Scott Swinden PhD, PGeo

A professional geoscientist, manager and executive, with more than 40 years experience in mineral exploration, Federal and Provincial public service, and academia focused on mineral deposits geoscience and the application of science, legislation, regulation and policy to mineral resource development.

Ph.D.(Earth Sciences) 1988 Memorial University of Newfoundland
M.Sc.(Geology) 1976 Memorial University of Newfoundland
B.Sc.(Honours in Geology) 1970 Dalhousie University
Specialized Expertise
  • Geological history and architecture of orogenic belts and the geological settings and character of their base and precious metal deposits,
  • Field--based studies of the regional and local geological settings of mineral deposits,
  • Volcanology, volcanic geochemistry, petrology and petrogenesis applied to mineral deposits,
  • Hydrothermal alteration,
  • Broad experience in a wide variety of base, precious and rare metal deposit types with particular expertise in:
    • Base and precious metal deposits, particularly VMS;
    • Rare element deposits associated with alkali and carbonatite intrusions, rare earth element geochemistry and the settings of rare earth element deposits;
  • Experience in working with coal and a variety of industrial minerals including industrial carbonates, dimension stone, gypsum, salt, aggregates.
Mineral Exploration:
  • Geological mapping, regional assessment of mineral potential and target identification,
  • Geological and geochemical methods in mineral exploration,
  • Compilation of exploration data, deposit modelling,
  • NI43-101 compliant disclosure and technical reporting,
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control planning and implementation.
Strategic Planning, Management and Communication:
  • Strategic planning for all aspects of government mineral resources programs, policies and legislation,
  • Project management,
  • Written and oral communications - skilled communicator with the written word and in formal and informal verbal and multimedia presentations to audiences of all sizes,
  • Budgeting and financial management,
Government Process and Legislation:
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in government processes, including developing, interpreting and working with legislation, regulation, and policy and interacting with government regulators in the context of mineral resource development,
Professional Experience
Jan. 2010 - present: President and Principal Consultant, Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd.
Sept. 1998 – Jan. 2010 Executive Director, Mineral Resources Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Sept. 1987 - Jan. 1996 Senior Geologist/Manager, Mineral Deposits Section Newfoundland Geological Survey
Apr. 1985 - Sept. 1987 Project Geologist Geological Survey of Canada
Jul. 1984 - Dec. 1984 Project Geologist Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy
Apr. 1983 - June, 1984 Project Geologist Geological Survey of Canada
Jan. 1983 - Mar. 1983 Project Geologist Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy
Apr. 1979 - Apr. 1982 Project Geologist Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy
May, 1978 - Mar. 1979 Senior Project Geologist Resource Associates of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
Aug. 1976 - Sept. 1977 Senior Geologist Resource Consultants Ltd., St. John’s, NL
May, 1975 - Jan. 1976 Exploration Geologist Atlantic Coast Copper Ltd., St. John, NB
May, 1970 - Sept. 1973 Exploration Geologist Conwest Exploration Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ont.

Career-long participation in scholarly activities, through graduate work, research and publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature, teaching in university and professional development settings, co-supervision of students, thesis examinations, and volunteer activities, including positions of leadership, in scholarly organizations.

2009 - present Adjunct Professor, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University
1993 – 1997 Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (FCIM)

Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada (FGAC)

  • Member of Nominations Committee, 2002 - 2004 (Chair, 2002 - 03)
  • Vice-President, President, and Past President, GAC, 1999 – 2002
  • Mineral Deposits Division Medals Committee, 1997 - 1999
  • Chairman, Mineral Deposits Division, 1994 - 1995
  • Member of the Robinson Fund Committee, 1993 - 1996
  • Member of the Field Trip Committee, 1991 Annual Meeting, Wolfville, NS
  • Director, Eastern Canada for the Mineral Deposits Division, 1983 - 1986
  • Councilor, Eastern Canada, for Volcanology Division, 1987 - 1991
  • President, Newfoundland Section, 1987 - 88
  • Program Chairman, Mineral Deposits Division, 1987 - 88

Member of the Society of Economic Geologists

  • Member of the Committee on Short Courses, 1993 - 1996

Core Member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

  • Member of the Geoscience Committee of PDAC

Member of the Association for Mineral Exploration, British Columbia (AIM-BC)

Member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia 2002 - present

Member of the Atlantic Geoscience Society

  • Councilor for Newfoundland, 1989 - 1996

Member of the Geological Society of Namibia, 2010 - present

Former member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland 1992 - 2002

  • Member of the Board of Examiners, 1994 - 1997

Former Member of the Committee of Provincial Geologists, 1996 - 1998

Former member of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Mineral Industry, 1998 – present

  • Co-Chair, 2002 - 2003
1990 - 1994 Member of the editorial board of Economic Geology
1990 - 1993 Member of the Canadian National Committee, Ocean Drilling Program
1990 - 1998 Member of the National Mapping Program (NATMAP) Steering Committee, and its successor Management Committee
1991 - present Member of the editorial board, Atlantic Geology
1992 - 1997 Scientific advisor to Mineral Industry Technology Council of Canada (MITECH) Project 93E06, Prospective Versus Barren Volcanic Belts for VMS Deposits: A new Exploration Strategy
2001 – 2006 General Chair, Halifax 2005 Local Organizing Committee (Organizing committee for the joint meeting of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the Canadian Society of Soil Scientists, to be held in Halifax in May, 2005)
2004 - 2006 Secretary, Canadian Geological Foundation
2006 - present President, Canadian Geological Foundation
2008 - 2013 Member of the Board of Directors, Joggins Fossil Institute, and chair of the JFI Science Advisory Committee
Awards and Honours
Duncan R. Derry Medal, Mineral Deposits Division, Geological Association of Canada; 2001

The Duncan R. Derry Medal is the highest award bestowed by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. It is awarded annually to the outstanding economic geologist who has made significant contributions to the science of economic geology in Canada. Medallists are recognized for their skill and stature as professional economic geologists, and also by their public contributions to the science.

Fellowship, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; 1996

The CIM Fellowship recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries.

Barlow Memorial Medal, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum; 1991

The prize is given for the best paper on economic geology published by the Institute in any year.

Julian Boldy Certificate Award, Geological Association of Canada Annual Meeting – 1989

Recognizes the most significant and creative paper presented at the Mineral Deposits Division session at the GAC annual meeting

Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Geology Division, Visiting lecturer for the Maritime District; 1987-88

References and Bibliography

  • Available on request