“In recognition of his long-standing dedication to the mining industry, in the fields of technology and education”
Simon Houlding spent his youth in Zimbabwe, graduated with an MSc (Eng) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, worked in the South African mining industry for ten years, and has made Canada his home since 1976. He is a practicing Professional Engineer and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and a member of the CIM. In the 1980’s he was a founder of Lynx Geosystems Inc. where he pioneered the development of spatial modeling techniques for resource estimation and authored several books and numerous technical references on the subject. In 1999 he joined InfoMine Inc. and founded EduMine to provide online professional development and training to the global mining community. For the last fifteen years he has focused on promoting online learning as an effective platform for global dissemination of mining expertise, in collaboration with industry and academia. EduMine is now the largest provider of online professional development and training for mining in the world.
“In recognition of his leadership in the development of Pan American Silver as the world’s second-largest primary silver mining company and his exceptional support to university education, environment and conservation, community initiatives and other charitable causes”
Ross Beaty is a geologist and resource entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in geology and law and Imperial College in geology, Beaty is an internationally recognized leader in both non-renewable and renewable resource development. He has founded and divested a number of companies and remains founder and Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world’s leading silver producers, and founder and Chairman of Alterra Power Corp., a mid-sized renewable energy company with solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power operations in B.C., Ontario, Nevada, and Iceland. He is also a well-known environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation. He is a Director of the Nature Trust of B.C. and patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at UBC.
“In recognition of his many years of service in the Canadian mining industry, of his long-time leadership of CAMESE, and of his volunteer work with CIM and other leading mining associations.”
By Elise Dyck
Jon Baird, managing director of the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE), started his career in the mining industry in Canada’s North, working as a field geophysicist. He transferred to the business side of the industry and, almost 50 years later, has worked all around the world, marketing and developing supply chains. Baird’s travel experience has allowed him to see diverse places and people and to face various issues in the mining industry. It also enabled him to understand the vital role collaboration and communication play in the industry’s success.
“It is important how the Canadian mining industry collectively tackles problems that affect everyone,” says Baird. “The mining industry in Canada is very balkanized, due to factors such as geography, natural resources falling under different provincial jurisdictions, and distinct professional associations and advocacy groups working separately on different issues.” Baird saw value in encouraging cooperation among Canada’s mining industry players – companies and associations -- and started to play a leadership role in making it happen.
Baird’s career moved to focus on developing business opportunities for Canada’s mining equipment supply sector – and also moved geographically. He joined Scintrex Limited, a Toronto-based consulting firm and manufacturer of instrumentation used in mineral exploration and other applications, and took on the responsibility of marketing and selling Scintrex's products and services worldwide. Baird’s accomplishments include establishing the Scintrex brand in more than 100 countries, developing and managing a dealer network in more than 55 countries, and negotiating major sales in many countries including Mexico, India, China and Russia.
Baird has been to more than 70 countries. And he speaks several languages, including English, French, German, Swiss-German, Spanish and Russian, as well as “smatterings of greeting words in all kinds of languages.” There are, Baird says, various dimensions to speaking “if you want to communicate with people, the best thing to do is to be able to speak their language.” This also applies, says Baird, to the specific language of mining and mineral industry terms.
Through work and travel, Baird both developed the ability to communicate with a variety of people and realized the benefits of doing things in a collective way. According to Baird, his greatest strength is the ability to “communicate to bring people together and achieve consensus.” This skill is demonstrated in his record of building CAMESE from 28 member firms in 2003 to over 330 in 2013.
Baird has worked in the Canadian mining industry – both at CAMESE and with other associations such as the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and CIM – to foster the understanding that he believes will help bring disparate groups together to most effectively grow and advocate for Canadian mining on a global scale. Baird says that encouraging cooperation in the mining industry can be "like herding cats a lot of the time." "The trick to herding cats is to get them all interested in one thing, however narrow it is." Baird's work has focused on figuring out what stakeholders in the Canadian mining industry would be most interested in and on bringing people together to figure out how to put those interests to work in policy and programs that benefit the industry.
“I plan to continue to manage CAMESE,” Baird says, “work with mining supply companies to help them sharpen their business practices, diversify and grow, and participate where I can in helping the Canadian mining industry to progress through collective efforts.” On winning the Vale Medal, Baird says the recognition only strengthens his desire to keep Canadian mining industry members talking and marketing themselves to the world.
Jon Baird is a Canadian-born professional engineer, who graduated in geophysics from the University of Toronto in 1964. His business career has spanned 28 years with Scintrex Limited, a Toronto-based consultant and manufacturer of instrumentation used in mineral exploration and other applications. Responsible for the marketing and selling of Scintrex' products and services for over 20 years, Baird led a worldwide campaign which helped make the company a world leader in its field. Since 1993, Baird has been the managing director of CAMESE, the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export. He has also served on the board of directors of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from 1995 to 2010 and was president of that organization from 2008 to 2010. He was a founding board member and first treasurer of the Canada Mining Innovation Council. Baird has visited 71 countries on business and speaks several languages. He is interested in marketing, geopolitics and global issues. He is happily married to Martha and resides in the country, north-east of Toronto.
For over 30 years of outstanding accomplishments in R&D and innovative programs and processes in the metallurgical field.
Born in Chile, Alfonso Grau earned a Metallurgical Engineering degree from the Universidad Tecnica del Estado in 1966. He moved to Canada in 1970 to pursue graduate studies in the department of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the University of Toronto where he obtained a Ph.D degree in 1975. He then joined the National Research Council (Halifax Laboratories) as a post-doctoral fellow.
In 1976 he joined QIT-Fer et Titane, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium-RTIT, as a Research Engineer in the Research Center Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. Over time, he held the positions of Director of Research, Vice-President of Technology and Senior Vice-President-Business Development . During his 27-year career with QIT and RTIT he contributed to and directed a number of development projects in the areas of mineral exploration, ore beneficiation, electric furnace smelting, ladle refining of iron, oxygen steel-making and hydrometallurgical upgrading of titanium slags.
“For over 50 years of extraordinary efforts in promoting the mineral exploration and mining industry and his commitment to the support of research and education in Canada.”
Mackenzie Watson was born in Howick, Quebec, and graduated with a B.Sc. in geology from the University of New Brunswick in l959. He has 50 years of experience in the Canadian exploration, development and mining industry and has been involved in the discovery of numerous mineral deposits throughout the country. He is currently the honorary chairman of the board of Quest Rare Minerals Limited, which was created by a spinoff of uranium and rare earth properties from Freewest Resources Canada Inc. in 2007.
Mackenzie spent his career in the junior mining sector, as CEO of Lynx Canada Exploration Limited from l969-1985, CEO of Freewest Resources Inc. from l985-l994, and CEO of Freewest Resources Canada Inc. from l994 until 20l0.
Mackenzie was awarded Canada's Prospector of the Year award in l99l for his involvement in the discovery of the Holloway Gold Mine (Ontario), the Icon-Sullivan copper mine (Chibougamau, Quebec) the Long Lake zinc mine (Ontario), The Ellison gold deposit and the Hebecourt copper deposit (Quebec). In l992, he was also awarded the Quebec Prospector of the Year award for the discovery of the Pusticamica and Verneuil gold deposits in Quebec.
In 20l0, Mackenzie was a co-recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Bill Dennis Award, for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success, for his contribution (with others) to the mineral discoveries in the Ring of Fire area of Northern Ontario.
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