Diversity & Inclusion Award


Diversity & Inclusion Award

For exceptional contribution towards improving diversity and inclusion within the mining industry

Origins & Conditions


Sponsored by the CIM DIAC (Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee), the Diversity and Inclusion Medal recognizes exceptional contribution towards improving diversity and inclusion within the mining industry in Canada. For clarity, within the concept of this award, the following definition of diversity and inclusion is used:

Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another including ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education and religion

Inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, connection and support; allowing the richness of ideas, backgrounds and perspective to be harnessed to create value.


The Diversity & Inclusion recognizes the efforts of an individual who through his/her efforts has helped make the mining industry a more diverse and inclusive industry for all.


Either a very special initiative and or achievement or consistent achievements over an extended period (at least 3 years)


In order to encourage new entrants to this arena, and thereby expand the number of contributors to diversity and inclusion, preference shall be given to those candidates who have not yet been recognized or received awards related to this area, especially within CIM.  


There is only one recipient of this award every year. This award is solely for individual nominations (no teams).



Samantha Espley

Past President of CIM (2020-2021)

Samantha is a mining executive with 37 years of industry experience leading operations, technical services, and as a corporate director with international mining companies: Vale, Inco, Glencore, Noranda, Falconbridge, Denison.  She is a non-executive board member of Paramount Gold Nevada, Northern Graphite Corporation, and Canadian Academy of Engineering, Past President of CIM, and Chair of the CIM Health and Safety Society. She is a senior mining advisor for Stantec leading mining project studies in exploration through to closure phases. She leads cross-sector collaboration to rapidly seek out and implement value-added solutions. The cornerstones of Samantha’s values are respect and dignity.  Samantha is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a founding director of WISE (Sudbury) and received achievement awards: WIM Trailblazer, Top 100 Global Women in Mining, CIM Distinguished Service, UofT Mid-Career, PEO Engineering Management, Engineers Canada Leadership, and the Governor General’s Gold Medal. She is a CIM Past President.


Mary-Jane Piggott

Mary-Jane Piggott is a senior water resources engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in investigation, design and project management of mining, civil and water resource projects throughout North America, South America, and AustraliaOne of the fewer than 20% of students with a STEM background in her graduating MBA class in 2019, she is also the first female principal and vice president of KCB’s Mining Environment Group, where she spearheaded policy changes that encourage women to stay in the engineering profession. She is both a mentor to and an advocate for women in engineering. A past chair of KCB’s Women-in-Klohn Committee, working to educate staff on issues that impact women, she promotes engineering as a career to girls and youth through her local high school and the Girl Guides.