Lori Walton has over 25 years’ experience providing management and consulting services to the mining industry, including analysis and guidance to governments at various levels concerning mineral policy, the administration of mining law, regulatory regimes, business climate, and development of competitive taxation policies. Currently with Alberta Energy, Government of Alberta, she has served as director and held executive management positions in private and publicly traded companies while working in Canada, United States and Central America.
Lori graduated from the University of Alberta with a M.Sc. in Economic Geology, is a professional geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and is also a graduate gemologist with a diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. She is the author of technical publications and papers on mining related topics including an extensive compilation of known geological, geochemical and geophysical research on gemstone deposits that served as the basis for the popular Geology of Gem Deposits published by the Mineralogical Association of Canada.
For over ten years, Lori has served on the SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics and on the Post-Detection Subcommittee. She belongs to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, SETI League, and Planetary Society and has a strong interest in ensuring historical information related to SETI searches is properly archived. She is working with colleagues and with the SETI Institute compiling and reviewing historical material related to the SETI Permanent Committee, SETI conferences, SETI technical papers, and other SETI topics. Other areas of interest include Canadian contributions to SETI, astroengineering technology, post-detection issues, space law and policy, the evolution of intelligence, non-human communication systems research and attending astrobiology and SETI related conferences.