Peter is the Founder or Co-Founder of several successful companies which are now public including FPX Nickel, Orvana Mineral, Aquila Resources as well as an angel investor and mentor in a number of startups. Peter has wide interests but his particular passion is for technology and companies that help resource extraction be more efficient, sustainable way, and have a lower carbon footprint.
Peter is the Founder of BRIMM at the University of British Columbia which promotes joint university/company research in all areas of mineral extraction from discovery to closure, particularly those areas which cross disciplines, reduce environmental impact, and will improve sustainability. He has written a book on his 10 years with Barringer Research and the development and application of; instrumentation for geochemical exploration – for minerals and oil and gas, both ground and airborne; security – drug and explosives detection; the environment – SO2, NO2, CH4, Hg ground, airborne and some in a shuttle; analysis; first recorded use of laser ablation
He also has a PhD in geochemistry and has been directly involved in R&D and commercialization of inventions his whole professional life. He is also a member of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.