Charles Bennett Bass
B.Sc. Geology, M.Sc. Mining Engineering/Mineral Processing, FAICD, FAusIMM, FAIG
Managing Director & C.E.O.
Charles Bass completed his B.Sc. in Geology at Michigan Technological University, followed by a M.Sc in Mining Engineering & Mineral Processing at Queen’s University, Canada. Between his degrees Charles worked as a geologist and then Plant Metallurgist at a copper-gold mine in northern Quebec.
Charles joined AMAX Inc, an American mining company in their Head Office in 1976 and came to Perth in 1978. Between 1980 to 1981, AMAX had him work in Tuscon, Arizona at the Twin Buttes copper mine. Charles returned to Australia and established his first company, Metech Pty Ltd in late 1981.
Charles established Eagle Mining Corporation in 1992 with Tony Poli and was responsible for the deal that led to the discovery of the very successful Nimary Gold Mine. Eagle Mining Corporation won both Explorer of the Year and then Developer of the Year at Diggers and Dealers conference and was subject to a hostile takeover in 1997.
Charles then co-founded Aquila Resources Ltd with Tony Poli in 2000 and helped transition it from a gold explorer to iron ore and coal before it too was subject to a hostile $1.4 billion takeover in 2014 at the hands of a joint bid between Baosteel and ASX listed Aurizon.
Today, Charles is very active in philanthropy and is the founder and Chairman of the Centre of Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation, a charitable organisation working with post-graduate researchers in fostering a start-up culture for high knowledge and high value industry in WA.