The Young Mining Professionals (YMP) — a non-profit group with chapters in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and London, U.K. — has awarded its Mining Professional of the Year Awards for 2017 to Stephen de Jong, chairman of Vancouver-based gold-silver junior Integra Resources (TSXV: ITR), and Catherine Raw, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Barrick Gold. (TSX: ABX; NYSE: ABX).
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 2017 and be active in some aspect of mining in Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. Voting on a selection of nominees was held in January by a committee representing the four YMP branches and The Northern Miner.
Stephen de Jong has been awarded the Peter Munk Award (male), named after the legendary founder of Barrick Gold, while Catherine Raw has been awarded 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.
Stephen de Jong
De Jong, 33, was born and raised in B.C. and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria. In 2012, de Jong became CEO of Integra Gold, a junior exploration company focused on reviving the venerable but bankrupted Sigma-Lamaque mine and mill complex in Val-d’Or, Que.
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