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Keith Barron, PhD'97

Western News - September 30/2010; Firestone Ventures press release - April 2/2012

keith barron
Alumni Award of Merit, Professional Achievement Award recipient 2010

Western opened up a world of possibilities for Keith Barron. “While at Western, I met so many graduate students and faculty with stories of work in odd corners of the world. I, too, was anxious to take a break from my studies and I chose to go to Australia in 1988,” Barron says. “Since then I have resided in more than a dozen countries and visited close to 80.”

Working in mineral exploration for more than 30 years, Barron has consulted for numerous companies and investment houses, with an expertise in epithermal gold deposits. The founder of two companies, Aurelian Resources Inc. and U3O8 Corp, he has worked on every continent except Antarctica searching for such commodities as gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, copper, platinum, and industrial minerals.

In 2001 he privately co-founded Ecuador gold explorer Aurelian Resources Inc., which was listed on the TSX-V in 2003 and made the Fruta del Norte gold discovery in 2006. The company was bought by Kinross Gold in 2008 for $1.2 billion.

Barron pledged $1.2 million to the Faculty of Science to create the Robert W. Hodder Chair in Economic Geology and establish the Richard W. Hutchinson Visiting Industrial Professor in Economic Geology.

Norman Duke, Western Economic Geology associate professor, says Barron’s commitment to fundamental geology played the key role in his accomplishments. “He is also a living example of the old adage that education is the key to success,” Duke says.

Read the complete story: Western News - September 30/2010; Firestone Ventures press release - April 2/2012


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