Dr. Hitch is a registered professional engineer and professional geoscientist in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Hitch’s research interests centre on the mine of the future. This notion challenges one to consider not only the traditional aspects of mine design, extraction and closure but also aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and the social implications of mine operation. Dr. Hitch’s research considers operational efficiencies through the lens of sustainability and appropriate extraction that seeks to provide a platform for local prosperity and sustainable livelihoods for all actors. Dr. Hitch has travelled to 189 countries in various capacities including as a senior mining executive in his prior life including; a Mining Analyst and Corporate Finance professional for several Toronto brokerages; as Executive Vice President Corporate Development for Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., Vice President Corporate Development for AngloGold Ashanti, Director of Corporate Development – Western Hemisphere for Echo Bay Mines, and Manager of Business Development for TeckCominco. Michael served on the board of directors and as a technical advisor for several TSX and NASDAQ companies.