February 2012

Mining Hall of Fame dinner draws record crowd

Guests honour five new inductees

By Krystyna Lagowski

Over 900 guests attended the 24th annual Canadian Mining Hall of Fame induction dinner on January 12, the largest in the event’s history. Held at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel, the gathering honoured five new members of the Hall of Fame: Ned Goodman, Philip G. Hallof, John A. Hansuld, Robert Hunter and Robert Dickinson.

“This event just keeps growing and growing,” said Jose Suarez, senior vice-president, global development, mining and metallurgy at SNC-Lavalin Inc., one of the evening’s key sponsors. “It’s fantastic to see our colleagues and peers here, to put faces to the voices.” Andy Lloyd, a representative from Barrick Gold, another of the key sponsors, agreed. “This evening reflects the strength and enthusiasm of the Canadian mining industry today.”

For the 11th year in a row, the master of ceremonies was Pierre Lassonde, chairman of Franco-Nevada Corp. Lassonde quipped that gold had increased over six-fold during the course of his tenure.

Jon Case, associate portfolio manager for Sentry Investments, also a key sponsor, said he thinks “the Mining Hall of Fame is important to the Canadian industry because it recognizes the achievements of outstanding individuals in mining. That is an important function because the process of recording the stories and successes of each individual inductee serves as a very visible reminder of the importance of mining to Canada. Through the success of individual Canadians, the induction process highlights Canada’s role as a recognized leader in mining on the international stage.”

Lloyd observed that Canada produces some of the best miners in the world. “That’s something we should recognize and celebrate,” he said. “We’re proud of our industry and the individuals who have done so much to make Canada a global leader in mining. The Hall of Fame is the perfect venue to honour those achievements.”

This year’s inductees were all outstanding entrepreneurs, noted Suarez. “Being an entrepreneur is very important to what we do in mining,” he said. “When you have people who are willing to take risks, it’s going to benefit them and it’s going to benefit society. I have tremendous respect for them.”

Case said that he knew Robert Dickinson and was particularly happy to see him receive the honour. “The group Bob represents, Hunter Dickinson Inc., has, from a corporate standpoint, adopted a very novel and successful approach to mineral discovery and mineral development,” he said.

Suarez also commented that he hoped people at the dinner would promote mining as a great career to schools and universities. “If you can train an individual in high school to get into a mining career, that’s a career that can span 30 to 40 years,” he said. “In some places, we have families that have been in mining for three generations. It’s a great industry and a great career.”

The inductees

Robert Dickinson and his partner, the late Robert Hunter, known affectionately as “the two Bobs,” founded Hunter Dickinson Inc., one of North America’s most respected mineral exploration and mine development groups.

The late Philip Hallof was a pioneer and innovator in geophysics, with a flair for communicating with a broader community. He also realized that globalization was vital to Canada’s geophysical industry, and sought opportunities in China in the early 1970s.

John Hansuld, known as the “father of flow through,” was a pioneering geochemist who adapted a little-known tax incentive mechanism, the “flowthrough share,” to help finance mining exploration.

Ned Goodman, a geologist who became a merchant banker, investment advisor and philanthropist, was also the driving force of the Dundee group of financial companies.

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