2020 Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes an individual 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. 

Lynda Bloom

Lynda Bloom_250For her leadership in the junior mining sector, her thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to PDAC, and her exploration geochemistry expertise

Lynda Bloom fulfills not just one, but all of the conditions for the Distinguished Service Award. She has contributed to the mineral exploration sector as an officer and director of junior mining companies, a consultant, and a lobbyist. She has devoted extraordinary time and effort to PDAC as a director and committee chair, as a leader of the Student-Industry-Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW), and as a frequent contributor to the convention's Technical Program. She is considered one of the world's experts in geochemical sampling, assaying and quality control. 

Lynda graduated from Carleton University with a B.Sc. in chemistry and geology in 1977 and completed her M.Sc. at Queen's University in 1981. She worked as an exploration geochemist and commercial laboratory manager for four years before becoming president of Analytical Solutions Ltd (ASL). She has worked internationally as a forensic geochemist providing services for projects ranging from stream sediment surveys to laboratory audits ever since.  

Lynda served as a director of PDAC from 2004 to 2013. She co-chaired the Student Affairs Committee and spearheaded S-IMEW—a legacy that has continued annually since 2007. In 2009 she became chair of the Communications Committee to develop a communications and marketing strategy for the organization. Her efforts succeeded in raising PDAC's profile among colleges and universities, encouraging students to consider careers in the industry, and improving the organization's approach to public affairs. 

Lynda continues to serve as president of ASL and in several volunteer roles. Under her leadership, the Toronto Geological Discussion Group has grown 10-fold to over 300 members since she became a director in 2010. She is a member of CANMET's advisory committee, and helped to develop the Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer award. As a torchbearer herself, she is an inspiring role model and tireless mentor for women following in her footsteps. 

In 2013, Lynda received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her volunteer work on behalf of the mining industry. And in 2016 BMO Capital Markets named her one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. 

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