Entrepreneurial Mining In The Long Term – with Mark O’Dea – Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast

In today’s episode we chat to Mark O’Dea, Chairman and…


In today’s episode we chat to Mark O’Dea, Chairman and Founder of Oxygen Capital Corp, an integrated merchant bank and mining house creating value by structuring, financing and building mining companies in-house, and then taking those companies public. Some of the companies in their portfolio include Pure Gold, Liberty Gold, Sun Metals and Discovery Metals. 

Mark is a mining industry entrepreneur, and a seasoned geologist and deal maker who has successfully led and developed many assets in his career. We talk about their assets and what makes an entrepreneur from Mark’s perspective – are you born with it, or is it a learned skill? 


  • The mining continuum spans from early grassroots production and reclamation. Within this, there are two sweet spots: discovery and cashflow/production. 
  • COVID’s effects on mining projects have been mitigated depending on how accessible the projects are, and by what means. Those accessible by road networks have seen less disruption than the more far-afield developments. 
  • Respect for the earth itself, and for the communities that surround a project, is paramount. Reclamation, clean-up, and re-using inherited mine sites, is a top priority where possible. 
  • It’s vital to invest in the long term. A development is a huge responsibility. Social, economic and environmental impact can last a generation, so long terms considerations must be taken into account. 


‘I fell in love with rocks!’ 

‘It’s in the DNA of the place – mining is basically the lifeblood of the town’ 

’This is going to translate into some great economic benefits for the communities’ 

’These mines are amazing profit centres!’  



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Mark O’Dea at Oxygen Capital Corp – http://www.oxygencapitalcorp.com/our-team/principals 


Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.









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