Lecture Series

Goodman School of Mines

The Goodman School of Mines Lecture Series were created to present current topics of importance and interest about the mining industry to students, graduate students, alumni, industry professionals and members of the community. Each lecture will be recorded, with the permission of the speaker, so that anyone can access the content at anytime from anywhere in the world.   The vision of the lectures is to promote an environment in which the participants can ask questions and learn first-hand from experienced industry professionals in a broad variety of topics that encompass the scope of the mining industry as a whole.   Browse this page to find all of the important information about our Lecture Series events and even watch past Lectures online.


Mine Discovery and Development with a Passion

(An interactive fireside chat moderated by Jonathan Goodman)

January 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University

Free Admission

Eira and Catherine, clearly two of the most successful, driven and industry-recognized mine developers in Canada, will discuss their pathways and turning points to successful discovery and development in Canada and abroad. From giant copper or gold deposits to diamond deposits with giant diamonds, these two industry icons have much to share.


Catherine McLeod-Seltzer

Chairman, Bear Creek Mining Corporation

Catherine is a serial company builder and a recognized leader in the minerals industry for her ability to create growth-focused companies that generate significant shareholder value. Catherine has successfully partnered with numerous geological teams in the past 20 years with successes including Arequipa Resources, Francisco Gold, Miramar Mining, Lucara Diamonds, Stornoway Diamonds and Peru Copper. Catherine was named “Mining Man of the Year” by The Northern Miner in 1999; given the “Award for Performance” by the Association of Women in Finance in 1997; positioned on the Financial Post’s “Power 50″; has received Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award and in 2013 and 2016, the WIM UKs 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. 

Catherine has raised more than $650 million in working capital for mining exploration in the past 20 years, and been directly involved in more than $4 billion in corporate transactions. Her leadership and financial expertise, access to capital and respect in building companies have been invaluable assets to the companies she is involved in and have created significant wealth for shareholders. Catherine’s directorships in other publicly traded companies include Kinross Gold Corporation, JDL Gold, Grenville Strategic Royalties, and Major Drilling.


Eira Thomas

Founder and Director of Lucara Diamond Corp.

Eira Thomas is a respected Canadian geologist who’s career in the Canadian exploration and mining business spans more than 25 years. In the 1990’s she led the Aber Resources Ltd. field exploration team that discovered Diavik, Canada’s second diamond mine. She spent more than 16 years at Aber, becoming Vice-President Exploration in 1997 and joined the Board of Directors in 1998, serving until 2006 when she resigned to focus on her role as CEO for Stornoway Diamond Corporation.  Stornoway is   currently developing Renard, Quebec’s first diamond mine.
Ms. Thomas most recently served as President, CEO and Director for Kaminak Gold Corporation which was sold to Goldcorp for approximately $520 million in 2016, and is a director of Suncor Energy Inc. and  Lucara Diamond Corp.

Ms. Thomas has been honoured with several industry awards, including “Canada’s Top 40 under 40″, The William Harvey Gross Award, the CIM’s Past Pesidents’ Memorial Medal , Minerva for BC Women Natural Resources Award and has been named as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women”, and selected as a “Young Global Leader”, by the World Economic Forum. 

Ms. Thomas graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1990.

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