2022 Trailblazer Award Winners

Trailblazer Award

Anne Lewis

Executive Director, Yukon Mining Alliance & President, CSR Management Inc.

Anne Lewis is passionate about inclusion and innovation for the north and has 15 years’ experience in the minerals industry on local, national, and international projects. As Executive Director of Yukon Mining Alliance, she collaboratively developed the globally recognized Invest Yukon brand to connect investors with Yukon’s competitive advantages through innovative capital attraction initiatives. Building on this model, Anne developed the Invest Canada North PDAC project with leaders from Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut’s mineral industry and governments, to highlight and promote the competitive advantages of investing in jurisdictions founded on ESG principles, at the largest annual gathering of the minerals and investment community.

She is President of CSR Management Inc, Founder and President of Yukon Women in Mining, and Co-Founder of the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference, and in each role champions partnerships that drive equity, inclusion, and diversity, enriching economic and community opportunities in Canada’s north. On International Women’s Day this year, Anne co-founded and launched a new initiative – WE.ArcticImpact, which aims to educate, elevate, and empower women across the Arctic, fostering inclusive and diverse economies and enhancing women’s economic empowerment.

Anne was nominated by Kaeli Gattens.

Indigenous Trailblazer Award

Christy Smith

Vice-President Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement, Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd.

Christy is a member of K’ómoks First Nation, living in her traditional territory on Vancouver Island. Christy has authentically navigated both Indigenous and non-indigenous worlds while working in the resource sector for over 25 years. Her work is deeply rooted in reconciliation and decolonizing the approach to ways of doing business. Engaging and building good relationships are at the core of what Christy does as a changemaker, mentor, liaison, project manager, and engagement expert. She has facilitated workshops, presented at national mining conventions, instructed at universities, de-escalated complex situations, mentored Indigenous entrepreneurs, negotiated countless benefits agreements, advocated on the behalf First Nations’ governments and industry proponents, and built capacity within every organization of which she has been a part. Christy has a BA in Native Studies from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Northern British Columbia, and is a wife and mother. Christy currently serves as a Partner and Vice President, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations with Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd. of Vancouver and Vice President, Sustainability with TDG Gold Corp. She is currently serving as Vice Chair for the Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee for the Association for Mineral Exploration in BC. She most recently co-authored a book called Weaving Two Worlds: Economic Reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and the Resource Sector.

Christy was nominated by Michael McPhie.

Indigenous Student Trailblazer Award

Sponsored by Sprott

Nicole Julien

Geological Engineering Student, Queen's University

Nicole Julien is of Ojibwé and Mi’kmaq heritage and is currently studying Geological Engineering at Queen’s University. She was the Outreach Coordinator for the Queen’s chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, participating in STEM outreach in the Indigenous community in Kingston and at an elementary school in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She strives to inspire women and nonbinary folks to consider a future career in the mining industry. As the recipient of the Indigenous Student Trailblazer award, Nicole will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Sprott.

Student Trailblazer Award

Sponsored by Dundee Precious Metals

Maddison Konway

Materials Engineering & Management Student, McMaster University

Maddison Konway is a fourth year Materials Engineering and Management student at McMaster  University in Hamilton, Ontario. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has been heavily involved  in the McMaster Engineering research community as a research assistant and as the president of the  McMaster Society for Engineering Research. As she pursues a career, she hopes to find a job that  provides her the flexibility to work globally but she plans to settle in Canada eventually. Outside of  work and academics, Maddison enjoys spending time with her friends and family, personal fitness,  dancing, trying new recipes, listening to music, learning new things, and hiking. A few of her goals for  the next few years include graduating, travelling and/or working abroad, giving back to her  community, and continuing to encourage other young women. She would like to thank everyone who  has supported her throughout the last 21 years – she wouldn’t be here without it!

Rick Hutson Mentorship Award

Lawrence Devon Smith

Principal Consultant, Lawrence, Devon, Smith & Associates

Lawrence Devon Smith is a consultant and educator in Mineral Project Evaluations.

As a mining engineer with over 40 years experience in economic evaluations and project engineering, Larry’s experience includes scoping studies, optimization studies, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, risk assessment, and due diligence work for banks and mining companies. He has published a number of papers on these topics and is a popular speaker at conferences.

In addition to consulting, Larry is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and at the Schulich Mining MBA program at York University. He also teaches Mineral Economics for in-house training as well as workshops and courses through EduMine. These courses are for operators, evaluation professionals, management, finance personnel, lawyers, and First Nations organizations.

Larry has held senior positions in mineral project evaluations with Barrick Gold, Vale, Inco, BHP-Billiton, and Rio Algom as well as SNC-Lavalin / Kilborn.

He is the recipient of the CIM MES Robert Elver Award for Mineral Economics, is on the executive of the CIM Management and Economics Society (MES), is past Chair of the CIM Toronto Branch, a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, and a CIM Fellow.

Larry was nominated by Jessie Liu-Ernsting.