Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award


Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award

For exceptional service to the Geological Society of CIM

Origins & Conditions


Born in Calcutta, India, on May 28, 1931, Julian Boldy received his education at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, before immigrating to Canada in 1956. After being recruited by Falconbridge Group, Boldy went on to discover the Delbridge deposit in Noranda. He later joined Freeport Minerals as a geologist, discovering the Reed Lake deposit in Manitoba, before eventually joining Placer Development.

Boldy was very well known for his published papers, which earned him great acclaim across the industry. One of his most famous papers analyzing Precambrian volcanogenic ore deposits, “(Un)Certain Exploration Facts from Figures,” would earn him the Barlow Award for economic geology.

Boldy passed away at the age of 53, on January 22, 1985. In memoriam, the Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award was created the following year.

The Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award criteria and other information:

  1. The Award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  2. Nominations for the award shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM national members and forwarded to the Executive Director of the Institute by December 1st of the year prior to the presentation of the award, who will forward these to the Geological Society Awards Committee.
  3. Each nomination is to be accompanied by a statement giving clearly the reasons which, in the opinion of the nominators, make their nominee a suitable candidate for this award.
  4. The Geological Society Awards Committee shall make its decision on any nomination not later than February 1st.
  5. The Committee shall present its report and recommendations to CIM Council not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next annual CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  6. When approved, the Awards shall be presented at the annual CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  7. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.


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



Jim Walker

James (Jim) Walker completed BSc and PhD degrees at the University of New Brunswick. His career with the New Brunswick Geological Survey (NBGS) began with regional bedrock mapping and mineral deposit studies in northern NB; he now serves as the manager of NBGS North in Bathurst. 

He is a member of the Association Professional Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick; a fellow of both Geoscientists Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists; he is a councillor and former president of the Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS), and he served 17 years on the executive of the Mineral Deposits Division, Geological Association of Canada (GAC). He served on the organizing committees of numerous events including the LOCs for two GAC/MAC annual meetings, several AGS colloquia, and the International Applied Geochemistry Symposium (IAGS). He has authored or contributed to several field trip guidebooks for GAC, IAGS, New Brunswick Prospectors and Developers Association and Northeast Intercollegiate Geological Conference field meetings. 

Walker is an associate editor (geology) with the CIM Journal. He was on the local organizing committee and a guidebook author for the CIM Field conference (Bathurst’93). He has authored several papers in a special issue devoted to the Bathurst Mining Camp in CIM’s Exploration and Mining Geology journal (2006). He chaired the CIM Mineral Exploration Session held in conjunction with the annual NB Exploration Mining and Petroleum Conference (2009 through 2023).  He presented at several CIM Bathurst mini-conventions, and more recently contributed as an organizer-guidebook author and field trip leader (2015 through 2019) and was an organizer and presenter in the NB Branch-CIM Virtual conference in 2022.


Theresa Nyabeze

Theresa Nyabeze is a professional mining engineer with over twenty years of experience in the mining industry in engineering and in operations. Over the years, she has gained the diverse experience necessary to fully support the governance of mineral resources and reserves.  Starting out as a short-range underground mine planner responsible for producing day to day drilling and blasting layouts, development prints and operations scheduling, she then transitioned to creating mine design packages, life of mine plans inclusive of infrastructure considerations and writing of supporting reports while collaborating with multidisciplinary teams. Adding to her engineering experience, she worked underground as a front-line supervisor, providing leadership to crews to better understand the impact of mine engineering plans on the execution of work.   

Her diverse hands-on experience is instrumental in her ability to contribute effectively to issues pertaining to the estimation of mineral reserves and resources along with their related governance in various regulatory environments for public disclosure, process standardization and risk management.  She interacts with various technical groups and promotes dialogue on topics pertaining to mining resources and mineral reserves.  

Theresa’s personal motto is “Take care of people and the rest will follow” with the strong belief that technical excellence is enabled by inclusive work environments. She has received many accolades for her contributions to both her community of Sudbury and to Canada. Most notable among these awards are the Canadian “40 Under Forty” award from Northern Ontario Business and inclusion among the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women. She is also a proud alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.