Northwest projects awarded for excellence
The Northwest is strongly represented this year as the Association for Mineral Exploration awards those who have made a significant contribution to the industry in 2017.
The awards ceremony will be held Jan. 24 during the AME’s annual Roundup Conference, under a theme of a “new generation of discovery”. Diane Nicolson, chair of the AME board of directors, said in a press release the recipients each have set the stage for future success in the mining industry.
“These individuals and teams, through their efforts in exploration, development and outreach are representative of that theme, having made or facilitated the discovery and creation of new mines which will bring benefits to communities throughout British Columbia and Canada. The Awards Gala at Roundup is an opportunity for us all to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments.”
In the AME’s own words, some notable individuals and operations with close ties to the Terrace area include:
Ron Burk, Ken Konkin and Ken McNaughton, recipients of the H. H. “Spud” Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration in B.C. and/or Yukon. They are being honoured for their pivotal roles in discovering the Valley of the Kings (“VOK”) deposit at Pretium Resources Inc.’s Brucejack mine in northwest B.C. They hold a rare distinction for efficiency, seeing fewer than eight years elapse from the recognition of the deposit in 2009 until the first gold was poured in June 2017.
Joseph Ovsenek, David Prins and Kevin Torpy, recipients of the E.A. Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in B.C. and/or Yukon. They are honoured for commitment and leadership in advancing the Brucejack mine to production.
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