiser and co-editor of proceedings: Sudbury-Noril’sk Symposium (1992)

EXPLORATION SUCCESS

Principal technical expert and mentor to a team of geoscientists who have made discoveries of significant new mineral zones:

  • Sudbury: Victor (28N zone discovery) and Totten (230 zone discovery).
  • Thompson: Thompson Extensions discovery, the South Manasan PGE-Ni discovery.
  • Voisey's Bay: Reid Brook Extensions
  • Carajas: Jaguar Iron-Oxide Nickel Copper (IONC) discovery
  • Established and worked exploration joint venture projects in China and South Africa, and generated new project opportunities in China, India, Russia, Australia, Angola, Zambia, Canada, Greenland, South Africa, Finland, Mongolia and Yemen where I supported teams of geologists in their exploration work.


    ADVANCED DATA PROCESSING AND COMPILATION

    • IoGAS and Geoscience Analayst interface (advanced): pioneered applications to large datasets and built new exploration geochemistry templates and interactive 3D models of the geochemistry of ore bodies
    • ArcGIS
    • Datamine Studio: developed routine applications and designed new applications for treating large geochemical datasets in 3D
    • GoCAD and Leapfrog


    ALL PUBLICATIONS

    Click for PDF of all publications:
    Peter C. Lightfoot - Publications