The first-ever MAX Awards will recognize excellence in Northwest Territories mining and exploration on Thursday Nov. 16.

The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines-hosted gala will hand out awards to worthy recipients who have made contributions to “finding and developing resources, engaging with the public and government, ensuring Indigenous participation, creating jobs and business benefits and training northerners,” according to a release.   

The event, which coincides with the Chamber of Mines’ 50th anniversary and the 45th annual Geoscience Forum, will recognize the following standouts:

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

Tickets for the event, held at the Explorer Hotel, can be bought at For more information, pick up a copy of Yellowknifer Weekend for an insert detailing the Nov. 14-16 Geoscience Forum.

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