Hamid was born in Toronto and grew up on a farm near Milton Ontario. He graduated from Geo-Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1985, specializing in mineral exploration. He also completed an M.A.Sc. in Economic Geology at Toronto, and subsequently a Doctorate degree and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario, examining gold deposits along the Ashanti Gold Belt, Ghana, and conducting studies on the origin and distribution of gold in lode deposits at Carlin, Ashanti and in laboratory synthesis. Hamid worked as a mine, exploration and research geologist for Noranda at Sturgeon Lake, Ontario. He was the Chief Geologist and Site Manager during the exploration and feasibility stages of the Bogosu Gold mine, Ashanti Gold Belt, Ghana. Hamid joined Brandon University in 1995 and teaches Mineral Deposits, Exploration and Mining Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Tectonics and Field Geology. He continues to consult for industry and has managed exploration projects in the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, Northwest Territories, in Ontario, Manitoba, B.C. and in Peru. Recently he has joined forces with Cypher Environmental to develop rural and haul road stabilization technologies. This ongoing liaison with industry has provided many employment and research opportunities for students. His principal interests remain exploration and sustainable development, and the geology, mineralogy and origin of mineral deposits. Hamid is a Professional Engineer, Past President for Geoscientists Canada, and a member of several Canadian and International Professional Societies.
“Exploration and development are human endeavors, when we place humanity first, success follows”.