J.C. Sproule Memorial Plaque

J.C. Sproule Memorial Plaque - Description

The J.C. Sproule Memorial Plaque was established in 1974 by the CIM Council on the recommendation of many members of the Petroleum Society of CIM, to perpetuate the memory of, and give recognition to, the man who, through his visionary zeal and professional dedication, contributed so greatly to the early widespread appreciation of Canada’s Arctic resource potential.

This Year's Winner - 2011

Douglas Bryan Douglas Bryan
Coldstream, BC

“In recognition for over 35 years of outstanding contributions to the art and science of the mineral exploration practice in Northern Canada.”

Douglas Bryan, P.Geol, has been working in the field for 35 years. His dedication to the art and science of mineral exploration in Canada's North has earned him this year's J.C. Sproule award.

Bryan's logical, meticulous, reasoned approach provides an inspirational standard. His mapping skills are considered part artwork, part technical drawings. He honed his mapping skills while working in the Hackett River greenstone belt for DIAND, as a University of Alberta geology graduate.

As project geologist at Noranda Exploration in Yellowknife, Bryan influenced the Courageous Lake and Musk base metal deposit discoveries. As district geologist, still with Noranda, he moved to British Columbia and was later transferred to New Brunswick. In 1986, he formed Covello, Bryan and Associates in Yellowknife. He was instrumental in the decision to stake the claims that host the Diavik diamond mine. Bryan went on to become the manager of geology, Diavik Diamond Mines in 1997.

Respected for his expertise, Bryan became vice-president of Allyn Resources before managing exploration programs for Aurora Geosciences Ltd., North Arrow Minerals, Manson Creek Resources and Forsys Minerals, covering the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Namibia.

Bryan was past president of the NWT Chamber of Mines. In 2010, he received the NAPEG Award of Merit for his contribution to mineral exploration in the North.