HBSc student Sam Metteer awarded The GAC®-PDAC Logan Student Prize

The Geological Association of Canada has awarded the Logan Prize for 2016 to fourth year HBSc student Sam Metteer in recognition of exemplary leadership qualities and aptitude in Earth Science field techniques.  The GAC®-PDAC Logan Student Prize” is awarded annually to one undergraduate student at each CCCESD-member department (~32 departments). The purpose of the Logan Student Trust Fund of GAC, with contributions from PDAC, is to “support the career and academic advancement of geoscience students” with an annual budget of $5000. The Fund was used previously to support Logan Student Chapters at participating universities.  

MSc student Brigitte Gélinas awarded a Graduate Student Fellowship by the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation

MSc student Brigitte Gélinas has recently been awarded a Graduate Student Fellowship by the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation. The Fellowship is sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation and will support Brigitte in her study of the "Gold Mineralization in the Laird Lake area, Red Lake, Ontario”.

The Society of Economic Geologists Foundation, Inc. (SEGF) under its Graduate Student Fellowship Program has awarded one-year fellowships, ranging from US$2,500 to US$15,000 each year since 2007 to students who intend to pursue a course of study in economic geology leading to a Professional Master’s, Master of Science (M.Sc.) and/or Ph.D. degree. Students from throughout the world with an expressed interest in pursuing graduate studies in economic geology are encouraged to apply. Awards are competitive and based on merit and qualifications of the applicant.

CESME spotlighted in Ontario's Mineral Development Strategy 2015 by Minister Michael Gravelle (Monday, December 14, 2015)

Ontario's Mineral Development Strategy 2015 was presented by Minister Michael Gravelle
at Lakehead University on December 14, at an event hosted by CESME Director, Dr. Peter Hollings.  The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration is highlighted in the report in Spotlight 4; see the link below for Minister Gravelle's announcement.


Adventures In The Field - A Rock Story (Emily Smyk, Geology Alumna) featured in the Lakehead University Annual Report 2014-2015

Recent alumna Emily Smyk (Class of ‘13) was featured in the Lakehead Uni­versity 2015 Annual Report. Her story highlights her love of field work and the opportunities she has had to see geology around the world.  Emily recently com­pleted her MSc thesis on “A comparison of the hydrothermal alteration systems around the Mo-hosting White Pine Intru­sion, Utah, and the Buckingham Por­phyry, Nevada” and is currently exploring new opportunities in Australia.

Please click here for "ADVENTURES IN THE FIELD - A ROCK STORY"


Congratulations to Dr. Roger Mitchell of Geology Department who was honoured with a Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Award by the City of Thunder Bay.

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Mitchell!  Honoured with an Exceptional Achievement Award by the Council and Citizens of the City of Thunder Bay on April 27, 2015.

Dr. Mitchell is being recognized for his ground-breaking work in mineralogy and being honoured with the new mineral species named "rogermitchellite".



2014-2015 Geology Department Photo

To celebrate Lakehead's 50th year the Geology Department, after a ten year gap, has restarted the tradition of taking a group photo at the end of each academic year. 

The 2014-2015 photo was taken on Tuesday, April 7th with 58 participants including students, alumni, faculty and staff. 

Please click here for a PDF version of the photo

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Hollings, recipient of the 2015 NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award

2015 NSERC Distinguished Research Award Recipient - Dr. Peter Hollings

Dr. Peter Hollings (middle) received the NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award, presented by Dr. Grazia Viola, Chair of the Senate Research Committee, and Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University.

Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Awards Reception was held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 to celebrate the dedication and excellence of researchers and students.

Dr. Peter Hollings, Chair of the Department of Geology received the NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award.  The Distinguished Researcher Award is the highest honour conferred by Lakehead for research and scholarly activity.  

“I have spent the last 13 years building a research team at Lakehead that focused on the origin of ore deposits around the world – and to have that work recognized in this way is a huge honour,” Dr. Hollings said.

“I have always worked to build teams and collaborations. This award would not have been possible without my research and industry partners, and most of all, my students,” he said.

Dr. Hollings is also the Director of Lakehead’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration launched in 2013.

In 2008, Dr. Hollings was awarded the William Harvey Gross medal by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. He has published50 peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals, 22 of those as first author, and has been successful in securing major research funding from government and industry while at Lakehead University.

“Congratulations to all of our researchers and thank you for everything you do,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President (Research, Economic Development and Innovation).   “The impact of research and innovation at Lakehead University is even more significant because of your contributions,” Dr. Dean added.


Investing in Students


Lakehead University is training the next generation of highly skilled professionals for Ontario.  Rubicon Minerals Corporation and New Gold Inc. are two mining companies with advanced stage gold projects in Northern Ontario who appreciate that their future employees may very well be Lakehead University graduates. 

Barbara Morton, Director of Human Resources for Rubicon Minerals, recently approached Lakehead and initiated two Rubicon Minerals scholarships - one for a third-year geology student and another for a third-year chemical engineering student with a mining focus. “One of Rubicon’s goals,” Barbara says, “is to be represented in the community in which it operates, which includes providing financial support to students who attend mining-related programs at local colleges and universities.” 

In 2012, Rainy River Resources (now known as New Gold Inc.) established the “New Gold Rainy River Project Geology Scholarship.” Kyle Stanfield, Director of Environment and Sustainability for the Rainy River Project recently stated, “New Gold recognizes that our growth and success depends on the long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability of each of the communities in which we live and work.” 

Rubicon’s Phoenix Gold Project in Red Lake, Ontario, is slated to begin production in mid-2015 and New Gold’s Rainy River Project is estimated to begin gold production in 2016. 

The faculty and students at Lakehead University extend our appreciation to Rubicon Minerals and New Gold for supporting our future geologists and engineers.  

Scholarships are a direct way to transform a student's educational experience. For information about how to support Lakehead University where students experience the Exceptional and Unconventional, please contact:  Jennifer Childs, Philanthropy Director at (807) 343-8899

Job Opportunity: Goldcorp Canada Ltd. Musselwhite Mine - Geology Student (two positions available)

Goldcorp is the lowest-cost and fastest growing senior gold producer with
operations and development projects situated in low political risk countries throughout
the Americas.  A Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada,
Goldcorp employs more than 19,000 people worldwide.

Musselwhite Mine is a fly-in, fly-out, trackless, underground gold mine in
Northwestern Ontario.

(Two positions available)


We are seeking energetic Geology Students from Lakehead University to assist the Musselwhite Exploration team during a busy summer season.  There are currently two openings in Exploration Geology. Employees will also have the opportunity to gain some experience in the field of production geology upon their request. 

The ore zones are hosted in high-strain zones cutting folded silicate and oxide facies iron formation.  As a geological assistant, you will gain valuable experience interpreting the interplay of structure, alteration and mineralisation on the various rock types through drill core logging, surface and underground mapping, interpretation of drill sections on paper and in 3D computer programs.  Exploration of more grass-roots targets is ongoing throughout the mine’s large land holdings and you will be involved in detailed and reconnaissance geological mapping, soil sampling using a variety of advanced analytical techniques, and the generation of drill targets.  Musselwhite is committed to the professional development of all employees and will provide opportunities to learn about assaying, milling and refining gold, mining and diamond drilling.


  • Must be enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of a Geology degree program (For 4th year students, only candidates applying for graduate studies will be considered)
  • Excellent oral and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with common computer software (Microsoft Office) is required
  • Experience with ArcGIS would be an asset.

The schedule for these positions is 14 days on, 14 days off in a 28-day rotation, working 12 hour shifts.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website
no later than Sunday, November 30, 2014
www.goldcorp.com/careers (Students and New Grads > Summer Placements)
Please enter the job number listed above and ensure you attach your resume as part of your online application.

Interviews will be conducted in early January, 2014.
Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted individually to arrange a time and place.