NEWS RELEASE · 14th April 2010
M. of Energy, Mines & Petrol
The recipients of the 2009 Mining and Sustainability Awards were announced today by Randy Hawes, Minister of State for Mining and Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of BC.
The annual awards are an opportunity to publicly recognize the diverse companies, communities, First Nations, non governmental organizations, government agencies and individuals committed to advancing and promoting sustainable development in the B.C. mining sector. The first awards were handed out in 2005. This year's awards were presented by Hawes at the MABC annual general meeting on April 1.
The winners for 2009 are Roca Mines' MAX Molybdenum Mine and David Parker, vice- president of sustainability at Teck Resources Limited.
"These awards are an opportunity to publicly recognize companies and individuals committed to advancing and promoting sustainable development in mining. Both of the recipients this year are very deserving of their honours," said Hawes. "Sustainability is a vital part of the mining process, and in B.C. we are proud that companies and individuals are working hard to ensure we are mining in an environmentally responsible way."
"Leadership in sustainability occurs at multiple levels - within a corporation, at the mine site and at the individual level, as this year's awards demonstrate," said Gratton. "MABC is pleased to honour both recipients this year for their respective contributions to integrating sustainability in their operations."
"On behalf of the MAX Molybdenum Mine, its employees, contractors, suppliers, local communities and management, I am honoured to receive this award," said Scott Broughton, president and CEO of Roca Mines Inc. "We are proud to have built B.C.'s first metal mine in over a decade and to have done so responsibly and safely."
"David has played a key role in helping to ensure sustainability is a core part of our decision-making in everything that we do," said Don Lindsay, president and CEO of Teck Resources Limited. "David's hard work, dedication, vision and values have earned him this honour, and all of us at Teck are pleased that he has been recognized in this way."
The Mining and Sustainability Awards are administered jointly by the Mining Association of British Columbia and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
2009 MINING AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNERS
Roca Mines' Max Molybdenum Mine, southeast of Revelstoke, has been developed through sound practices of waste minimization that have allowed it to become a stable producer and also move forward with a planned expansion in the near future that will double production. The company reused an existing mill instead of buying a new facility, and over the past year has made great progress in developing a comprehensive safety system.
The mine has demonstrated strong environmental performance, delivering excellent water quality results from the effluent discharge points. Trout Lake is located six kilometres south of the mine site, and many of the creeks and streams near the mine provide habitat and potential spawning grounds for other fish. Special emphasis on protecting these areas and the lake have been demonstrated, including a water-quality monitoring program, which has been in place since before mine construction commenced.
David Parker played a key role at VANOC bringing together industry, government, First Nations, environmental groups and community organizations during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. He received the 2010 Sustainability Champion Award from VANOC and played a key role in the establishment of partnerships between Aboriginal peoples, environmental groups, community groups and 2010 corporate sponsors and government partners.
He also has been involved with organizing an influential symposium on mining called the Sullivan Round Table, held in Kimberley. The round table, which involved many diverse stakeholders, looked at the life cycle of mining and how a community can, in partnership with the mining industry, position itself for success post-closure.
Most recently, Parker pioneered a major international initiative on children's nutrition. Zinc Saves Kids is a program that raises awareness of zinc deficiency issues in children and has brought together the public and private sectors and non-profit organizations to improve global health and ensure zinc is universally available.