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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review




George J. Simandl, Ph.D., P.Geo.


Job title: Critical Metal and Industrial Mineral Specialist


George focuses on the scientific, technical, market, and economic aspects of specialty metals, industrial minerals, and gemstones on behalf of the British Columbia Geological Survey.



Concordia University (B.Sc., 1978)

Carleton University (M.Sc., 1984)

École Polytechnique de Montréal (Ph.D., 1992)




From 1978 to 1990 George held exploration and applied research positions with Iron Ore of Canada, Atomic Energy of Canada, Canada Talc Industries, and as an independent geological consultant. In 1990 he joined the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) as an Industrial Minerals Geologist and became the Industrial Minerals Specialist in 1998. Since 2004, his responsibilities also include critical and specialty metals.


George has been active in variety of professional organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (e.g., Secretary and Treasurer, Vice-president, President, special publications representative, and member of the environmental committee for Industrial Mineral division). He has also organized or been a committee member for several Forums on the Geology of Industrial Minerals. He co-edited Industrial Minerals in Canada (CIM-Special Volume 53), Industrial Minerals with Emphasis on Western North America, and the proceedings of Critical and Strategic Materials (Victoria, 2015). He is credited with more than 200 technical, market-oriented, and scientific papers. 


In addition, George is a Science Leader of the Specialty Metal component of the Targeted Geoscience Initiatives 4 and 5 (a joint effort between Natural Resources Canada and BCGS) and an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria where he supervises graduate students in the domains of ore deposits and exploration methodology.