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PDAC 2022 Awards Honour Six Industry Leaders






The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is excited to announce that six top international and domestic performers were selected in recognition of their excellence.


Now in its 44th year, the annual PDAC Awards showcase exceptional leaders in the mineral exploration and mining industry. Recipients will be honoured at an Awards Celebration during the PDAC 2022 Convention.


Congratulations to PDAC 2022 Award Recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.

  • Bill Dennis Award: Charlie Grieg
    For the discovery of the Saddle North gold-rich copper porphyry deposit and the Saddle South vein gold-silver zone in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia
  • Distinguished Service Award: Keith N. Spence
    For more than two decades of dedication to PDAC, ongoing leadership in Canada’s mineral exploration and mining industry, and his contribution to developing CIMVAL, a globally recognized code for mining valuation
  • Skookum Jim Award: Colin Webster
    For his ability to engage and establish trust with Indigenous communities on mineral projects
  • Sustainability Award: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.
    For state-of-the-art caribou protection and social initiatives at the Back River gold project in the Kitikmeot region of southwest Nunavut
  • Thayer Lindsley Award: Rio Tinto Exploration
    For the 2017 discovery of the Winu copper-gold deposit in the Paterson Province of Western Australia
  • Viola R. MacMillan Award: Lundin Gold Inc.
    For financing and developing Fruta del Norte, one of the first large scale mining projects in Ecuador


PDAC’s Board of Directors select recipients based on recommendations of the association’s Awards Committee. More information about PDAC 2022 Award Recipients is available on our website.


Nominations for PDAC 2023 Awards open online in May 2022.


About PDAC


The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community, an industry that supports 719,000 people in direct and indirect employment, and contributes $106 billion to Canada’s GDP every year. Representing over 4,400 members around the world, PDAC’s work centers on supporting a competitive, responsible, and sustainable mineral sector. PDAC 2022, our 90th annual convention, will take place in person in Toronto, Canada from March 7-9. This will be followed by an online event on March 10-11. Please visit for more information.


Posted December 8, 2021

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