Monday, May 28, 2007

The Graying of the Guard

During a recent conference in Miami, held by the Latin American Mining Congress, a middle-aged speaker began her presentation by asking the crowd, "Do you remember when we were the youngest people in the mining industry?" After a pause, she answered her own question: "Well ... we still are!"

Today, there is very little young talent entering the mining and exploration business from US schools. The will be a shortage of highly trained geologists to fill leadership roles in US- and Canadian-based companies in the near future.

Most of the young geologists that I work with these days speak spanish ... as their native language.

The problem is not restricted to the United States. Australia is feeling a similar pinch, as outlined in this story by Gregory Webb at

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