Chris Wijns has been the Group Geophysicist since 2008 for First Quantum Minerals Ltd, a global base metal miner. Previously, he held a similar role with gold company Resolute Mining. Chris studied geophysics degrees in Canada, and worked in gold exploration in West Africa before moving to Australia in 1999, where he completed a PhD in 2004. He has enjoyed working inside sizeable mining companies for the opportunity to have constant interaction with geologists, geochemists, and assorted engineers and metallurgists. Chris enjoys the challenge of bringing research results into the mining and exploration industry, as well as finding opportunities for geophysics to add value to mine development and operations. Through this enthusiasm he currently chairs the board of AMIRA International.