Canadian Mining Journal


AWARDS: Dominion, Diavik and Vale Manitoba win sustainability honours

MONTREAL – The Mining Association of Canada has recognized two of Canada's miners with its Toward Sustainable Mining (TSM) Awards.

MONTREAL – The Mining Association of Canada has recognized two of Canada’s miners with its Toward Sustainable Mining (TSM) Awards.

Dominion Diamond Corp. and Diavik Diamond Mine were jointly awarded the 2015 TSM Environmental Excellence Award for their joint regional grizzly bear DNA program in the Northwest Territories. This is the largest program of its kind in the Northwest Territories, and it has attracted the participation of two additional mines, Snap Lake and Gahcho Kué. Based on the success of the NT program, the government of Nunavut has deployed similar programs at several sites.

Vale‘s Manitoba Operations was recognized with the 2015 TSM Community Engagement Award for its involvement in the Thompson, MB, economic diversification working group. Vale is decommissioning its smelting operation this year and will go forward with only mining and milling at Thompson. The community development program is a collaboration of all stakeholders seeking ways to spur economic development and diversification in the region.

“Out of seven impressive finalists for this year’s awards, these two projects shone for going beyond what was expected, for engaging extensively with community stakeholders and incorporating traditional knowledge, and for creating significant benefits for the communities where they operate,” said Pierre Gratton, MAC president and CEO.

The awards were presented during the gala evening on May 11, 2015, at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum in Montreal.

Learn more about MAC’s TSM program at

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