Vancouver mining magnate gives $4 million to museum – by Glen Korstrom (Business Vancouver – February 23, 2017)

Pan American Silver founder Ross Beaty donates to Canadian Museum of Nature

Vancouver mining magnate Ross Beaty is giving the Canadian Museum of Nature its largest ever philanthropic gift: a $4 million investment to enhance the museum’s national research and collections that are focused on species discovery, the Gatineau, Quebec-based museum announced February 23.

Beaty has founded and divested many companies through his 45 years as a geologist and resource entrepreneur but he may be best known for his current role as founder and chairman of Pan American Silver Corp.

He is also the founder and chairman of Alterra Power Corp., which is a mid-sized renewable energy company with solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power operations in B.C., Texas, Indiana and Iceland. His $4 million gift is expected to support three initiatives that are core to what will be known as the museum’s Beaty Centre for Species Discovery.

This centre will draw on the museum’s national collections and the expertise of its scientific staff. It is expected to be dedicated to creating, advancing and sharing knowledge about the discovery, naming, evolution, ecology and classification of species, both in the past and the present.

Specific initiatives that the Beaty investment will support include a:

•national cryogenic facility to curate tissue samples and genetic material;

•post-doctoral fellowship on species at risk; and

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