“In recognition of a career in research, exploration and mentorship of students in Canada's north.”
James (Jim) Mortensen grew up on a ranch near Smithers, British Columbia. He obtained BASc and MASc degrees in Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a PhD in Geological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing his PhD, he taught mineral deposits at UBC for two years before taking a position as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa in 1985. He moved back to UBC as a Research Professor in 1992.
Jim has more than forty years of field experience focused on regional tectonic and metallogenic studies, which have focused mainly in the northern Cordillera and the Canadian Shield, as well as Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, China, Mexico and Tibet. His main expertise includes orogenic and intrusion-related gold and VHMS deposits, and the application of geochronology and radiogenic isotopes in tectonic and mineral deposit research.
“In recognition of the discovery and continuing delineation of the Coffee gold deposits in the Yukon”
Kaminak Gold Corporation (KAM: TSX-V) is exploring the 100% owned Coffee Gold Project, a high-grade oxide gold project amenable to heap leaching, and located in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Since acquiring the project in 2009, the company has spent $65 million and drilled over 185,000 metres resulting in a NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate consisting of an Indicated Resource of 14 million tonnes grading at 1.56g/t Au for 719,000 ounces and an Inferred Resource of 79 million tonnes grading at 1.36g/t Au for 3,434,000 ounces of gold at a base case cut-off of 0.5g/t Au for Oxide and Transitional material and a 1g/t Au for Sulphide material.
Coffee’s rapid advancement can be credited to the Kaminak Team, whose vision, technical expertise and systematic approach to exploration and resource delineation is their foundation for success. 2014 will be another benchmark year for the company as it delivers its first Preliminary Economic Assessment at Coffee.
“In recognition of a career dedicated to the advancement of geosciences in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories through service and mentoring programs.”
By Sandra Phinney
Hendrik Falck, a district geologist with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, discovered a steady stream of opportunities in the Northwest Territories early in his career and went on to play a key role in helping develop the resource potential of Canada’s Arctic. Falck first visited Yellowknife in 1987. “I came here to work on my master’s thesis and never found the exit,” he says.“Today, there is a vibrant geological community in this northern town. The geologists look out for one another, passing on messages about opportunities, as well as warnings about pitfalls and traps.”
One of Falck’s professional responsibilities is to review assessments and ensure that companies are meeting the required standards to continue holding mineral rights to a property. “The good ones are a pleasure to read and I love to discover what people are up to and what they are finding during the course of their exploration efforts,” he reports.
Once the information is made public (after two years), Falck says its real value is to researchers who can delve into the technical details of different mineral deposits that rarely get published. “Ultimately, if it helps companies find more resources that can be developed, all Canadians benefit.” he explains.
Another part of his job is to pursue a variety of research projects such as collecting stream sediment samples throughout the Mackenzie Mountains. “This has been since 2003 and has involved hundreds of hours of helicopter flights, thousands of landings and countless five-gallon pails of mud. The data have been used by companies, and claims are being staked in parts of the N.W.T. that have not seen a lot of activity since the ’80s.”
The geologist also enjoys working with students. “There are so many questions in the N.W.T. that innumerable theses need to be written! It’s fun to find questions, pose them, then watch enthusiastic researchers attack them and overcome the problems.”
Aside from a rigorous work schedule, Falck is involved with several professional organizations including the Geological Association of Canada, Northwest Territories/Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, Geoscientists Canada, and CIM.
Falck has drawn both support and knowledge from these organizations.“The receiving end is easy,” he says. “But all of these organizations are largely dependent on the contributions of volunteers. As much as I get out of these organizations, I need to give back as well.”
Consequently, Falck has devoted many hours to volunteering, setting up meetings and conferences, working on committees, establishing professional standards and serving on boards for various organizations, including CIM’s Geological Society. Whether he is at work, volunteering or out for a leisurely paddle on Great Salve Lake, which is right at his doorstep, Falck is passionate about how he spends his time. “My philosophy,” he says, “is don’t let opportunities pass you by. And remember to have fun while you work. Too many people have a goal of having fun on the weekends or when they go on vacation.”
Hendrik Falck has been living and working as a geologist in Yellowknife since 1990. He graduated from Carleton University with a master’s degree in geology in 1990. After arriving in Yellowknife to study gold showings for the Government of the N.W.T. (GNWT), he worked as an exploration geologist for Covello, Bryan and Associates (Aurora Geosciences), as a bulk sample plant geologist and manager assessing the kimberlites of the Diavik mine for Kennecott Canada Inc., and as a senior exploration geologist for Royal Oak Mines. Falk returned to the GNWT, as the project coordinator for the EXTECH III Yellowknife Gold project, which was followed by a term at the Geological Survey of Canada to conduct a Resource Assessment of the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Mackenzie Mountains. Currently, he is a district geologist for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and is supervising a multi-year program to complete geochemical sampling in the Northwest Territories extent of the Cordillera. Falck is past-president of the N.W.T. and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists. He is also the N.W.T/Nunavut representative for Geoscientists Canada and has served as a member of the Canadian Geoscience Standards Board, and as president and council member for the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. Flack is also a member of both the CIM Geological Society and the Canadian Geological Foundation.
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