McParland Memorial Award


McParland Memorial Award for Excellence in Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability

For excellence in maintenance engineering and reliability in the minerals industry

Origins & Conditions


Donald J. McParland was a founding member of CIM's Mechanical-Electrical Division and its first chairman. After obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto, McParland joined Rio Algom and was recruited to lead the Churchill Falls power plant project, the second largest plant in Canada. He accepted the position of vice-president of Brinco – though he did not know much about electrical engineering at the time – and eventually became president and CEO. He was touring the country as a Distinguished Lecturer for CIM, concentrating his efforts on the small isolated Branches of the Institute, when a plane crash in Labrador City ended his life on Nov. 11, 1969. The McParland Memorial Award for Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability was established soon after, in 1972.

The McParland Memorial Award criteria and other information:

  1. The McParland Memorial Award for Excellence in Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability is awarded for outstanding performance in the minerals industry in the field of mechanical, electrical or civil engineering design, general plant design, project engineering and/or management of mine plants. The award may also recognize innovations in mine plant installations or in operating and maintenance methods. Major improvements in equipment used in the mining industry or the development of new types of equipment by engineers in the equipment manufacturing industry will also qualify.
  2. The award is to be presented from time to time as conditions warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  3. All nominations must be accompanied by a brief description of the meritorious contribution and its value to the mineral industry. A biographical sketch of the recommended candidate is also to be given.
  4. The award shall be adjudicated by the Awards Committee of the Maintenance/Engineering Division, which includes the Division Chairman and the Past Chairman remaining on the Executive Committee.
  5. The recommendation of the M/E Awards Committee is to be sent to the CIM Chief Executive Officer for consideration and approval of CIM Council.
  6. The members of the Awards Committee shall not be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  7. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Award in person at the annual CIM Convention following the announcement of the Award, or at such other place and time agreeable to the CIM Council.
  8. The award can be made to any person in Canada, or elsewhere.


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




Martin Provencher

Martin Provencher is global industry principal for mining, metals, and materials at AVEVA. He has more than 30 years of experience in operations, maintenance, and information technology.  He is also Vice-Chair of CIM’s Maintenance Engineering and Reliability Society. He has acquired his industry knowledge through different positions, such as production director for casthouse and production dervices at Aluminerie Alouette in Quebec, Canada, managing operations and maintenance for seven production areas. Before that, he was the information technology & automation manager for Aluminerie Alouette.  

Martin Provencher has also been an active Industry 4.0 speaker and influencer for IBM as Canada's Quebec Mining and Metals Leader.  He also worked with Norda Stelo, a Canadian engineering company, as director for manufacturing and processing plants.  He holds a B.Sc. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence from the University of Quebec in Montreal. 


Steve Courchesne

Steve Courchesne was introduced to the mining sector when he joined Wire Rope Industries, now Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group, in 1976. Steve gathered experience working on the shop floor, quality assurance, R&D, technical services, and the mining department. This experience led to several interesting site visits to oversee and troubleshoot projects in Canada, USA, China, Cuba, Sweden, Korea, Columbia, and Indonesia. His knowledge in applications such as elevators, ski lifts, steel mills, suspension bridges, dredging, and of course underground mining, has helped to develop and patent the next generation of rope designs.

Member of CIM and CSA G4 Technical Committee, Courchesne has enjoyed sharing his expertise with wire rope users across the globe, from rope design selection, end termination procedures, proper installation and handling, and repair. He is currently the underground mining manager of Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group.