Neil is an independent resource specialist who until early 2017 was an Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management in Canada. Prior to joining Sprott, Neil was a senior mining analyst with Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based global investment firm. Previously, Neil spent 10 years in corporate, exploration and mine geology roles for Placer Dome subsidiaries in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Neil received a PhD in Economic Geology from James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia, in 1995. Before departing the UK Neil worked as a mud logger and data engineer on North Sea oil rigs for a Schlumberger subsidiary after receiving a First Class Honours degree in Earth Sciences from Birmingham University. Neil has built an extensive global network in both the mining and investment sectors over the past 25 years.