Diversity & Inclusion Award


Diversity & Inclusion Award

For exceptional contribution towards improving diversity and inclusion within the mining industry

Origins & Conditions


Sponsored by the CIM DIAC (Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee), the Diversity and Inclusion Medal recognizes exceptional contribution towards improving diversity and inclusion within the mining industry in Canada. For clarity, within the concept of this award, the following definition of diversity and inclusion is used:

Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another including ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education and religion

Inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, connection and support; allowing the richness of ideas, backgrounds and perspective to be harnessed to create value.


The Diversity & Inclusion recognizes the efforts of an individual who through his/her efforts has helped make the mining industry a more diverse and inclusive industry for all.


Either a very special initiative and or achievement or consistent achievements over an extended period (at least 3 years)


In order to encourage new entrants to this arena, and thereby expand the number of contributors to diversity and inclusion, preference shall be given to those candidates who have not yet been recognized or received awards related to this area, especially within CIM.  


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

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Mary-Jane Piggott

Mary-Jane Piggott is a senior water resources engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in investigation, design and project management of mining, civil and water resource projects throughout North America, South America, and AustraliaOne of the fewer than 20% of students with a STEM background in her graduating MBA class in 2019, she is also the first female principal and vice president of KCB’s Mining Environment Group, where she spearheaded policy changes that encourage women to stay in the engineering profession. She is both a mentor to and an advocate for women in engineering. A past chair of KCB’s Women-in-Klohn Committee, working to educate staff on issues that impact women, she promotes engineering as a career to girls and youth through her local high school and the Girl Guides. 


Donna Beneteau

Donna Beneteau is an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). She obtained her BASc in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1990. She worked in backfill research at the Noranda Technology Centre, as a mine engineer at Holloway Mine, and consulted with Ionic Engineering before returning to school to earn her MSc in mineral resources engineering at Laurentian University in 2012. At USask she has progressed from a contract sessional position to full-time instructor and then to professor. 

Beneteau is very passionate about outreach and public education. Her volunteer work has focused on giving students the information and contacts they need to consider mining as an education and career choice. Her current passion project is working with the mining industry to complete a historical Canadian mining database.