Born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, Gerry is a proud father of three grown kids. He is a retired geologist, with forty years of experience in field mapping, mineral exploration, and mining. He has worked for both industry and government, particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. His specializations are volcanology and associated base and precious metal mineral deposits.
In 1987, he was a principal member of the Noranda exploration team that discovered the Duck Pond copper-zinc deposit in Newfoundland. It was successfully mined by Teck Resources, with great economic benefit to the community.
In 1992, he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with having performed a M. Sc. (geology) field study on the petrology and geochemistry of a volcanic succession in Cyprus.
In 2017, as a twenty-year member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland, he was presented with their highest honour, the Award of Merit, "In recognition of having made an outstanding contribution to the Geoscience profession and the community".
In retirement, Gerry is an avid wilderness hiker who never neglects to expound to his fellow participants, he may come across on the rocks. He is still passionate about geology, and gives lectures in schools, and at university. Of particular current interest, are terrestrial meteorite impact sites, meteorites, and the early evolution of multicellular life (as exhibited in new Precambrian fossil studies).