Hugh Hamilton was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has worked for Kennecott-Canada in development of geo-chemical techniques for the exploration for heavy metals, and for Cominco as Development Engineer, Plant Superintendent and Assistant to the Manager of Operations, focusing on the area of budgeting and production forecasting. In the latter years, he was the manager of concentrate purchasing for Cominco's large lead/zinc complex at Trail, BC. More recently he has moved into consulting to the mining, smelting and secondary industries as well as metal/concentrate trading businesses.