District Distinguished Service Award

For significant contribution to the mineral industry and CIM Branch

Origins & Conditions


At the instigation of W.M. Gilchrist, CIM President (1974-75), three District Distinguished Service Awards (Western, Central and Eastern District) were created to recognize the contributions on a District level of the many Institute members who have significantly contributed to the development of the industry and the Institute at their local or Branch level.

  1. The District Distinguished Service Awards are to be presented to Institute Members in each of the three geographical Districts (Western, Central and Eastern) described in the Institute By-Laws, in recognition of significant contribution to the mineral industry and the Institute in the area designated. The said contributions need not necessarily be of a particular or a special achievement, or be related to a technical field of endeavour.
  2. The awards are to be available for presentation yearly, or as conditions warrant.
  3. Nominations for these awards 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.
  4. Endorsements from the Branches' executives and VPs from the three Districts (one nomination by district) are required.
  5. All nominations shall be accompanied by a description of the personal achievement of the nominee.
  6. The District Awards Committee shall be chaired by the District Vice-President and include four Branch representatives from the District as members.
  7. The District Awards Committee shall forward their nominations to CIM Council not later than the last Council Meeting held prior to the next CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  8. No member of the District Awards Committee shall be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  9. The Award shall be presented at the official District Annual Meeting, or at some especially arranged official ceremony in the District.
  10. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  11. Nominees must be CIM Members, but not necessarily CIM National Members.




Neda Farmer

Neda Farmer is a skilled mining professional with over 20 years of experience working in team environments, with direct contribution to large-scale surface mine projects in North America. She is a degree qualified mining engineer and registered P.Eng. in both British Columbia and Alberta.

She has completed technical studies and designs from concept through to execution for several surface mine projects. Key technical skills include mine design, mine sequence/scheduling, mine optimization, financial modelling, strategic planning and project management. Farmer has extensive experience in operations. Key operations exposure includes equipment selection, budgeting, short-mid-long range planning, operations improvement, mine production, site project work, business coaching, regulatory approvals, technology implementation and technical training.


Catharine Shaw

Catharine Shaw is the mining client program manager and global account leader for one of the top senior gold producers in Canada. Focused on executive account management for Golder, she has played a key role in planning and executing strategy for the global mining business operations over her 17-year tenure with the company. She is recognized as a collaborator and connector, bringing the right knowledge and the right people to the same table. 

In 2008, Shaw received Golder’s President’s Award, being recognized for Exceptional Client Service and Exceptional New Client Development. Today, she continues to drive global growth, cultivate client relationships and create new opportunities.

Active within the mining community, Shaw has been published in numerous industry magazines writing articles that focus on the representation of women in business and the mining industry. A passionate industry volunteer, she is a founding director and past president of Women in Mining Canada, a not-for-profit organization established in 2009, where she served as a director and officer of the corporation from 2009 until 2015. She is the founding member and a past president (2010 – 2012) of the CIM GTA West Branch and served as vice president of the CIM Central District from 2015 to 2017. She currently serves as the co-chair for CIM’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.