2017 Seminar Speakers

Bob O'Donnell, "The Fossil Guy"

Bob has presented his Fossil exhibits for 22 years at Schools, Libraries, Museums, Gem and Mineral Shows, Field Naturalist Groups, Retirement Homes etc. He is the Curator of the Arkona Lions Museum at Rock Glen Conservation Park and the liaison for the owners of 2 quarry pits in Arkona, Ontario. He is on the Board of Directors of The Central Canadian Federation Of Mineralogical Societies and is an Administrator of 6 Facebook groups on fossils. Bob is also a member of The London Gem and Mineral Society.

Laura Scaife, Consulting Geologist

Laura Scaife is a geologist with a background in project coordination and management as well as project investigative research. Ms. Scaife has participated in international development ventures in the Middle East, South America, and South Pacific and has coordinated visits by international delegates for investment seminars and geological training sessions in Canada.

Recently, Laura was the interim curator of the University of Waterloo's Earth Sciences Museum which included overseeing the museum and managing educational tour programs. Laura is an active member of Scientists in School and has designed and presented workshops for junior and intermediate public school students in the Upper Grand, Peel and Blue Water District School Boards.

Grant Hurlburt, Ph. D.
Departmental Associate, Paleobiology Division Department of Natural History,
Royal Ontario Museum

Grant Hurlburt obtained a Ph. D. in Zoology from the University of Toronto, studying vertebrate paleontology and collects invertebrate fossils as a hobby. He has taught Human Anatomy and Physiology in universities in the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East. 

Grant is a volunteer with the Giant's Rib, an organization created to tell the story of the Niagara Escarpment, and promote uses that will ensure retention of its natural state for future generations.

Zulekha Noormohamed, Blue Sapphire Beads

Zulekha Noormohamed is a successful business woman who has been making breathtaking one-of-a-kind jewellery for 13 years. Each unique piece is hand crafted and made with love and care to accentuate the inner beauty of all who wear her creations. She specializes in working with high quality precious and semi-precious beads both in her jewellery and her bead company. Zulekha believes deeply in the healing qualities of the stones she works with. Her commitment to this results in her often making custom pieces for her customers to benefit from their healing properties. 


Zulekha juggles a full-time job, running two successful businesses along with raising her three beautiful daughters. She regularly jokes that she works a full-time job in order to pay for her addiction, which is her jewellery. Along with her partner, Salim Moorani, they run two successful and growing businesses to channel their creative energy. Blue Sapphire Beads ( sells their hand crafted creations along with importing sterling silver, precious and semi-precious beads and components.

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The Gem Expo ( is a gem, jewellery, lampwork and mineral trade show. The show is open to the public as well as wholesalers.

Zulekha has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lakehead University, a Human Services Counselor diploma from George Brown College and is working on getting her Reiki Master and Homeopathy certifications. 

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