Ballot for 2023 SEG Officers

We are pleased to announce candidates for the 2023 SEG Officers. The slate of candidates was prepared in accordance with the relevant sections of the SEG Bylaws by the 2022 SEG Nominating Committee: Moira T. Smith (Chair and Past SEG President), Carolyn D. Anglin, Jose R. Arce, Richard J. Goldfarb, Jeffrey W. Hedenquist, Douglas J. Kirwin, Anne J.B. Thompson.

Please take a moment to learn about each individual and vote today.

Deadline: August, 31, 2022

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Candidate for President-Elect (2023)

Stephen J. Piercey

(SEG Lindgren Fellow since 2005)

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Stephen (Steve) obtained B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) and a Ph.D. from the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (Canada). From 2001 to 2008 he was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and Mineral Exploration Research Centre at Laurentian University (where he is still an adjunct professor). From 2007 to 2009 he was a full-time consulting geologist and the principal of SJPGeoConsulting, and since 2009 he has been at Memorial University where he was previously the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)-Altius Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Deposits (2009–2016) and currently holds the rank of University Research Professor. His research, teaching, and consulting interests involve integrated field- and laboratory-based studies focused on the genesis of mineral deposits and the tectonic evolution of mountain belts, with emphasis on volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS), orogenic Au, and U deposits. In recent years his research on VMS deposits has focused on their larger-scale tectonic and magmatic settings, with an emphasis on their volcanic, sedimentary, and hydrothermal reconstruction; sources of metals, fluids, and sulfur; and their relationship to the evolution of the lithospheric, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. He is also interested in applied mineralogy, exploration lithogeochemistry, applications of portable geochemical and mineralogical instrumentation in geoscience research and industrial applications, the tectonostratigraphic evolution of mountain belts, knowledge transfer between university and industry settings, geoscience communication, and mentorship of students and early career professionals. He has previously served SEG on the Fellowship Admissions Committee (2005–2007, 2010), Graduate Student Fellowship Committee (2007–2014; Chair 2011–2014), Councilor (2009–2011, 2013), and Vice President for Student Affairs (2017–2020). He is also on the Editorial Board of Economic Geology (2008-present).

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Candidate for Councilor (2023-2025)

Sarah A. Gleeson

(SEG Lindgren Fellow since 2007)

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Sarah is the professor of mineral resources at the Freie Universität Berlin and leads the Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry Section at the GFZ, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam. She received a B.A. degree in geology from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. degree in geochemistry from Imperial College, London. Subsequently, she held postdoctoral positions at the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Leeds. She was a professor at the University of Alberta from 2001 to 2016.

Sarah has research interests in mineral deposit genesis, hydrothermal fluid flow, and water-rock interactions and has published on magmatic-hydrothermal systems, Ni laterites, and halogens as tracers in hydrothermal fluids. However, her main research focus is on the coupled chemical-biological-mechanical processes that form Cu, Zn, and Au deposits in sedimentary basins.

She was the recipient of the Waldemar Lindgren Award from the SEG in 2007 and received the Gross Medal (2010) and H.S. Robinson Lecturer Award (2011–2012) from the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. She also received the Young Scientist Award from the Mineralogical Association of Canada in 2010. She was the SEG Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer in 2019. She has served on many SEG committees, including the McKinstry Fund Committee (2012–2014), the SEG Distinguished Lecturer Committee (2012–2014), the Committee on Committees (2015–2016), the Lindgren Award Committee (2020–2022), and the SEG Publications Board (2014–2019) and has served the Editorial Board for Economic Geology since 2008.

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Candidate for Councilor (2023-2025)

Robert Kaemba

(SEG Fellow since 2021)

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Robert is Exploration Manager for Zambia with First Quantum Minerals Ltd., leading a multidisciplinary team in the sediment-hosted copper search space. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in applied geology from the University of Leicester (2007) and was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3, UK) Award. He also completed his High Impact Leadership (HIL) certification from the University of Cambridge in 2020.

Throughout his career, he worked as an exploration geologist on grassroots exploration programs as well as brownfield and advanced-stage projects, also gaining exposure, through stints, attached to active mine operations. Robert is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is currently serving as vice president of the Geological Society of Zambia (GSZ). The GSZ supports and encourages students, early career geoscientists, experienced professionals, and the global geoscience fraternity to engage in varied aspects of geoscience by supporting students, sharing knowledge, and cultivating bonds. In addition, he sits on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the SEG and is an SEG mentor.

Rob joined First Quantum Minerals Ltd. in 2010 as a geologist working on several sediment hosted-copper exploration programs. His team focuses on the technical assessment of sediment-hosted copper opportunities in the Katanga basin, and he is passionate about understanding and testing prospects showing the appropriate mineral system components associated with hydrothermal systems. He was part of the team that made the Southeast dome (Kansanshi) deposit discovery and was involved in the Phoenix Copper, Kipushi (Zambia-DRC border) discovery. These successes are credited to a capable team of geoscientists. He has participated in framing and negotiating third-party agreements, facilitating access to ground identified from First Quantum Mineral’s generative exploration efforts.

He continues to actively support industry undergraduate student projects with institutions locally as well as supporting problem-solving applied research projects with other institutions globally, developing geologic and mineral exploration vectors, indicators, and discriminators in an attempt to raise our success rate. He further nurtures his passion for field data collection, interpretation, and synthesis of geologic and geophysical data, while managing very early stage and advanced-stage exploration initiatives. Outside of work he enjoys the outdoors and travel and is a keen hobby photographer.

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Candidate for Councilor (2023-2025)

Libby R. Sharman

(SEG Fellow since 2017)

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Libby is an exploration geologist with a research background, currently working for BHP in Toronto as their Superintendent Geology Canada for metals exploration. In this role she contributes to global exploration strategy through project generation and prospectivity analysis on a global to regional scale.

Libby completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand and earned a Ph.D. degree at McGill University, where she focused on the application of multiple sulfur isotopes in the understanding of Archean ore-forming processes. She has since gained experience in different facets of the exploration and mining industry, including as a project geologist, researcher, and communications specialist. She has experience on varied deposit types across five continents (including magmatic Ni-Cu-platinum group element, porphyry, volcanogenic massive sulfide, and sedimentary copper deposits), from project generation to resource drilling, for companies of all sizes and scopes.

She has published in several international journals—including Economic Geology—and was the lead editor for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum's Special Volume 57, Porphyry Deposits of the Northwestern Cordillera of North America: A 25-Year Update, for which she also received that institute's Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award.

Libby's eclectic background and 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, with which she has been involved for 20 years. Her varied roles within the SEG encompass Student Chapters, the ad hoc Students Committee (founding Chair), the Education and Training Committee, and the Publications Board. She was also a member of the ad hoc Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and was part of the successful move to make this a standing committee in 2021.

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