Celebrating the Industry’s Finest and Brightest


Celebrating the Industry’s Finest and Brightest

Ahmed Minhas - 30 April 2021

April 30, 2021, Montréal, Québec. Recognizing and celebrating the contributions, achievements and excellence of the mining and minerals industry’s finest is a tradition that CIM carries out each year. Through the CIM-Caterpillar Celebration of Excellence, we recognize those individuals and companies that drive the industry forward, draw focus on safety, sustainability, and environmental, social and corporate governance, as well as diversity and inclusion. 

With the CIM Convention + EXPO taking a virtual format this year, the awards gala was held live and online on April 29 with award winners and their fans anticipating the results. 

The show began with special guest and host, Colin Cloud, a cyber mentalist and forensic mind reader. Colin put his skills to the test on the night’s industry leaders, award winners and the guests! It was an evening of suspense, excitement and celebration, and all of it a prelude to CIMVTL21, where the live programming continues on Monday, May 3 at 10:00 AM (EDT).

Without further ado, we present to you the 2021 CIM Award recipients. Please join us in congratulating each recipient for their accomplishments in their career and their dedication during this unprecedented time.

A.O. Dufresne Exploration Achievement Award

Robert Wares, Osisko Metals

Barlow Medal for Best Geological Paper 

Greg Gillstrom, Imperial Mines Corporation; Christopher Rees, Imperial Metals; K. Brock Riedell, Consulting Geologist

CIM Distinguished Lecturers 

Craig Hart, Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU); Gillian Holcroft, Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC)

CIM Distinguished Service Medal

Michael Allan, MJ Allan Consulting

CIM Fellowship

Jacqueline Allison, Ride Hovr; Kim Bittman, Kim Bittman Consulting; Thomas Broddy, Retired; Carlos da Costa, Simon Fraser University; Boyd Davis, Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc.; John Hoffert, Retired Consultant; Mihaiela Isac, McGill University; Zoltan Lukacs, Consultant; Johnna Muinonen, Dumont Nickel; Roy Slack, Cementation Americas

CIM Presidents’ Role Model Medal 

Tim Mbanga, Nutrien Potash

CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Leaders Awards

Samwillie Grey-Scott, Raglan Mine, a Glencore Company; Jessie Liu-Ernsting, Keystone Resource Solutions Corp.; Ali Madiseh, The University of British Columbia

CIM Community Service Award

Debra Shewfelt, RESPEC

Diversity & Inclusion Award

Debra Shewfelt, RESPEC

District Distinguished Service Award

Central: Alex Speirs, Retired; Eastern: Michel Robinson, Retired; Western: Douglas Milne, University of Saskatchewan 

Excellence in Sustainable Development

Sabrina Dias, SOOP Strategies Inc.

Hatch - CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award

Compass Minerals with their partner, Cementation Canada Inc.

J.C. Sproule Northern Exploration Award

Sam Bosum, Native Exploration Services

John T. Ryan Safety Trophies

National: Westmoreland Coal, Poplar River Mine (Coal); Glencore Nickel Mine Raglan (Metal); Mine Matagami, a Glencore Company (Metal); Vale Newfoundland & Labrador, Voisey’s Bay Mine (Select)

Regional: New Gold Inc., New Afton Mine (Metal BC/Yukon); Vale Canada Ltd., Totten Mine (Metal Ontario); Cameco Corporation, Cigar Lake Operation (Metal Prairie/Territory); Hecla Québec, Mine Casa Berardi (Metal Québec/Maritimes); Tata Steel Minerals Canada, DSO Project (Select East); Imperial Oil Resources, Kearl Operations (Select West)

Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award

Dan Marshall, Simon Fraser University

Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award

CIM Saskatoon Branch

Mining Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award

Ferri Hassani, McGill University

Mining Safety Leadership Medal

MSA Safety Sales LLC

Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award

Patricia Mohr, Scotiabank

Selwyn Blaylock Canadian Mining Excellence Award

Bert Wasmund, Hatch

Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Excellence Awards

Community Engagement Excellence: Agnico Eagle

Environmental Excellence: IAMGOLD

Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining

William George Davenport, University of Arizona


About CIM

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) has served as the leading technical industry institute in Canada for the past 123 years. CIM is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, facilitation of innovation, the celebration of excellence and the promotion of sustainable practices across the full spectrum of Canada’s minerals, metals, materials, and petroleum industries.