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AWARDS: Leaders in exploration and development to be recognized at next AME Roundup

VANCOUVER – The Association for Mineral Exploration has announced the winners of its 2018 celebration of excellence award winners. They will be recognized for their significant efforts and contribution to the mining industry. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 30, 2019, during the awards gala at the Roundup.

Here is a list of the winners:

Alexco’s VP exploration Al McOnie shares this year’s Spud Huestis Award with Seymour Iles and Jared Chipman. (Image: Alexco Resource Corp.)

Al McOnie, Seymour Iles and Jared Chipman of Alexco Resource Corp. are the recipients of the 2018 H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration. They discovered and delineated more than 60 million oz. of silver in the Flame and Moth and Bermingham deposits in the Keno Hill Silver District of central Yukon.

John McCluskey is the recipient of the 2018 Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration. He is being honoured for his pivotal role in acquiring, financing and encouraging the successive discoveries of the La India (Grayd Resources), Mulatos (Alamos Gold) and Kemess East (AuRico Metals) deposits. In addition, he is being honoured for his ongoing success as CEO of Alamos Gold.

Eric Friedland, executive chairman of Peregrine Diamonds, Geoff Woad, former head of world diamond exploration for BHP Billiton and Brooke Clements, former president of Peregrine Diamonds are recipients of the 2018 Hugo Dummett Award for excellence in diamond exploration and development, in recognition of their roles in discovering the Chidliak diamond province on Baffin Island in Nunavut.

Dr. Tom Henricksen is the recipient of the 2018 Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration, recognizing his outstanding contributions to mineral discovery, and being involved in some monumental discoveries and/or acquisitions across the world.

Matt Andrews and Monica Moretto are the 2018 recipients of the Robert R. Hedley Award for excellence in social and environmental responsibility. Their leadership has created an environment within Pan American Silver of respect for social and environmental principles on all its projects.

Paycore Drilling is the recipient of the 2018 David Barr Award for excellence in leadership and innovation in mineral exploration health and safety. The company is recognized for its professionalism and care following an incident in mineral exploration.

Dan Moore (Yukon Dan) and Peter Bradshaw, recognized with the 2018 Gold Pan Award for exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community through the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME).

  1. Greg Dawson and Victoria Yehl,honoured with the 2018 Frank Woodside award for distinguished service to AME and/or the mineral exploration industry.

The two recipients of AME’s Outreach Education Fund are MineralsEd to support delivery of the Kids and Rocks classroom workshop in 2019 and Britannia Mine Museum to support the 2019 continuation of its well-established education program.

Dr. Norman Keevil, acknowledged with a special tribute from AME for his outstanding achievements and major contributions to and support of exploration, discovery and development in British Columbia and adjacent parts of the Cordillera.

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