International Exchange Lecturer

The International Exchange Lecturer is selected on the basis of widely recognized research in ore deposits science and/or exploration methodology. Lecture sites are selected on the basis of the greatest possible involvement of academic, industry and government-based economic geologists.

HeadshotMoira T. Smith

SEG Fellow

  Talk Titles

  • Carlin-Type Gold Deposits in the Shelf Environment
  • Life After University: Take Charge of Your Future
  • Black Pine Gold Project, Idaho: Geology, Exploration Challenges and Opportunities


Moira Smith was, until recently, the V.P. of Exploration and Geoscience for Liberty Gold Corp, with development properties in Idaho, Utah, and Turkey. She is now a semiretired consultant to Liberty Gold, with a focus on the advancement of the Black Pine Carlin-type gold oxide deposit in southeastern Idaho and identifying the next big opportunity for Liberty Gold.

Formerly Chief Geologist, Nevada, for Fronteer Gold, Moira was instrumental in the successful advancement of Long Canyon, now an operating gold mine in Nevada. She developed an understanding of the geology and controls on mineralization at Long Canyon and built the geologic model for ongoing exploration and resource growth. Prior to Fronteer Gold, she managed exploration programs for Teck on several high-profile, advanced-stage gold and copper-gold projects (now operating mines) throughout the Americas, including the Pogo gold deposit in Alaska, the Cobre Panama Cu-Mo-Au porphyry deposit in Panama, and the El Limon gold deposit in Mexico.

She has a Ph.D. degree in geology from the University of Arizona (1990) and is a P.Geo. (British Columbia). She has held board or executive positions with numerous industry associations and is a Past President of the Society of Economic Geologists. She was a recipient of the Colin Spence award from the Association for Mineral Exploration of B.C. and is a director of Discovery Metals Corp.


To invite Moira, please review the calendar below and contact them directly. Please keep in mind, lecturers are working professionals and have busy schedules. They have agreed to keep the calendar up to date, but may not reflect recent activity. Please allow for a seven-day response.

Airfare, meals, and other transportation costs are funded by the SEG. We require the host university/institution to cover hotel accommodation costs for one or two nights, and if possible, pick up and return the lecturer to the airport.


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