[14th annual Mining Journal awards night] Canada takes top gongs – by Staff (Mining Journal – December 5, 2016)

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Toronto-listed companies and Canada itself picked up the top awards at the prestigious 14th annual Mining Journal awards night. The Outstanding Achievement Awards and Gala Dinner capped off a successful annual Mines & Money London conference on December 1.

Neil Woodyer won the coveted CEO of the Year Award for his tenure at the helm of Toronto-listed Endeavour Mining. Woodyer, who has since taken over the reins at Leagold Mining Corp, was responsible for driving Endeavour’s strategic growth and ensuring a platform for his successor to build on.

Awards co-host Amanda Van Dyke, a mining equity specialist with Peterhouse Asset Management, and a member of the Mines & Money advisory board, said great mining companies needed great CEOs and the hotly contested shortlist represented the best of the best.

The shortlist included Agnico Eagle’s Sean Boyd, Nevsun’s Cliff Davis, Kaminak Gold’s Eira Thomas, Lucara’s William Lamb, Reservoir Minerals’ Simon Ingram and Stornaway Diamonds’ Matt Manson.

The tightly contested Exploration category resulted in the only joint award of the evening – a tie between Canada’s Kennady Diamonds and NexGen Energy, ahead of Cardinal Resources, SolGold and West African Resources. Kennady’s Rory Moore and NexGen’s vice president exploration, Garrett Ainsworth, accepted the awards.

Host Dominic Frisby said Kennady’s rare discoveries and NexGen’s large uranium find had equally impressed the judges.

“New diamond discoveries are a truly rare thing and the discovery of three new high grade kimberlite pipes at the Kennady North project, alongside NexGen Energy’s Arrow uranium deposit – which has been a bright light in the uranium world having discovered an initial 3.5Mt deposit with over 200Mlb of U308, at over 2.63% uranium and is still open in all directions – really impressed the judges,” he said.

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