Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal

Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal - Description

Established in 1948, the medal honours Selwyn G. Blaylock, one of the pioneers in the mining industry in western Canada. He was president of Cominco, recipient of several international awards for his work in metallurgy, and was the President of the Institute in 1934-35. The Blaylock Medal is awarded for distinguished service to Canada through exceptional achievement in the field of mining, metallurgy, or geology.



This Year's Winner - 2011

John W. Chisholm John W. Chisholm
Antigonish, NS

“In recognition for his outstanding contributions to coal mining in Canada, particularly in Nova Scotia.”

John Chisholm spent his career at Nova Construction Co. Ltd., a firm founded by his father. A major Nova Scotia construction and resource development company, Nova Construction is committed to aggressive occupational health and safety and environmental protection programs.

Before leaving Nova Construction, John built a relationship of trust and commitment with a variety of clients in Eastern Canada. His achievements have been based on management capability, business integrity and reliable service. He is proud of the accomplishments of the Nova Construction group and is confident in their ability to successfully meet new challenges in the years to come. The company employs between 150 and 350 employees.

In 1998, John was awarded the Mining Society Medal, the Mining Society of Nova Scotia's highest award.