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AME Announces 2016 Award Recipients

December 7, 2016

Leaders in Mineral Exploration and Mine Development to be Recognised at January 25 Gala

Vancouver, B.C. — December 7, 2016 — The Association for Mineral Exploration (“AME”) is pleased to announce its 2016 award recipients. AME will salute its leaders at the AME Awards Celebration of Excellence Gala on January 25 during the AME Roundup 2017 conference. Tickets are available through registration at

“It is our honor to recognize with these awards those in our industry who through their leadership, resilience and innovation have contributed at the highest standards of excellence in exploration and mineral development,”
says Diane Nicolson, Chair of the Board of Directors of AME. “What they have attained is an inspiration to all and we look forward to celebrating their achievements with you at the Awards Gala at AME Roundup.”

This year’s award winners are:

Chris Rockingham, Carl Edmunds and Wade Barnes,
recognized with the H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration for their discovery and resource definition of AuRico Metals Inc.’s Kemess East deposit in British Columbia.

Don Parsons and Steve Robertson,
recipients of the E.A. Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in British Columbia and Yukon. They are honoured for their pivotal role in advancing Imperial Metals Corporation’s Red Chris copper-gold project in British Columbia from development to commercial production.

Terry Salman,
recipient of the 2016 Murray Pezim Award recognizing perseverance and success in financing mining exploration. Terry has been a leader in junior company exploration financing for the past 40 years through his career at Nesbitt Thomson, Salman Partners and Salman Capital Inc.

William Lamb and Lukas Lundin,
recognized with the Hugo Dummett Diamond Award for excellence in diamond exploration and development in recognition of their roles in developing Lucara Diamond Corporation’s Karowe Mine in Botswana.

Dr. David Broughton and Sello Kekana,
recipients of the Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration. They are recognized for their work that led to the discovery of the Tier One Flatreef underground deposit at Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef platinum group metals-nickel-copper-gold project in the heart of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex.

Jim Cooney,
recipient of the Robert R. Hedley Award for excellence in social and environmental responsibility as a leader and mentor who has led and shaped the integration of environmental and social values into the mining industry.

The late Graham Ennis, honoured with the David Barr Award for excellence in leadership and innovation in mineral exploration health and safety for passion and dedication to the well-being and safety of employees in the diamond drilling industry.

JoAnne Nelson
, a 30-year veteran of the British Columbia Geological Survey, the recipient of a Special Tribute in recognition of her distinguished career in geoscience work focused on the tectonics, structural geology and metallogeny of the Northern Cordillera spanning British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska.

Susan Craig,
recognized with the Gold Pan Award for her exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community through AME.

Barb Caelles, Alex Christopher and Diane Gregory
, honoured with the Frank Woodside Past Presidents and Past Chairs Award for their distinguished service to the association and/or contribution to the mineral industry.

The two recipients of AME’s Outreach Education Fund are Britannia Mine Museum for its education programs and MineralsEd for its Kids & Rocks program.

A backgrounder follows.
Click here to view the backgrounder on the Awards.