Ken was a founder of Micon and a Vice President and Director from October 1988 to 2001 during which time we appreciated his humour, his counsel and his great experience as an economic geologist. He was born and brought up in Cape Town where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geology. He then moved to the New Mexico Institute of Technology on a Fulbright scholarship for his Master’s degree, graduating in 1965.
Ken joined the Denver office of David S. Robertson & Associates, the predecessor company to Micon, in the late-1970s having enjoyed some 20 years as an exploration geologist with Kennecott, Amax and Selection Trust. Much of that time was spent in the Caribbean where he met his beloved wife, Susan. He moved to the Toronto office of David S. Robertson in 1982.
His many and varied consulting assignments included an independent review of the diamond exploration properties of Ashton Mining in support of its listing in Canada, assessment of a carbonatite deposit in Sichuan, China, as a source of bastnaesite for rare earth processing facilities owned by Advanced Material Resources, and a due diligence review of the Ochoa polyhalite property in New Mexico. Ken was the geologist on the majority of Micon’s Independent Engineer assignments – the Lihir gold project in Papua New Guinea, the Cerro Vanguardia gold project in Argentina and the Clover Hill potash project in New Brunswick, among others.
Well before the current standards were drafted, Ken had a particular interest in the rigorous definition of mineral resources and mineral reserves, and published “Reserves, Resources and Pie-in-the-Sky” in 1984. Importantly, he acted as the Technical Advisor to the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Ontario Securities Commission’s Mining Standards Task Force which led to the introduction National Instrument 43-101.
On retirement from Micon, Ken continued to work with us as an Associate and held directorships in a number of public companies. After his retirement, when not cruising, Ken continued to meet regularly, socially, with his fellow geologists and engineers to pass on, with humour, the benefits of his experience.