The British Columbia & Yukon Chamber of Mines have recognized leaders, pioneers and innovators in the industry at its annual dinner held in conjunction with the Cordilleran Exploration Roundup this week.
JOHN BROCK, president of Badger and Company Management received the MURRAY PEZIM AWARD for his 35 years of financing activities contributing to the growth and viability of the British Columbia and Yukon mineral exploration and mining industries.
MARK BAKNES, VP of exploration at Rimfire Minerals accepted the H.H. "SPUD" HUESTIS AWARD honouring excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration. His expertise in regional exploration led to the discovery of the Wolverine deposit, spawning Yukon's largest staking rush.
A team from Highland Valley Copper took home the E.A. SCHOLZ AWARD for excellence in mine development. Team members FRANK AMON, JIM CLARK, TERRY MARSTEN AND ROD KILLOUGH won for their innovative application of technology and progressive management, which sustained the mine during depressed metal prices since 1997.
HUGO DUMMETT was honoured posthumously for his pioneering work and support that laid the foundation for a thriving and healthy diamond industry in Canada, specifically for his work that led to the discovery of the Ekati deposits. The tribute was sponsored by DUNDEE SECURITIES and IVANHOE MINES.
The GOLD PAN AWARD was made to BRUCE MCKNIGHT for his outstanding contribution to the Chamber while he was its executive director from 1998 to 2002. The FRANK WOODSIDE PAST PRESIDENT'S AWARDS, recognizing distinguished service to the association, went to prospector DON BRAGG, ED KIMURA of Placer Dome, and MARILYN MULLAN, retired executive director of the Britannia Beach Historical Society.