Tom McCandless

University of Alberta
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
ESB 1-26
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2E3, Canada
Fax: (780) 492 2030

MCC Geoscience Inc.
1925 Fell Avenue
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7P 3G6 Canada
phone: 604-988-2275


B.Sc. Geology, Cum Laude, University of Utah, 1978
M.Sc. Geology, University of Utah, 1982
Ph.D. Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1994

Professional Career

1978 Consulting Geologist, Coal Systems Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah
1981-1985 Minerals Geologist, Superior Minerals Inc., Tucson, Arizona
1985-1988 Consulting Geologist, Mineral Services Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
1993-2000 Geological Consultant, Mineral Commodity Consultants, Tucson, Arizona
2000-2007 Chief Mineralogist, Ashton Mining of Canada, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
2007-2008 Chief Mineralogist, Stornoway Diamonds Corporation, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
2008-present Consulting Geologist, MCC Geoscience Inc., North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Academic Career

1980-1981 Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
1985-1988 Research Scientist, Kimberlite Research Group, Department of Geochemistry, University of Cape Town, South Africa
1988-1993 Teaching & Research Associate, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1994-1996 Post-doctoral Associate, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1996-2000 Research Scientist, Center for Mineral Research, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
2000-present Adjunct Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
2003-2005 Board Member, Mineral Deposits Research Unit, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
2007-present Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
2010 (scheduled) Lecturer, Physical Geology, Corpus Christi Liberal Arts College, Vancouver, British Columbia


Geological Society of America
Society of Economic Geologists (Fellow)
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia
Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of British Columbia (P.Geo.)


My research into diamonds started in 1978, when I was introduced to detrital pyrope garnet and chrome diopside without a known source on anthills in Wyoming. These two important minerals are tracked by diamond explorers back to their igneous host rock, in the hopes of finding a commercial diamond deposit. Finding the source of these minerals became my M.Sc. topic, and my introduction into diamonds and diamond exploration. Since then I have enjoyed a lively career in the continued pursuit of finding diamond mines, and resolving diamond genesis. In particular the links between diamond and kimberlite genesis, and hydrothermal activity in the mantle associated with plate tectonics are of most interest to me. These links can often be resolved at the scale of a single diamond or an inclusion in diamond, which makes my association with the Diamond Research Group all the more exciting.