"Picture a Scientist" - Film Screening and Panel Discussion



Libby Sharman

BHP Xplor

Libby is an exploration geologist working as the Technical Lead for BHP Xplor, having spent five years prior with BHP Metals Exploration contributing to global exploration strategy through project generation and prospectivity analysis. She completed her Ph.D. at McGill University and has since gained experience in different facets of the exploration and mining industry including as a project geologist, researcher, and communications specialist. Libby has experience on varied deposit types across five continents from project generation to resource drilling for companies of all sizes and scopes. Libby's personal experiences have fostered an interest in improving the mining industry and making it a more inclusive and appealing sector in which to work. She pursues this through various volunteer roles in industry organizations including the Society of Economic Geologists.



Stuart Simmons

University of Utah

Stuart is SEG President for 2023. He is a consulting geologist and a research professor at the University of Utah, and he is primarily known for his work on epithermal Au-Ag mineral deposits and geothermal resources. His work is directed at understanding the geological, hydrological, and geochemical controls on hydrothermal fluid flow, precious metal mineralization and heat transfer.


Sarah Gordon


Having completed her Ph.D. at Imperial College, Sarah went to work as a Geologist for Anglo American. She was lucky enough to live and work all over the world in a variety of functions from exploration through to sustainability, risk management, and assurance. This grounding allowed her to explore different risk management techniques and uses, applying them to real situations.

Sarah co-founded Satarla in 2014. Now with 90 Associates based globally and offices in London, Sydney, Johannesburg, and Toronto, Satarla provides risk management consultancy, training and research to organisations from sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, charities, finance, together with petrochemicals, energy, oil & gas, and mining. Specialising in making risk management practical and accessible to all those that use it, Sarah most enjoys projects through which a company's culture can be evolved to meet its values and purpose. In recent years, this has focused on integrated risk management with a focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance threats and opportunities.

In 2020, Sarah co-founded the not-for-profit Responsible Raw Materials. With the mission to create integration across raw materials value and supply chains, Responsible Raw Materials runs a series of events and research projects through which those with an interest in minerals and metals vital to the green industrial revolution can learn from one another and identify opportunities for improvement.

Sarah is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. Voted as one of the top 10 most inspirational women in mining in 2016, she is also a trustee of Geology for Global Development.


Neil Fernandes

Teck Resources

Neil (He/Him) is a project technical specialist in the North American Exploration Group at Teck Resources Limited, currently working alongside a diverse team advancing exploration programs in the Red Dog Zn – Pb district, Alaska. In a prior life, he worked in South America with Barrick Gold within new exploration activities, in the Maricunga Au – Cu belt and in production at the Zaldivar Cu mine. In between his development in industry, he earned his B.Sc (Hons) in geology and chemistry at the University of Toronto (2008), M.Sc. in earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta (2011) and a Ph.D. in geological sciences at Queen's University (2019), all with focus on advancing geological understanding of mineral systems.

Neil was born in the United Arab Emirates to parents from India and immigrated to Canada in 2001 for university. He is a passionate advocate for integration of new and historically non-traditional voices and values in mining and mineral exploration and has seen the benefits of being immersed in different cultures throughout his personal and professional life. He was strongly involved in SEG student chapters at each university that he has attended and served as SEG student committee chair from 2015 to 2018. Neil speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French and hopes to continue learning from all members of our community.


Lara McClintock


Lara is an exploration geologist with 15 years of experience in the field. She holds a Master of Science degree in Earth Sciences from Simon Fraser University. Currently, Lara is the Manager of Greenfields Exploration for North and Central America at South32 and has worked on a variety of base and precious metal exploration projects. Prior to her work in mineral exploration, Lara conducted extensive research on gemstones, particularly emeralds, from various locations including Norway, Australia, China, Africa and Canada. Lara is a strong advocate for mineral education, as well as volunteers with Women Geoscientists in Canada, a non-profit organization committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the geosciences.