John K. Campbell is a 1960 graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He has been actively involved in the mining industry since the 1950s, having served as a partner in a construction company during one of the largest mining booms in B.C. history. During this period, he took on several projects including the oversight of a Noranda-owned 2,000 ton per day iron ore mine on Vancouver Island, and the recruitment of miners and tradesmen in the United Kingdom for McIntyre Mines’ Grand Cache coal operation. In 1985, he became president of Trans America Industries (TSA) which under his direction discovered the Burnt Timber gold deposit in Manitoba. This deposit was subsequently brought into commercial production by Cazador Explorations. TSA later acquired the Aguas Blancas iodine deposit in Chile which was developed by its 40%-owned subsidiary, Atacama Minerals. Management of Atacama Minerals was subsequently turned over to the Lundin Group which achieved commercial production on the property in 2001. In June 2008 by way of a merger TSA became Primary Corp., a TSX-listed investment bank.