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Crispin Studer

Soil Sampler, Prospector, Industrial Construction Designer & Dog Musher

Originally from Switzerland, Crispin Studer earned a degree as a industrial construction designer in Biel, Switzerland. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Crispin travelled to the Yukon in the winter of 2001 where he became a dog handler in the world of mushing. This experience fuelled his passion for dog mushing and he returned to the Yukon every winter before finally settling here permanently in 2006. Crispin has worked in mineral exploration since 2007. Building on his studies in industrial construction design, he has spent six years developing his skills as a geological prospector working on projects such as the White Gold in Yukon Territory and on the Kiyuk Project in Nunavut. He is exceptionally detailed-oriented, logical, curious, adaptable and as a lifelong learner, is continuously honing his skills and knowledge as a prospector. He has experience with precious and base metal prospecting and sampling in regions across Canada as well as in Suriname, South America.


With Pika Exploration Inc, Crispin Studer leads all projects with a keen technical and geological understanding, overseas all field crews, and provides excellent project management in his work.


Melanie Bedard

B. Sc. M. Sc. Soils & Environment, Bookkeeper and Logistic Coordinator 

Melanie Bedard is a biologist. She earned a Master’s degree in soil and environmental studies from the University of Laval in Quebec in 2001. She has worked on a variety of projects in the James Bay region and in Nunavut. Since 2006, she has been based in the Yukon and has worked in a number of capacities including logistics coordination, bookkeeping, and project implementation.


With Pika Exploration Inc, Melanie provides critical logistical support to all projects and manages the health and safety operations of the business. She knows how important solid organizational and time management skills are.