Keynote title: Geoscience excellence inside the mine gate
First Quantum Minerals
Chris Wijns has been the Group Geophysicist since 2008 for First Quantum Minerals Ltd, a global copper and nickel miner. Previously, he held a similar role with gold company Resolute Mining. Chris studied geophysics degrees in Canada, and worked in gold exploration in West Africa for Placer Dome before moving to Australia in 1999, where he completed a PhD in 2004. He has enjoyed working inside sizeable companies for the opportunity to have constant interaction with geologists, geochemists, and assorted engineers. Chris enjoys the opportunities to introduce geophysics into mining operations (and tries to learn from the difficulties).