SUDBURY - LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY will award an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree to Dr. John Gammon on Thursday, June 2. He has held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Minerals Division, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, since 1990. In this capacity, he is responsible for all government activity related to exploration, development, mining, smelting and refining in the province of Ontario.
Gammon is credited with establishing the Willet Green Miller Centre as a world-class mineral and mining research centre, which now houses several of Laurentian's mining-related research centres, including the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, and the Virtual Reality Laboratory. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Durham in the U.K. and then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California and Princeton University as a Fulbright Fellow.
Gammon's work as a geologist has taken him throughout the world, to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brazil. With expertise in mineral exploration and metal production, he has earned an enviable reputation as an explorationist, administrator and advisor. He is a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and a member the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (U.K.), Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Society of Economic Geologists.