An Innovative Company

With its roots deep in the North, Aurora Geosciences was built on mineral discovery.  The company was founded in 1981 under Lou Covello, a prospecting geologist in Yellowknife with over 20 years in the industry.  Lou began to build a company focused on delivering excellence in northern mineral exploration; conceiving and applying new exploration models and adapting new geophysical technology to meet the trials of working in the North; and was quick to exploit opportunities he saw best as the man on the ground.  Lou soon teamed up with Gary Vivian and Doug Bryan, who together played a key role in several significant discoveries of the 1980’s in the NT and Nunavut including Sunrise Lake, Lou Lake, Damoti and Run Lake.  In 1991, diamonds were discovered in their own back yard and they were quick to jump at the opportunity.  Aurora stated and conducted the early exploration on what are now the Diavik and Snap Lake Diamonds Mines.  The momentum continued and the team explored virtually all the known kimberlite fields in the NT and western Nunavut during the Great Canadian Diamond Rush.

The western half of Aurora was founded by Mike Power in 1988.  A geologist and geophysicist himself, Mike built a team focusing primarily on applying geophysical techniques to mineral deposits mostly in the Yukon, Alaska and northern BC. 

In November 2000, both operations merged to form Aurora Geosciences with offices in Whitehorse, Yellowknife and in 2008, Alaska.  Aurora has carved a niche in providing integrated geosciences with exploration support services at many mines and advanced projects across Northern Canada and Alaska.   Since 2000, Aurora has contributed to discoveries and resource definitions at Diavik, Ekati, Meadowbank, Kennady Lake, Keno Hill, Faro, Wolverine, Kudz ze Kayah and Rackla Bel, White Gold Belt, Greens Creek, Livengood, Boken Mountain, Whistler and Red Dog. 

Today, a new generation of Aurora staff, fired by the same drive to discover and build on the experience of its founders, is creating their own legacy in the North.