Verónica Dahl, President of Curiessa Consulting Ltd., is an Argentine/Canadian mother, computer scientist, musician, and writer, who co-founded the Logic Programming field with 14 other scientists and is presently Professor Emeritus in Computing Sciences and Associate Professor in Cognitive Sciences, at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
She also pioneered the field of Constraint Handling Rules and brings in a wealth of experience in several AI branches, including human language processing, constraint programming and knowledge based systems. She received several awards for her scientific results in AI, and three first prizes for her literary work. Her research program is supported by NSERC.
Her greatest scientific ambition is to help bridge the gap between the formal and the humanistic sciences, for a more balanced and ethical world.
Jan Glazewski is Professor in the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law at the University of Cape Town. He holds postgraduate law degrees from the London School of Economics (LLM) and the University of Cape Town (LLB), as well as an MA Environmental Studies from the latter university. His seminal book “Environmental Law in South Africa” (Lexis Nexis 2000) earned him an LLD by published work. Throughout his career he has worked at the interface of environmental science and law, including promoting sustainable development through law, particularly on the African continent. He holds dual South African and EU (Polish) nationality and travels to Poland frequently where he has a second residence.
Jan was Special Advisor to the South African Minster of Environmental Affairs & Tourism in 2003/4 and was involved in the inclusion of an environmental right in both the South African and Namibian constitutions.
He is an admitted Advocate and prior to that was in legal practice with a Johannesburg law firm, where he qualified as an Attorney.
Jan’s current research focuses include coastal area law, marine law and climate change, as well as energy law.
Lori Kennedy is an Associate Professor of structural geology at the University of British Columbia. She arrived at UBC in 1996, after receiving an M.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
Lori’s research is focussed on mechanisms of deformation and strain localization in the crust. She has worked on diverse structural topics including structural controls and modification of ore deposits, the role of fluids on fault zone evolution, and the role of shear zones on the emplacement of dacite domes. Her research includes both field-based studies and experimental rock deformation.
Lori and her graduate students have most recently completed structural studies of the richly-mineralised porphyry Cu/Au and epithermal Au KSM area in northwest British Columbia, the Gibraltar Cu-Mo deposit, and porphyry deposits in the southern Coast Belt near Taseko Lakes.
Dave Lefebure is a well-known Canadian geoscientist who has worked for geological surveys and mineral exploration companies for over 35 years with considerable expertise in metal, industrial mineral and coal deposits. From 2002 to 2011, he was the Chief Geologist for the province of British Columbia.
Dave led the creation of the British Columbia Mineral Deposit Profiles while working with talented economic geologists from the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) and other global experts. The Profiles built on the United States Geological Survey's standardized collection of mineral deposit models to provide a complete, industry-oriented classification of Cordilleran ore deposits.
During his career with the BCGS Dave was involved in supporting and improving the award winning MapPlace website, the first fully interactive government geoscience database online. He also was a key economic geologist involved in the metal and industrial mineral assessment of British Columbia in the 1990s, a global first for an entire jurisdiction.
Dave Lefebure has worked in the field in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec and visited key mining districts across Canada and parts of the United States. He holds two advanced degrees in geology, a M.Sc. from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. from Carleton University. Since 1997, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.
Mr. Ballantyne is a geophysicist with over 31 years of global experience in multiple commodities. In 2010, he founded in3D Geoscience, a geophysical consulting services for the exploration industry. Mr. Ballantyne’s experience covers gold and base metals and 9 years in diamond exploration with Ashton Mining of Canada. At Ashton he was involved with Quebec’s Renard kimberlite cluster (from discovery to pre-feasibility), the discovery of the Lynx and Hibou dykes and contributed to kimberlite discoveries in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Jeanne Usonis has over twenty years of corporate finance and capital markets experience. She also has been an early-stage angel investor in several technology companies. She is a Director at Regent Advisors LLC, which provides advisory services for equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. She has advised on several initial public offerings and reverse takeover transactions on Canadian and London stock exchanges. Previously, she worked at N M Rothschild & Sons (Washington) LLC engaged in the firm's activities in the natural resources sector. Prior thereto, she worked at Salomon Smith Barney, responsible for structuring taxable and tax-exempt financings.