François Robert
Former Chief Geologist - Global Exploration, Barrick Gold Corporation

François holds Geological Engineering, MSc and PhD degrees from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.  His PhD focused on the classic orogenic Sigma gold-quartz vein system at Val d’Or, Quebec, followed by a postdoc at the University of Michigan.

He joined the Geological Survey of Canada in 1985 as a research scientist carrying out applied research on gold deposits in Canada and abroad.  In late 1997, he joined Barrick Gold Corporation where he occupied various exploration positions in Canada, Australia, and South America, to become Chief Geologist - Global Exploration in 2006. He retired at the end of 2019 and is currently an independent part-time consultant.

He has published numerous papers in scientific journals and volumes, and served on many committees of scientific organizations, including Presidency of SEG in 2015.  He received multiple national and international awards, including SEG’s Lindgren, Silver Medal, and Ralph Marsden awards.