Fonds F 371 - Franc R. Joubin fonds

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Franc R. Joubin fonds

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F 371

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  • 1986, 1989 (Creation)
    Joubin, Franc R.

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1 book : 494 pages
less than 0.5 cm of textual records

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Franc Renault Joubin was a geologist and prospector best known for his discovery of the "Big Z" uranium deposit--one of the largest of its kind in the world--in northeastern Ontario in 1953. Joubin was born in San Francisco, California, and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was three years old. He earned his Undergraduate (1936) and Master's (1942) degrees in Geology from the University of British Columbia. During and following these degrees, he worked as a consultant for a number of mining and exploration firms and agencies, including the Geological Survey of Canada, Pioneer, and Technical Mine Consultants, created by financier and promoter, Joseph Hirshhorn. Joubin later partnered with Hirshhorn and the two were largely responsible for the discovery and exploitation of the Big Z deposit. After helping carry out expansive mining developments in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia, Joubin sold his stake in Technical Mine Consultants and returned to independent consulting. In the 1960s, he began collecting geological data as a member of the United Nations Technical Assistance Agency and traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and South America. Forced to resign due to health reason in 1965, Joubin stayed on as a mining consultant to the UN and continued to travel extensively. He was awarded the Leonard Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Blaylock Medal from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy for his outstanding achievements in Canada’s mining industry. He was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 1989 and, in 1983, he was made a member of the Order of Canada. Joubin served as a member of the Board of Governors at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute from 1963 to 1966. Following his death, he left a bequest to the Institute, as well as the statue "The Dream the Fagged Out" by artist Julius Damasdy for the University Art Collection.

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Fonds consists of a book and an article authored by Joubin.

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