The Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame welcomed 5 distinctive people throughout its thirty-third annual induction ceremony and gala dinner in August on the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The careers of trade giants Patricia Dillon, David Elliott, William Gladstone Jewitt, Steven D. Scott, and Mary Edith Tyrrell had been celebrated for his or her contributions to the mining trade. The occasion was held outdoor on the terrace on the museum and because of the pandemic, the variety of friends was restricted to 125 to be able to adjust to Ontario’s well being tips.
“It feels fairly surreal to see you all right here tonight — reside and in particular person,” Pierre Gratton, chair of the Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame, stated in his opening remarks. “I don’t learn about you, however I’m fairly Zoomed out, so it’s great to be right here amongst such nice firm.”
Gratton famous that he was pleased with how the mining trade had navigated Covid-19 and “continued to ship the worldwide provide of supplies integral to the gadgets every of us use each day.”
“Our time is now,” he continued. “Our sector delivers the important minerals and metals wanted for the worldwide transition towards a low carbon future…Mining might be a constructive companion within the battle in opposition to local weather change.” He additionally paid tribute to all of the inductees of the Canadian Mining Corridor and the group’s 5 latest members. “We’re right here tonight to have fun our subsequent group of people who make Canada’s mining trade a world chief…As distinctive leaders and champions, every of the inductees had been instrumental in rising our sector.”
Grasp of ceremonies Anthony Vaccaro, writer of The Northern Miner, introduced levity to the occasion with a number of hand-picked anecdotes about every inductee. Calling Patricia Dillon “a power of nature,” Vaccaro famous that Dillon has “executed a lot good for this trade that we’re looking for a method to clone her so that every nation with a mining trade could be steered in the best route.” Dillon was a feminine geologist within the Nineteen Seventies, Vaccaro added, “again when being a feminine geologist was about as widespread as a Maple Leaf successful a playoff spherical is at present.” He additionally quoted from Dillon’s geology professor on the College of Toronto, who advised him that the younger pupil stood out from the group and actually confirmed a love for studying. The professor went on to say, Vaccaro added: “’However that was not all she liked. Alongside got here Ted, additionally an undergraduate and a geological engineer. They sat collectively in school and held arms, making notetaking just a little troublesome for each.’”
Steven D. Scott, Vaccaro joked, “could have been one of many trade’s deepest thinkers,” so deep “that he needed to do his analysis on VMS deposits on the backside of our ocean flooring;” whereas fellow inductee David Elliott, an avid fly fisherman, “stays identified for his humility and accessibility; you possibly can decide up the telephone and name him anytime and he’ll make time to hear and attempt to assist. Effectively Dave, you might need a couple of extra telephone calls after tonight and must rethink that coverage.”
As for William Gladstone Jewitt, Vaccaro stated, the induction into the Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame is definitely Jewitt’s second induction. His first was the Canadian Aviation Corridor of Fame in 1978. “He introduced aviation into exploration in a means that was by no means seen earlier than, even coaching his geologist prospectors to fly themselves out to distant areas to do their work. They referred to as it the Cominco Air Pressure.” Vaccaro famous that Jewitt was a real “renaissance man” who “may recite poetry in three languages, play the piano with virtuosity” and was an avid golfer.
Lastly, Vaccaro paid tribute to Mary Edith Tyrrell, or ‘Dollie’ as she was identified. Tyrrell created the Womens’ Affiliation of the Mining Business of Canada (WAMIC), he stated, and was “on the forefront of a motion to assist and provides again to communities in and across the mining sector. Edith gained technical experience by studying her husband’s geologic texts in her personal time, but she was all the time centered on the larger image and the way mining metals may make Canada and society at giant a greater place,” he summarized. “Edith has beforehand been described as ‘the spouse of’ famend geologist and explorer and CMHF member, Joseph B. Tyrrell. Now could be our alternative to provide Edith her due and confer with Dr. Tyrell as ‘the husband of’ WAMIC founder and CMHF inductee Mary Edith Tyrell.”
The primary inductee of the night was Patricia Dillon. Born in Toronto, Dillon earned a BSc in geology in 1974 and a Bachelor of Training in 1976 on the College of Toronto. She joined Teck Sources as a geologist in 1979 and superior to extra senior roles over her 32 years on the firm. She additionally took volunteer positions with the Prospectors and Builders Affiliation of Canada (PDAC) and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). Her positions included committee chair, board member and president of each organizations (PDAC president 2006-2008 and CIM president 2000-2001). She additionally contributed to the Company Social Duty initiatives of the Mining Affiliation of Canada (MAC), particularly the group’s ‘In direction of Sustainable Mining Initiative’ and was the founding father of Mining Issues, a charitable group centered on educating college students concerning the Earth sciences and the minerals and mining trade.
“I knew I used to be all the time going to take the sciences and so I had signed up for biology, physics, chemistry and arithmetic, however you wanted one other course again within the day,” Dillon stated in a tribute video performed for the viewers. “So, I used to be flipping via the college calendar, at the moment it was a printed doc, and I noticed geology and I assumed, properly, that’ll be a pleasant addition to the opposite sciences.”
Dillon’s highest mark was in geology and she or he took it as an indication to pursue the science. Her first summer time job was as a subject assistant exploring for copper deposits in Ontario with Esso Minerals. It was “really proper in cottage nation,” Dillon remembers on the video, “so it was fairly good for a summer time job.”
After commencement, Dillon and her then fiancé, Ted, each labored over the summer time for Teck. “We ended up getting employed as a subject workforce to go and work in Newfoundland across the Newfoundland zinc mines property,” she recounts on the video. However Dillon additionally says she acknowledged that she and Ted must “diversify” their skillset since they had been in the identical trade, and consequently she determined to return to college and get a bachelor diploma of training. After educating science at Lorne Park secondary faculty, Teck provided her a job she couldn’t refuse. She joined the corporate in 1979 and labored in varied positions from mission geologist to senior geologist. Between 2001 and 2007 she was Teck’s supervisor company relations; from 2007-2008 supervisor company affairs and authorities relations; and from 2008 till 2011, director worker communications and engagement, and director of trade relations.
“Pat was a trusted, strategic and real chief inside Teck’s administration workforce that helped construct a tradition of significant worker engagement, Don Lindsay, Teck’s president and CEO, stated within the video. “Pat empowered these round her to satisfy shared targets and did so with boundless vitality. Her legacy remains to be felt all through the group at present.”
Dillon’s ardour for training led her to create in 1994 Mining Issues, devoted to producing academic sources selling data concerning the minerals trade. She has held the place of president and CEO of Mining Issues for greater than 25 years. The group created its first Indigenous programming in 2002. Right this moment Mining Issues has reached over 780,000 youth, educators and members of the general public, and packages are delivered in English, French and Indigenous languages.
“Few people have so deeply and efficiently helped construct, nurture and unfold the goodwill of Canada’s mining trade as Pat Dillon,” Teck’s Lindsay stated.
Dillon’s profession additionally included a secondment from Teck to work with the Lassonde Mineral Engineering program. “Pat’s commitments and enthusiasm in selling the engineering occupation and serving to college students get essentially the most out of their college days via discovering them summer time jobs and employment made Pat the go-to particular person within the division,” Pierre Lassonde, a 2013 inductee of the Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame, stated on the tribute video. “Our functions to this system soared via her tenure and that’s a direct reflection of her work.”
Dillon stated she was “comfortable, grateful, honoured, grateful and overwhelmed,” when she accepted the award. “It’s an awesome honour to be inducted into the Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame and to be becoming a member of the builders of Teck, Dr. Keevil, Dr. Keevil Sr., Bob Hallbauer, David Thompson and Ed Thompson, already acknowledged for his or her unbelievable contributions to the Canadian mining trade.”
The night’s second inductee was Steven D. Scott, certainly one of Canada’s most prolific and influential geoscientist researchers within the final fifty years. Scott ((1941-2019) was born in Fort Frances, Ontario and earned bachelor and grasp levels in geology in 1963 and 1964, respectively, on the College of Western Ontario, adopted by a PhD (1968) in geochemistry and mineralogy from Pennsylvania State College.
“I don’t imagine there was a Canadian or worldwide scientist who has had an even bigger influence on the training and analysis of marine geology,” Russell Pysklywec, a professor and chair of earth sciences on the College of Toronto, stated on the tribute video. “His work—each as a major researcher and chief in advancing this whole group has formed present pondering on how hydrothermal programs and volcanogenic huge sulphide deposits develop.”
Scott joined the College of Toronto in 1969 and on the time was the establishment’s youngest professor. Early in his profession as an experimental geochemist, Scott developed the sphalerite geobarometer, a software used to estimate temperature and strain of formation or metamorphism of deposits, which helped predict the content material of volcanogenic huge sulphide (VMS) deposits.
He later centered on “black people who smoke” and the genesis of seafloor huge sulphides. In 1982 Scott participated in an expedition aboard an ALVIN submersible investigating black people who smoke and later turned a famend marine scientist.
“As early as 1984 he was the primary to acknowledge that the seafloor deposits may very well be an financial useful resource, which led to his curiosity on how they may very well be recovered, and limiting environmental points,” Andrew Conly, an affiliate professor within the division of geology at Lakehead College, commented on the tribute video. “And inside about 30 years after that preliminary discovery an progressive trade now exists across the idea of mining seafloor polymetallic deposits. Steve himself was a discoverer/co-discoverer of a number of deep seafloor metal-precipitating hydrothermal websites, together with the Solwara 1 deposit in jap Manus Basin, offshore Papua New Guinea.”
Scott went on 31 oceanographic expeditions and printed 187 scientific papers. The physique of scholars he educated world wide is affectionately referred to as the “Scott Diaspora” by his spouse Joan. He additionally was a visiting professor at universities in Australia, France, Hawaii and Japan. “All people was essential to him,” Joan stated on the video. “He would have them as grad college students, after which they might turn out to be colleagues, and they’d be wherever all around the world.”
“He was passionate about his job,” Joan continued. “He was passionate about geology, passionate about individuals figuring out it, and about science and other people figuring out about science.”
Jim Franklin, an inductee into the Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame in 2019, couldn’t agree extra. “Steve managed to make all of them excellent as a result of he taught them properly, he mentored them properly.”
“Steve is form of like the nice grandfather of the entire growth of analysis on the market now, that has dozens and dozens of top-notch individuals doing it [and] are following in his footsteps, actually.”
Scott’s son Don and daughter Sue Killey accepted the award on their father’s behalf. “If Steve had been right here tonight he could be thanking all his colleagues, right here and world wide, who challenged him, questioned him, carried his rock samples, helped with experiments, organized oceanographic cruises, pushed him into the pc age, or loved a chilly beer after a protracted day’s work,” Don stated. “You all know the elements you performed in his profession to make it as particular and as diversified because it was. Steve liked a celebration and this was all the time certainly one of his favourites!”
The third inductee of the night time was Mary Edith Tyrrell (1870-1945). Tyrrell was born in Saint John in New Brunswick and nicknamed “Dollie” at delivery as a result of she weighed simply three kilos. After dwelling in New Brunswick for 17 years, her father, a Baptist minister, took the household to England for six years, earlier than transferring again to Canada and settling in Ottawa.
Tyrrell was launched to the mining trade via Joseph B. Tyrell, who when she met him, was already a famend explorer and map-maker with the Geological Survey of Canada. Previous to their marriage in 1894, Tyrrell had found dinosaur bones and coal deposits in Alberta. (He was inducted into the Canadian Mining Corridor of Fame in 1997).
The couple travelled all through their marriage, together with to the Yukon through the Klondike gold rush, however moved to Toronto in 1905, the place Joseph labored as a mining geology guide. Throughout their marriage Tyrrell was usually away within the subject for lengthy durations of time, and she or he felt a necessity to attach with different wives of males within the trade. Throughout World Warfare I, Tyrrell joined the Girls’s Auxiliary of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, and in March 1921 she organized a bunch of ten mining wives to launch the Girls’s Affiliation of the Mining Business of Canada (WAMIC).
The group’s purpose was to foster friendship amongst ladies within the mining trade or ladies related to the mining trade; serve the trade and generate well-being in the neighborhood. Members of the group in its early years supported battle veterans within the Nineteen Twenties; catastrophe aid within the Thirties; and the battle effort within the Forties. The WAMIC celebrated its 100th anniversary earlier this yr.
“In direction of the top of the Thirties, every member was requested to contribute $2 to a scholarship fund that they established for a pupil within the geologic, geology, or mining sciences,” Nean Allman, principal of Allman and Associates Company Communications, says on the tribute video.
Tyrrell served as WAMIC’s president for 3 years and because the group was based, it has distributed over $1.8 million to good causes, together with $300,000 to varied charities, $300,000 in scholarships, and $616,000 from the Sophia Wooden bequest.
“I’ve been touched many instances by the legacy of the founding father of WAMIC,” David Harquail, chairman of Franco-Nevada’s board of administrators, stated within the tribute video, noting that as a mining pupil he had acquired an ‘Edith Tyrrell’ scholarship. “That $2,000 was then a princely sum for a pupil. Within the 80s and 90s I noticed WAMIC members tirelessly assist the PDAC and CIM conventions when these organizations had been a lot extra depending on volunteers than at present. I’m grateful to each Edith Tyrell and the WAMIC group she created.”
Peter Dalton, Tyrrell’s great-grandson, accepted her award. “As you possibly can think about, the limelight has been on her husband, my nice grandfather, JB Tyrell,” he stated. “I’m honoured to be right here at present as we have fun Edith and the exceptional girl she was.”
The fourth inductee of the night, William Gladstone Jewitt (1897-1978), was honoured for making lasting contributions to mapping and mineral exploration in northern Canada.
Throughout World Warfare I, Jewitt joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Gentle Infantry and for the primary couple of years was a machine gunner in France. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in England and have become an teacher. On the finish of the battle, he turned a check pilot for the Royal Air Pressure in Europe. A mid-air collision introduced Jewitt’s time in England to an finish. “The opposite airplane fluttered down and landed safely on the sphere,” his Jewitt’s son John, stated on the tribute video. “Dad pulled out of the dive simply in time to fly proper via the primary hangar doorways, and the large Marlin engine in entrance of that airplane he was flying took out seven different plane, in addition to his personal. That’s when he smashed his entrance enamel and each knees, and he survived.”
In 1923 Jewitt graduated with a BSc in mining engineering from the College of Alberta. His first few jobs had been educating a course in assaying for Royalite Oil, and was one of many first individuals researching methods of recovering petroleum from Alberta’s oil sands; and at Coleman Collieries and a gypsum mine in Nova Scotia. He then joined Cominco (which later turned Teck Sources) as an assayer on the firm’s smelter in Path, British Columbia. In 1929 he transferred to the mining group as an exploration engineer and pilot, the place he skilled firm engineers and geologists to fly as a part of their exploration duties. On the time the corporate had twelve planes that had been used to discover unmapped territory in Canada’s North, particularly within the Northwest Territories. Jewitt was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Corridor of Fame in 1978 for his work mapping the uncharted North. (In 1930, he landed on the shores of Victoria Island in Canada’s Excessive Arctic, setting a report on the time for essentially the most northerly flight within the nation.)
Jewitt contributed to the success of many tasks throughout his profession at Cominco. He retired as Cominco’s Vice President of Mines when he was 65 however continued working till he was 80 with Pine Level Mines, Coast Copper and Western Mines. “He was one of many giants in Canadian Mining within the mid-1900s and a legend at Cominco, as he led the modernizing of the Sullivan mine and the growth at Pine Level within the north and Magmont in Missouri,” Norman Keevil, Teck’s chairman emeritus, stated on the tribute video.
Jewitt’s son John accepted his father’s award in a pre-recording dispatched from america. “I do know that he’ll treasure this prize alongside his membership within the Canadian Aviation Corridor of Fame.”
David Elliott, the fifth inductee of the night, is certainly one of Canada’s preeminent useful resource financiers and founding companion of Haywood Securities. Over the course of his profession, Elliott has funded greater than 400 exploration and growth corporations and supported and mentored a technology of mining geoscientists. From its humble beginnings with 15 staff in Vancouver in 1986, Haywood Securities has grown to 300 staff and $16 billion of property beneath administration. “David has been instrumental in Haywood’s success and its 4 decade lengthy concentrate on supporting Canada’s mining and exploration trade, deservedly incomes him a status as one of many trade’s most reliable sources of capital for junior mining exploration corporations,” Robert Blanchard, Haywood’s CEO, stated in a video tribute.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Elliott’s profession in mining germinated throughout highschool. Whereas working as a caddy on a golf course, he heard golfers speaking about their jobs on the inventory market. In 1968 he joined the Montreal inventory alternate as a junior programmer. A yr later he turned a securities dealer within the metropolis at brokerage agency Dougherty Robertson MacQuaid, and was later transferred to Vancouver, the place he additionally spent summers working for a prospector within the Yukon. He joined West Coast Securities in 1972.and received his first style of funding exploration tasks, and likewise used his personal cash to put money into tasks like Afton Mines. “I, in fact, didn’t have some huge cash however I purchased some shares after which I watched the worth go down,” Elliott recounts within the tribute video. “Anyway, they made a really vital discovery and drilled her off. It was later offered to Teck Sources and Teck put it into manufacturing. So I assumed, properly gee, this enterprise is fairly simple. You simply have to search out some exploration tasks and go drill them and also you’ll discover a mine. Effectively, it didn’t take me lengthy to lose that cash that I made on Afton, drilling another exploration tasks!”
The expertise seeded what turned Elliott’s basic philosophy on investing in mining corporations and tasks. “What I made a decision to do was to again actually good science, and companion with geoscientists that had a monitor report of discovery, that had been passionate concerning the seek for minerals,” Elliott stated on the video. “It’s very, very excessive danger, so that you’ve received to be ready to take these dangers and it’s not for the faint of coronary heart, for certain.”
Elliott strengthened Haywood’s analysis, company finance and compliance departments through the Nineties and added an institutional desk in 1998. Amongst his profession wins was his involvement in a predecessor of Glamis Gold, which Goldcorp acquired in 2006 for US$8.6 billion. He additionally teamed up with Stewart L. Blusson to type Pioneer Metals and backed Blusson’s early exploration for diamonds in Canada. Different success tales was an preliminary $5 million financing for Arequipa Sources, which went on to search out the Pierina gold deposit in Peru. Barrick Gold acquired Arequipa and the ten million oz. Pierina deposit in 1996 for $1.1 billion. Elliott additionally supported a string of different corporations, together with Bema Gold, Alamos Gold, CGA Mining, GlobeTrotter Useful resource Group, Midas Gold, Ventana Gold, Reservoir Minerals, Fiore Gold, EMX Royalties and Transition Metals, amongst others.
“When you will have somebody like David, who’s there to assist you thru and allow you to make good selections, I believe it’s invaluable,” Richard Osmond, CEO of GlobeTrotters stated on the video. “It actually makes an enormous distinction to the success of an organization and it will get you thru these downturns, and when the cash does get troublesome. He offers you assist that you simply’d must preserve issues collectively and preserve transferring ahead.”
Osmond added that Elliott’s assist knew no boundaries. When he and his companions had been attacked and shot on a street in Peru, Elliott “jumped on a airplane and he was in Peru by the point we managed to get again to Lima,” he stated. “And he spent just about the following week simply by our aspect, that’s the form of particular person he’s.”
Andrew Williams, a companion at Haywood Securities, described Elliott as a affected person investor. “David isn’t fazed by the unstable fairness markets and the cyclical nature of the commodity market,” he famous within the video. “As a substitute, he focuses on the mission, administration, and good science. David is a particularly affected person investor—he doesn’t count on in a single day success and helps corporations via thick and skinny with nice poise and tranquility even in essentially the most turbulent markets.”
Fellow CMHF inductee Stewart L. Blusson, maybe summed Elliott up greatest. “I can’t think about that there’s anybody in his line of labor that has contributed extra enduring profit to the early-stage exploration in our trade, whereas on the identical time mentoring so many others.”
In his acceptance speech, Elliott stated his ardour for the trade and elevating financing for it, hasn’t diminished through the years. “Right this moment at 73, I’m as passionate concerning the mineral sector as I used to be forty years in the past and fortunately, life and circumstance put me on a parallel path with these geologists and engineers I so admire. A path that has allowed me to verify they’ve the monetary backing to get the job executed … the means to discover, to find and finally to create worth the place none existed.”