Simon Houlding spent his youth in Zimbabwe, graduated with an MSc (Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, worked in the South African mining industry for ten years, and has made Canada his home since 1976. He is a practicing Professional Engineer and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and a member of the CIM. In the 1980s he founded Lynx Geosystems Inc., where he pioneered the development of spatial modeling techniques for resource estimation and authored several books and numerous technical references on the subject.
In 1999 he joined InfoMine Inc. and founded Edumine to provide online professional development and training to the global mining community. Up to his retirement in 2017, he focused on promoting online learning as an effective platform for global dissemination of mining expertise in collaboration with industry and academia. Edumine is now the world's largest provider of online professional development and training for mining.
In 2015, CIM awarded Simon Houlding the Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining. In 2018, he received the CIM Robert Elver Award for the Most Significant Contribution to the Mineral Economics Field.