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Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining

For meritorious and practical contribution to the mining and metallurgical industry of Canada

Origins & Conditions

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The Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a meritorious and practical contribution of outstanding importance to the mining and metallurgical industry of Canada.

The donor is Vale. It has been awarded annually since 1933.

  1. The Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining is to be presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a meritorious and practical contribution of outstanding importance to the mining and metallurgical industry of Canada. The distinctive contributions to be thus recognized must be applicable to the winning or treatment of Canadian minerals, fuels or metallurgical products.
  2. 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./li>
  3. 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.
  4. Every nomination shall be accompanied by an authenticated description of the meritorious contribution, with details as to its practical value.
  5. Following the last day of January, the Executive Director of the Institute shall refer all such nominations to the Institute Honours Committee.
  6. This Committee shall present its report and recommendations to CIM Council not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  7. No member of the Institute Honours Committee shall be party to the nominations of any candidate.
  8. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the CIM Conference & Exhibition following the announcement of the award, or at such other time and place as CIM Council may direct.
  9. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of the members responsible for the nomination.
  10. Nominees should be CIM National Members.

Winners

2019

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.

2018

Ronald Nolan

Ronald R. Nolan is a graduate of electrical engineering from the University of Alberta. He joined Hatch shortly after completing his studies. 

In his 50 years at Hatch, he contributed enormously to and completed many outstanding projects in Canada and internationally, including Richards Bay Minerals New Titania Operation in South Africa, ISCOTT major new direct reduction steel-making facility in Trinidad, and the Inco S02 Abatement Project in Sudbury, Ontario. He served as a past president, CEO and chair of Hatch for 16 years, leading Hatch through tremendous global growth in business volume, employees and offices.

Throughout his career, he served as a Chair on the boards of many organizations including the board of directors of the N-Solv Corporation, Hatch Ltd., Hatch Mott MacDonald, Canadian Academy of Engineers (founding member and vice chair), Council of Canadian Academies, Trillium Health Centre Foundation and the Canadian Simmental Association (president).

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