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Scott-Smith Petrology Inc. has offered expert consulting services to the diamond exploration and mining industry for over 25 years. The President and principal geoscientist is Barbara Scott Smith.

Barbara Scott Smith Ph.D., P.Geo.

Barbara Scott Smith

Barbara earned her Ph.D. in 1977 from Edinburgh University and then worked as a principal research mineralogist on diamond-related ventures for Anglo American Research Laboratories and the De Beers Kimberlite Petrology Unit in South Africa. Since 1982, she has been based in Vancouver, Canada as an independent consultant offering specialist services in applied kimberlite geology relating to world-wide diamond exploration and mining projects for a variety of major to junior companies.

Professional travel has taken Barbara to 25 countries (USA, Greenland, Australia, Europe, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, China, India, Brazil, Yakutia and Arkhangelsk in Russia). Also, over the last two decades investigations have included most kimberlite fields across Canada. Consulting and related research has led to many publications including over 40 peer reviewed papers (Download List of Publications).

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During the period April 2001-October 2003 Barbara created and directed the De Beers Canada Kimberlite Petrology Unit until its planned transfer from Vancouver to the head office in Toronto. Since then, in addition to continued consulting, Barbara now continues to share her extensive experience and expertise through Scott-Smith Petrology Inc. which now also offers unique opportunities to learn about kimberlites through "hands on" courses, mentoring and coaching. The dedicated training facility has also become a focus for kimberlite research.

Throughout her career Barbara has participated in mentoring and training a number of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and many employees of client exploration and mining companies. In 2000 she became Adjunct Professor at the Earth and Oceanographic Sciences, University of British Columbia where she participates in kimberlite research with Maya Kopylova (Diamond Exploration Laboratory) and Kelly Russell (Volcanology and Petrology Laboratory), postgraduate teaching and supervising postgraduate students.

In 2003 she co-convened the 8th International Kimberlite Conference and in 2006 the International Workshop on Kimberlite Emplacement and was Guest Editor of both Proceedings Volumes. Professional affiliations include: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia, Canada (P. Geo.) and Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society of London, UK (C. Geol.). Barbara is the 2009 recipient of the Hugo Dummett Diamond Award for excellence in diamond exploration and development.