Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award


Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award

For outstanding project safety systems, culture and performance

Origins & Conditions


Hatch-CIM considers the safe execution of a project to be of overriding importance and the assessment of each participant’s safety performance will be the criteria used for the final selection process. The Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award will be presented to the team that best meets or exceeds the established criteria and will hold the award for one year. All information provided will be held in confidence.

To be eligible for nomination, the project must meet the following criteria:

  1. Project owner/team must be an active CIM member.
  2. Project owner/team must have completed a single, significant (>300,000 work hours), Canada-located project within 12 months of this application. Applications stand for three years.
  3. All Canadian mine and processing facilities in the metals, diamonds, industrial minerals, oil sands, and coal sectors are included and eligible.
  4. Project owners must submit this application.


There is only one recipient of this award each year. This award is solely for organization nominations.

To submit a nomination for this award, please click here.



Rio Tinto, Kemano T2 Tunnel Project

The BC Work’s smelter in Kitimat is powered by the Kemano Powerhouse, which receives water from the Nechako Reservoir via a single tunnel that is over 60 years old. Since the completion of the second tunnel, Rio Tinto has been operating both T1 and T2 together, ensuring the long-term reliability of the power supply that energizes Rio Tinto’s BC Works smelter in Kitimat. The smelter produces aluminium with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.  

Rio Tinto estimates the project contributed approximately $850 million to the BC economy and employed approximately 340 people at its peak. Rio Tinto and all the contractors working on the Kemano T2 Project worked to maximize the involvement of local businesses and First Nations throughout the duration of the project.  


Cementation Canada Inc.

Pictured: Steve Wrixton, Cementation

Compass Mineral’s Goderich mine is a salt mine located on the East shore of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. Cementation was awarded this Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) project to demolish and replace two headframes, reline both shafts, install full circumference hydrostatic steel liners in both No1 and No2 Shafts as well as significant mine ventilation infrastructure upgrades. The design and installation methodologies had to ensure that mine production continued while sealing the mine shafts to stop current water ingress from entering the mine. 

The Goderich Mine Shafts Relining Project, which was a complex and challenging scope of work, executed over 1673 days, with 543,474 work hours and no lost time injuries, achieving safe substantial completion by mid-February 2019. The safe work execution was a result of extensive planning, with a dedication to health and safety, as all the project team went beyond a culture of compliance, to one of commitment.