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Dr. Diana Benz has worked in the mineral exploration industry, from field to lab to office, for over 20 years. Prince George-based, BC-born and raised, her career has taken her from Osoyoos to Atlin and Whitehorse to Dawson City as well as beyond into the Northwest Territories, Ontario and Greenland.  She has also worked remotely on projects based in South America, Africa, Eurasia and Australia.

Diana’s graduate work at the University of Northern British Columbia (BC) and the University of Windsor (ON) focused on enhancing mineral exploration techniques through the use of publicly available data (BC) or by re-analyzing samples with highly-sensitive technology (ON). Diana also has an undergraduate degree in Biology (UBC), is an active prospector in BC and is currently the President of Takom Exploration Ltd., a small geological and environmental consulting firm focused on metal exploration in BC and the Yukon.

Throughout her career, Diana has experienced the challenges associated with working in the mineral exploration industry regarding prospecting, safety, operational transparency and social responsibility. To further advocate for social responsibility, Diana became a Director of Women Geoscientists in Canada last year where she has helped set up their mentoring program and is currently working on an inclusive conference initiative.