Every year, AME presents up to ten awards to recognize the remarkable achievements and contributions of individuals and teams in the mineral resource, investment, and mineral exploration industry.  If you know someone that deserves recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the industry nominate them for an award by the annual September 30 deadline. Successful nominations must include a minimum of two support letters and a detailed nomination letter. If a nomination is unsuccessful, it will be considered for an additional three years beyond the original year of submission.

For a full summary of each category and more information on the nomination process, check out the awards brochure and review this excellent nomination letter for inspiration.

If you have any additional questions about the nomination process please contact Savannah Nadeau, Events Manager & Conference Director at [email protected].

Recent Recipients

AME Innovation Award

AME Innovation Award

Our newest award starting from 2021, the AME Innovation Award is open to individuals or organizations engaged in the development of innovative tools and/or processes beneficial to prospectors, mineral explorers, and/or developers that may lead to the discovery or benefit the development of a project.

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The AME Innovation Award was proposed by the Awards Committee and approved by the AME Board of Directors in 2021. Nominations for the new award are open until September 30, 2021, and will be presented for the first time at the AME Awards Gala: Celebration of Excellence at the Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in January 2022.

H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award

H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award

To those who have made a significant contribution, directly or indirectly, to enhance the mineral resources of BC and/or the Yukon Territory through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology.

2020 Recipient: Charlie Greig

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Charlie Greig is the recipient of the AME 2020 H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award for significant contributions to enhancing the mineral resources of BC and/or the Yukon Territory. As the VP Exploration of GT Gold Corp., Charlie led the exploration team that discovered the Saddle copper-gold and gold-silver deposits on the company’s Tatogga Property. Charlie is renowned for advancing mineral exploration projects with efficiency and professionalism.

Past Recipients

  • Al Archer
  • Mark Baknes
  • Ed Balon
  • Stu Barclay
  • Wade Barnes
  • Lawrence Barry
  • Peter Bernier
  • Peter Bradshaw
  • Ron Britten
  • Bern Brynelsen
  • Ron Burk
  • Rob Carne
  • Rob Carpenter
  • Bob Cathro
  • Jared Chipman
  • Ted Chisholm
  • Eric Denny
  • Doug Eaton
  • Carl Edmunds
  • Robert Etzel
  • Craig Finnigan
  • Chuck Fipke
  • Peter Fox
  • Richard Haslinger
  • H.H. “Spud” Huestis
  • Seymour Iles
  • Arthur John
  • John Stollery
  • Franc Joubin
  • Ken Konkin
  • Egil Lorntzsen
  • Bruce Mawer
  • Patrick McAndless
  • John McDonald
  • Jim McDougall
  • Ken McNaughton
  • Alan McOnie
  • Tom McQuillan
  • Gordon Milbourne
  • David Moore
  • Ursula Mowat
  • Peter Ogryzlo
  • Myron Osatenko
  • Mark Rebagliati
  • Andy Robertson
  • John Robins
  • Chris Rockingham
  • Shawn Ryan
  • Michael Savell
  • Adam Simmons
  • Alex Smith
  • Tim Smith
  • Bill Smitheringale Sr.
  • Efrem Specogna
  • Karl Springer
  • Cam Stephen
  • StunBlusson Dirk Tempelman-Kluit
  • Alan Wainwright
  • Harry Warren
  • Lorne Warren
  • Bill Wengzynowski
  • Peter Fischel
E.A. Scholz Award

E.A. Scholz Award

To those who have made a significant contribution towards the development of a mining operation in British Columbia and/or the Yukon Territory.

We do not have a 2020 winner for this award, however it is open for nominations for 2021.

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2017 Winners: Joseph Ovsenek, David Prins, Kevin Torpy

Past Recipients

  • Lawrence “Joe” Adie
  • Frank Amon
  • Norm Anderson
  • Gary Biles
  • Scott Broughton
  • Bern Brynelsen
  • Jim Clark
  • Ian Cunningham-Dunlop
  • Jim Currie
  • Maurice Ethier
  • Hank Ewanchuk
  • David Fawcett
  • Mark Fields
  • Clifford Frame
  • Bob Gallagher
  • Bob Hallbauer
  • Michael Hibbitts
  • Peter Holbek
  • Edgar Kaiser, Jr.
  • John Kalmet Norm Keevil, Jr.
  • Rod Killough
  • Dave Kuran
  • Brian Kynoch
  • Pierre Lebel
  • Michael Lipkewich
  • Gary Livingstone
  • Terry Lyons
  • Terry Marsten
  • Bruce McLeod
  • Don McLeod
  • John McManus
  • Chester Millar
  • John Mirko
  • Clynt Nauman
  • Ron Netolitzky
  • Jim O’Rourke
  • Harvey Parliament
  • Don Parsons
  • Rob Pease
  • Tony Petrina
  • Stephen Quin
  • Albert Reeve
  • Steve Robertson
  • Jim Rogers
  • Robert Rotzinger
  • Scott Shellhaas
  • Rod Shier
  • John Simpson
  • David Skerlec
  • Ken Stowe
  • Ron Thiessen
  • David Thompson
  • Brad Thrall
  • Harold Wright
Murray Pezim Award

Murray Pezim Award

To a mineral industry financier who has significantly contributed to the mineral exploration and mining community.

2020 Recipient: Lukas H. Lundin

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Lukas H. Lundin is the recipient of the AME 2020 Murray Pezim Award for significant contributions to the mineral exploration and mining community by a financierLukas is recognized for his perseverance fortitude and capital markets proficiency in the mining sector. Throughout his 40-year career, Lukas has raised over $23 billion CAD and in 2006, formed the Lundin Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to invest in people and communities in need.

Past Recipients

  • Richard Barclay
  • Mike Beley
  • John Brock
  • Peter Brown
  • Channing Buckland
  • David Elliott
  • Cal Everett
  • Ned Goodman
  • Bob Hunter
  • Clive Johnson
  • Adolf H. Lundin
  • John McCluskey
  • Ronald Netolitzky
  • Mark O’Dea
  • Murray Pezim
  • Robert A. Quartermain
  • Rick Rule
  • Terry Salman
  • Eric Sprott
  • Ian Telfer
  • John Tognetti
  • Steve Todoruk
Hugo Dummett Award

Hugo Dummett Award

To those who have made a significant contribution towards diamond exploration, diamond technology, the diamond discovery process or diamond mine development.

We do not have a 2020 winner for this award, however it is open for nominations for 2021.

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Past Recipients

  • Harvey Bay
  • Pierre Bertrand
  • Don Boucher
  • Joseph Brunet
  • Jon Carlson
  • Brooke Clements (2010 and in 2018)
  • Rod Davey
  • Buddy Doyle
  • Hugo Dummett
  • Pieter Du Plessis
  • Jim Excell
  • Jonathan Fowler
  • Eric Friedland
  • Robert Gannicott
  • John Gurney
  • Robert (Bob) Hindson
  • Dan Johnson
  • William Lamb
  • Robert Lucas
  • Lukas Lundin
  • Ken MacNeill
  • John McDonald
  • Walter Melnyk
  • Dr. Nikolai Pokhilenko
  • Stephen Prest
  • George Read
  • Mike Rylatt
  • Barbara Scott Smith
  • John Stephenson
  • Jeff Stibbard Grenville
  • Thomas Eira
  • Thomas Randy Turner
  • Alex van Zyl
  • Geoff Woad
  • Brad Wood
David Barr Safety Award

David Barr Safety Award

To those who have demonstrated leadership and innovation excellence in exploration safety.

2020 Recipient: Dave Green

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Dave Green is the recipient of the AME 2020 David Barr Award for his leadership in health and safety in mineral exploration. Over 30 years, Dave has trained and mentored young Indigenous workers to operate safely and efficiently, many of whom are thriving as miners, mechanics, drillers and geotechnicians.

Past Recipients

  • David Barr
  • Brennan Dyke (Paycore Drilling)
  • Graham Ennis
  • Janice Fingler
  • Geotech Drilling Services Ltd.
  • Doug Flynn
  • Michael Gunning
  • Imperial Metals Corporation
  • Boart Longyear
  • Gordon Maxwell
  • Bill Mercer
  • Ian Paterson
  • Chad Smith (Paycore Drilling)
  • Lise Tompson-Cyr
  • Harvey Tremblay
  • Diamonds in the Rough Emergency Rescue Organization, Inc.
Colin Spence Award

Colin Spence Award

To those who have made a significant contribution to enhance the mineral resources within Canada (exclusive of BC and/or the Yukon) or in foreign countries through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology.

2020 Recipients: Fraser MacCorquodale and Callum Baxter

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Fraser MacCorquodale and Callum Baxter are the recipients of the AME 2020 Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration. Their discovery and fast track exploration at the Havieron Project, located in Western Australia was made possible due to the tireless efforts and knowledge of Callum, and an aggressive exploration campaign using the latest targeting technology led by Fraser.

Past Recipients

  • David Adamson
  • Garrett Ainsworth
  • Ben Ainsworth
  • Ross J. Beaty
  • David Broughton
  • Terry Bursey
  • Charles Forster
  • Michael Gunning
  • Dr. Tom Henricksen
  • Sello Kekana
  • Alistair McCreedy
  • Crystal McCullough
  • Joe Piekenbrock
  • Duane Poliquin
  • Morgan Poliquin
  • Jeff Pontius and the International Tower Hill team
  • Mark Rebagliati
  • Ian Russell
  • Roman Shklanka
  • Bob Sibthorpe
  • Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse
  • Matthew Wunder
  • Dr. Moira Smith
Robert R. Hedley Award

Robert R. Hedley Award

To an AME member who has worked globally and made significant contributions or advances in the realm of social or environmental responsibility.

2020 Recipient: Justin Himmelright

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Justin Himmelright is the recipient of the AME 2020 Robert R. Hedley Award for excellence in social and environmental responsibility. Justin has shown leadership in putting social and environmental values up front through the launch of the Skeena Tahltan Mentorship Program, his advocacy of the BC Regional Mining Alliance, and the development of a UBC graduate level course: Mining and Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Past Recipients

  • Aboriginal Mentoring & Training Association
  • Matt Andrews
  • Anne Ball
  • Britannia Mine Museum
  • Doug Brown
  • Robert L. Carpenter
  • Jim Cooney
  • Susan Craig
  • Judi L’Orsa
  • Patrick McAndless
  • Harvey McLeod
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Monica Moretto
  • Brent Murphy
  • Teck Resources Limited
  • Ian Thomson
  • Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse
  • Chief John French
  • Chief Donny Van Somer
  • Dennis Izony
  • Chris Rockingham
Special Tribute

Special Tribute

The AME Special Tribute will be presented from time to time to a deserving individual or group who is engaged in any phase of mineral exploration or mining in BC, and who is nominated by an AME member or a member of an associated exploration and/or mining association.

2020 Recipient: Andy Randell

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Andy Randell is the recipient of the AME 2020 Special Tribute Award for service to the British Columbia minerals industry. Andy is a founder of the non-profit society, Below BC, which provides public outreach and educational opportunities. He is a dedicated mentor of earth science students, and in 2019 created the Virtual Mineral Museum which is now used by many post-secondary institutions.

Past Recipients

  • ‘Lyn Anglin
  • Michael Beley
  • Peter Bradshaw
  • Michael Burke
  • Dick Campbell
  • Nick Carter
  • Bob Cathro
  • Jeff Franzen
  • Gabrielse Hu
  • Ian Graham
  • Lew Green
  • Val Greenwood
  • Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA)
  • Dr. Norman Keevil
  • David Lefebure
  • El Longeran
  • Terry Macauley
  • John MacDonald
  • Jack McClintock
  • Harlan Meade
  • Jan Muller
  • Doug Oldenburg
  • Jack Patterson
  • Bill Plumb
  • John Reesor
  • Jim Roddick
  • Don Rotherham
  • Alastair Sinclair
  • Jack Souther
  • Colin Spence
  • John Thompson
  • Ian Thomson
  • Howard Tipper
  • Dick Tosdal
  • John Wheeler
  • Geoff Whiton
  • Late Julia Lane
  • Highway 37 Electrification Coalition
Outreach Education Fund

Outreach Education Fund

The AME Outreach Education Fund is a corporate endowment dedicated to increasing the public’s appreciation and understanding of BC’s mineral exploration and development industry through the advancement of public education and community programs.

2020 Winners: Britannia Mine Museum and MineralsEd

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An annual $20,000 fund will be available for distribution in the form of scholarships (excluding personal scholarships for post-secondary, geology-related education) and monetary funding with a minimum of $1,500 per award for proposed public education and training programs focused on mineral exploration. The amount of funding for each application will be based not only on the merits of the proposed project and funding requests, but also on the number of quality applications in a given year.

Eligibility: This award is open to charitable organizations in BC focused on education and outreach projects relating to mineral exploration and development.

Applicants who have been successful in previous years are welcome to submit new applications. Multiple applications for funding in a given year from one source, if they are of excellent quality and stand-alone projects, will be considered.

*Please note AME Staff, Board, and Committee Members are not eligible to apply. The Vancouver Foundation has the right to deny funding, and all applications will be reviewed in order to meet its criteria.

Honourable Service Roll

Honourable Service Roll

The Honourable Service Roll was established in 2006 to recognize and honour current and former AME members for their long-serving support and significant contributions to AME’s initiatives, activities, and Committee participation.

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New deserving candidates will be nominated annually by AME members and the Membership Liaison committee, recommended to the AME Board for approval, and presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Eligibility

All outgoing Directors, Executives and staff of AME contingent on their service contributions to the organization during their tenure in office and/or previous to their appointment or election.

  • All recipients of Frank Woodside Past Presidents Distinguished Service Award.
  • AME Committee members who have madesignificant contributions to the organization and mining industry. Simply being a member of a committee and attending the committee
    meetings or luncheons does not qualify for Honourable Service Roll consideration.
  • Current and former AME members who have made a significant monetary, sponsorship,or innovative initiative/activity for AME.

Nominate a Candidate

For more information contact:

Kylie Williams, Director, Communications and Member Relations
Association for Mineral Exploration
email: [email protected]

2019 Honourable Service Roll

  • Brian Abraham
  • Lloyd Addie
  • Sam Adkins
  • Nicole Adshead-Bell
  • Jim Allan
  • Morgen Andoff
  • ‘Lyn Anglin
  • Mike Ball
  • Ed Balon
  • Michael Beley
  • Dan Berkshire
  • Arne Birkeland
  • Stewart Blusson
  • Lindsay Bottomer
  • Robert Boyd
  • Peter Bradshaw
  • Don Bragg
  • John Brock
  • Lena Brommeland
  • Robert D. Brown
  • Robert J. Brown
  • Bruce Brown
  • Mike Burke
  • Alex Burton
  • Brian Butterworth
  • Barbara Caelles
  • Ted Caldwell
  • Gerry Carlson
  • Bob Carmichael
  • Linda Caron
  • Nick Carter
  • Paul Cassidy
  • Mike Cathro
  • David Caulfield
  • Tara Christie
  • Alex Christopher
  • Peter Christopher
  • Jon Collins
  • Sandy Colvine
  • Rick Conte
  • Sue Craig
  • Bogart Cross
  • George Cross
  • Fred Daley
  • Linda Dandy
  • Vivian Danielson
  • Andrew Davies
  • Greg Dawson
  • Gerry Delane
  • Jack Denny
  • Fionnuala Devine
  • Bob Dickinson
  • Glen Dickson
  • Gavin E. Dirom
  • David Dunn
  • Jason Dunning
  • Rudi Durfeld
  • Lana Eagle
  • Carol Ellis
  • Kristy Emery
  • Michael Farnsworth
  • Janice Fingler
  • Ian Foreman
  • Mona Forster
  • Jeff Franzen
  • Geoff Freer
  • Hugh Gabrielse
  • David Gale
  • Shari Gardiner
  • Glen Garratt
  • Al Gerun
  • Brian Grant
  • Diane Gregory
  • Gary Giroux
  • Chris Graf
  • Jim Gray
  • Michael Gray
  • Perry Grunenberg
  • Gene Gulajec
  • John Hamilton
  • Colin Harivel
  • Greg Hawkins
  • Rick Higgs
  • Sheila Holmes
  • Sally Howson
  • Mary Hughes
  • Tracy Hurley
  • Tom Isaac
  • Dan Jepsen
  • Kendra Johnston
  • Robin Junger
  • Ed Kimura
  • Elaine Konschuh
  • Richard LeBourdais
  • Dave Lefebure
  • Leo Lindinger
  • Maureen Lipkewich
  • Jonathan Longe
  • Grant Longhurst
  • Grant Luck
  • Terry Macauley
  • Fran Macpherson
  • Jack McClintock
  • Donald McInnes
  • Bruce McKnight
  • David McLelland
  • Ron McMillan
  • Michael McPhie
  • Harlan Meade
  • Reesa Meltzer
  • William Meyer
  • James Moors
  • Lyle Morgenthaler
  • Jim Morin
  • Jim Mortensen
  • Bill Morton
  • Marilyn Mullan
  • Ted Muraro
  • John Murray
  • Donald Mustard
  • Jim Mustard
  • Ronald Netolitzky
  • John Newell
  • Gary Nordin
  • Janine North
  • Darren O’Brien
  • Christine Ogryzlo
  • Peter Ogryzlo
  • Erik Ostensoe
  • Ian Paterson
  • Robert Paterson
  • Jack Patterson
  • Robert Pease
  • Matthew Pickard
  • Darrell Podowski
  • Robert Quartermain
  • Thomas Richards
  • Wayne Roberts
  • Steve Robertson
  • Chris Rockingham
  • Caroline Rossignol
  • Don Rotherham
  • Colin Russell
  • Colleen Giroux Schmidt
  • Tom Schroeter
  • Walter Sellmer
  • Alastair Sinclair
  • Hans Smit
  • Moira Smith
  • Wayne Spilsbury
  • Sheila Stenzel
  • Robert Stevens
  • J. Paul Stevenson
  • Dirk Tempelman-Kluit
  • Edie Thome
  • John Thompson
  • Claire Thomson
  • Ian Thomson
  • Laurie Thomson
  • Linda Thorstad
  • Richard Tosdal
  • Harvey Tremblay
  • Randy Turner
  • Lloyd Twaites
  • Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse
  • Steve Vanry
  • David Watkins
  • Jason Weber
  • Brian Welchman
  • Scott Weston
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Paul Wojdak
  • Bill Wolfe
  • Marke Wong
  • Robin Woods
  • Victoria Yehl
  • Randall Yip
  • Robert Yorke-Hardy
  • Moe Young

Deceased 2005-2014

  • David Barr
  • Ted Caldwell
  • Michael Casselman
  • Bob Cathro
  • Peter DeLancey
  • Ralph Macdonald
  • Wendy Mathison
  • Cliff Rennie
  • Ronald Stokes

Deceased in 2015

  • Ab Ablett
  • Dean Toye

Deceased in 2017

  • Charlie Aird
  • Art Soregaroli
  • Robert Spencer
  • Ben Ainsworth
  • Charles Aird
  • Robin Dawson
  • Eric Denny
  • John Kalmet
  • Jim Kermeen
  • Bing Lovang
  • Donald McLeod
  • Rupert Seel
  • Art Soregaroli
  • Bob Spencer
  • George Vooro

Deceased in 2018

  • Jim Mackie
Frank Woodside Gold Pan Award

Frank Woodside Gold Pan Award

The Frank Woodside Gold Pan Award is awarded for distinguished volunteer service to the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia resulting in a profound impact on the success or direction of the Association.

2020 Recipient: Steve Irwin

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Steve Irwin is the recipient of the AME 2020 Frank Woodside Gold Pan Award for distinguished volunteer service to AME resulting in a profound impact on the success or direction of the Association. For 22 years, Steve has been a committed volunteer of AME’s Roundup Organizing Committee and has been integral to shaping the conference through its many transformations.

Past Recipients

  • Brian Abraham
  • Jim Allen
  • Jerry Asp
  • David Barr
  • Arne Birkeland
  • Robert Boyd
  • Don Bragg
  • John Brock
  • Lena Brommeland
  • Bob Brown
  • Bruce Brown
  • Barbara Caelles
  • Alex Christopher
  • Don Coates
  • Fraser Crocker
  • George Cross
  • Bogart Cross
  • Vivian Danielson
  • Chuck Davis
  • J. Greg Dawson
  • Gerry Delane
  • Glen Dickson
  • Gavin E. Dirom
  • Jeffrey P. Franzen
  • Gary Giroux
  • Chris Graf
  • Diane Gregory
  • Greg Hawkins
  • Rick Higgs
  • Vic Hollister
  • Sheila Holmes
  • Ed Kimura
  • Jurgen Lau
  • Maureen Lipkewich
  • Grant Luck
  • Terry Macauley
  • Bill Meyer
  • Marilyn Mullan
  • John Murray
  • John Newell
  • Gary Nordin
  • Christine Ogryzlo
  • Dan Pegg
  • Barry Price
  • Tom Shroeter
  • Alistair Sinclair
  • Hans Smit
  • Art Soregaroli
  • Colin Spence
  • Bob Spencer
  • Wayne Spilsbury
  • Sheila Stenzel
  • Cam Stephen
  • Ron Stokes
  • John Thompson
  • Linda Thorstad
  • Dean Toye
  • Randy Turner
  • Geoff Whiton
  • Sandford Woodside
  • Victoria Yehl
  • Randall Yip
  • Maurice (Moe) J Young
  • Anne J.B Thompson
  • Jim Oliver