The winners of the Young Mining Professionals (YMP) awards this year are Ashley Kirwan of Orix Geoscience and David Cataford of Champion Iron.
The YMP awards, presented in association with The Northern Miner, recognize two mining professionals under the age of forty who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and innovative thinking and provided value to their companies and shareholders.
The YMP awards are named after two iconic entrepreneurs in the mining industry, Eira Thomas and the late Peter Munk. Ashley Kirwan has won the 2020 Eira Thomas award and David Cataford the Peter Munk award. The awards will be presented at the YMP Awards Gala on Feb. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto.
Each of the winners were nominated in a public submissions process. They were then discussed and selected by a panel of YMP chapters including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and London, U.K., along with an equal vote from The Northern Miner.
Stephen Stewart, chairman of YMP and CEO of Orefinders, notes that Kirwan was a clear choice for the award this year. “She leads a cutting edge geological services company in Canada, allowing exploration companies to either rely on or outsource their geology, data collection, analytics and more,” he says. “She grew Orix from a great idea as a start-up to what is a thriving business with 60 employees and offices across Canada.”
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