VANCOUVER – JULY 3, 2013 – James Siddorn was awarded the Past Presidents Memorial Medalby the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, in recognition of his efforts to teach and inspire young members of the mining industry.
Siddorn is a practice leader with SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. and has eighteen years of experience in evaluating geological structural controls and their impact on mineral deposits.
Siddorn focuses on efficiently and cost-effectively delineating mineral resources in order to maximize economic returns. To achieve this, he either uses field structural and computer-based 3D analysis modelling to define deposit-scale controls on ore plunge, or interprets district-scale geophysics for exploration targeting. In both cases, Siddorn helps clients to reduce their exploration costs and risk profiles, enabling projects to proceed rapidly to the next exploration stage. He has also produced huge payoffs for clients by expanding known resources or defining new zones. Siddorn has provided exploration and mining services to companies in Europe; North, South and Central America; Asia; and Africa.
When not advising clients, Siddorn devotes time and energy towards promoting his profession and helping young people pursue careers in the industry. He has taught more than 30 Applied Structural Geology courses to over 1000 geologists and engineers. This includes courses at conferences of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Association for Mineral Exploration British Colombia, and the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). In his presentations, Siddorn focuses on teaching participants how to apply structural geology effectively in their workplaces.
“I aim to get people excited about structural geology by showing that it’s easier to apply than many of them realize,” he said. “Raising technical awareness and abilities empowers people and improves overall industry standards.”
Siddorn also promotes geology in his roles as industry sponsor for the University of Toronto’s SEG Student Chapter, contributor to the Canadian Mining Innovation Council’s exploration initiative, and member of the PDAC’s convention committee. He volunteers for the PDAC because he believes in its value to the industry.
“The PDAC plays an active role in promoting our industry within and outside Canada,” he said. “The annual convention provides an excellent opportunity for people to get together, helping drive the industry forward.”
Siddorn’s knowledge and achievements make him an outstanding role model for young geologists. His advice for them is both academic and practical. While he recommends post-graduate study, he stresses that the research undertaken should be closely linked and beneficial to industry. He also believes strongly in the importance of travel.
“Working overseas opens your eyes to new environments, to people from different backgrounds and cultures,” he said. “It helps make you a more rounded person.”
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