Canadian Mining Journal


PDAC: De Beers, Mountain Province take home award for Gahcho Kue

TORONTO – The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada passed out numerous awards to industry leaders at its annual awards gala on March 7. De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds shared the Viola R. MacMillan Award for their success at the Gahcho Kue diamond mine. The award is given for demonstrated leadership in exploration and development of mineral resources.

Allan Rodel, left, Gahcho Kue general manager, and Patrick Evans, CEO of Mountain Province Diamonds, pose with the Viola R. MacMillan trophies.

The award was presented to Gahcho Kue mine general manager Allan Rodel and Mountain Province CEO Patrick Evans. Said Rodel: “I am extremely proud of the work done by every member of the team at Gahcho Kue. We work in some of the most difficult conditions found anywhere in the world, and we have achieved so many important milestones safely, without harm to people or the environment.”

This is the third major award bestowed upon Gahcho Kue in a year. In 2016 the mine, the world’s largest new diamond producer in 13 years, won gold at the 11th annual Project Management Institute’s award gala as well as the Workplace Health and Safety Award from the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

Other winners at the PDAC gala earlier this week include:

  • Agnico Eagle Mine, Val d’Or Exploration Division – Bill Dennis Award.
  • Neil Gow – Distinguished Service Award.
  • Teranga Gold Corp. – Environmental and Social Responsibility Award.
  • Peter Moses – Skookum Jim Award.
  • Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada – Special Achievement Award.
  • Peter Megaw – Thayer Lindsley Award.

Details about the winners and the awards criteria are posted at