Congratulations to Dr. Peter Hollings, recipient of the 2015 NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award
Dr. Peter Hollings (middle) received the NSERC Distinguished Researcher
Award, presented by Dr. Grazia Viola, Chair of the Senate Research
Committee, and Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of
Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Awards Reception was held
on Thursday, March 12, 2015 to celebrate the dedication and excellence
of researchers and students.
Dr. Peter Hollings, Chair of the Department of Geology received the
NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award. The Distinguished Researcher
Award is the highest honour conferred by Lakehead for research and
“I have spent the last 13 years building a research team at Lakehead
that focused on the origin of ore deposits around the world – and to
have that work recognized in this way is a huge honour,” Dr. Hollings
“I have always worked to build teams and collaborations. This award
would not have been possible without my research and industry partners,
and most of all, my students,” he said.
Dr. Hollings is also the Director of Lakehead’s Centre of Excellence for
Sustainable Mining and Exploration launched in 2013.
In 2008, Dr. Hollings was awarded the William Harvey Gross medal by the
Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. He
has published 50 peer-reviewed publications in internationally
recognized journals, 22 of those as first author, and has been
successful in securing major research funding from government and
industry while at Lakehead University.
“Congratulations to all of our researchers and thank you for everything
you do,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President (Research, Economic
Development and Innovation). “The impact of research and innovation at
Lakehead University is even more significant because of your
contributions,” Dr. Dean added.
Dr. Hollings moved
to Canada from the UK in 1994 to work on his Ph.D. at the University of
Saskatchewan and where he also met his wife Jill. Having spent two years in
Australia working at the University of Tasmania he joined the faculty at
Lakehead University in 2001 where he is continuing his research into the
relationship between igneous petrogenesis and mineralisation in Northwestern
Ontario, the Philippines and S America.
Dr. Hollings is currently the Chair of the
Department of Geology and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable
Mining and Exploration, both at Lakehead University.
Dr. Hollings lives happily in Thunder Bay
with his wife Jill and their pack of dachshunds.
He joined Kam Lodge on February 06, 2007,
passed to the second degree on March 20, 2007 and raised to the sublime degree
of MM on May 01, 2007, he was the worshipful master in 2014 and currently serves
as Director of Ceremonies for the Lodge.