“In recognition of exemplary service to the Geological Society and to industry associations.”
By Dinah Zeldin
Whether he is assessing the next big outcrop at his day job as vice-president of exploration at Alamos Gold Inc. or working on a new initiative at one of his numerous volunteer postings, which include president of the Geological Society of CIM and treasurer for the mineral deposits division of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), Jason Dunning likes to be at the forefront of industry developments.
Dunning, who received the Julian Boldy Memorial Award for his “exceptional service to the Geological Society of CIM,” is driven by applying his creative problem-solving abilities to come up with innovative ideas. “The sense of discovery keeps me intoxicated,” he says. “There is always a sense of freshness and I am always excited to work because no two days are the same.”
His passion for taking the lead and his high level of energy allowed Dunning to reawaken the Geological Society of CIM from a lull in activity and to bring the society to a new level of involvement and productivity. “A few years back they were suffering from volunteer apathy,” he explains. “Several of the society’s executives were also involved with [the] mineral deposits [division], so they knew me and asked me to get involved. We started building bridges between the two organizations to facilitate sharing of both ideas and volunteers.”
A big part of Dunning’s success in revitalizing the Geological Society came from his involvement and familiarity with a wide range of organizations, including GAC, the British Columbia Chamber of Mines (now known as the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia), and the Canadian Federation of Earth Science, of which he is currently interim president. “It is amazing how these organizations, even though they all have their own mandates, are intertwined, with volunteers moving between them,” he points out. “It spreads the diversity and enhances the vitality of the industry.”
Dunning also cites patience and a diverse group of active participants as vital to the flourishing of a volunteer-based organization. “One thing about the volunteer world that most people have to be reminded of is that we all do have day jobs,” he says. “That means emails come in at odd hours and we may not always exactly hit the deadline. But, because we have so many volunteers, we are able to spread the workload. And that diversity allows us to come up with some very creative solutions.”
Despite his many professional and volunteer work successes, Dunning views his work with students and young professionals as his biggest achievement to date. “When I look back at all those young people I worked with and see them scattered throughout the industry, I hope that I played a role in their career path,” he says. “It is up to us as volunteers to find the next generation of volunteers and to impart on them the importance of this work, so that the vitality of these organizations continues and so that they continue to add value to the mining industry.”
Before joining Alamos Gold Inc. in February 2013 as vice-president, exploration, Jason Dunning served as vice-president, exploration at Selwyn Resources Ltd. for almost nine years, where he oversaw all base and precious metal exploration in the Americas, including exploration joint ventures with other companies including the world-class Selwyn project in Yukon. Prior to Selwyn, Dunning worked with companies such as Yukon Zinc Corporation, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Anglo American PLC), and Pamicon Developments Ltd. Dunning began his professional career working on a graduate degree project at Laurentian University for Teck Exploration Ltd. at the Temagami Copper mine in northern Ontario.
Garth has led the exploration efforts for the Newmont Lake and the Trek properties in close proximity to Galore Creek. He has also contributed greatly to the advancement and development of projects in the North such as for the Kutcho Creek Deposit in northern BC, the Morrison Deposit in northern BC, Minto Mine in Yukon and the Yellowknife gold project in NWT, Committee Bay project in Nunavut, and the Lucky Shot and Niblack deposits in Alaska.
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