Rob McLeod
Mr. McLeod is the President and CEO of IDM Mining Ltd., advancing the Red Mountain gold deposit in British Columbia; he is also CEO of Copperbank Resources Corp, an Alaska-focused exploration company with numerous discoveries to his credit. Previously, he was founder and VP Exploration of Underworld Resources. Kinross Gold Corporation acquired Underworld for $140M after an initial resource estimate of over 1.4Moz gold at the White gold Deposit in the Yukon. He is a highly technical, creative and innovative exploration geologist. He has over twenty years' experience in mining and mineral exploration, working for a variety of major and junior mining companies. Mr. McLeod's exploration strategy is a multi-tiered approach, including: conceptual geologic ideas with prospecting, early-stage project advancement focusing on discovery, and advancing mid-stage projects towards feasibility. As an exploration geologist and project manager at Miramar's Hope Bay project, Mr. McLeod was part of the team that discovered the Naartok deposit, as well as expanding and delineating the Boston and Doris deposits. He was previously Vice-President of Exploration for Atna Resources and is currently a director of Independence Gold Corp and Gold Standard Ventures. He is graduate of Geology from the University of British Columbia, with an M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration from Queens University. He is a member of AMEBC as a Professional Geologist, and is an active member and volunteer in multiple industry and geological societies. Mr. McLeod is a member of Doug Casey’s ‘NEXTEN’ list of young mineral explorers and executives.
Articles by Rob
POSTED ON June 15, 2015 BY Rob McLeod

I recently heard a great story about the safety culture that has permeated the mining industry over the past decade, with probably a bit of overkill within the major miners. At an alleged meeting between 50+ mining execs from each side of Newmont and Barrick in New York City, discussing a possible business combo, the… Continue Reading

POSTED ON May 22, 2015 BY Rob McLeod

Since 1867, after Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, the basic cycle of hard rock mining has remained constant: drill, blast, much, repeat. What has obviously changed at today’s comparatively massive mines, are the technology, processing and mining methods, all triggered by advances in engineering. I recently read a phenominal book about the most innovative of early… Continue Reading

POSTED ON March 27, 2015 BY Rob McLeod

From the world’s largest multi-commodity producers to the smallest, zombie junior exploreco, to the individual prospectors peddling their properties, the past four plus years have obviously been a disaster. Producers have cut back expenditures and sold assets to either achieve or sustain meager profitability; juniors have tried anything, generally with limited success: from ‘Hail Mary’… Continue Reading

POSTED ON December 24, 2014 BY Rob McLeod

As we reach the climax of the holiday season, the Christmas cheer on Howe Street is a mere shadow of bull markets in years past. The mining industry and our weary investors have been delivered yet another lump of coal in our collective stockings. Not even some nice high value met coal or anthracite, but… Continue Reading

POSTED ON August 26, 2014 BY Rob McLeod

I still own all of the shares from my first ever private placement. It was 1994, and I was working for Lac Minerals at the Red Mountain project, which I now manage for IDM Mining Ltd. (IDM.v). A few kilometers to the east of us, my Uncle Don McLeod had the Willoughby gold project in… Continue Reading

POSTED ON August 10, 2014 BY Rob McLeod

25 years have passed since the Eskay Creek discovery, claim staking rush and Vancouver Stock Exchange bubble. Murray Pezim was correct; it became one of the richest mines of all time! I was a dishwasher at my dad’s hotel in Stewart, B.C. when this five-part BCTV news series with Deborra Hope about the Golden Triangle… Continue Reading