Selwyn Blaylock Canadian Mining Excellence Award

For distinguished service to Canada through exceptional achievement in the field of mining, metallurgy or geology

Origins & Conditions


Established in 1948, the medal honours Selwyn G. Blaylock, one of the pioneers in the mining industry in western Canada. Born in 1879, Blaylock got his start as a surveyor for Canadian Smelting Works in Trail, British Columbia. In time, he worked his way from a simple surveyor’s position to president of the company eventually known as Cominco.

Blaylock acted as president of CIM from 1934 to 1935, and received the Gold Medal of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy of Great Britain in 1944. The Selwyn Blaylock Canadian Mining Excellence Award was established a few years after his death on Nov. 19, 1945 to recognize exceptional achievements in the field of mining, metallurgy or geology.

  1. The Selwyn Blaylock Canadian Mining Excellence Award is awarded for distinguished service to Canada through exceptional achievement in the field of mining, metallurgy or geology.
  2. The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant.
  3. Nominations for the award shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM national members.
  4. Every nomination must be accompanied by a statement giving clearly the reasons which, in the opinion of the nominators, make their nominee a suitable candidate for the award.
  5.  When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the annual CIM Convention following the announcement of the award, or at such a time and place as CIM Council may direct.
  6.  All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  7. Nominees must be CIM National Members.

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Greg Gosson

Greg Gosson obtained his BSc Honours, Geological Sciences from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and a Ph.D in Geology from University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand. He worked over 35 years in exploration and mine operations in North America, Australasia, SE Asia, and Africa. Gosson worked 5 years as Chief Mining Advisor of the BC Securities Commission starting in the year that NI 43-101 standards were first adopted. For the past 14 years, he has been the technical director of Geology & Compliance with the Wood Group, an international consulting engineering firm, assisting clients with mineral project evaluation and mine development plans. While at Wood, Gosson merged his knowledge of mining project evaluation with Securities Regulations of mining disclosure standards, providing advice to clients, and participating in mining industry committees advising Securities Regulators on mining disclosure standards and CIM Committees writing and updating mining standard definitions, and best practices for the mining industry.


Dr. Peter Calder

Born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Dr. Peter N. Calder served five years in the Canadian Armed Forces prior to entering St. Francis Xavier University in 1958. In 1963 he graduated from NSTC (now Dalhousie University) with a degree in mining engineering, and joined the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City, becoming mine superintendent two years later.

Dr. Calder attended McGill University after being awarded a Canadian Mineral Industry Foundation scholarship and received a post-graduate diploma prior to attending Queen’s University where he received an M.Sc. and PhD degrees in mining engineering.  He joined the faculty of the Queen’s Mining Engineering Department in 1970 and was head of that department from 1980 to 1990. Upon retiring as a regular faculty member in 1997, he was honoured by being designated as a Queen’s Emeritus Professor. At the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile from 1997 to 2001, he served as the first Canadian Mining Chair, and full professor within the Faculty of Engineering’s Mining Department.