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Earth Sciences Mentorship Meal – Winter 2018

February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: this event is only open to current students registered within the Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences students — please email for registration details.



  • Dominic Channer, Vice-President, Community Relations, Kinross Gold Corporation
  • Nicole Januszczak, Targeting and Review Manager, de Beers Canada Inc.
  • Taronish Pithawala, Customer Success Manager – Geophysical Modelling, Geosoft Inc.
  • James Siddorn, President and Practice Leader (Structural Geology), SRK Consulting (Canada)
  • Robin Wolf, Geologist, McEwen Mining Inc.



Dominic Channer, Vice-President, Community Relations, Kinross Gold Corporation

Dominic is currently Vice-President Community Relations at Kinross Gold Corporation, with responsibility for relationships with local stakeholders across Kinross mines and projects. Prior to this role, held since January 2016, Dominic had spent all of his professional career in South America. He has been with Kinross since 2008, based in Ecuador until late 2015, where he was at different times Vice-President Ecuador, Vice-President External Affairs, and Vice-President External Affairs for the Americas Region. He arrived in Ecuador in late 2006 to take up the role of President Aurelian Ecuador S.A., a subsidiary of Aurelian Resources which had discovered a large gold deposit, subsequently acquired by Kinross.

From 1994 until 2006 Dominic lived in Venezuela and worked with Guaniamo Mining Company, a private diamond exploration group. Following receipt of his Ph.D in Geology at the University of Toronto in 1994, Dominic flew to the jungle in the south of Venezuela to start work as an exploration geologist. Over following years he became the Vice-President Exploration, responsible for the activities of this small exploration company. Due to political change in the country, this project eventually became inviable despite its great potential, triggering the move to Ecuador.

Dominic has been married for 27 years and has three children, the eldest two of which are studying at University and College in Canada. He is a keen runner and does a marathon most years.


Nicole Januszczak, Targeting and Review Manager, de Beers Canada Inc.

Nicole Januszczak is the Targeting and Review Manager for De Beers Group of Companies in Canada. She has been with De Beers since 2005. In her role, Nicole is responsible for targeting, and the ultimate delivery, of new economic diamond deposits in Canada.

Nicole was born in Toronto. She obtained a Masters degree and her doctorate at the University of Toronto with studies on the Cenozoic glaciation of Antarctica and Neoproterozoic glaciation in Namibia. Her studies and subsequent career have provided Nicole with the opportunity to work on every continent and at sea. While focused on exploration potential in Canada, Nicole provides technical expertise to projects around the world.

Nicole is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the APGO. She is a passionate Geologist who enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and talking to students about the challenges, rewards and excitement of being an Exploration Geoscientist.


Taronish Pithawala, Customer Success Manager – Geophysical Modelling, Geosoft Inc.

Taronish Pithawala received his M.A.Sc. in Planetary Science from the University of Toronto; where he studied the core-mantle structure of Mars using tidal decay observations and forward modelling of gravitational acceleration. Taronish is currently the Geophysical Modelling Lead at Geosoft Inc.; where he works closely with geoscientists around the world using VOXI Earth Modelling to create interpretive products for resource exploration and environmental applications. Outside of his geoscience career, Taronish is currently commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force.


James Siddorn, President and Practice Leader (Structural Geology), SRK Consulting (Canada)

James Siddorn is President and Practice Leader with SRK Consulting (Canada), and has worked for SRK since 2001. He is a recognized expert in the structural geological analysis of mineral deposits, focused on brownfields exploration and operational assistance, providing both training and advancing the geological understanding and its impact on near-mine exploration, resources/reserves definition, and geotechnical engineering. James has taught more than 40 Applied Structural Geology courses to over 1500 exploration and mining geologists and engineers worldwide. In 2013, he was recognized by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum with the Past Presidents Memorial Medal “for leadership and excellence in the field of Structural Geology.” In addition to his technical role, James is responsible for SRK’s Canadian consulting practices, including five offices and 150 employees. He takes an active role in the development of the business strategies and staff across all disciplines as well as facilitating the growth and advancement of the company in Canada. James has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham (UK), and a MSc and PhD from the University of Toronto.


Robin Wolf, Geologist, McEwen Mining Inc.

Robin is an Exploration Geologist working for McEwen Mining and is based out of the Toronto Head Office. She is currently focused on exploration around the Black Fox Complex in the Timmins region and the El Gallo Mine in Sinaloa, Mexico.  She has a BA (Law) from Carleton University, as well as a HBSc (Earth Sciences) and MSc (Experimental Geochemistry) from the University of Toronto. Robin is passionate about economic geology and the mining industry; she is eager to help and inspire new graduates and students interested in those fields.


February 7
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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