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Canadian mining conference honors professor emeritus

The Canadian Institute of Mining Conference of Metallurgists organized and helped sponsor a four-day international symposium to honor Gilles O. Allard, a professor emeritus of geology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Held Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the symposium focused on vanadium, a hard, silvery gray, ductile and malleable transition metal.

Allard worked in the Chibougamau mining district of Quebec from 1952 to 1958 and from 1966 to 1987. During that time, he discovered the Henderson copper-gold mine under the waters of Chibougamau Lake (1956-1957) as well as a world-class vanadium deposit (1966).

During Allard’s 50-year career as an explorationist and professor of economic geology, he trained more than 80 geology students, including three doctoral and 10 master’s degree students from UGA.