A.O. Dufresne Exploration Achievement Award

For exceptional contribution to mining exploration in Canada

Origins & Conditions


The A.O. Dufresne Exploration Achievement Award was instituted in 1977 in honour of Dr. A.O. Dufresne, a revered Past President of CIM, who provided outstanding service to the mineral industry. Born April 10, 1890, Dufresne dedicated his entire career to the development of the province’s mining sector through his work at the Quebec Bureau of Mines, where he was eventually appointed minister. There, he would make significant changes to mining legislation and safety, and helped develop mining communities. 

Dufresne was equally devoted to educating future mining experts and improving the province’s mines. He established several university scholarship funds and founded the École des Mines at the University of Laval in 1934. He was named the first French-Canadian president of CIM in 1950.

The A.O. Dufresne Exploration Achievement Award criteria and other information:

  1. The A.O. Dufresne Exploration Achievement Award is presented to an individual or a team in recognition of exceptional achievements or distinguished contributions to mining exploration in Canada. The contribution or achievement to be recognized may be by innovation, research, project management, education, or any form of outstanding personal achievement contributing to the extension or understanding of exploration in the Canadian mining industry. The term "exploration" may be interpreted broadly.
  2. 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.
  3. The nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Standing Committee, which will report its recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer.
  4. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the CIM Convention Awards Gala, following the announcement of the award, or at such a time or place as CIM Council may direct.
  5. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.



Robert Wares

Bob Wares is a professional geologist with over 40 years’ experience in mineral exploration and development, mostly in Eastern Canada. He was one of the three original founders of Osisko Exploration/Osisko Mining Corp. and was responsible for the discovery of the Canadian Malartic bulk tonnage gold deposit, which was subsequently developed into Canada’s largest gold mine. He is the recipient of various awards, including theViola McMillan Award in 2011m and was named, together with John Burzynski and Sean Roosen, as “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009 by the Northern Miner.

He is past president and director of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec and currently serves on advisory boards for the Faculty of Science of McGill University and the Autorité des Marchés Financiers du Québec. He is currently chairman and CEO of Osisko Metals Inc. and sits on the board of directors of Osisko Mining and Brunswick Exploration.

Wares has a BSc and an honorary doctorate in earth sciences from McGill University.


Great Bear Resources Ltd.

The Great Bear Team

Great Bear Resources Ltd. is a Red Lake district focused gold exploration company founded and led by its Directors Chris Taylor, P.Geo, President and CEO, and R. Bob Singh, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration. Great Bear is currently advancing a series of high-grade gold discoveries at the company’s wholly-owned Dixie property. The company has been exploring the Dixie project since 2015 and has been a part of The Discovery Group of companies since 2016.

Bob Singh leads a diverse geological team which includes Great Bear’s own geologists and Red Lake based Rimini Exploration and Consulting. Since active drilling began in 2017, the team has made a series of discoveries including the Hinge zone, and the multi-kilometre LP Fault zone, which is already considered one of the most significant gold discoveries in decades.

Exploration successes have allowed the company to fund and implement one of the largest drill programs in Canada, with over 200,000 metres of drilling expected to be completed by the end of 2020.