2009 mineral industry awards announced by Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada



    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The exciting restoration of the old Britannia
mine on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler in British
Columbia is recognized in this year's list of awards winners announced today
by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).
    Following an extensive restoration of the Britannia mine, which in its
heyday in the 1920s was the largest producer of copper in the British
Commonwealth, the site at Britannia Beach is now home to the B.C. Museum of
Mining.
    "The mine is a piece of Canadian mining history and its restoration has
created a showplace to talk about our industry," said Edward Thompson, chair
of the PDAC awards committee, which is responsible for reviewing award
nominations.
    This year's seven awards recipients will be honoured at a banquet on
Monday, March 2, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The event, which
is sponsored by Barrick Gold Corporation, is held during the PDAC's
International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange to be held in the
south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Sunday, March 1 to
Wednesday, March 4.

    The other 2009 award winners are:

    Thayer Lindsley Award for an international mineral discovery is awarded
jointly to Richard Garnett and NovaGold Resources Inc. for their respective
roles in the discovery and further exploration of the Donlin Creek, Alaska,
gold deposit.

    Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success is
awarded to HudBay Minerals Inc. for its discovery of the Lalor zinc deposit
near Snow Lake, Manitoba.

    Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development is awarded to
Goldcorp Inc. for building one of the world's lowest cost and fastest growing
multi-million ounce gold producers.

    Skookum Jim Award for Aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry is
awarded to Tli Cho Logistics of Yellowknife, NWT, for supplying a range of
high quality services to diamond mines in the Northwest Territories.

    Distinguished Service Award for a significant contribution to the mineral
industry is awarded to David A. Barr of Vancouver for his commitment to
improving health and safety in mineral exploration.

    Environmental and Social Responsibility Award for excellence in
environmental protection is awarded to BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc.
for developing a technology that removes contaminants from mine waste water.

    About the PDAC:

    The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada is a national
association representing the mineral exploration and development industry. Its
7,000 individual and corporate members are involved in the exploration,
discovery and development of new mines and new wealth. The association hosts
the world's largest annual mineral industry convention in March in Toronto
with delegates coming from more than 100 countries. This year's convention
will be held from March 1-4.


    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
                           2009 PDAC AWARDS WINNERS
    

    Thayer Lindsley Award for an international mineral discovery

    This award, which honours the memory of one of Canada's greatest mine
finders, recognizes an individual or a team of explorationists credited with a
recent significant mineral discovery anywhere in the world.

    Richard Garnett, who was technical director of the Anglo American
subsidiary that began working exploration at the Donlin Creek site, and
NovaGold Resources Inc., which is on the verge of completing a feasibility
study in preparation for beginning construction at the site, will share this
award for their respective roles in the discovery of the Donlin Creek, Alaska,
gold deposit.
    Recent drill results, identifying almost 32 million ounces of measured
and indicated gold, grading 2.5 grams per tonne, suggest that the Donlin Creek
deposit could be one of the largest unmined gold reserves in the world. The
property is currently a 50-50 joint venture with NovaGold Resources and
Barrick Gold Corporation.

    Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success

    This award, named for a former PDAC president, honours those responsible
for a significant mineral discovery in Canada.

    HudBay Minerals Inc. receives this award for its 2007 discovery of the
Lalor zinc deposit in the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt, Manitoba.
    In discovering Lalor, HudBay used its own advanced geophysical technology
that allowed the company to explore to great depths in areas previously
thought to have been well explored. An NI 43-101 compliant report dated
September 19, 2008, shows an indicated resource of 3.4 million tonnes and an
inferred resource of 13.2 million tonnes of zinc-rich polymetallic sulphide
mineralization, which may grow,thanks to the subsequent discovery of a new
gold zone.
    Accepting the award for HudBay will be Kelly Gilmore, chief exploration
geologist, and Alan Vowles, project geophysicist.

    Viola R. MacMillan Award for company or mine development

    This award is named in honour of the PDAC's longest serving president and
is given to a person who has demonstrated leadership in management and
financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources.

    Goldcorp Inc. will be presented with this year's Viola R. MacMillan
Award. The company is one of the world's lowest cost and fastest growing
multi-million ounce gold producers, with 16 operations and development
projects in six countries across the Americas. These include the Penasquito
and El Sauzal properties in Mexico and the Marlin mine in Guatemala.
    In 2007, Goldcorp produced 2.3 million ounces of gold at a total cost of
$163 per ounce. The company has strong growth potential and is expected to
increase gold production by 50% over the next five years.
    Accepting this award for Goldcorp will be Chuck Jeannes, president & CEO.

    Skookum Jim Award for Aboriginal achievement in the mineral industry

    This award, named after an early Aboriginal prospector, recognizes
exceptional achievement in or service to the mineral industry.

    Tli Cho Logistics, a service company 100-per-cent owned by the Tli Cho
people in the Northwest Territories, will be the second recipient of the
PDAC's Skookum Jim Award, which was established in 2008.
    The company was formed in 1999 to take advantage of opportunities in
training, employment and business development in the NWT diamond discoveries.
Today Tli Cho Logistics operates the Diavik mine's power, heating and water
treatment plants; provides surge manpower; manages the waste transfer area;
supplies bulk fuel; and provides skilled trades for maintaining buildings,
infrastructure, roads and airports.
    The company has now expanded its operations to include services for the
Snap Lake mine and the NICO project and the remediation of the old Colomac
mine. The company employs approximately 350 employees, one third of whom are
Tli Cho, and derives all of its revenue from the mining industry.
    Accepting the award for Tli Cho Logistics will be Cliff Robertson,
general manager; Grand Chief George Mackenzie; Alex Nisiza, chairman, and
Bertha Rebesca Zoe, lawyer, of the Tli Cho Investment Corp.

    Distinguished Service Award

    This award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to
mineral exploration and mining development over a number of years or who have
made outstanding contributions to the industry in fields such as geology,
geophysics, and geochemical research.

    David A. Barr is receiving this award for his longtime commitment to
improving health and safety in mineral exploration. In 1980 Barr was the
exploration manager for Dupont when three of his exploration staff were killed
in a helicopter crash in northwestern British Columbia. Since then, he has
made safety in exploration part of his life's mission.
    Barr's achievements include the establishment of a safety committee by
the B.C. Chamber of Mines (now the Association for Mineral Exploration British
Columbia); production of a highly regarded safety manual for mineral
exploration; collection and publicizing exploration accident statistics to
raise awareness of the need for safety; and the creation of exploration safety
awards.
    David Barr is considered to be a key contributor to an improved accident
rate and a decreasing number of exploration fatalities in British Columbia
between 1982 and 2003.

    Environmental & Social Responsibility Award

    Selection criteria for this award include outstanding leadership in the
protection of the natural environment and/or in the establishment of good
community relations during exploration or mining.

    BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc. receives this award for developing
a technology and system that removes dissolved metals and sulphate from
contaminated acid water, reducing the environmental liability associated with
mine waste water.
    The company, which was founded in 1997, now has eight commercial plants
operating in the U.S., China, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Its technology is
being employed to advantage by mining companies such as Xstrata; Vale Inco;
Breakwater; Jiangxi Copper; and Columbia Metals.
    Accepting the award for BioteQ will be Brad Marchant, CEO; David
Kratochvil, president and COO; and Rick Lawrence, vice president.

    Special Achievement Award

    This occasional award is presented for exceptional accomplishment in the
mineral industry.

    The Britannia Beach Historical Society is being recognized for its
involvement in the Britannia Remediation Project, including the refurbishment
of the historic concentrator building of the former Britannia Mine and the
establishment of the B.C. Museum of Mining.
    The Britannia copper mine operated for 70 years from 1904 and was one of
Canada's most important mining operations. Located on the Sea to Sky Highway
between Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., the concentrator building has recently
been restored and is now part of the newly founded B.C. Museum of Mining.
Through the contributions of a number of groups, including Teck, British
Columbia now has a showplace for mining.
    During the mine's operation, approximately 80 kilometres of underground
workings and five open pits were excavated, the resulting acid rock drainage
leaching out heavy metals directly into Howe Sound. A water treatment plant,
operated by EPCOR and in partnership with the provincial government, now
treats the water before it is discharged, clean, into the ocean. Funding for
remediation of the mine was provided by five mining companies involved in the
former operation of the mine.
    The objective of the Britannia Remediation Project is to "celebrate the
importance of natural resources to Canada's history and future and demonstrate
how innovation, leadership and sustainability are providing the foundation for
responsible mineral exploration."
    Accepting this award are Michael McPhie, co-chair, and Yale Simpson, past
chair, respectively, of the board of the Britannia Beach Historical Society.





For further information:

For further information: Edward Thompson, Chair, PDAC Awards Committee,
Telephone: (416) 366-6083, Mobile: (416) 417-3684, Email: egt@interlog.com;
Saley Lawton, Director, Communications, Telephone: (416) 362-1969, ext. 225,
Email: slawton@pdac.ca, Website: www.pdac.ca

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