TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2014) - The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is set to honour six industry leaders at the PDAC 2014 Convention in Toronto, March 2 - 5, 2014. The annual awards showcase the achievements of companies, individuals and groups in the mineral exploration and mining sector by highlighting the best in domestic and international mineral discovery, mine development, Aboriginal achievement, environmental and social responsibility, and distinguished service.
Winners of the 2014 annual awards will be celebrated at the association's awards evening on Monday, March 4, 2014, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel during the PDAC 2014 Convention.
Award recipients are selected by the association's Board of Directors based on the recommendations of the association's awards committee. A summary of the awards and winners are listed below.
Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success
Ross McElroy is the recipient of this year's Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success. Ross McElroy is receiving the award for leading Fission's team of geologists in the one of the most significant discoveries in the Athabasca Basin in recent years. The Patterson Lake South property is a high-grade, shallow-depth uranium discovery located on the southwestern margin of the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan. Ross McElroy has over 30 years experience as a professional geologist. Under the leadership of Ross McElroy, Fission's uranium discovery has rejuvenated the entire exploration industry in the Athabasca Basin.
Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development
Capstone Mining Corp. is the recipient of this year's Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development. Capstone Mining Corp. is receiving the award for demonstrating 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. Located in the Globe-Miami mining district in Arizona, the Pinto Valley site is expected to produce 130 to 150 million pounds of copper in concentrate annually, projecting the annual copper production to increase by more than 160%, from 85 M lbs Cu to 235 M lbs Cu.
Thayer Lindsley Award for international mineral discoveries
Goldrush Discovery Team, Barrick Gold Corporation is the recipient of this year's Thayer Lindsley Award for international mineral discoveries. The team is receiving the award for discovery of the 14.1 million ounce Goldrush deposit in Cortez District, Nevada, USA. The deposit, located in the eastern portion of the Cortez mining district, 6 km southeast of Cortez Hills, potentially represents the largest Carlin-style discovery in Nevada since Cortez Hills over 10 years ago. The Goldrush deposit has the third highest grade and is one of the few or only plus 10 million ounce gold discoveries since 2001. The 25-person Goldrush Discovery Team was led by Rob Krcmarov, Senior Vice President, Global Exploration (Toronto), François Robert, Vice President and Chief Geologist (Toronto), Ed Cope, Vice President, Exploration North America (Elko, Nevada), Kevin Creel (Chief Exploration Geologist), Mark Bradley (District Geologist) and Alejandro Ly (Project Geologist).
Distinguished Service Award
Roger Wallis is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Service Award. Roger is receiving the award for his outstanding contribution and dedication to the PDAC over the past 47 years. He joined the PDAC in 1967, and has been an active PDAC committee member since 1993. Roger 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 has been an integral member of the Convention Planning Committee. A natural leader, Roger has worked hard with the committee raising the convention standard year after year.
Environmental & Social Responsibility Award
Teck Resources Limited is the recipient of this year's Environmental and Social Responsibility Award. Teck Resources Limited is receiving the award for its 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 that represent the biggest challenges and opportunities for the mining sector: community, people, water, biodiversity, energy, and materials stewardship. Dedicated to building value through partnerships, Teck aims to address local and global sustainability issues.
Skookum Jim Award for Aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry
Jim MacLeod is the winner of this year's Skookum Jim Award for Aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry. Jim is receiving the award for his strong leadership on the environmental impact of the mining sector and his work advocating for more education and training programs for Aboriginal youth within the industry. He is a pioneer in mineral exploration and environmental impact and from the beginning recognized the link between mining and environment, and the importance of managing the relationship. Founder of the Mistissini Geological Resources Centre, Jim has worked closely with Aboriginal communities as a consultant on projects and training in mining exploration. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cree Mineral Exploration Board, and Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association.
About the PDAC
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry with over 10,000 individual and corporate members. The PDAC exists to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector. The PDAC encourages leading practices in technical, environmental, safety and social performance in Canada and internationally.