Peter (A.C.A.) Howe, a well known and respected member of the Toronto exploration and mining community, and founder of the independent geological and mining consulting firm A.C.A. Howe International Limited (ACA Howe), passed away peacefully in Toronto on June 12, 2017, at age 88.
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Peter attended schools in England and Australia, eventually graduating in 1949 from Imperial College with a degree in mining engineering, and as an Associate of the Royal School of Mines in London, England.
He was a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, and a Fellow of the Canadian and Australian Mining and Metallurgical Societies.
Peter’s experience included the management of small gold mines in Zimbabwe prior to becoming a resident of Canada.
In 1960 Peter commenced consulting for exploration companies in Canada and founded the consulting firm of ACA Howe International Limited in Toronto. During the ensuing years, he expanded the firm’s operations to Australia, England, South Africa, and Indonesia. A.C.A. Howe International continues to operate today as part of the CSA Global Group.
Peter also founded Howe Exploration and Development Co. Ltd. (“HED”) to operate as a mining contractor. HED’s main purpose was to re-open old mines to facilitate the exploration of deposits prior to a feasibility study.
During his career as a consultant, exploration programs led by Peter resulted in several producing mines, including Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada’s (Tanco) Bernic Lake tantalum mine; the Jabiluka uranium deposit in Australia; the Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall, England; and three gold producers in Indonesia; the Mt. Muro, Ampalit, and Mirah mines, plus an alluvial diamond deposit in the Central African Republic.
Peter was also a great mentor to his many employees and associates, many of whom are active and respected members of the exploration and mining community today.
Peter is survived by his wife Jovette, and his two sons Anthony and David, and his sister Anne in England. A celebration of Peter’s life will take place during the 2018 PDAC Convention in Toronto, March 4th to 7th .