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Robert (Bob) Schafer
President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Bob Schafer is the 35th President of the Prospectors & Developers of Canada (PDAC).

Throughout his +35-year career, Bob has worked inBob Schafer, President of the PDAC more than 70 countries, largely in North America, but with important efforts in Russia, Australia, China, Afghanistan and India, as well as across Africa and South America. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in the states of Wyoming and Utah in the United States of America.

Bob has led exploration teams to the discovery of mines for Billiton Metals, Addwest Gold and Kinross Gold. In 2000, he applied innovative strategies that led to a blind gold deposit discovery beneath tens of metres of glacial cover in Russia. For the past 10 years Bob was responsible for identifying, evaluating and structuring transactions for mineral deposits globally at Hunter Dickinson Inc. He recently formed Eagle Mines Management LLC, a private exploration and mining company.

Bob became involved with the PDAC by joining the Convention Planning committee when he moved to Toronto in the mid 1990s. He remained a fixture on the committee until 2014, and eventually acted as Vice Chair. Since becoming a PDAC Director, Bob has served on the Health & Safety, Awards, Executive, and International committees, in addition to participating on several short-term working groups. He also represents the PDAC on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, where he was Chair from 2012 to 2014.

Bob holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Geology from Miami University (Ohio), and completed a second Master’s degree in Mineral Economics at the University of Arizona. In 1995, he went on to complete the Executive Business Program at Stanford University.

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