Editorial: Peter Munk receives our Lifetime Achievement Award – by John Cumming (Northern Miner – April 11, 2018)

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In this issue of The Northern Miner and at an event at our Canadian Mining Symposium at Canada House in London on April 24 and 25, we are awarding to Barrick Gold founder Peter Munk our Lifetime Achievement Award for transforming Barrick over several decades from a small producer into the world’s biggest gold producer in gold output and market value.

It’s an award that has been in the works for months, but it takes a bittersweet turn with Munk’s passing on March 28, 2018. Months ago he had graciously extended his thanks for the award in an email, but noted he was too ill to travel by air to accept any award in person.

Instead, Barrick president Kelvin Dushnisky is slated to accept the award on Munk’s behalf in London, and a celebratory dinner we’ve arranged that evening in Munk’s honour will now take on more poignancy.

In these pages, on top of recounting the harrowing circumstances that drove Munk to Canada in the late 1940s, Trish Saywell interviews some of Canada’s top mining executives to learn more about what made Munk tick as a leader and an entrepreneur. We also deliver a heartfelt, first-hand account from mining executive Stephen Dattels on what it was like to work with Munk during Barrick’s earliest days.

Online, Trish and I devote an entire podcast (Episode 98: Peter Munk retrospective — a life lived in full) to chat about Munk’s extraordinary life.

The accompanying biographical story gives plenty of detail on Munk’s life and the rise of Barrick, but we should never forget that professionally, Munk was an entrepreneurial businessman first and a miner second, and that Barrick is his biggest legacy because it was the most successful venture of his many endeavours.

For the rest of this editorial: http://www.northernminer.com/news/editorial-peter-munk-receives-our-lifetime-achievement-award/1003795330/

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