The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton is home to the Quartermain Earth Science Centre thanks to a $1-million contribution by UNB alumnus and mining executive, Bob Quartermain. The museum was officially opened in June, 2011. Located in UNB’s forestry and geology building, the centre includes dinosaur replicas, a large-scale display showing a journey to the centre of the earth, a working seismograph and a mineral showcase. It also houses a new teaching and computer lab and will serve as a repository for items and information important to New Brunswick and Fredericton geology. The centre, which is the only one of its kind in the province, would not have been possible without the generous support of Dr. Quartermain, whom the space is named after.
A native of St. Stephen, Dr. Quartermain graduated in 1977 from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor of science degree in geology. In 1981, he graduated from Queen’s University with a master of science degree in mineral exploration.
From 1976 to 1982, he worked for the Geological Survey of Canada and in private industry on mapping and exploration programs. After completing his M.Sc. at Queens, Dr. Quartermain joined Teck Resources and in 1985, was named president of Silver Standard Resources Inc., a position he held for 25 years, growing the company from a staff of two to a company with a market capitalization of $2 billion.