Chris Pedersen has spent the past 42 years in the exploration and development of rare metal deposits including granitic pegmatites and alkaline complexes.
He spent his first three summers as a University of Manitoba geology student with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey. Upon graduation, he started his rare metals career with Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada (“TANCO”), working across Canada and the Northwest Territories exploring for tantalum pegmatites. Subsequently he moved to Highwood Resources where he was part of the team which discovered the beryllium and rare earth-enriched North T Zone in 1983; he has worked on the Thor Lake rare earth / rare metals deposits intermittently since then, first with Highwood and then with Avalon Rare Metals/Advanced Materials, and finally with Cheetah Resources in the development of the rare earth deposits at Nechalacho.
He has also worked in gold and base metals terrains in the Northwest Territories and Ontario, and industrial minerals deposits across Canada. His work has taken him across most of Canada, Greenland, the southwest United States, and Brazil.