Toronto Geological Discussion Group



Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 2nd Floor, 20 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8
    • 31

    Ross Sherlock, Director MERC-Metal Earth, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University

    Speaker Biography:

    Ross joined HES in August 2017 as a Chair in Exploration Targeting and the Director of MERC. Ross is a professional geologist with over 30 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.

    Ross Completed a Post-Doctoral  Fellowship at the Mineral Deposits Research Unit at UBV, PhD at the University of Waterloo, MSc at Lakehead University, and BSc (Honours) at McMaster University, Canada. He is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). 

    Talk Abstract:

    Metal Earth is a seven-year, research program led by the Mineral Exploration Research Centre at Laurentian University. It is funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Laurentian University and Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Academic and Industry partners. Metal Earth is the largest mineral exploration research project ever conducted in Canada. Focused on the Archean era, Metal Earth will image entire ore and non-ore systems at full crust-mantle scale to determine the process responsible for Earth's differential metal endowment. 

    In Canada, and similar jurisdictions, mineral resources are increasingly difficult and expensive to discover and develop. This is a function of established mining camps becoming increasingly mature which pushes exploration and development activities into remote and covered areas, or deep exploration in mature camps. The end result of this global trend is fewer discoveries and increased discovery costs on a per ounce basis. To slow and reverse this trend, the research community and the minerals industry need to collaboratively develop predictive tools to increase exploration success both in mature mining  camps and new districts. inherent in this research will be an improved understanding of the processes that result in Earth's differential metal endowment across geological time and how we explore for metals.

    Metal Earth has completed its third full field season with over 50 geoscientists conducting targeted mapping in 2019 and completion of 1,000 km of reflection seismic, magnetotelluric and gravity surveys across variably endowed fault systems and volcanic centres of the Abitibi and Wabigoon subprovinces. Much of our work is field based, in an effort to provide updates to stakeholders and receive constructive feedback to our researchers, one of the main vehicles to disseminate data, results and interpretations through annual field trips for each transect. These are open to the public and are targeted to the exploration industry. 

    This presentation will focus on progress to date and future plans for the project.

    Thanks to our sponsor!

    Big thanks to MERC at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences for sponsoring this talk and networking event!

    • 05 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 2nd Floor, 20 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8
    • 75

    Jason Dunning, Vice President Exploration, Adventus Mining Corp.

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 3rd Floor, 130 Spadina Ave.
    • 47

    Course Description

    QGIS is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software offering powerful functions well suited to mineral exploration and geoscience work. The free program is rapidly growing in popularity among geologists and is supported by a global network of users. There has never been a better time to learn about QGIS!

    Attendees will become familiar with QGIS tools to manipulate, visualize and analyze common geospatial data produced by mineral exploration. During this one-day practical workshop you will learn how to:

    • Install the free software (Windows or Mac),
    • Navigate the QGIS interface,
    • Download publicly available spatial datasets,
    • Render thematic layers,
    • Input, edit and manage mineral exploration results,
    • Produce informative and attractive maps.

    Intended Audience

    This course is designed for geologists and prospectors who want to learn about the open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software QGIS. No prior GIS software experience is needed. Professionals interested in exploring open source options for GIS software will find this workshop particularly useful.

    This is an incredible opportunity that the TGDG is pleased to offer at a very economical rate as part of their commitment to support valuable and resume building educational events for students and young mining professionals.


    • Student: $50
    • Member: $100
    • Non-member: $150 (Registration for non-TGDG members - includes annual TGDG membership for remainder of 2019-2020 season.)


    Registrants will need to bring their own laptops. Software can be downloaded at . Registrants will be notified by email with download and installation instructions.

    This event will not be broadcasted.

    Attendees will need to bring their own laptop.

    Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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    Course Instructors

    Charles Beaudry: VP Exploration, Orefinders Resources Inc.

    Antoine Schwartzmann: Project Geologist, Orefinders Resources Inc.

    Antoine Caté : Structural Geology Consultant - SRK Toronto

    Gautam Narayanan: Manager, Corporate Development, Orefinders Resources Inc.

    Volodymyr Andrienko: Staff Geologist, Orefinders Resources Inc.

    Charles Beaudry: Mr. Beaudry is a seasoned mining executive with over 40 years’ experience in project generation, business development, exploration geochemistry and international project management. He has been involved in a number of deposit discoveries during his carreer and worked with Noranda/Falconbridge (now Glencore/Xstrata) from 1989 to 2006 and worked overseas in Brazil (country manager 1996-2001) and Papua New Guinea (2004-05). In 2008-2009 he was General Manager for New Opportunities for Iamgold Inc. and from 2010 to mid-2013 he was founding President and later Chief Executive Officer of Xmet Inc., outlining a NI 43-101 compliant, 850,000 ounce gold deposit in the Abitibi greenstone belt of Quebec. Charles is a fully trained Six-Sigma black belt and uses teaches QAQC using Quality principles. He is an expert in Mapinfo and has adopted QGIS as his GIS of choice for project exploration work.

    Antoine Schwartzmann: Antoine has 6 years of experience in both academia and industry exploration in North America, Europe, Northern Africa and South America working on gold and base metal deposit. He has expertise in remote greenfield and brownfield exploration. Antoine has experience with GIS software as ArGIS, QGIS, Mapinfo/Discover. He also can use 3d modeling program as Surpac, Gemcom, Leapfrog for 3D modeling purposes. Antoine currently work at Orefinders Resource inc. and PowerOre inc. as a Junior Geologist compiling data, 3D modeling and helping the VP of exploration Charles Beaudry on the various project that both companies have.

    Antoine Caté : Antoine has 8 years of both academia and industry field experience in North and South America, Europe and Australia working on gold and base metal deposits, from greenfield to brownfield exploration. He is also an expert in the applications of data science and Machine Learning in geosciences, including work on prospectivity analysis. Antoine is author or co-author in several peer-reviewed publications and numerous presentations in economic geology, and in applications of Machine Learning in geosciences. He is a recipient of the Mountjoy Exchange Award of the Geological Association of Canada. Antoine was the leader of the team which was awarded the second place at the international Integra Gold Rush challenge in 2016 and was involved in the founding of two companies related to the mining industry: Goldspot Discoveries Inc. and Geolearn Solutions Inc. Antoine’s current work at SRK includes structural field investigation, 3D modelling, and the development of innovative tools applied to structural geology, and mineral exploration.

    Gautam Narayanan: Gautam Narayanan has a Bachelors degree in Geology and Masters degree in Economic Geology from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He has a Capital Markets background as he previously worked in Equity Research at Canaccord Genuity. Gautam is currently working with Orefinders and Power Ore, focusing on Corporate Development where he is responsible for generating investment ideas and sourcing potential projects for acquisition, and perform financial analyses and modeling. Gautam is also active on the marketing aspect for Orefinders and Power Ore, and frequently works on creating visually simplistic, yet informative maps targeted towards investors. A tool he consistently uses for creating maps, conducting spatial analyses and generating project acquisition ideas is QGIS. He is proficient in QGIS and is comfortable with the Python language which he has been using since 2012.

    Volodymyr Andrienko: Volodymyr has academic experience dealing with the Bushveld Igneous Complex, culminating with substantial geochemical analysis of several geological layers in the complex. Geochemical data was acquired with various laboratory tools including the microprobe and ICPMS, among others, followed by data processing. After the completion of academia, he acquired his most recent practical experience dealing with the Kerr-Addison gold project in Virginiatown, Ontario. He partook in many tasks within project including core logging, drill alignment and logistics, fieldwork and sampling, and managing. Volodymyr has experience with the ArcGIS software for field data synthesis and Micromine software for drill hole planning and gyro survey monitoring. His current work is related to the Perry copper project for PowerOre Inc. through the usage of Infomine and Gemcom applications for mine drift and stope structure digitization for potential future underground operations.

Past events

08 Oct 2019 Geology of the Archean Côté Gold Au(-Cu) Intrusion-Related Deposit, Swayze Greenstone Belt, Ontario
24 Sep 2019 Updated Mineral Exploration Best Practice Guidelines
10 Sep 2019 Windfall Lake Gold Deposit
07 May 2019 Exploration in Carbonate Terrains of Mexico
16 Apr 2019 Gold Metallurgy 101 for Geos
02 Apr 2019 So, You Want to Start a Junior...
26 Feb 2019 Constraints on the formation and evolution of gold-bearing, higher-order splays of crustal-scale faults: a case study of the Kirana deformation zone in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
12 Feb 2019 Whabouchi Geological and Operation Insights
22 Jan 2019 Combining geological insight and geophysical modelling
08 Jan 2019 The Surge for Cobalt in the New Electric Car World: Where will it come from?
11 Dec 2018 YEAR END PARTY
23 Nov 2018 Introduction to Resource Estimation with Python
06 Nov 2018 Automated Mineralogy: A quantum leap in drift exploration
23 Oct 2018 U of T Night
09 Oct 2018 Porphyry Copper Deposits: Field Criteria for Exploration and Resource Potential Evaluation
25 Sep 2018 Resource Over-Estimation: Post-Mortem and a Path Forward
11 Sep 2018 There’s a Dark Side to Geophysics
08 May 2018 The Colomac and Indin Lake Story - Nighthawk Gold Corp.
17 Apr 2018 Improving Exploration Target Modelling with the Use of Machine Learning on Exploration Data
03 Apr 2018 Mini-Symposium - New Technologies in Exploration
20 Feb 2018 The Saramacca Gold Deposit – A New Orogenic Gold Discovery in the Guiana Shield
13 Feb 2018 Temporal and Geographical Trends in Resource Estimation
23 Jan 2018 Creating a Microbial Toolbox for the Mining Industry
09 Jan 2018 Exploration Geochemistry from Anomalies to Footprinting
12 Dec 2017 The 2011 M9.0 Tohoku (Japan) Earthquake: Insights from Drilling the Megathrust
21 Nov 2017 Applications of Seismic Methods as a Tool for Mine Planning and Uranium Exploration
07 Nov 2017 Kudz Ze Kayah Project: Evidence for an upright sequence hosting a replacement style volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit
10 Oct 2017 Discovery of the Kencana Au-Ag ore deposit, Indonesia
26 Sep 2017 MVT Deposit Genesis at the Start of the 21st Century
12 Sep 2017 Geology of the Barkerville Deposit
23 May 2017 Geogames for Grown-Ups Challenge
09 May 2017 Castelo de Sonhos: De-risking a gold paleo-placer using tools and methods from the petroleum industry
25 Apr 2017 Mini-Symposium - Turning the Switch On: The Geology of Li-Ion Battery Materials and how to Evaluate Risk in Today's Markets
04 Apr 2017 Richmont's Island Gold Mine: Exploration continues to rejuvenate the potential of the Goudreau-Lochalsh District of the Wawa Gold Camp
21 Feb 2017 The Marathon Gold Valentine Lake Property in Central Newfoundland, an emerging Gold Camp
31 Jan 2017 Geology, Chemostratigraphy, and Alteration Geochemistry of the Rosemont Cu-Mo-Ag Skarn Deposit, Southern Arizona
17 Jan 2017 Evaluating the interplay of magmatism, tectonics, and basin redox in the genesis of the Wolverine volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposit, Yukon, Canada
13 Dec 2016 Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine: The Long Road from Discovery to Production
24 Nov 2016 Mini-Symposium - Innovation and Change in Mineral Exploration
01 Nov 2016 Qiqavik: A New District Scale Au-Cu Camp in Nunavik, Quebec?
18 Oct 2016 Spectral, multispectral, hyperspectral: What works, what could work, and what will not work
27 Sep 2016 Ontario Geological Survey Geoscience Programs Update
13 Sep 2016 Structural Controls on Magmatic Ni-Cu-PGM Sulfide at Wallbridge Mining’s Parkin Offset Dyke Deposit in Sudbury, Ontario
17 May 2016 Transition Metals PGM-Ni-Cu Discoveries: Sunday Lake and Aer-Kidd, a Separation of 700 Kilometers and 700 Million Years
04 May 2016 Integrating multiple lines of evidence to define the exploration target range for the Castelo de Sonhos Paleo-placer gold Project, Brazil
19 Apr 2016 Mini-Symposium - The Big Bang: Understanding the Magmatic Controls of Mineral Deposits
05 Apr 2016 Alturas – A Recent High Sulphidation Gold Discovery on the El Indio Belt, Chile
18 Feb 2016 Geology and Mineralization of the New Afton alkalic porphyry Cu-Au deposit
10 Feb 2016 Murray Brook Polymetallic VHMS Deposit, Bathurst, New Brunswick
26 Jan 2016 From Sadiola to the recently discovered Boto Gold Deposit, 25 years of gold mining and exploration discovery in West Africa
15 Dec 2015 Mining Project Development Experience – Where Do Things Go Wrong and Why
18 Nov 2015 Mini-Symposium – Abitibi Gold: The next 135 million ounces
02 Nov 2015 TerraX Minerals Inc.
20 Oct 2015 Recent Advances in Ocean Mining
29 Sep 2015 55 Zone - A new high grade gold mine on the Yaramoko Property, Burkina Faso
14 Sep 2015 The Arrow Uranium Zone, a Rapidly Emerging Discovery - NexGen Energy Ltd.
05 May 2015 Brucejack Project,B.C.
18 Apr 2015 Mini-Symposium – Working Smart: Using the downturn in the economy as an opportunity
31 Mar 2015 The (geochemical) Hitchhikers’ Guide to Magmatic Ni-Cu Prospectivity in a Greenstone Belt
03 Feb 2015 Amaruq: The early days of a significant gold discovery
20 Jan 2015 The Renard Diamond Project: 13 Years From Discovery, Now Under Construction
09 Dec 2014 Facts and Fallacies: a personal commentary on the last 45 years of uranium exploration and development in the Athabasca Basin of northern Saskatchewan.
09 Dec 2014 Exploration for Deep VMS Ore Bodies: The Hudbay Lalor Case Study
19 Nov 2014 Mini-Symposium – Canada's Mineral Landscape: Aboriginal Rights and Related Issues
21 Oct 2014 The Geologic Framework and Potential for Deep Seated Deposits at the Superior Project, Ontario
07 Oct 2014 Hardrock Gold Project, Geraldton, Ontario: Structural and stratigraphic settings of the deposits
23 Sep 2014 Timing and Controls on Gold Mineralization in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt
15 Sep 2014 Deep Mineral Exploration - The Next Economic Geology Frontier
09 Sep 2014 The discovery of the Goldrush deposit, Cortez Camp, Nevada
13 May 2014 Alexkor and the Richtersveld Land Claim – A retrospective diamond mineral property valuation case study
29 Apr 2014 Advancing Canada's newest gold district: The Borden gold project
09 Apr 2014 Mini-Symposium – Mexico Exploration: Finding the Treasure of the Sierra Madre and more
18 Feb 2014 Geometallurgical Modelling of the Dumont Deposit
04 Feb 2014 The Pistol Bay Gold Project, Nunavut, Canada A new district of Archean gold deposits in a variety of rocks - not just iron formation!
21 Jan 2014 Deep Mining Exploration reveals Ancient Waters of the Precambrian Shield
10 Dec 2013 OSC Staff Notice 43-705: a fair reflection of the mining industry’s recent performance?
21 Nov 2013 Mini-Symposium – Applied Earth Modelling: Better Targeting Using 3D Exploration
05 Nov 2013 The Curraghinalt Orogenic Gold Deposit, Northern Ireland. A Pot of High Grade Gold at the End of the Rainbow
22 Oct 2013 A multidisciplinary approach to the Attawapiskat kimberlite field: accelerating the discovery to production pipeline
01 Oct 2013 Discovery of the Mesel, Batu Hijau, and Elang Deposits, Indonesia: Successful Greenfields Exploration
17 Sep 2013 Exploring and Developing the Hope Bay Project: Approaches Both Old and New
28 May 2013 Do Recent Changes to Ontario’s Mining Act Make the Province a Less Competitive Jurisdiction to Explore?
14 May 2013 Sabodala Gold Mine, Senegal
30 Apr 2013 Key Elements for Mineral Exploration Success: An Example from Neves-Corvo, Portugal
16 Apr 2013 The Rovina Valley Au-Cu Project, Golden Quadrilateral, Romania: New Discoveries in an Old Mining District
02 Apr 2013 Economic geology of black shale – hosted vanadium mineralization in Xiushui County, Jiangxi Province, southeastern China
26 Mar 2013 Mini-Symposium – Laterites or Laterwrongs: Making the Pieces Fit
19 Feb 2013 Anna Fonseca – Infrared Spectroscopy Applied to Alteration Mapping
05 Feb 2013 Joe Hinzer – Challenging Mineral Property Evaluations
22 Jan 2013 Jean-Francois Ravenelle – Geology of the Eleonore Gold Deposit
04 Dec 2012 Jeremy Niemi – The Romero gold discovery, Dominican Republic
08 Nov 2012 Mini-Symposium: The future of mining and exploration in Canada
23 Oct 2012 John Ryder – Paleoplacers – Are Archean/Proterozoic diamondiferous placers/paleoplacers potentially new sources of diamond supply to meet the looming diamond shortage?
09 Oct 2012 Warren Bates – Geology, alteration and Geophysics an the Manfo Gold Project, Sefwi Belt, Ghana
25 Sep 2012 Brent Cook – Exploration vs. Finance and the Low Odds of Success
11 Sep 2012 Hernan Ugalde – Geological Modeling of Geophysical Data: Beyond the 3D inversion black box, v2.0
18 Apr 2012 Hamid Mumin – Iron Oxide Copper-Gold Deposits in Genetic Context
03 Apr 2012 Sally Pehrsson – A new evolution and architecture for the Trans Hudson orogeny and its use in targeting for world class VMS, Nickel and Gold deposits
20 Mar 2012 Jim Mungall – Formation of iron oxide and phosphate tephra of the El Laco volcano, Chile from an Fe-P-O-S magma.
21 Feb 2012 Sergio Cattalani – Discovery and Development of the Canadian Malartic Bulk-Tonnage Gold Deposit, Southern Abitibi, Quebec, Canada.
07 Feb 2012 Workshop and Mini-Symposium on the Complexities of Grade Estimation
24 Jan 2012 Xiaodong Zhou – The Use and Limitations of Aster Satellite Imagery for Exploration
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