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2016 PDAC Bill Dennis Award Winners: Bruce Channel Discovery Team – Robert Cudney, Stephen Roman and John Whitton

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(L to R) Edward Thompson, PDAC Awards Committee Chair; Stephen Roman; Robert Cudney; John Whitton

(L to R) Edward Thompson, PDAC Awards Committee Chair; Stephen Roman; Robert Cudney; John Whitton (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com)

This award, named for a former president of the association, honours individuals who have accomplished one or both of the following: made a significant mineral discovery; made an important contribution to the prospecting and/or exploration industry.

Bruce Channel Discovery Team: For the discovery of gold at Bruce Channel in the Red Lake Gold Camp, Ontario.

Robert Cudney, Stephen Roman and John Whitton receive this award for their Bruce Channel discovery in the heart of the well-explored Red Lake Gold Camp in northwestern Ontario. It was discovered by Exall Resources Limited, which later became Gold Eagle Mines Ltd. after merging with Southern Star Resources Inc. With strategic input from professional geologist John Whitton, the deposit was estimated to contain approximately 14.1 to 16.5 million tonnes of gold, at a grade of roughly 20-25 grams per tonne. grams per tonne. Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Distinguished Service Award Winner: Patricia Sheahan

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PDAC President Rod Thomas and Patricia Sheahan

PDAC President Rod Thomas and Patricia Sheahan (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com)

This award recognizes an individual who has achieved one or more of the following: made a substantial contribution to mineral exploration and mining development over a number of years; given considerable time and effort to the PDAC; made outstanding contributions to the mineral industry in the field of finance, geology, geophysics, geochemistry research, or a related activity.

Patricia Sheahan: For her unique and outstanding contribution and dedication to Canada’s minerals industry.

Patricia Sheahan, or Pat as she is better known, has a long and unique career in the minerals industry. As a leader and entrepreneur, she founded a worldwide technical information service for exploration companies focused on diamonds, base and precious metals. The subscription service, which began in 1972, has been indispensable for those in the field looking to make the next diamond discovery. Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Special Achievement Award Winners: The Bjorkman Family

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The Bjorkman Family

(L to R) Mr. Karl Bjorkman, Jessica, Veronique, Ruth, Karla, Katarina and Mrs. Veronique Bjorkman (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com)

From time to time, the PDAC presents a Special Achievement Award that recognizes exceptional contributions to the mineral industry.

The Bjorkman Family: For their multi-generational dedication to geology, prospecting and diversity.

Bjorkman Prospecting is a long-standing Ontario-based prospecting company that has worked in locations all across Canada as well as internationally. Encouraged by his father, Karl Bjorkman started prospecting around 1990 and saw his business grow to include claim staking, exploration project management and technical support. Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Viola R. MacMillan Award Winner: Silver Wheaton Corp.

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(L to R) Robert Schafer, PDAC President; Randy Smallwood, President and CEO Silver Wheaton Corp.

(L to R) Robert Schafer, PDAC President; Randy Smallwood, President and CEO Silver Wheaton Corp. (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com)

This award, which is named in honour of the PDAC’s longest serving president, is given to (a) person(s) who has/have demonstrated leadership in management and financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources.

Silver Wheaton Corp.: For developing new and innovative business strategies that are a leading example for other companies and junior miners to follow.

Chap Mercantile changed its name to Silver Wheaton Corporation in July 2004, becoming a new and innovative type of publicly- traded company within the mining industry. Silver Wheaton’s business strategy portrays characteristics of a metal producer, a royalty owner, and has features of a corporate finance group. Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Thayer Lindsley Award Winners: Cukaru Peki Discovery Team – Reservoir Minerals & Freeport McMoRan

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Reservoir Minerals & Freeport McMoRan - Cukaru Peki

Reservoir Minerals & Freeport McMoRan – Cukaru Peki (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com) 

This award recognizes an individual or a team of explorationists credited with a recent significant mineral discovery anywhere in the world.

Cukaru Peki Discovery Team/Reservoir Minerals & Freeport McMoRan: For the team’s discovery of high-grade copper-gold deposits in Serbia which may prompt explorers to look for a new class of mineral deposit.

In July 2012, a joint venture of subsidiaries of Reservoir Minerals Inc. and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. announced the discovery of what became known as the Cukaru Peki copper-gold deposit in the heart of Serbia’s Bor mining camp, which has been operating for more than 100 years. Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Skookum Jim Award Winner: Darrell Beaulieu

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(L to R) James Siddorn, SRK Consulting Canada Inc.; Darrell Beaulieu, President and CEO of Denendeh Investments Incorporated and DEMCo Ltd.

(L to R) James Siddorn, SRK Consulting Canada Inc.; Darrell Beaulieu, President and CEO of Denendeh Investments Incorporated and DEMCo Ltd.  (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com)

Recipients of this award have demonstrated exceptional achievement and/or service in a Canadian Aboriginal-run service business for the Canadian mining industry or a Canadian Aboriginal exploration or mining company, or have made a significant individual contribution to the mining industry.

Darrell Beaulieu: For his innovation, hard work and dedication to the minerals industry in his community.

Darrell Beaulieu is a leader and highly-respected member of his community who served three terms as Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. His work in the mineral industry began early in exploration, staking mineral claims and working on a number of exploration projects in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Environmental & Social Responsibility Award Winner: Lucara Diamond Corp.

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(L to R) Glenn Mullan, First Vice President PDAC; William Lamb, CEO of Lucara Diamond Corp.

(L to R) Glenn Mullan, First Vice President PDAC; William Lamb, CEO of Lucara Diamond Corp. (Photo by Envisiondigitalphoto.com)

This award honours an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding initiative, leadership and accomplishment in protecting and preserving the natural environment and/or in establishing good community relations during an exploration program or operation of a mine.

Lucara Diamond Corp.: For its stakeholder initiatives, community engagement and focus on sustainable practices and long-term benefits at their Karawoe mine in Botswana.

Lucara Diamond Corp. has committed to responsible development of its assets and operations, and has structured itself with long-term success in mind. It began publishing Global Reporting Initiative compliant sustainability reports in 2012 to ensure its performance was documented and communicated transparently to stakeholders. Continue Reading →

2016 PDAC Award Recipients

Award recipients will be honored at the 2016 PDAC Awards Evening on Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, during the PDAC’s annual convention.

Awards recipients are selected by the association’s Board of Directors, based on the recommendations of the PDAC’s awards committee.

Bill Dennis Award

This award, named for a former president of the association, honours individuals who have accomplished one or both of the following: made a significant mineral discovery; made an important contribution to the prospecting and/or exploration industry. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: PDAC Honours Industry Leaders with 2016 Awards

Toronto, December 8, 2015 – Industry leaders in seven categories will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to the mineral exploration and mining sector at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2016 Convention. The annual awards showcase the best domestic and international mineral discovery, mine development, Aboriginal achievement, exceptional environment or social responsibility effort, distinguished service, and special achievement.

Recipients will be celebrated at the Awards Evening at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on March 7, 2016, during the 84th PDAC Convention.

The PDAC’s Board of Directors select recipients based on recommendations of the association’s Awards Committee. A summary of the awards and their recipients are listed below. Continue Reading →

Exploration Titans Cook, Broughton Talk Kaizen’s Discovery Trail (TSXV:KZD) (CEO.ca – March 17, 2015)

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Billionaire mine developer Robert Friedland has said that real wealth in the mining sector is created by finding something.

Friedland would know this, having driven 5+ world-class mining discoveries in his career. He knows that to find a mine you have to spend a lot of money, and drill a lot of holes.

Another secret weapon of Friedland’s is people; he surrounds himself with impressive technical minds, and provides them with big budgets and plenty of autonomy to test their theories. Statistically speaking, explorationists who have already found mines are more likely to make future discoveries.

I first met Dave Broughton on an Ivanhoe Mines field trip to South Africa and D.R. Congo last year. Friedland stood beside Broughton at the site of Ivanhoe’s world-class Kamoa copper discovery. There, a Broughton led team had chased an exploration concept from stream and soil anomalies to drill targets and eventually, a world-class discovery. Kamoa was the first major copper discovery in the D.R.Congo in a hundred years. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: PDAC Names Andrew Cheatle New Executive Director

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – January 14, 2015) – The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Cheatle as its new Executive Director, effective February 2. Mr. Cheatle joins the PDAC with more than 25 years of experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry.

As PDAC Executive Director, Mr. Cheatle’s priorities will include maintaining the organization’s strategic focus on Access to Capital, Access to Land and Aboriginal Affairs, as well as continuing to build the PDAC brand domestically and internationally.

“The PDAC Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about having someone with Andrew’s management experience, passion and drive to lead the association. He will continue the great work the PDAC has achieved by bringing the important and complex issues of our members to the national stage,” says PDAC President Rod Thomas. “He will be a great voice for our industry given his experience, including his leadership in domestic and international exploration on five continents, his experience in mining operations, and as President and CEO of a junior exploration company.”

Mr. Cheatle most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Director at Unigold Inc. Prior to his time at Unigold, Cheatle served in senior roles as Vice President Exploration at Treasury Metals Inc., General Manager, Director at Landore Resources Canada Inc., Principal Geologist at AMEC plc, Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc., and Mineral Resource Manager at Anglo American Corporation. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: PDAC Honours Six Industry Leaders With 2015 PDAC Awards

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – December 09, 2014) – The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is set to honour six industry leaders at the PDAC 2015 Convention in Toronto. The annual PDAC 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.

Recipients of the 2015 annual awards will be celebrated at the association’s Awards Evening on Monday, March 2 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel during the PDAC 2015 Convention.

Award recipients are selected by the PDAC’s Board of Directors based on the recommendations of the association’s awards committee. A summary of the awards and recipients are listed below.

Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success

David Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Probe Mines Limited, is the recipient of this year’s Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success. David Palmer is receiving the award for the Borden Gold Project, a discovery located near Chapleau, Ontario. The Borden Gold Project is an exciting and important new gold discovery that continues to evolve, grow and improve with continued exploration. Continue Reading →

Striking the golden mother lode in the silver state – (Beyond Borders:Responsible Mining at Barrick Gold Corporation – March 4, 2014)

 

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Goldrush discovery team receives Thayer Lindsley Award at PDAC mining conference

Kevin Creel knew by late 2009 that the exploration program near Barrick’s Cortez mine in Nevada held promise, but he did not know yet that it would turn into the Goldrush deposit, one of the largest gold discoveries in the past decade.

Creel and the 25-person team responsible for the discovery are the recipients of this year’s Thayer Lindsley Award presented by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada to an individual or exploration team that makes a significant mineral discovery. The Goldrush discovery in northeastern Nevada is nothing short of astonishing. At more than 15 million ounces and counting, it is one of the few discoveries to exceed 10 million ounces since 2001, and it boasts the third-highest grade among those discoveries. The last great discovery in Nevada is located at what is now Barrick’s Cortez mine.

Creel, then Barrick’s Chief Exploration Geologist at Cortez and now Country Exploration Manager for Chile and Argentina, joined the company by way of Barrick’s Placer Dome acquisition in 2006. That acquisition vastly expanded Barrick’s Nevada land holdings, including a seven-kilometer stretch in Horse Canyon in the Cortez district. Continue Reading →

PDAC announces six industry leaders in 2014 awards – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – January 9, 2014)

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TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) on Thursday announced the names of six industry leaders that would receive the 2014 PDAC awards during the association’s yearly convention in Toronto, slated for March 2 to 5.

The yearly 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.

The PDAC awarded the Bill Dennis award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success to Ross McElroy for leading explorer Fission Uranium’s team of geologists in 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 south-western margin of the Athabasca basin, in northern Saskatchewan. McElroy has over 30 years experience as a professional geologist and, under his leadership, Fission’s uranium discovery had rejuvenated the exploration industry in the Athabasca basin. Continue Reading →

2013 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Award Winners Videos

Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success


Edward Thompson, PDAC Awards Committee Chair; Robert Quartermain, President & CEO, Pretivm Resources Inc., Bill Dennis Award Recipient

Pretium Resources 

This award, named for a former president of the association, honours individuals who have accomplished one or both of the following: made a significant mineral discovery; made an important contribution to the prospecting and/or exploration industry. The award may also be used to recognize an important mineral discovery in Canada.

Pretium Resources is the recipient of this year’s Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian mineral discovery or prospecting success. Pretium is receiving the award for advancing the Brucejack Property’s Valley of the Kings, which was first discovered in 2009, into a world- class, high-grade gold deposit. Since 2011, Pretium’s successful exploration program has seen the high-grade Indicated Mineral Resource Base for the Valley of the Kings grow to the current 8.5 million ounces of gold. Continue Reading →