Coal Award - Description
The Coal Award was established to honour CIM members who have made outstanding contributions to the coal industry of Canada and who have also been long-standing, active participants in the Coal and Oil Sands Division of CIM.
This Year's Winner - 2011David Fawcett
For his visionary leadership and phenomenal efforts in reviving the coal industry in Northeast BC.
David Fawcett, a graduate in mining engineering from the University of Alberta, has been in the coal industry for over 35 years. During his career, he has had a broad range of responsibilities, from early stage geology and exploration through feasibility and regulatory processes, to operations, management and executive positions for major, intermediate and startup companies, including Consolidation Coal, BC Hydro (Hat Creek project), Dentherm Resources (Denison Mines) and Smoky River Coal.
Over the past 16 years, David has played a key role in reviving the coal industry in northeast British Columbia, with coal property acquisition and early-stage development involving several companies, including Globaltex Industries (later Pine Valley Coal), the Willow Creek project, Western Coal (of which he was one of the founders), the Belcourt, Wolverine and Burnt River projects, Hillsborough Resources, and the Wapiti and Horizon projects.
Today, he is in the process of acquiring new coal licenses in northeast British Columbia, with a view to advancing new projects.