CIM President receives highest award for B.C. geoscientist


APEGBC Video Garth Kirkham

CIM President Garth Kirkham is this year’s recipient of the C. J. Westerman Memorial Award, the highest award for geoscientists, presented by the APEGBC at its annual convention from October 15-17, in Kelowna, B.C. He receives this award for his significant technical achievements in geoscience, and for his exemplary service to his profession and his community. 

As the President of Kirkham Geosystems, Garth Kirkham has built an impressive career, spanning four decades with specialized experience in supplying high-technology services and related products to the mining, oil and gas, geotechnical and environmental industries. 

Dedicated to improving the profession and public safety, Garth has been an influential advocate of best practices and improved guidelines in the exploration and mining communities through the support of industry-wide standards such as the NI 43-101. 

Providing leadership to the future geoscience community, Garth has been a national Distinguished Lecturer for CIM and guest lecturer at UBC, SFU and BCIT. In 2010 he was awarded the CIM J.C. Sproule Memorial Plaque in recognition of a long standing dedication to the development and practical utilization of 3D geological and geostatistical modeling for northern mining projects. 

Garth has tirelessly served his profession through volunteer roles with APEGBC, the Geological Association of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Earth Scientists, Geoscientists Canada, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, where he currently serves as President.