Brad Wood (HBSc.'89) worked full time with De Beers Canada Inc. for 29 years, starting his career in diamond exploration and progressed through Mineral Evaluation and into Mining. He has been involved in exploration activities throughout Canada and in Namibia and South Africa. He was responsible for discovering the first kimberlites in Alberta and on Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic. He has spent 2 ½ years in South Africa working at De Beers; Namaqualand Alluvial Diamond Mines as the Divisional Geologist. Brad has been involved in all stages of the Victor Diamond Mine development in Northern Ontario; from finding the first piece of kimberlite float on the Attawapiskat River in 1987, as a summer student, through the Pre-feasibility and Feasibility stages of evaluation, and into the Construction and Development phases where he held the position of Ore Extraction Manager. Brad moved to Namibia in September 2014 to take on the position of Mine Manager for Namdeb’s Northern Coastal Mines until 2018, when he moved back to Canada and currently lives in Port Colborne, Ontario.
His presentation title/topic will be confirmed shortly.