Robert Friedland will be presenting a public lecture starting at Laurentian University's Fraser Auditorium Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of the initial lecture in a series being presented by the university's Goodman School of Mines.
The school's founding executive director, Bruce Jago, said he's “very excited” to hear Friedland's lecture, which will focus on the world's economy as well as corporate social responsibility.
“He gives an excellent, excellent talk,” he said.
The Goodman School of Mines, founded last year, sees the lecture series — which also includes two more talks this fall and possibly another three next spring — as a way of reaching out to the community, Jago said.
“All three of our speakers are top-notch speakers,” he said.
“We're really proud that they've said yes that they'd like to come and lecture for us.”
Friedland was one of the investors in a diamond development company which discovered the Voisey's Bay deposit in Labrador in the 1990s, Jago said.
Prospectors with the company were flying over the area in a helicopter when they saw tell-tale rusty-looking rocks. The company did some drilling, and found high levels of copper and nickel.
The company was eventually sold to Inco Ltd. Friedland then formed a company called Ivanhoe Mines, and went on to invest some of the money he made with the Voisey's Bay deal in mining projects around the world.
Ivanhoe discovered a chain of copper, gold and silver deposits at Oyu Tolgoi (Turquoise Hill) in Mongolia’s South Gobi region.
Friedland's company was bought out last year by Rio Tinto, although he remains executive chairman, Jago said.
“Mr. Friedland, in the meantime, had been investing in some projects in Africa, doing grassroots exploration,” he said.
“He made two substantial discoveries. One, a platinum-palladium discovery in South Africa and another was a copper discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
Other upcoming lectures:Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Fraser Auditorium – Catharine Farrow, TMAC Resources CEO
Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Fraser Auditorium – Ron Gashinski, former Ontario government chief diamond valuator.