Vale Medal - Winner 2009

René Dufour René Dufour
Montreal, QC

“In recognition of the his extraordinary contribution to the Quebec and Canadian mining industry and his involvement with CIM.”

René Dufour graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal in mining engineering in 1954. For the next seven years, he worked for Quebec Cartier Mining and held the positions of planning engineer, chief engineer of mines and mine superintendant, in charge of a 100,000 ton per day mine.

In 1965, he returned to his alma mater, École Polytechnique, as a professor in its mineral engineering department. Later, as head of the department from 1988 to 1991, Dufour played an important role in the creation of the joint Polytechnique-McGill University bilingual coop program in mining engineering.

Dufour participated in many mining-related missions, principally in Africa and South America, on behalf of the United Nations, the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce and others.

He held the position of director on a number of boards, including Noranda Inc. (for 14 years until 2002) and SOQUEM. He is currently on the Board of Mines Cancor, a mining exploration company.

Dufour has been an active member of CIM and has held various positions, including CIM president (1988-89), District 2 vice president (1976-78) and Distinguished Lecturer (1980-81). He has chaired many committees including the CIM Centennial Corporation from 1994-99. Dufour was one of the five founding members of the Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Foundation in 1972, its president from 1991-97, and currently serves as a trustee.

Dufour has received many awards including the CIM Past Presidents’ Memorial Medal, CIM Distinguished Service Medal, CIM Fellowship, the Developer of the Year Award from the Quebec Prospectors Association and the 2003 Award for Excellence from the Order of Engineers of Quebec.