CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award


CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award

For exceptional achievement and potential of young Canadian mining leaders

Origins & Conditions



Since 2010, Bedford has proudly partnered with the Canadian Institute of Mining for the CIM–Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards. 


The CIM–Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards encourages and accelerates the development of leadership in Canadian mining by recognizing outstanding achievement and potential of young Canadian mining leaders.


  1. Their performance in terms of executing and achieving goals and objectives.
  2. How they engage others at different levels of the organization to help them feel valued and respected members of the company.
  3. Their expertise in team-building and improving team performance.
  4. Their sensitivity to social responsibility.          


Nominees must be either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants 39 years of age or younger working for any mining company, engineering/consulting firm, contractor or supplier in the industry anywhere in the world.


There can be multiple recipients of this award every year. This award is solely for individual nominations (no teams).

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Curtis Markwart

Curtis Markwart is the Senior Manager, Mining at the K+S Potash Canada Bethune Mine located in Bethune Saskatchewan. He is accountable for site mining activities which includes solution mining operation, well services, mine planning, geology, and drilling. He joined K+S Potash Canada as part of the mining team in 2012 during the greenfield stage Legacy Project and has been part of the combined effort to develop the site into full operation. 

Markwart grew up in Regina and graduated from the University of Regina in 2009 with a degree in Petroleum Systems Engineering. 


Emily Jepson

Emily Jepson is Manager, Environment and Regulatory Affairs at Westmoreland Mining. She has sixteen years of experience working at a coal mine and has had a variety of responsibilities including regulatory reporting, environmental monitoring, and reclamation planning. In the most recent years, she has been focused on carbon policy regulations and compliance. 

Jepson grew up in a coal mining family in southern Saskatchewan and developed a passion for mining early in her career.  She enjoys being part of the reclamation activities and day to day operations at site.   

Jepson graduated with a degree in environmental systems engineering for the University of Regina and is a registered professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.