Early Career Professionals

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The Early Career Professionals Committee (ECPC) was established in 2016 with the aim of representing the interests of SEG members within the first 10 years of their economic geology careers as well as assisting with the implementation of Society and Foundation initiatives designed to benefit early career professionals. The committee consists of volunteers who are all passionate about supporting the professional development of senior students and graduates, and they work towards providing members with access to events, programs, and online content that can be used to bridge the gap between university and professional life.

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Function

Reporting directly to the SEG Council, the ECPC is responsible for advising on matters concerning early career professionals within the economic geology sector, whether members be working in industry, academia, or government. The group also is tasked with proposing innovative ways that SEG can support the talent, network, and skills development of ECPs, and subsequently contributing to the organisation of relevant opportunities.

Read the ECPC Charter

The ECPC comprises between 6 and 8 early career professionals from across the economic geology world who sit for 3-year terms. Each year, the committee members vote to elect a Chair who subsequently leads the group and directs its collective efforts; for the benefit of continuity and an effective handover, the outgoing Chair retains the position of immediate Past Chair. In addition to geographic representation, each committee member is also assigned a particular role/remit which helps provide focus and accountability. Finally, the committee aims to meet roughly once a quarter and summary reports are submitted to the SEG Council at the annual SEG Conference and PDAC Convention.

Get Involved

The ECPC is always on the look-out for enthusiastic and passionate people who want to join our team and contribute to our goals.

If you are interested or want more information, please email us at ecp@segweb.org.

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Huw
Richards

Chair

Base: United Kingdom
Sector: Mining

Huw is an Exploration Geologist with roughly 5 years' experience across Liberia, Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, and Australia. Ranging from grassroots exploration through to drilling, his work has focused on the development of greenfield projects and a variety of different commodities including base and precious metals as well as bulk materials. Huw has been a part of early career committees for the Young Mining Professionals UK Chapter and Geological Society of London, the latter from which he was awarded as the Early Career Geologist of the Year in 2017. Huw holds an M.Sc. in Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an M.Sc. in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.

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Nathan
Bridge

Newsletters

Base: Canada
Sector: Exploration

Nathan is an Exploration Geologist with over ten years of experience developing and managing exploration, resource delineation, and geotechnical drill programs for unconformity-associated uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin, Canada. Recently, he has transitioned to a Geoscience role where his focus is on interpretation, mentorship, and working with the project teams to ensure successful exploration driven by strong technical rigor. Nathan holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology, both from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied the genesis of the Lac Cinquante uranium deposit.

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Giancarlo
Daroch

Outreach

Base: Chile
Sector: Exploration

Giancarlo is an Economic Geologist with more than 13 years of field-based experience primarily in exploring for Andean IOCG and Cu(-Mo) porphyry deposits in northern Chile. He has worked mostly in greenfield environments in Chile with experience in other jurisdictions as well such Peru, Mexico, and Brazil. Recently, he has been leading his company's exploration efforts in Chile and jointly overseeing JV activities in Brazil. Giancarlo studied towards a B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Concepción, Chile, and after 5 years of working within the industry, attended the University of Arizona, United States, to complete a Professional Master’s degree in Economic Geology.

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Fariba
Kohanpour

Breezio and Website

Base: Australia
Sector: Academia

Fariba Kohanpour has a Master of Science degree in Economic Geology and completed her Ph.D. in February 2019 at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia. Her project focused on defining nickel and gold mineral systems in the Halls Creek Orogen, Western Australia, by applying geodynamic numerical modeling, geophysical interpretation, isotope analysis, and mineral systems modeling. Since March 2019, she has been working as a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on investigating geodynamics of the Paterson Orogen by integrating geophysical interpretation, isotope analysis, and geodynamic modeling.

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Benjamín
Larenas

Online Content

Base: Chile
Sector: Mining

Benjamín has worked closely with the mining explosives industry since he achieved a B.Sc. degree in Geology in 2018 from University of Concepción, Chile. His thesis project involved studying the interactions between common ammonium nitrate explosives used in mine blasting and the iron sulfide minerals present in porphyry-copper deposits, in order to identify the conditions that might cause a spontaneous reaction inside the blast holes prior to loading. Since then, he's been working on different projects related to the interaction of explosives and the rock mass for his company, which ignited his efforts towards a better understanding of the life-cycle of a mine, from its discovery until it's closure.

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Mireille
Pelletier

Conferences

Base: Canada
Sector: Exploration

Mireille is a professional geologist with over ten years of experience in grassroots to resource definition exploration projects across the Canadian Shield and Cordilleras of the Americas. Most of her experience is in small, remote camps with a focus on geological mapping and field sampling techniques. She now uses her experience to better design data-driven exploration targeting exercises. Mireille holds a B.Sc. from UQÀM and an M.Sc. from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, which she completed after working in the industry for a couple of years. While her summers are usually spent in the bush, Mireille volunteers for the Canadian ski patrol in the winter.

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Fabien
Rabayrol

Student Support

Base: Canada
Sector: Academia

Fabien is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mineral Deposit Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Canada. He holds degrees in Geology from UniLaSalle, France (Master's) and MDRU-UBC (Ph.D.). Fabien has 8 years of field, research and industry experience, won 2nd place in the Integra Gold Rush Challenge in 2016 (Data Miners team), and was a top 5 finalist at the 2017 Disrupt Mining with Goldspot Discoveries. He has been an active SEG member since 2009 through involvement in SEG student chapters (UniLaSalle and UBC), the SEG Student and ECP committees, and the organization of the student-ECP program at the SEG 2020 Conference in Whistler, BC, Canada.

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Isaac
Simon

Online Content

Base: United States
Sector: Mining

Isaac is a Mining Geologist working on Porphyry Cu-Mo and Fe-Cu Skarn deposits with Freeport McMoRan. He has roughly two years of combined Mining Geology experience which has involved core logging, RC drill rig supervision and ore control in Arizona and New Mexico. Isaac earned his B.Sc. in Geology from California State University, Northridge and an M.Sc. in Economic Geology from Colorado School of Mines. His thesis work focused on understanding the formation of pentlandite in quartz veins cross-cutting komatiite-hosted magmatic sulfide deposits of Kambalda, Western Australia.