SEG Traveling Lecturer Symposium

SEG Traveling Lecturer Symposium

Thursday, July 29, 2021
12:00pm - 4:00pm MDT (UTC-6)

This free symposium will consist of three 45-minute lectures, each followed by a moderated 20-minute Q&A session with the audience. The webinar is available at no cost to attendees. Advance registration is required.

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The SEG Traveling Lecturers are providing a virtual symposium showcasing their premier talks and offering an opportunity for a worldwide audience to engage with them through interactive discussions. Each lecturer will provide one 45-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. This event will be free. Advance registration is required.

The SEG Lecturers are globally recognized individuals that serve as ambassadors for the Society. Lecturers are excellent speakers selected each year based on their significant contributions to the field of economic geology. The SEG Traveling Lecturer Program provides support for the lecturers to present to SEG student chapters, universities, and minerals industry events around the world. This Symposium will continue the mission of the program to reach a broader audience, especially to students and early career professionals.

Start Time (MDT) Title Speaker
12:00pm Welcome and Introductions Host
12:05pm SEG Traveling Lecturer Program Overview Mike Venter, Vice President for Regional Affairs
12:15pm Q&A  
12:25pm Emerging Sediment-Hosted Stratabound Copper Provinces in Southern and Central Africa Mike Robertson, Regional Vice President Lecturer
1:10pm Q&A  
1:30pm Break
1:40pm Gold Endowment of the Superior Craton, Mapping and Predicting Fertile Fault Systems Ross Sherlock, International Exchange Lecturer
2:25pm Q&A  
2:45pm Hydrologic, Magmatic and Tectonic Controls on Hydrothermal Flow, Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: Implications for the Formation of Epithermal Vein Deposits Julie Rowland, Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer
3:30pm Q&A  
3:50pm Closing Statements Host
4:00pm Adjourn

Vice President for Regional Affairs


Mike Venter

Mike graduated with an Honours degree in Geology from the University of Cape Town in 1993; and has since generated a broad experience in the mining and exploration industry at a corporate, junior exploration, and consulting capacity. He has traveled, working on diamond, Au, Fe, Zn-Pb, Ni-Cu, PGM, U, REE, graphite, Sb, Ta/Nb/Sn/W/Li projects throughout Sub Saharan and West Africa, Brazil, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Mike is currently a Qualified/Competent Person for Graphite, REE, LCT Pegmatites, and Ni-Cu and a registered Professional with the South African Council for Natural and Scientific Professions (SACNASP), a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), and member of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA).

International Exchange Lecturer


Ross Sherlock

Ross is a professor at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences (HES), Laurentian University, and holds a research chair in exploration targeting. Ross is also the director of the Mineral Exploration Research Center and the Metal Earth project, one of the largest ever research projects focused on metal endowment. Ross joined HES in August 2017. Ross is a professional geologist with over 33 years of experience in the mining industry and academic research. His career has spanned junior and senior mining companies, consulting, and government surveys, working nationally and internationally. Most recently, Ross was vice president, geoscience, at Kinross Gold Corp. and exploration manager, North America, at Gold Fields. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).

Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer


Julie Rowland

Julie (JR) got hooked on structural geology when she returned to academia after a decade teaching physical education. She took a B.Sc. (Hons) project with Dr. Bernhard Spörli, who taught her the value of detailed observation, and a doctorate under the mentorship of Professor Rick Sibson, who emphasized the need to sort the signal from the noise. From both, she learned the value of inspirational teaching. Since then, she has worked on structural controls on fluid flow with application to volcano-tectonic hazards, and mineral and geothermal exploration. Her field areas include active and paleoextensional and volcanic provinces from Africa and the Caribbean to Antarctica and New Zealand. JR’s current research passion is orogenic-scale control on metal transfer from source to sink. She is a Skinner Awardee, the former Regional Vice President Australasia for the Society of Economic Geologists, and the head of the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Regional Vice President Lecturer


Mike Robertson

Mike is a principal consultant with the MSA Group based in Johannesburg, South Africa. With an M.Sc. study on the structural controls of gold mineralization at the Sheba mine, Barberton greenstone belt, he has a particular interest in the application of applied structural geology to understanding controls on ore genesis and exploration targeting. This has led to work on orogenic gold deposits through Southern, East, West, and Northeast Africa; Saudi Arabia; Yemen; Western Australia; and Russia and Kazakhstan. He has been involved in mineral exploration, both in industry and in a consulting role, for 29 years. Apart from orogenic gold deposits, he has worked on a wide spectrum of mineral systems including sediment-hosted stratabound copper (Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Botswana, Republic of Congo), carbonate-hosted zinc-lead (Namibia, Democratic Republic of the Congo), nonsulfide zinc (Turkey, Mexico), nickel-copper-platinum group elements (Canada), iron oxide copper-gold-type deposits (Zambia), volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposits (Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea), phosphate and bauxite (Saudi Arabia), and heavy mineral sands (Russia). He believes that a fundamental geologic understanding is the cornerstone to exploration success.

Symposium Hosts


Joy Carter

Joy is an M.Sc. student at the University of Toronto, studying and working at the Fenelon Gold Project in the northern Abitibi with Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. She is passionate about creating opportunities for young geoscientists to learn about the mineral exploration and mining industries. She is the President of the SEG Student Chapter at the University of Toronto, former Chair of the Women In Mining Student Chapter, and is a Geologist-in-training with the Ordre des Géologues du Québec.


Halleluya Ekandjo

Halleluya is a Ph.D. candidate with iCRAG at the University College Dublin, where she is studying the controls on mineralization of the Rosh Pb-Zn Deposit in Namibia. She has over 5 years of experience in base metals exploration. Halleluya obtained her M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and her B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Namibia. She is the current vice president of the National University of Ireland SEG student chapter. Additionally, she is involved in EDI in geoscience initiative and enjoys Geoscience communication.


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