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Meet the Team

Andy Randell, P.Geo: CEO & Principal Geoscientist

Andy is a professional geologist living in Vancouver who is tailoring his career to bring change to the minerals exploration industry. Since 2014, he has established his consulting business, SGDS Hive, which takes on graduate geoscientists and mentors them through a variety of exploration projects to help engage and educate the next generation of geologists. He also started a non-profit society, Below BC, to provide outreach to the public around Earth Science topics, which now serves several thousand people in British Columbia each year. Andy was awarded the Bedford Young Mining Leaders Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum in 2016 for his ongoing contributions to the industry.

He gained his bachelors degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Cardiff (Wales). Outside of his own businesses, Andy also sits on the Mentoring Committee for Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and the Geological Society Committee for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Mining and Petroleum and has several other community volunteer roles beyond the exploration industry. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) and teaches part time at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Liam Connor: Geologist

Liam graduated with a Master in Earth Sciences (MESci) in Exploration and Resource Geology from Cardiff University, Wales in 2019. During his undergraduate degree, Liam completed fieldwork across Europe, including mapping fold and thrust belts in Cisteirna and Luarca, Spain, Zeolite tuff and lava deposits in Samos, Greece as well as, Cornish Lead and Tin mines in the southwest of England.

Liam first got a taste for Canadian exploration in the Yukon Territories working as a Field Geotechnician for SGDS Hive in the summer of 2018. It was this very fieldwork that inspired Liam to begin work on his Master’s Thesis entitled: “Reduced Intrusion-Related Gold Systems (RIRGS) within the Tintina Gold Province: The Seven Wonders, Yukon”. Liam’s research using light microscopy, structural geology, igneous petrology and SEM analysis resulted in the reclassification and better distinction of gold systems within the Yukon and Alaska.

After graduating, Liam worked as a Geotechnician within the Oil & Gas industry in the UK before finally moving back to Canada to start his career as a Geologist with SGDS Hive.

Since re-joining SGDS Hive, Liam has completed various fieldwork, including ground-based magnetometry, geological mapping, and core sampling, within British Columbia and Ontario. With a strong background in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and computer programming, Liam is often called upon to complete various GIS tasks for clients across the globe.

Maggie Laverge: Geologist

Maggie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. in Geology in 2019, after completing a Directed Study on the structural evolution of phyllites in the Little Owls region of the Selwyn Basin, Yukon. While in university, she spent a summer doing fieldwork in the Yukon and winter working as a Research Assistant at UBC.

After graduating, she worked for two years in the Northwest Territories as a Core Logging Geologist on a structurally-controlled gold deposit in the Indin Lake Greenstone Belt, followed by a year of work in Northern BC on low-sulphidation epithermal systems. She joined the Hive team in January of 2022.  

Maggie has a passion for structural geology and understanding its effects on the regional and microscopic levels. She enjoys spending as much time outside as possible, preferably with her dog Rocky.

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Koeben Jurykovsky: Junior Geologist

Koeben studied Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He spent a summer doing fieldwork for the engineering geology department and did his honours thesis on deep-seated gravitational slope deformations.

Since joining Hive, Koeben has worked on a variety of client projects, including mapping and prospecting in the Spences Bridge Gold Belt and Prince George regions, and assisted with historical data compilation work for Barrick and TDG Gold Corp. 

Koeben loves all things geoscience related and learning the geological history of various regions. He also volunteers at Below BC to assist in delivering our public education programs, and is an active member of the North Shore Spotted Owl Breeding program. 

Daniel Ramirez: Junior Geologist /  GIS Specialist

Daniel obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia prior to joining SGDS in November of 2020. 

During his last year of university, he realized a special interest in utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as it allowed him to visualize geological data in an interactive manner. Daniel is currently pursuing advanced GIS certification at BCIT, and he hopes to continue to expand his knowledge and skills and integrate them into gaining the experience needed in order to further obtain his P. Geo.

Daniel is fascinated by the physical components and workings of the Earth and the resources that it offers, which is why he tries to spend as much time in the field as he can exploring nature first hand. In his free time, Daniel enjoys travelling, staying active and spending time with his loved ones including his puppy, Tico. Daniel is looking forward to both learning and growing with SGDS.

Courtney Austin: Environmental Scientist

Courtney graduated from Cardiff University, U.K. with a BSc in Chemistry. During her studies, Courtney had the opportunity to work as a member of an organometallic research team based at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Since graduating, Courtney has worked as an analyst with ALS Environmental in Coventry, UK as well developing and managing large geoscience-related databases with SGDS Hive.

Courtney also been collaborating with TDG as a consultant Environmental Scientist to help implement TDG’s Environmental Monitoring Program.

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Jacob Moffat: Digital Archivist

Jacob deals with all of our digital technology – from our 360 cameras to landscape GigaPans! 

Jacob has been with Hive since October of 2018. He was hired originally thanks  to funding through the MIHR Green Jobs Program.

Jacob splits his time between Below BC and Hive. His focus is on building the Below BC website with the goal of bringing the hidden collections of museums, exploration groups and private individuals in British Columbia to the public.

Jacob graduated from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Community Design. He has a background in environmental education outreach and has worked with Indigenous communities as an archeological field technician.

Working with Hive has allowed Jacob to explore his interest in rocks and minerals.

Jennifer Sly: Office & Logistical Coordinator

Jennifer’s experience in adult education, client services, operation management and event planning have been combined in her position as the office manager at HIVE.

Jennifer graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in History and English. She has spent time living in the U.K and Japan.

Jennifer has a genetic predisposition to rock collecting. Her childhood was spent hanging out with her dad hiking and going on beach walks resulting in pockets bulging with rocks and shells. Family trips included visits around B.C. and to many U.S. National parks including Needles, the Badlands, Arches National Park and Devil’s Tower National Monument.

Jennifer has been known to mail one or two boxes filled with rocks back from various vacation spots. Please don’t ask her what her favorite rock is.

Robin Sudo: Lands / Claim Manager

Robin is our superstar lands and claims manager. Robin has been with Hive since 2017, and brings 36 years of experience in the mining industry with her. She has worked with both Major and Junior companies in her time and is well versed in their lands and financial needs. 

Robin’s managerial, financial, technical and administrative knowledge has made her a valuable member of our team, bringing an important aspect of the industry in easy reach for our clients.

Robin lives in the Kootenays with her family where she is able to enjoy time in the outdoors. She is a great singer and, if asked, will tell you an amazing joke or two.

Dobby: Keeper of Tennis Balls

Dobby is a recent addition to the team! Rescued from the streets of Mexico, he is now settled into his new life in Canada!

He will want you to play ball constantly with him, or possibly just crawl on your lap and have a cuddle. Either way, he is good therapy! 

He comes to the office most days to hang out and will undoubtedly be in the field with us too! Given his love of chasing birds and squirrels, we think he will adjust well to the Great Canadian Outdoors! 

One talent he is starting to develop is the ability to find sulphide samples “blind” hidden under cups – hopefully he will earn his salary sniffing our polymetallic veins in the future!

Dobby is always open to gifts of tennis balls, milk bones and any meaty treats if you are coming by!