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NWT MAX Awards

The annual Northwest Territories MAX Awards celebrate and encourage excellence in mining and exploration. The awards are co-sponsored by the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the Government of the Northwest Territories. MAX awards recognize northern individuals, businesses, and organizations that have generated opportunities and demonstrated leadership in responsible and successful resource development.

Visit the MAX Awards portal for more information and nomination forms for the five categories.

2018 MAX Awards recipients:

  • Gren Thomas – Distinguished Service
  • De Beers Canada Gahcho Kué – Economic Leadership
  • Ni Hadi Xa environmental monitor for Gahcho Kué mine – Environmental & Social Responsibility
  • Cece Hodgson-McCauley – Indigenous Achievement
  • Special Achievement (shared):
    • Diavik Dike Design, Construction and Operations
    • Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Ice Road
Pictured are Allan Rodel (De Beers), Tom Unka (Ni Hadi Xa), Gren Thomas (explorer and mine finder), Denton Henkelman (Diavik), Todd McCauley accepting on behalf of Cece Hodgson-McCauley (development and community supporter), and Ron Near (Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Ice Road).

Click here for the awards banquet slides with photos highlighting the recipients, and the Keynote Speaker at the Awards Banquet, Robin Goad, President and CEO of Fortune Minerals.

The awards were launched in 2017 and the inaugural recipients included:

    • Aurora Geosciences – Distinguished Service
    • Ekati Diamond Mine and Diavik Diamond Mine – Economic Leadership
    • Diavik Diamond Mine and TerraX Minerals – Environmental & Social Responsibility
    • Joe Rabesca and Darrell Beaulieu – Indigenous Achievement Awards
    • Mine Training Society and Altaf Lakhani – Special Achievement Awards


2017’s inaugural NWT MAX Awards recipients included (left to right) Gary Vivian (Aurora Geosciences), Joe Campbell (TerraX Minerals), Chantal Lavoie (Dominion Diamond), Darrell Beaulieu (Denendeh Investments Incorporated), Al Harman (Mine Training Society), Rebecca Alty (Diavik), Jessica Kozian (Diavik), and Altaf Lakhani (Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency). Far right is Wally Schumann, Government of the Northwest Territories Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment. Recipient Joe Rabesca, Tlicho Government, was unable to attend. Missing from photo are special guest speakers, Patrick Evans from Dominion Diamonds and Stewart Muir from Resource Works. Photo: NWT Government