Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award

For exceptional service to the Geological Society of CIM

Origins & Conditions


Born in Calcutta, India, on May 28, 1931, Julian Boldy received his education at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, before immigrating to Canada in 1956. After being recruited by Falconbridge Group, Boldy went on to discover the Delbridge deposit in Noranda. He later joined Freeport Minerals as a geologist, discovering the Reed Lake deposit in Manitoba, before eventually joining Placer Development.

Boldy was very well known for his published papers, which earned him great acclaim across the industry. One of his most famous papers analyzing Precambrian volcanogenic ore deposits, “(Un)Certain Exploration Facts from Figures,” would earn him the Barlow Award for economic geology.

Boldy passed away at the age of 53, on January 22, 1985. In memoriam, the Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award was created the following year.

The Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award criteria and other information:

  1. The Award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  2. Nominations for the award 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, who will forward these to the Geological Society Awards Committee.
  3. Each nomination is to be accompanied by a statement giving clearly the reasons which, in the opinion of the nominators, make their nominee a suitable candidate for this award.
  4. The Geological Society Awards Committee shall make its decision on any nomination not later than February 1st.
  5. The Committee shall present its report and recommendations to CIM Council not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next annual CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  6. When approved, the Awards shall be presented at the annual CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  7. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  8. Nominees must be CIM National Members.



Dr. Daniel Marshall

Dan Marshall is the lead author on the Ore Mineral Atlas (2011, 2005) and has published a variety of peer reviewed papers on ore and gem deposits worldwide. He has 25 years of experience studying the petrology and petrogenesis of ore deposits. He has taught courses on ore deposits, fluid inclusions, ore petrology, gems and geochemistry at Simon Fraser and Carleton University as well as to industry. He has also acted as consultant for a number of exploration companies, and been principal investigator on Industry-Academia-Government projects. 

Distinguished Lecturer 2016-17

Lecture Abstract


Melt inclusions of native-silver and native-bismuth at Cobalt, Ontario. Model for native-metal enrichments comparing natural samples with experimental and in-situ studies

Cobalt, Ontario is renowned for the 12.6 billion grams (445 million ounces) of silver produced from the area since its discovery in 1903. Based on our studies of natural and synthetic systems we are able to formulate a new model for silver transport, deposition and enrichment based on immiscible systems of molten precious metals and hyper-saline brines. These observations are consistent with silver inside these solid-silver inclusions melting at approximately 300 to 350 °C.


Elizabeth Sharman

Elizabeth (Libby) Sharman is an exploration geologist with a research background. She completed her PhD at McGill University and has since then gained experience in different facets of the exploration and mining industry including as a geologist, researcher and communications specialist. She has experience on varied deposit types and is currently working for BHP in Chile as their principal global geoscientist for metals exploration. Her eclectic background and personal experiences have fostered an interest in improving the mining industry, and making it a more inclusive and appealing sector in which to work. This includes volunteering with CIM and with the Society of Economic Geologists in various roles.