Nolan Watson, Alicia Woods win inaugural ‘Young Mining Professionals of the Year’ award – by Matthew Keevil and Salma Takikh (Northern Miner – February 6, 2017)

The Young Mining Professionals (YMP) — a non-profit group with chapters in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal — has awarded its inaugural, annual YMP Awards to Nolan Watson, president and CEO of Vancouver-based royalty firm Sandstorm Gold, and Alicia Woods, founder of Covergalls, which specializes in women’s work wear, and general manager of Marcotte Mining Machinery Services in Sudbury, Ontario.

The YMP Awards, presented in association with The Northern Miner, are intended by the YMP to “recognize two young mining professionals, a male and a female, who over the past year, and during the course of their careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and innovative thinking to provide value for their companies and shareholders, as well as for themselves.”

Nominees are required to be under 40 years of age in 2016 and be active in some aspect of mining in Canada or the United States. Voting on a selection of nominees was held in January by a committee of four YMP directors and two Northern Miner executives.

Nolan Watson wins the Peter Munk Award (male), named after the legendary founder of Barrick Gold, while Alicia Woods wins the Eira Thomas award (female), named after the iconic mining executive who first gained prominence for her role in growing the diamond miner Aber Resources.

The YMP Awards Gala to present the two with their awards will be held on Sat., March 4 at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto, the day before the start of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at

Barrick Gold, KPMG, Cassels Brock and the PDAC are the gala sponsors.

Nolan Watson

Peter Munk Award winner Nolan Watson has emerged as one of the brightest young leaders in the mining business. His journey began in 2004, at the age of 25, when he joined an experienced team of company builders as Goldcorp spun-off Silver Wheaton, which would go on to pioneer stream financing in the mining industry.

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