Meet President and Chief Geologist

Peter C. Lightfoot
Ph.D., P.Geo.

A skilled geologist with significant experience in the minerals industry (Inco and Vale), Ontario Geological Survey, and academia. Responsible for technical aspects of exploration, research and development portfolio, strategic studies of the nickel market, and mentoring geoscience staff.

International project generation in base metals exploration and due diligence reporting.

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International project generation in base metals exploration and due diligence reporting


Greenfield exploration in Canada, Greenland, China, India, South Africa, Mongolia, Angola, Finland, Australia, and Brazil


Brownfield and near-mine exploration in Indonesia, Carajas, Sudbury, Thompson, and Voisey’s Bay


Project risk-reward analysis, monitoring new project developments, and global metal supply


Industry Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario


Published first complete text book on Sudbury ore deposits in 2016


Lightfoot Geoscience (Incorporated 2016)

Chief Geologist, Nickel: Base Metals Division, Vale (2008-2016)

Chief Geologist, Nickel: Global Technical Services Group, Vale (2005-2008)

Principal Geologist, Nickel Sulphide: Global Project Generation, Inco (2000-2005)

Senior Geologist, Nickel Sulphide: Project Generation and Technical Services, Inco (1996-2000)

Geoscientist: Mineral Deposits Section, Ontario Geological Survey (1991-1996)

Chief Analyst: Geoscience Laboratories, Ontario Geological Survey (1989-1991)

Supervisor: Geoscience Laboratories, Ontario Geological Survey (1987-1989)


Adjunct Industry Professor (2017- )
Hutchinson Visiting Industry Professor (2017-2020)
Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Western Ontario
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Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University

Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology, Open University

M.Sc. in Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, and Ore Deposit Geology,
University of Toronto

B.A. in Geology, Oxford University


Ontario Professional Geologist Designation:
PGO Member #671

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba #7684

Engineers & Geoscientists BC #1000966

Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan #65535

Society of Economic Geologists


Fellow, Geological Association of Canada:


William Harvey Gross Award in Mineral Deposit Geology

Massey College Junior Fellow

Royal Geographic Society Award


Associate Editor, Ore Geology Reviews (2015-present)

Associate Editor, Economic Geology (2010-2015)

Associate Editor, Mineralium Deposita (2003-2010)

Associate Editor, Canadian Mineralogist (1987-1990)

Honorary Editor and Advisor, Northwestern Geology (2012-2013)

Co-organiser and co-editor of proceedings: Sudbury-Noril’sk Symposium (1992)


Principal technical expert and mentor to a team of geoscientists who have made discoveries of significant new mineral zones:

  • Sudbury: Victor (28N zone discovery) and Totten (230 zone discovery).
  • Thompson: Thompson Extensions discovery, the South Manasan PGE-Ni discovery.
  • Voisey's Bay: Reid Brook Extensions
  • Carajas: Jaguar Iron-Oxide Nickel Copper (IONC) discovery
  • Established and worked exploration joint venture projects in China and South Africa, and generated new project opportunities in China, India, Russia, Australia, Angola, Zambia, Canada, Greenland, South Africa, Finland, Mongolia and Yemen where I supported teams of geologists in their exploration work.


    • IoGAS and Geoscience Analayst interface (advanced): pioneered applications to large datasets and built new exploration geochemistry templates and interactive 3D models of the geochemistry of ore bodies
    • ArcGIS
    • Datamine Studio: developed routine applications and designed new applications for treating large geochemical datasets in 3D
    • GoCAD and Leapfrog


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    Peter C. Lightfoot - Publications