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2016 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Winner

This year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Jordan McDivitt of Laurentian University. 

His M.Sc thesis focused on the structural and hydrothermal evolution of gold mineralization in the Missanabie-Renabie district, Ontario, Canada by integrating detailed field mapping with a number of geochemical techniques. The product provides the data needed to characterize and constrain gold mineralization hosted within a ca. 2.72 Ga tonalite batholith in the context of regional geology and deformation. The results contribute to furthering the understanding of gold metallogeny in the district in order to aid the mineral exploration industry.

Jordan will receive his award at GAC-MAC 2016 to be held June 1-3 in Whitehorse, Yukon. 

The award, comprising $5,000 and a certificate, is given annually and honors the memory of Mary-Claire Ward who died in 2004.  Mary-Claire was the chair of the PDAC’s Geoscience committee, Chairman of Watts Griffis McOuat Ltd., and a Past President of the Geological Association of Canada. She was a passionate advocate for the geosciences in Canada.

 The intent of the award is to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada. Mapping must be a significant component of the winning thesis.

The award is administered by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), the National Geological Surveys Committee, the Canadian Geological Foundation, and Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd.

 Application details are posted at pdac.ca and gac.ca by October 1 every year. 

Jordan McDivitt