Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award

For the most significant contribution to the mineral economics field

Origins & Conditions


Born in Toronto in 1934, Robert Elver is celebrated as one of Canada’s foremost mineral economists. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Elver joined the Mineral Resources Division of the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, where he would spend his entire career.

Elver was instrumental in bringing Canadian involvement to international metals committees, such as OECD and Economic Commission for Europe, especially in steel. He enhanced mineral development domestically as well, and was instrumental in reviewing mining public policy in the 1970s.

His death on July 16, 1979, following a brief illness, led to the creation of the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award, which honours a CIM member who has made significant contributions to the field of mineral economics in Canada.

The Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award criteria and other information:

  1. The Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award is awarded for significant contribution in the mineral economics field in Canada.
  2. The award is to be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant.
  3. All nominations must be accompanied by a brief description of the meritorious contribution and its value to the mineral economics field in Canada.
  4. The CIM Chief Executive Officer shall refer all such nominations to the Awards Committee of the Mineral Economics Society, which includes the three immediate Past Chairmen of the Society.
  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 Convention.
  6. No member of the Awards Committee shall be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  7. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Award in person at the annual CIM Convention following the announcement of the Award, or at such other place and time agreeable to CIM Council.
  8. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.




Patricia Mohr

Patricia Mohr is the former vice-president, economics and commodity market specialist at Scotiabank’s executive offices in Toronto. She worked closely with corporate & investment banking and with global risk management, preparing the metal and oil & gas price forecasts for credit evaluations at The Scotiabank Group, one of the world’s great mining banks. 

Mohr developed the ‘Scotiabank Commodity Price Index’ – the first index designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets, and for many years, wrote a widely-read commodity market report. She presented to mining clients at home and abroad and is a frequent speaker at conferences across Canada and in Chile, Peru, Mexico and China.  

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mohr spent a number of years with Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. in Calgary (later EnCana Corp.) and with CP Ships and Canadian Pacific Bermuda in London as Corporate Economist. She began her career as a mineral economist with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in Ottawa and was privileged to work with Dr. Robert Elver.  She holds an Honours B.A. degree and an M.A. degree in economics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is on the board of directors of ERA, CRIBE and Alumni UBC.  


Reno Pressacco

Reno Pressacco is a principal geologist with RPA (now part of SLR Consulting).  He holds a Master’s degree in mineral exploration from McGill University and has over 30 years of experience. Beginning his career as an exploration geologist, he developed a keen interest in mineral deposits, mineral economics and Mineral Resource estimation. This resulted in his playing an important role in demonstrating the economic potential of the Matachewan gold deposit located in northeastern Ontario in the mid-1990’s. His career has since progressed through roles in production environments and has included executive roles with mid-tier and junior mining companies. Since 2003 he has been providing consulting services for Mineral Resource estimation in relation to a large number of both domestic and international mineral deposits.

Pressacco is currently an active member of the CIM Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Committee with a focus on best practices as well as the PDAC Technical Session Organizing Committee.