Dr John Mair undertook a PhD study on the gold and base metal deposits of Canada's Yukon Territory and east-central Alaska. After completing the PhD in 2004, he returned to the minerals industry working in exploration for porphyry Cu-Au deposits in New South Wales, and gold deposits in China. In mid-2005, Mr Mair became a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on the metallogeny of southwest Alaska. At completion of the project in 2006, Dr Mair returned to the minerals industry as a project co-coordinator for Vancouver-based exploration group Geoinformatics Exploration who, in alliance with Kennecott, were exploring for Cu-Mo-Au deposits in western North America from Mexico to Alaska. During this period, he planned and implemented large-scale exploration programs through remote northern British Columbia, as well as providing technical expertise to exploration programs in Alaska and Mexico. In mid 2008, Dr Mair returned to Australia to join Greenland Minerals and Energy.