Geologist / Mineral Exploration Consultant (Retired), Surrey, BC. Born: Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Dr. David Cooke was employed as an Exploration Geologist by Cominco Ltd. (now Teck-Cominco Ltd.) from 1966-70 where he set up its copper/molybdenumexploration program for British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. In 1970, he embarked as a Mineral Exploration Consultant in Vancouver, providing geological advice internationally to senior mining and junior exploration companies, including Hudson Bay Oil and Gas, Canadian Superior Exploration, Great Plains Development Corp, Pickands Mather, Swiss Aluminium Company of Canada, Mid-North Exploration Ltd., Electra Resources Corp., Pacific Ridge Resources Ltd., Western Premium Resources Ltd., and Geoquest Resources Ltd.
In 1974, Dr. Cooke returned to Cominco Ltd. as a Senior Exploration Geologist and supervised several exploration programs until 1983. One of these programs resulted in the discovery of a molybdenum deposit in southern B.C. He also performed in-house consultative work for Cominco International Division in Mexico, Dominion Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Ecuador and Bolivia.
In his second stint as a Mineral Exploration Consultant from 1983, Dr.Cooke identified the project and supervised the initial exploration program that resulted in the discovery and mining of the Aurora gold/silver deposit near Hawthorne, Nevada for Electra Resources Corp. He was also team leader for Pacific Ridge Resources Ltd., and was responsible for the discovery of the Kemess South copper and gold deposit in north-central British Columbia. The Kemess South deposit, which had a gross metal revenue of $2.5 billion, was subsequently put into production by Northgate Minerals Ltd. and profitably mined from 2004 to 2011.
During his consulting career, Dr. Cooke also organized and managed a dozen exploration limited partnerships, eighty percent of which were technicallysuccessful and financially profitable for his investors. He also successfully managed his own investment portfolio, and specialized in the evaluation of emerging junior exploration companies.
Education: Ph.D., Geology, University of Toronto (1966); M.A., Economic Geology, University of Toronto (1961); Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of New Brunswick (1959).
Affiliations: Member, Geological Association of Canada; member, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; member, Society of Economic Geologists; member of the Canadian Jamaican Medical Assistance Society; lifetime member, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and the Association of Mining Explorationists of B.C.
Community: Has devoted considerable time over the past 17 years to raise funds in support of two annual bursaries for talented and needy students at Cornwall College in Jamaica.
Favourite book? The Phoenix Seminar for Success by Brian Tracy.
Favourite quote? “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Alfred Einstein
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Travel with austronauts into outer space.
Who inspires you? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
Why do you do what you do? Because it is exciting and it is fun.