Peter Hernandez (BA ’95)For new author Peter Hernandez (BA ’95), the “other side of the brain” is certainly a creative one.Hernandez completed his BA in general studies, focusing on business and politics, at Brock in 1995, and maintains a career in international business.This past winter he wrote and published a children’s picture book called A New Day With Rhyming Robin, available online at Chapters-Indigo or www.RhymingRobin.com, with proceeds from book sales going to Parkinson’s research.“It’s a feel-good children’s picture book adventure done in rhyme,” Hernandez says. “The story is a day in the life of a robin and his little buddy.”“Move over Dr. Seuss! Move over Eminem! Make room in the nest for a guest! Ryming Robin, he’s the best!!” ~from www.RymingRobin.com Hernandez has fond memories of Brock from Frosh Week to professor David Newman’s entrepreneurship class, to the camaraderie of the rowing team and his involvement with the International Students Association. He was also a contributor of comic strips (The Comic File, and Brock Life) to the student newspaper.We recently caught up with Peter to learn more about his time at Brock, his career and his new book in this grad spotlight Q & A.Tell us a bit about yourself.My career is in international business, having worked for Maple Leaf Foods for 10 years, including living two years in Mexico City. I now live in Montreal, work for a U.S. company, Tri-Meats Inc., and continue exporting Canadian food products to Mexico.What attracted you to Brock University?An exciting campus life and community feel of the university.What was your most memorable moment while at Brock?Competing at the Head of The Ohio in Pittsburgh as a member of the University Mens 8 Rowing Team, 1991.How has Brock changed your life?Brock opened my eyes to the many cultures of the world. It allowed me to see the payoff of commitment and hard work while having fun!How have you been involved with Brock since graduating?I’ve returned for alumni invitational rowing events at Henley Island.What has been your career/life path since graduating from Brock?International sales, import/export, commodity trading, marketing – food industry.What is the most rewarding part of your career?Closing international business deals. Buying and selling, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and places.What is your greatest professional achievement?Having been given an ex-pat assignment by Maple Leaf Foods to live in Mexico City and develop sales to retailers, distributors, processors and importers.Have you received any awards or honourable mentions for you work?Two recognition awards while at Maple Leaf Foods.What is your “other side of the brain”? What are your hobbies and interests that don’t necessarily relate to your degree or line of work?The other side of my brain – Creative! The creative side of my brain is what balances the serious, calculated, planner in me.Writing for me is an escape. It’s a peaceful place without boundaries and borders. It’s a world of unlimited creativity that leads anywhere. There is no right or wrong. Writing is creative expression. Writing for children is writing for me. It’s a time travel back to childhood, and forward to the adventures that lie ahead.What community service, charities or associations are you involved with?Parkinson’s Society of Canada – Durham Region chapter. Six years ago my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Our family has been actively involved within the PD community since. Proceeds from A New Day With Rhyming Robin book sales go to PD research.What is your greatest personal accomplishment?Being a son, a brother, an uncle, a brother-in-law, a nephew, a cousin, a friend.In a nutshell, my relationship with family and friends is the only personal metric that matters to me.What do you want most out of life?Happiness, fun, laughs … and peace on earth.What advice do you have for new graduates?Focus. Take every day as an opportunity to make a difference in your life or someone else’s. Enjoy the moment. Stay true to yourself.For more info: www.RhymingRobin.com or Rhyming Robin Bookclub of Facebook
The dreaded rent resource tax saga – coupled by elections which resulted in a hung parliament, with five tax supporters sitting in the balance of power, has battered Australia’s mining share index recently. From Rio Tinto’s head to the Australian Institute of Geoscientists there have been few, in the mining industry at least, who have not expressed their worry over Australia’s mining future. However, despite this year’s setbacks and next year’s hurdles, the long term potential of the country’s mining companies and assets is still very healthy -a point that Australian miners have been increasingly determined to prove in the latest issue of International Mining Project News. Certainly Gindalbie’s Karara project has not had difficulty in finding funds, which is hardly surprising with a predicted production of 9 plus Bt over a 30 year life of mine, and the company is quickly moving towards its production goal with the award of another multi-million dollar construction contract. Although not as quickly as the Randalls gold project which has been travelling on a whirlwind deposit to report extensive drilling results, ranging from 2.89 g/t to 51.25 g/t, while on the verge of its first gold pour. This last deposit’s transition from uninspiring to high grade confirms the underground potential beneath Integra Mining’s feet as well as providing a glittering reminder of what may yet lay undiscovered.Venturex Resources has revealed more of those riches in the Pilbara region with drilling results that include 8 m at 256.3 g/t silver and strong lead, zinc and copper mineralisation. The results will prove useful for the company’s revised JORC, expected for the next issue of International Mining Project News, and should help upgrade the open pit resource. Brockman Resources also has some very pure answers from its metallurgical sinter testwork program on the company’s flagship iron ore project – reaffirming the Pilbara region’s well known potential to Chinese steel mills and leaving Brockman close to completing its DFS.Cortona have been facing climate change head on at its wholly owned gold project in New South Wales with plans to drastically cut material and waste movement. While still having to persevere through bad weather the environmentally minded company has managed to stay on track for its expected resource upgrade. Since its own Swedish surprise Avalon Minerals has been re-evaluating its options and is on the lookout for investors to help fund further exploration and development of its flagship copper/iron project. In the meantime the company has rewarded one of its experienced employees, for his role in leading the resource drill-out and expanded PFS which led to the significantly increased resource, with the position of MD.Mundo Minerals have already secured financing for an upgraded treatment facility at its Engenho gold project and are looking forward to bringing another pit into production with a new COO direct from Gold Fields. These twin developments should give the company extra momentum as it reaches towards a 100,000 oz/y target.Centaurus Metals has also been enjoying Brazil with testwork results and a completed RC and diamond drilling program paving the way for a maiden JORC estimate to be completed at its iron ore project before the end of October. Not far away, in Chile, Antofagasta Minerals and Carbon Energy have been feeling the benefits of underground coal gasification technology as the proposed project at the Mulpun deposit obtains environmental approval.All this and much more in International Mining Project News…To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact [email protected] for a free trial copy.