June/July 2012

In loving memory

Paul Stothart (May 17, 1957 – April 17, 2012)

By Pierre Gratton

It is with great sadness that we announce that Paul Stothart, MAC’s vice-president of economic affairs, has died after a difficult, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Paul joined MAC in 2006 and was responsible for a wide range of policy files, including tax and economic affairs, energy policy, trade and international competitiveness, and transport. While at MAC, Paul transformed the association’s flagship publication, Facts and Figures, into an invaluable industry reference. The most recent edition of Facts and Figures was written by Paul in between chemotherapy treatments. Paul also published a regular column in CIM Magazine, reporting on a wide range of public policy issues related to mining.

Paul was a graduate of Queen’s University with an MBA (Finance) and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, but his early career was as a professional hockey player. He played in the German hockey league in the early 1980s and, in 1983, played on Team Canada against the former Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. He was also a recipient of the Jenkins Trophy for bringing the highest academic and athletic honour to Queen’s University.

Later in life, Paul worked with Ernst & Young and Export Development Canada and then took on a series of roles as a senior policy advisor for several federal government ministers in the Natural Resources, Trade and Transportation portfolios. A prolific writer and policy analyst, he published many articles in Policy Options on economic policy, Canadian unity and cultural issues.

Academic and athletic accomplishments aside, Paul will be remembered by colleagues for his wit, Chrétienesque smile, constant good humour, erudition and playfulness. He will be sorely missed. Paul is survived by his wife Karen and three children, Sarah, Alex and Julia.

Before his passing, Paul expressed a personal interest in directing charitable donations to the Hematological Malignancies Personalized Medicine Program at Ottawa Hospital in recognition of the ongoing, advanced research by his doctors, and to the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa). Friends and alumni have also created a Paul Stothart Memorial Trophy at Queen’s University, and MAC has established an endowment and a Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics. Details on these initiatives are below.

Hematological Malignancies Personalized Medicine Program at Ottawa Hospital – Recent advances in cancer research suggest genetic makeup can determine cancer susceptibility. Technologies developed over the last decade provide tools to assess a person’s genetic blueprint quickly and economically by analyzing biological samples, such as blood. Information obtained can help design personalized medicine strategies that will lead to better treatment and recovery. But more funding is needed for research to continue and for the technology to advance. For this reason we ask that donations in Paul’s memory be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, designated to The Hematological Malignancies DNA bank under the direction of Dr. Brent Zanke. To donate, please go to http://ohfoundation.ca/ways-give, choose ‘Online donation’ then, under ‘Donation Information’, select ‘In Memoriam Donation’ and choose ‘Other (please specify below)’. In the text box specify ‘Hematological malignancies DNA bank’. For any inquiries please contact Sarah Stothart at 9ss107@queensu.ca or Karen Colby-Stothart at karenc-s@rogers.com. Thank you for honouring Paul by supporting research that is critical for future patients.

Paul Stothart Scholarship in Mineral Economics – MAC and its members have established the Paul Stothart Scholarship in Mineral Economics. The scholarship will be open to Canadian university students in their final year of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, or in a Master’s program with a focus on mineral economics. The award will be granted annually and the fund will be set up to be self-financing in perpetuity. MAC will administer the scholarship. For more information, please contact Marilyn Fortin at mfortin@mining.ca.

The Paul Stothart Memorial Trophy – Paul was one of the most decorated athletes in Queen’s University history. Among his many achievements was receiving the Senator Joseph Sullivan Trophy, awarded to the top Canadian University hockey player, for two consecutive years. Paul’s friends are working with Queen’s University and the Queen’s Golden Gaels to create an endowment and trophy in his honour. The Paul Stothart Memorial Trophy and cash prize will recognize a Queen’s player for academic performance and leadership on the ice. For more information, please contact Tom Manley at tm10@live.com.

Pierre Gratton is president and CEO of The Mining Association of Canada (MAC).


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