Gavin C. Dirom has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry, with a focus on government and stakeholder relations, industry advocacy, not-for-profit association management and governance, public policy development, corporate affairs and project permitting, safety, environmental management and sustainability.
As President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) from 2008 to 2017, Gavin managed a number of professional staff and volunteer-based committees, provided executive leadership to AME’s Board of Directors and represented over 400 corporate and 4,000 individual members with interests in mineral exploration and development. Gavin led AME through some challenging times and was honoured with the Gold Pick award from the Kamloops Exploration Group in April 2017.
Before AME, Gavin held the role of Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety at the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). On behalf of MABC members, his work focus was on project permitting, health & safety, environmental management and sustainable development, including supporting the successful effort to build major infrastructure in B.C. such as the Northwest Transmission Line. Prior to MABC, Gavin served as Senior Policy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada on permitting, environmental assessment and federal regulatory process issues facing mineral exploration and mining projects in western Canada, such as Galore Creek, Red Chris and Kemess.
Gavin holds a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University, a B.Sc. in Physical Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Victoria and he is also a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) in the Province of British Columbia. His M.Sc. thesis and hydrogeology-related research of the Lynx underground mine on Vancouver Island was undertaken with the Geological Survey of Canada. For this work, he was awarded the Jake McDonald Memorial Scholarship by the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation.