The following is a transcript of the remarks made by Stornoway Diamond president and CEO Matt Manson at the Progressive Mine Forum in Toronto on Oct. 23, where he was presented with The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the Year award for 2016, first announced in March.
This was a surprise when I saw this on the front page of The Northern Miner back in March. It wasn’t something I was expecting.
Mining is a team sport, so I’m standing here as a representative of a team of geologists and engineers and finance people who worked for 16 years between discovery in 2001 – not by Stornoway but by Ashton and Soquem – and then to be in production by 2016.
I guess we’re getting this award because Stornoway is an example of doing something that I think is the hardest thing to do in the mining business: taking an exploration discovery and actually shepherding it all the way through to being a producer.
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