Thursday, January 18, 2018

Conference 2018 Speakers

Celebrate our 60th year as a Canadian Association!
Speakers are being confirmed and we are pleased to announce:

Mr.Dominic Mok
Lee A. Groat
Jon Phillips
Alan Hodgkinson

Mr. Dominic Mok
Mok  photo - Mok V2 low res Mr. Dominic Mok, the founder and Principal of the Asian Gemmological Institute & Laboratory Limited (AGIL), has 40 years of experience in the jewellery trade and is both a professional geologist and accredited expert gemmologist. Mr. Mok espouses “Integrity” as AGIL’ s mission from the beginning and he strictly adheres to the ethical principle of not being involved in jewellery trading. He utilizes advanced, high-tech instruments in his gem testing and annual jewellery audit appraisal services. All clients’ relevant information is kept strictly confidential.

Mr. Mok and his team members have accomplished a number of “first” in gem testing in Hong Kong. In the spring of 1993, AGIL issued the first ever Jadeite Testing Report in Hong Kong using an Infrared Spectrometer. Mr. Mok has always devoted himself to raising the bar in Hong Kong gem testing standard. He has conducted research on Fei Cui, diamonds and rubies, and published his research articles in different media. In January 2005, Mr. Mok led AGIL to further professional recognition. AGIL was the first gemological laboratory in Hong Kong granted HOKLAS ISO/IEC 17025 authorised qualification for Fei Cui Jadeite Jade testing. The qualification accredited by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

AGIL has been teaching FGA courses since 1983 and it is one of the earliest registered Accredited Teaching Centre (ATC) of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A). AGIL is authorized to teach FGA/DGA gemmology courses in Chinese and English. AGIL’s graduates were granted four times World           No.l “Best Candidate” of FGA/DGA exams. In 2009, sponsored by Dominic Mok,   Gem-A established a new worldwide examination honour, “The Mok Diamond Practical Prize’.

In 2016, Mr. Mok was appointed as the Honorary Assistant Professor of Earth Science department of the University of Hong Kong.

Alan Hodgkinson

President of the Scottish Gemmological Association, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Honorary Member of the Canadian Gemmological, Honorary Registered Valuer.

Lifetime awards by AGA, AGTA, Gem-A and SGA, Author of Visual Optics, Author of Gem Testing Techniques and Originator of the synthetic emerald filter and the stained green jadeite filter.

Lee A. Groat
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Lee Groat graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc.
(Honours, Geology) in 1982 and from the University of Manitoba with a Ph.D. in 1988.  From 1988 to 1989 he was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University.

Professor Groat has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1989.  His main research interests are the geology of gem deposits, pegmatites, the crystal chemistry of minerals, and economic geology.  He has published more than 125 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

From 2001 to 2006 Dr. Groat was Editor of American Mineralogist.  He is the former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of The Canadian Mineralogist.

In 2003 Dr. Groat was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and in 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in his honor.

Professor Groat is an Independent Director of multiple companies in the exploration and technology spheres and a partner in a private consulting company.

Jon Phillips


Jon has been in the jewellery business for over 35 years and worked in all of its “facets”. He is currently the Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. Part of Jon’s responsibilities includes managing the rough to polish systems for Canadian Diamonds including purchasing of the rough directly from mining companies to working with diamond polishing factories to produce the final product.

Jon is also the lead instructor for Corona and travels worldwide to promote Canadian diamonds and gold. He is Corona’s first contact for anti-money laundering (AML) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) compliances.

He has worked for BHP Billiton Diamonds as a Marketing Manager in both Vancouver and Antwerp and as a service Manager for Birks in Vancouver. Jon and his wife Carol ran their own custom jewellery business in Vancouver for fifteen years which is where Jon obtained his training as a journeyman goldsmith.

Jon is a Certified Gemologist (CG) from the American Gem Society (AGS) and a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  

Jon also currently sits as the chairman of the Accreditation and Certification committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and is a past member of the Standards Committee.  Jon is a member of the GIA Alumni Advisory Council and past vice-president of the diamond commission for CIBJO. He currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) and Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct Committee (CDCC).


The CGA offers sincere thanks to the following for their sponsorship and support:

CGA Conference 2017

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