As DeepGreen ramps up its activities the Company is simultaneously implementing a recruitment program of key technical experts. In December 2014 the Company engaged Dr. Samantha Smith as Head of Environment and Social Performance, as well as Boyd Willis as Metallurgist. We welcome Samantha and Boyd to the team.
From 2006 to 2014 Dr. Smith headed deep sea mining company Nautilus Minerals’ environmental program where she was responsible for managing impact assessments and permitting of Nautilus’ operations. This work included managing the associated deep-sea studies for seafloor mineral extraction. Following rigorous internal and independent external reviews, Dr. Smith’s environmental impact assessment work resulted in Nautilus being granted an Environment Permit for the development of their Solwara 1 seafloor mining project from Papua New Guinea’s Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in 2009. Dr. Smith also played an integral role in securing Nautilus’ 20-year Mining Lease for the Solwara 1 Project in 2011.
Dr. Smith holds a BSc (Hons) from McMaster University in Canada, and a PhD from England's University of Bristol. She brings over 18 years experience in conducting environmental assessments with experience in Mexico, Canada, UK and Papua New Guinea. Dr Smith is recognized as a world leader in deep-sea environmental management and practices and was recently appointed President of the International Marine Minerals Society, the peak body of the deep sea mining industry, which also runs the Underwater Mining Conference now in its 43rd year.
Boyd Willis is a metallurgist who commenced work in the nickel industry 33 years ago at Queensland Nickel. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Chemistry and his experience includes 24 years of nickel/cobalt hydrometallurgy. He also worked for 6 years at WMC’s Kwinana Nickel refinery and for 12 years at engineering firm Aker Solutions (formerly Davy McKee). For the last 6 years he has consulted on numerous nickel laterite, scandium and copper/gold projects including process development, flowsheet design, test phase, pilot programs, design criteria development, process simulation and management of feasibility studies.
DeepGreen plans to become a leading producer of base and strategic metals obtained from vast high-grade seafloor polymetallic nodule deposits containing nickel, manganese, copper and cobalt. Large, long-life and high-grade mineral deposits on land are becoming scarce, yet global metal demand continues to rise and the mining industry is being increasingly constrained by environmental and land access issues making it harder to extract and process minerals on land. DeepGreen’s mission is to provide a cleaner and more economically attractive solution for the world to source metals essential to growth.