TORONTO – The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada has selected six industry leaders to receive its highest honours at the annual award banquet on March 4, 2014.
Ross McElroy is the recipient of this year’s Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success. He led Fission Uranium’s team of geologists in one of the most significant discoveries in the Athabasca Basin in recent years, Patterson Lake South. This high grade, shallow depth uranium discovery has rejuvenated the entire exploration industry in the Athabasca Basin.
Capstone Mining Corp. is the recipient of this year’s Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development. Capstone continues to demonstrate leadership and management in the successful development of the Minto and Cozamin copper mines and in its acquisition of Pinto Valley copper mine, as well as transforming it into an intermediate copper producer.
Barrick Gold Corp.’s Goldrush discovery team is the recipient of this year’s Thayer Lindsley Award for international mineral discoveries. The deposit, located in the eastern portion of the Cortez mining district, potentially represents the largest Carlin style discovery in Nevada since Cortez Hills over 10 years ago. The 25-person Goldrush discovery team was led by Rob Krcmarov, senior VP, global exploration (Toronto); Francois Robert, VP and chief geologist (Toronto); Ed Cope, VP, exploration North America (Elko, NV); Kevin Creel, chief exploration geologist; Mark Bradley, district geologist; and Alejandro Ly, project Geologist.
Roger Wallis is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award. He has been an outstanding contributor and dedicated member of the PDAC over the past 47 years. He joined the PDAC in 1967, and has been an active PDAC committee member since 1993. Wallis has been a proponent of the PDAC taking a leadership role in becoming more proactive about industry issues, particularly around environmental and corporate responsibility issues. He is also a member of the Convention Planning Committee.
Teck Resources is the recipient of this year’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Award. The company has an long record of outstanding accomplishments and commitment to sustainability, environmental and social initiatives. In 2011, Teck developed a comprehensive strategy, focusing on long and short term goals that will achieve the company’s vision for sustainability. The sustainability strategy supports six key areas: community, people, water, biodiversity, energy, and materials stewardship.
Jim MacLeod is the winner of this year’s Skookum Jim Award for aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry. He has demonstrated strong leadership on the environmental impact of the mining sector and advocacy for more education and training programs for aboriginal youth within the industry. Founder of the Mistissini Geological Resources Centre, MacLeod also serves on the board Cree Mineral Exploration and Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association.
The PDAC will hold its annual convention and trade show in Toronto from March 2 to 5, 2014. Full details are available at PDAC.ca.