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Historic Canadian Mining Hall of Fame ceremony aims to widen the mining industy’s tent

Maureen Jensen was one of five new inductees into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame on Aug. 18 in Toronto. Credit: Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame held its 34th annual induction ceremony on Aug. 18 at the Palais Royale in Toronto, welcoming five new honourees. 

This year’s event was historic. Not only did the CMHF induct its 200th member, but the slate of inductees was the most diverse in the history of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame dating back to its origins in 1989. Three of the five that would be considered diverse include the first Black man to be inducted, the first openly gay person, and the sixth woman. 

With attendance of about 380 people, the event was larger than last year’s ceremony, which was capped at 125 due to Covid-19 restrictions and held outdoors, but still modest compared to pre pandemic numbers of well over 1,000 guests. The celebration was co-hosted by The Northern Miner Group’s president, Anthony Vaccaro, and president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, Pierre Gratton. Full bios of all the inductees are available here.

Dale Corman: Impeccable timing and a drive to find big deposits

The first inductee of the night was Dale Corman, a geologist that has made many big discoveries, including the San Nicolas deposit in Mexico and the Peñasquito mine, which became the largest gold mine in Mexico.

Corman has also been a successful company builder, serving as president of seven public companies and a director of 25. His focus has been on big deposits, and “he understands what type of deposits work in any type of cycle and his timing is impeccable,” said Sam Lee, president and CEO of NorthIsle Copper and Gold in a video tribute. “He is able to identify when a project should be advanced, when a project should be sold, and when a project should just sit.” 

Corman was born in southern Ontario into a farming family who had an orchard business, but decided to study geology. He spent a summer working with the Geological Survey of Canada in B.C. before spending a year studying law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.