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ANNUAL AWARDS OF THE PROSPECTORS & DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA 

Selection Criteria

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) presents annual awards to recognize and honour outstanding achievement, accomplishment, and service of individuals and organizations in the Canadian mineral industry. Award recipients are honoured at the awards evening held during the PDAC’s annual convention in Toronto, Canada, in March.

Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success

Named in honour of a former PDAC president, the Bill Dennis award is presented to a person(s) who has/have accomplished one or both of the following:

  • Made a significant mineral discovery in Canada with potential economic viability;
  • Made an important contribution to the Canadian prospecting and/or exploration industry.

Thayer Lindsley Award for an international mineral discovery

Open to individuals and teams of any nationality, this award honours the memory of Thayer Lindsley, one of the greatest mine finders of all time. The award is presented to an individual or team of explorationists credited with a recent mineral discovery with potential economic viability anywhere in the world.

Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development

In honour of Viola MacMillan, the longest serving PDAC president, this award is given to  an individual or company demonstrating strong leadership in management and finance for the exploration and development of mineral resources. Recipients of this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Made a significant contribution to the financial side of the industry;
  • Recognized leader in raising funds for a particular area, development or project;
  • Used new or innovative financing methods. 

Skookum Jim Award for Aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry

This award is named after Skookum Jim, the Aboriginal leader of the group that discovered the Yukon Klondike goldfields, one of Canada’s most important mineral discoveries. Recipients of this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Exceptional achievement and/or service in a Canadian Aboriginal-run service business for the Canadian mining industry, or a Canadian Aboriginal exploration or mining company;
  • Made a significant individual contribution to the mineral industry either technically, through a business venture, or through a mineral discovery.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented at the PDAC Board of Directors discretion, this award recognizes a PDAC member in good standing who has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Made a substantial contribution to mineral exploration and mining development over a number of years;
  • Given considerable time and effort to the PDAC;
  • Made outstanding contributions to the mineral industry in the field of finance, geology, geophysics, geochemistry research, or a related activity.

Environmental & Social Responsibility Award

This award honours an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding initiative, leadership, and accomplishment in protecting and preserving the natural environment during an exploration program or operation of a mine. The Environmental & Social Responsibility Award also recognizes efforts to establish and maintain good relations with local communities during exploration or mine operations.

Submitting a Nomination

Nominations for the PDAC 2018 Awards are now open. To submit a nomination, complete the online nomination form and provide all supporting materials.