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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. 
  3. Nominations for the award shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM national members.
  4. Every nomination shall be accompanied by an authenticated description of the meritorious contribution, with details as to its practical value.
  5. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the CIM Convention following the announcement of the award, or at such other 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 All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of the members responsible for the nomination.
  7. Nominees should be CIM National Members.

Winners

2020

Chris Twigge-Molecey

Past President of CIM (2010-2011)

Chris Twigge-Molecey came from the UK to complete a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics at the University of Toronto. On graduation he joined Hatch where he has worked for 49 years.

For the initial 25 years he worked in technical studies, R&D programs and design and commissioning of major metallurgical facilities. He then started up Hatch in Russia, Chile, Peru, grew China operations and was responsible for development, global marketing and sales of Hatch technologies.

He became a Global Managing Director and board member responsible for China, Sustainability and Knowledge Management.

He is Past President of both CIM and MetSoc, a board member of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, a recipient of the AIME Mineral Economics Award, a past director of the Canada-China Business Council, Canadian Mining Innovation Council and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

He served on Federal Government advisory boards and has over 80 publications and six patents.

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.