“In recognition of 35 years of significant contributions to the Canadian mineral exploration industry"
Tom Lane has spent over 30 years in the mineral exploration industry where he has directed and championed development and understanding of innovative technology and training and application of geosciences. Over 25 years on staff of Teck Corporation he was a key contributor to the development of Newfoundland Zinc Mine and served on the eastern Canada exploration team. He completed advanced degrees in earth sciences at Dalhousie University, MSc, and Memorial University, PhD. As an adjunct professor at Laurentian University, 1996 to present day, he chairs the Industry Advisory Board for the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC). He also, played an advisory role to geological surveys as Chair of government – industry liaison committees for the Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador Geological Surveys. Over the past 13 years as Director of Research Development at CAMIRO, he has developed and directed 25 projects in technology development in mineral exploration and metallurgical processing.
“In recognition of exploration leadership in discovering the Borden Lake gold deposit and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Canadian mining industry"
David Palmer has spent over 25 years as an exploration geologist in the mining industry at home and abroad. He has managed projects and conducted research for major international mining companies in South America, South Africa, India, Greenland and Scandinavia, as well as working extensively throughout Canada. His work has covered a broad range of mineral commodities, including gold, base metals, diamonds, platinum group metals, and copper/nickel deposits.
For the past ten years, Palmer has acted as President & CEO for Probe Mines. During his tenure as president, the company has been responsible for two new Canadian discoveries; the Black Creek Chromite Deposit and the Borden Gold deposit, both located in Northern Ontario.
He holds a B.Sc. (Geology) degree from St. Francis Xavier University (‘91), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University (’94, ’98), and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).
Not awarded in 2013.
“For his outstanding contributions in the discovery and advancement of the Mt. Milligan and Kemess deposits and other world-class deposits.”
David Copeland is a mining executive whose career spans over 30 years in advanced exploration, permitting, stakeholder engagement, project development and mine operations, encompassing projects in British Columbia, Yukon, United States, South Africa, the South Pacific and China.
David graduated with a degree in geology from the University of British Columbia in 1970, and acquired his professional engineer’s designation in 1980.
His specialty is advancing projects from the late exploration stage through permitting, engineering and construction readiness. He is a team builder, team leader, team supporter, and a challenger of geologic and engineering ideas.
David’s important contributions include: the discovery and advancement of Mt. Milligan, the Kemess deposit, the re-start of Gibraltar, the advancement of the first new gold development in 25 years in Witwatersrand, the Burnstone, leading the exploration advancement and development in the Tibet Autonomous region of China – a true cross-culture success of Chinese and Canadians working together – and most recently, the porphyry copper-gold Xietongmen project.
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