Fuzail Siddiqui

PhD, P.Geo.

Graduated in Geology-Chemistry in 1958 and obtained M.Sc. (Geology) in 1960 with specialization in mineralogy and petrology. He received his PhD (Mineralogy) from the University of London King’s College in 1964. He was a Lecturer, then Associate Professor, on the faculty of Geology Department, Punjab University from 1960 to 1973. His pioneering contributions to the geology of Himalayas include (i) the first ever reconnaissance geological mapping of the 4500 sq.km. region between Swat and Indus rivers (ii) first ever discovery of rare Silurian/Devonian fossils in Pakistan and (iii) discovery of the rare Nepheline Syenite (1965), which at 600 billion tonne is tonnage-wise the largest mineral resource ever discovered in the Himalayas and iv) discovery of even rarer Carbonatite rocks (1967), not previously known to occur in the Himalayas; a potential rare earths resource. 

 Fuzail Siddiqui is one of the senior most members of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), with over 56 years of active service in the geological sciences, including experience of over 25 years working in operating mines/metallurgical plants, mainly in the Zambian Copper Belt. In Zambia, from the initial appointment as Process Mineralogist, he advanced to progressively more important positions, reaching the highest geological position in the billion dollar mining conglomerate - ZCCM. There, by applying a combination of mineralogy and chemistry, he resolved numerous major production shutdown problems in copper/cobalt metallurgical plants. In ZCCM he managed a major capital project to establish computer aided 3D geological/mine modeling for four mines.

In 1998 he moved to Canada. Within two years he was among the winners of the international web-based ‘Challenge’, competition launched by Goldcorp of Toronto, Canada in 2000. His gold exploration proposal for Red Lake gold mine, Ontario, Canada was judged worthy of an award of US$10000. He also received the Rouge River Keeper’s award for excellence in environmental stewardship in Ontario, Canada.

Currently he is an independent Consulting Geoscientist for several Canadian and foreign clients and has also worked on mineral and relevant human resource management for IBM, Ernst and Young, USAID and numerous government and defense organizations. Currently he is consultant to Ernst and Young on restructuring of a provincial Mines and Minerals Department, in Punjab, Pakistan. He has the distinction of being the focal person and principal author of Mineral Policy 2014 for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. He has a recognized “Qualified Person” status as a Professional Geoscientist registered with (APGO). He can be contacted on siddiquf@yahoo.com.