Excellence in Sustainable Development Award

For excellence in sustainable development

Origins & Conditions


The Excellence in Sustainable Development Award (formerly the Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development) promotes the Canadian minerals industry as an active seeker of sustainability solutions that engage and affect the Canadian public. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable development includes the interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of economic development, social development and environmental protection. This award recognizes extraordinary systems, programs or processes that have far-reaching and positive sustainability effects in all industry sectors across Canada. It recognizes those individuals, communities, organizations, corporations or academics that are working to create economic wealth while mitigating environmental impacts and acting inclusively towards all segments of society.

  1. The award shall be made to an individual, community, organization, corporation, or academic, not necessarily a CIM national member, and whose contribution:
    (a) Adds value to the minerals industry's sustainable management practices
    (b) Has an effect on a number of corporations and organizations in more than one isolated circumstance;
    features people or tangible qualities that the public can relate to;
    (c) Has a positive impact in one or more area of the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and social
  2. The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but normally, not more than one award may be made in any given year. In the event of extraordinary nominations, consideration may be given for more than one award.
  3. All nominations must be accompanied by a complete description of the meritorious contribution and its value to the minerals and petroleum industry as well as its potential impact on the vision of sustainability in all resource sectors.
  4. The award shall be presented by the sponsor at the annual CIM Convention. In the event that the sponsor is not available the award shall be presented by the current CIM President.
  5. All nominations properly presented, and not selected as award recipients for that particular year, shall be carried forward for the next two years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.



Mohammed Ali

Mohammed Ali is the vice president of environment for Kirkland Lake Gold. He has over 20 years of experience as an environmental, social and sustainability executive in the mining sector. He brings broad technical, regulatory, and management expertise stemming from a background in research, engineering and business development. Ali specializes in environmental management, permitting, communication, life cycle assessment, integration of environment and social concerns in process design, and greenhouse gas measurement and reporting.

Ali has helped mining companies in Canada and across the world in integrating environmental and social concerns. He is active in environmental and sustainability events, committees and mentoring younger professionals. He sits on numerous committees including the Ontario Mining Association, Green Mining Initiative, Canadian Institute of Mining, Canada Mining Innovation Council and chairs various mining, environmental and sustainability conferences in Canada and globally. He is currently the chair of the Environmental Committee for the Ontario Mining Association. In 2016, he was awarded the CIM Central District Distinguished Service Award.


Bruce Armitage

Bruce Armitage was born and raised in South Porcupine, Ontario. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lakehead University with specialization in advanced controls and power systems. He also holds an electronics engineering diploma from the Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology and a mine hoist plant certification from Cambrian College. 

Armitage enjoys over 15 years’ experience between the mining, oil and gas, paper and consulting industries.  One of his successes involves taking an energy program from its infancy to industry leading in less than one year. He is a licensed electrical engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario. He has certified energy manager and green building engineer designations from the Association of Energy Engineers in Atlanta, Georgia.