2016 Award of Distinction Recipient – Madeleina Suska
On June 10, 2016, Madeleina Suska will be receiving the Award of Distinction, the Coal Association of Canada’s highest honour.
Madeleina Suska graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of London. Starting in the oil and gas industry as a sedimentary geologist with many successful discoveries and predictions, Madeleine moved on to field exploration and mapping, later completing her Master of Science in Geology at the University of Alberta.
Suska took months-long horseback expeditions into the unmapped and unexplored lands of northeastern British Columbia and the eastern slopes of Alberta. She discovered and mapped major coal fields in BC and Alberta. These discoveries led to decades of further exploration and development, and most notably mining of the Northeast British Columbia Coal Block, including the Tumbler Ridge area.
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2015 Award of Distinction Recipient – David Fawcett
On September 17, 2015, David Fawcett received the Award of Distinction, the Coal Association of Canada’s highest honour.
This year’s Award of Distinction recipient, David Fawcett, is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Mining Engineering and has worked in Canadian coal industry for 40 years. During his career, Mr. Fawcett held a broad range of responsibilities, from early stage geology and exploration, regulatory and permitting, to operations, management and executive positions for several major, intermediate and start-up companies. In the past 20 years, Mr. Fawcett has played a key role in the coal industry in northeast British Columbia
2015 Award of Distinction News Release
2014 Award of Distinction Recipient – Boyd Payne
On September 11, 2014, Boyd Payne received the Award of Distinction, the Coal Association of Canada’s highest honour.
Mr. Payne started his career in the coal business in 1974 in a technical capacity and eventually transitioned into operations, business development and marketing. He worked in a variety of leadership roles in Canada and abroad, including Vice President Marketing with Fording Coal, President and CEO of Elk Valley Coal Partnership, President, Fording Canadian Coal Trust, President and CEO of Teck Coal Limited and Senior Vice President, Coal with Teck Cominco Limited. He was also Vice President Marketing, Metallurgical Coal for BHP Billiton, based in Singapore.
My. Payne retired from full time employment in 2011. Never one to sit tight for too long, he is now the President of Black Eagle Mining, a late stage coal exploration company based in Vancouver. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Dingo, an Australian/U.S. based company dedicated to helping the mining industry implement predictive maintenance programs that drive increased operational efficiency.
2013 Award of Distinction Recipient – Robert H. Stan
Robert H. Stan, the recipient of the 2013 CAC Award of Distinction, is a leader in the coal industry.
Throughout his 30 year career in the Canadian coal industry, Bob Stan has demonstrated a strong passion and commitment to the Canadian coal industry. He is most known as the Founder, President and CEO of Grande Cache Coal, however for those in the coal industry, he’s a people-focused executive with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the coal business. Over the years, Mr. Stan worked in a variety of marketing and managerial positions with several coal companies, including Fording Coal, Teck Resources, Weststar Mining, and Smoky River Coal Limited.
Mr. Stan is a long standing champion of coal and the benefits it brings to our economy and society, so it’s fitting he is the recipient of the very first Award of Distinction.