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WIM Rick Hutson Memorial Award for Mentorship NOMINATION DEADLINE

January 31, 2018

Women in Mining Canada at their annual PDAC WIMC awards ceremony recognize those nominees who have mentored women along their journey, either in school or in their careers in Mining, highlighting the role of women in the industry.

Breaking into new fields is a daunting task at best, and the mining world presents numerous complexities. Women in Mining is dedicated to strengthening the lives and communities of women in the mineral and mining supply sector, through a knowledge and exchange base, and mentorship.  Mentorship is extremely important and this support in our industry helps provide career development choices and creates industry change.

WIMC’s objectives are to elevate encourage and empower women to make informed decisions about their careers, future options, and broader women’s issues. We recognize the trailblazers of our mining resource sector, and each year the selection of award winners becomes more challenging.

Rick Hutson Nominations are open

Women in Mining Canada is pleased to announce the nominations are now open for the 2018 Rick Hutson Memorial Award

Nominations are open until January 31, 2018

The Rick Hutson Memorial Award

Rick Hutson was an amazing contributor and mentor to the next generation of young men and women and was also highly valued member of the mining community.  Rick had boundless energy where students were concerned and he worked with many universities and student groups speaking, listening and sharing his enthusiasm for mining.

Rick Hutson was also a board member of Women in Mining Canada and thus the Award for Mentorship was established in his name. Rick Hutson passed away in 2014.

Patrick McAandless, P.Geo, FGC – 2017 Rick Hutson Mentorship Award Winner

“Helping students and professionals discover their greatness”

Patrick McAandless has over 45 years in the mining industry. Exploring for base and precious metal deposits worldwide, Patrick has also managed large-scale exploration projects for senior and junior mining companies focusing on porphyry copper, volcanogenic massive sulphide, epithermal gold, uranium and diamond deposits.

Patrick was part of the Imperial Metal’s team that discovered the copper-gold Northeast zone in British Columbia and the high-grade gold 144 zone in Nevada.

Patrick  has been recognized by, the Kamloops Exploration Group 2016 Golden Pick Award for “Outstanding Service and Contributions to the British Columbia Mineral Industry”;  the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia Robert Hedley Award for “Excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility”; the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia 2006 C.J. Westerman Memorial Award for “Significant contributions to professional geoscience and outstanding community  service”: the British Columbia & Yukon Chamber of Mines 2005 H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award for “Excellence in Prospecting and Mineral Exploration”; and, the 2003 Northern BC Business & Industry Award for “Northern BC Prospector of the Year”.

Patrick has also been guest lecturer at over 150 universities and colleges across Canada, US, South America and Europe providing a set of practical tools to assist geoscience and engineering students with their career development.




January 31, 2018
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