Skip to main content

EPS Seminar: Dr. Robert Quartermain - A Gay Man’s Journey from Bush Tent to C-Suite

Sponsored by

This event is over.

Event Details:

In his presentation, Bob will discuss a few of the geologically interesting mining projects with which he has been involved. He’ll also discuss the evolution of his career as an exploration geoscientist and mining entrepreneur and how his personal lens informed the development of respectful relationships to obtain the social license to operate in the communities where he and his companies have worked. Bob will join a panel with Dr David Zhen Yin, Sofia Mantilla Salas, and Timmy Chee Cheng Lui to discuss the importance of competency in DEI for geoscience professionals and the need for the same throughout the resource industry.


Bob Quartermain is an entrepreneurial geoscientist who has spent his 46-year career in pursuit of ore deposit discovery around the world. Bob was born in 1955 in New Brunswick, Canada, and holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), an MSc in Minex from Queen’s University, Ontario, and an Honorary Doctorate from UNB. Bob began his geoscience journey in 1976 in northern Canada, working for four years out of tent camps, mapping and exploring for gold and uranium. In 1981, he was employed by Teck Corporation and obtained mine experience working at the Lamaque Gold Mine in Quebec and the David Bell Mine in Ontario. In 1985, Bob was appointed President and CEO of Silver Standard Resources (now SSRMining) and grew the company from 2 employees and a $2 million market capitalization over a 25-year period to a market capitalization in excess of $2 billion based on sound geoscience. In 2010, Bob formed Pretivm Resources to acquire and develop the Brucejack gold mine in northern British Columbia. Over 7 years and $1 billion in equity and debt financings, the company grew from concept to Canada’s fourth-largest gold mine and is now owned by Newmont Corporation of Denver. Bob currently serves as Co-Chair and largest shareholder of Dakota Gold Corp, which is revitalizing the historic Homestake District in South Dakota. Bob supports several philanthropic interests in education, social justice, and wildlife. He was the first gay inductee into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) in August 2022 "…for his significant contribution to the mining and exploration industry in Canada and internationally over his career."