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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Hollings, recipient of the 2015 NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award

Dr. Peter Hollings is the 2014 Master of the Lodge

2015 NSERC Distinguished Research Award Recipient - Dr. Peter Hollings

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.

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 scholarly activity.  

“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 said.

“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.