He earned his geology degree from the University of British Columbia in 1982 after extensive field experience with various exploration companies during his undergraduate years. His interest and expertise in computers and computer programming began in high school and later was honed during assignments with Esso Minerals. Combining his personal interests in rock and mountain climbing with geology and computers, he formed an independent consulting firm, specializing in geological work that required difficult access. Although the consulting business took different forms in the 80s, his activities have been consistent, largely focused on geophysics and geological mapping.
He came to GGL in the fall of 1992, as the company was beginning its diamond exploration activities in the Northwest Territories. His knowledge of geology, geophysics, and computers and his innovative abilities have given GGL a technological edge since the early months of the diamond exploration program.