Tony Grey AM
Graduated with a BA in History (Hons) and then a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, Canada
Practised law with McCarthy Tetrault (a major Canadian law firm) in Toronto for seven years
While on a legal matter in Australia became interested in the burgeoning mining industry there and founded Pancontinental Mining Ltd in 1970, which discovered Jabiluka in 1971.
Emigrated to Australia to build Pancontinental (leaving legal practice), settled in Sydney in 1972
Became an Australian citizen in 1989
Built Pancontinental into a major publicly listed diversified mining house with interests in gold, base metals, rare earth minerals, coal, industrial minerals, petroleum, and uranium. Besides Jabiluka, it discovered and developed Paddington, a gold orebody near Kalgoorlie, and the Wodgina tantalum orebody in WA. It developed the Kunwarara magnesite ore orebody in Queensland.
Founded Pancontinental Petroleum Ltd in Australia and Pancontinental Oil Ltd in Calgary, Alberta, both public companies producing oil and natural gas
Was a member of the Business Council of Australia
Was Chairman of the World Nuclear Association, a world-wide association of uranium producers and consumers headquartered in London (formerly the Uranium Institute)
Was a founding director of the World Gold Council
Was a director of the International Nuclear Law Association
Sold shares in and retired from Pancontinental
Was a director of National Mutual Royal Bank for 4 years
Was Chairman of Kingsgate Consolidated, a producing gold mining company listed on the ASX for 4 years
Was a member of the International Advisory Council of Degussa AG, a large public German metals, pharmaceutical and chemical company for 5 years
Was a director of the Australian Opera for 17 years
Was a director of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney for 5 years
Was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 9 years
Was a member of the advisory committee of the Benevolent Society
In 1992 financed and became Executive Chairman of Polartechnics Ltd., an ASX listed biomedical company developing a revolutionary Australian invention of an opto-electronic means of diagnosing pre-cancer and cancer. The technology received several Australian Government science awards. Retired in 2003.
Past National Chairman of the Brain Foundation, a medical charity offering community services and raising money for research in respect of physical disorders of the brain. Presently Vice Chairman. Involved in the Brain Foundation for over 25 years.
For the last several years, worked as an author of books, articles and essays.
Wrote Jabiluka, a book published in Australia about the struggle to develop the country’s vast uranium discoveries in light of environmental and Aboriginal Land Rights Issues
Wrote East Wind, (From Greece to the Great Wall), a book published in Australia about a journey of cultural experience in Greece, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, Xinjiang and the Silk Road
Wrote Seven Gateways, a book published in Australia about seven places with outstanding spiritual significance, ranging from Aboriginal animism to Buddhism in the Himalayas
Wrote The Tortoise in Asia, a historical fiction story of Roman soldiers who came along the Silk Road after the Battle of Carrhae in 53BCE
Wrote articles about the mining industry published in various journals and books
Wrote and gave papers to numerous international mining conferences
Wrote articles published in the Australian Financial Review
Wrote articles for the Financial Review monthly magazine in Australia about places visited
Currently writing essays
Was awarded an AM in the 2016 Australia Day honours