TIMMINS, Ontario – Three Ontario Mining Association members walked off the stage with trophies at the 2013 Nova Business Awards event in Timmins, which was held recently. More than 600 people attended the ceremonies, which were hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce for the eleventh consecutive year. Sixteen awards in various categories were presented and more than 90 nominations were received.
Mining company winners included Xstrata Copper Kidd Operations, which captured the Presidents Award. It is given to the business that goes above and beyond the call of corporate duty to make the city a better place and build the community. The Aboriginal Partnership Award was won by Detour Gold Corp. and the Environmental Excellence Award was won by Goldcorp‘s Porcupine Gold Mines.
“This year’s slate of awards nominees and recipients really are in a class all their own,” said Gary Marriott, a co-chairman of the Nova Awards organizing committee. “They stand as a perfect example of why Timmins has built a global reputation as a centre for entrepreneurial excellence. Tonight’s recipients represent some of the best of the best and it’s terrific that we are able to recognize their achievements on such a grand scale.”
“I think giving back to the community that hosts us is very important. Our employees all live in town. It’s all local people,” said Luc Brousseau, Xstrata Copper Kidd Operations manager of human resources, when accepting the award. “We support their charities so we have many programs, which they participate or volunteer in, and we support them, on top of donations that we do.”
“Mining in Ontario has always been community focused and at Detour Gold our communities are the local First Nations and regional municipalities,” said Rachel Pineault, VP human resources and northern affairs for Detour Gold, in accepting the award. “Working with the Aboriginal leadership, we have established a model to help grow their business community in partnership with experienced regional companies. It’s a win-win approach. To date, we have seen more than $400 million in Aboriginal business and joint ventures during the $1.5 billion capital construction period.”
Laszlo Gotz, environmental manager for Goldcorp’s Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins, accepted the environmental Nova honour. Porcupine Gold Mines has been a leader in mine rehabilitation in the Timmins area. Previously, it has won the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award for work on the historic Coniaurum mine property.
*Peter McBride is manager of communications at the Ontario Mining Association. Contact him at email@example.com.