CIM Distinguished Lecturers

For accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry

Origins & Conditions


CIM Distinguished Lecturers are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry, and speak at CIM Branch and Student Chapter meetings across the country.

The CIM Distinguished Lecturers Award criteria and other information:

  1. Persons shall be selected as CIM Distinguished Lecturers on the basis of their distinguished service and accomplishments in scientific, technical or administrative activities related to the minerals industries.
  2. Not more than eight (8) Distinguished Lecturers shall be selected in any Council year.
  3. Each nomination shall be accompanied by a statement supporting the nomination.
  4. The nominations shall be submitted to a special CIM Distinguished Lecturers Selection Committee under the chairmanship of the CIM President-Elect with Awards Standing Committee Members.
  5. The Committee shall select the recipients, confirm their willingness to accept the honour and dedicate their time to give the Lectures, and inform the CIM Chief Executive Officer prior to the last meeting of Council preceding the Annual General Meeting.
  6. The CIM Distinguished Lecturers shall be honoured at the CIM Convention and shall be presented with a certificate.
  7. The CIM Distinguished Lecturers are expected to give their lectures as requested by CIM Branches, Technical Societies and Student Chapters. Universities may also request a lecture.
  8. In the case where the Distinguished Lecturer’s employer or the nominating body is unable to cover the expenses for a lecture, CIM National will cover the cost of air travel while the requesting body will cover local expenses (accommodation, transportation, etc.)
  9. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination or withdrawn by the nominee.



Craig Hart

Craig Hart is the past Director of MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he facilitated industry-sponsored mineral exploration research and training projects on regional metallogeny, gold and porphyry systems, and exploration method development. Dr. Hart integrates field and analytical data to develop new exploration concepts, tools and targets. He raised more than $20 million to support research and training of over 40 graduate students and 20 senior researchers. He was previously at the University of Western Australia (UWA) investigating gold metallogeny of China and Mongolia, and the Yukon Geological Survey undertaking regional mapping/metallogenic surveys. He was a Top 5 finisher and Audience Choice winner (Integra Gold Rush Challenge, 2016), a Boldy Award winner (Geological Association of Canada, 2005), and was the Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Economic Geologists (2011). He has degrees from McMaster University (BSc 1986), UBC (MSc 1995) and UWA (PhD 2005).

Lecture title and abstract will be available soon.


Gillian Holcroft

Gillian Holcroft obtained her bachelor and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from McGill. She is an executive engineer whose expertise is in commercializing environmentally sustainable approaches in the minerals and waste processing sectors. In recognition of her leadership, she received the MetSoc Environmental Award in 2019.

Holcroft began her career at the Noranda Technology Center where she transitioned from technology development to operations support at Canadian Electrolytic Zinc. She was part of the team that developed the now commercial Jarofix process. Her experience includes technical/project/contract management, securing new investments, establishing business development objectives and strategic partnerships including the United States Department of Defence. As executive vice president, she was instrumental in bringing a plasma technology company public and as vice president for tetronics, she identified opportunities to extract metal values from industrial catalysts and ores. 

She is currently Innovation Manager at the Canada Mining Innovation Council where she manages two "Impact Canada Crush It" projects whose aim is to significantly reduce energy consumption in comminution.

Lecture title and abstract will be available soon.

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