Who is he: Robert A. Quartermain, M.Sc., P.Geo. served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Standard Resources Inc. from January 1985 to January 2010. Quartermain is truly a leading figure in the Canadian mining industry and a dominant voice in the silver industry in particular.
Quartermain grew up in eastern Canada and was always interested in the outdoors and in geology. In his third year of university he worked for the GSC in the Northwest Territories. While it has evolved over time, the role of the GSC was to provide sound regional data and maps about parts of Canada with economic potential for mineral resources.
Quartermain's next job as a student was working in exploration for a mining company and he thus received experience in some remote areas of Canada, exploring for minerals as diverse as gold, uranium, lead and zinc. In the Northwest Territories and Quebec Quartermain prospected for uranium during this time. Canada has been an important producer of uranium for at least 60 years.
Quartermain worked for three seasons in the late 1970s for Essex, the Canadian exploration arm of US Steel, which was exploring for uranium, gold and base metals in the Canadian Shield and the Yukon. Quartermain spent his time in the field running programs or in the office organizing the programs for successive seasons.
Background: Robert Quartermain graduated in 1977 from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and from Queen's University in 1981 with a Master of Science degree in Mineral Exploration.
Quartermain began his post-graduate career in the natural resource industry as an exploration geologist for US Steel and AMAX, prior to joining the Teck Group in 1981 where he was in charge of drilling the David Bell Gold Mine at Hemlo.
In 1985, Quartermain took over as President of Silver Standard Resources and spearheaded its growth. Silver Standard, under the tenure of Quartermain, amassed and now controls the largest in-ground silver resource of any publicly-traded silver company in the world.
In addition to building Silver Standard and serving as a director and/or officer of a number of public natural resource companies, Quartermain is a member of the Silver Institute. Established in 1971, the Silver Institute serves as the silver industry's voice in increasing public understanding of the many uses and values of silver.
In May 2009, Dr. Quartermain was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick. Quartermain is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
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