VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 10, 2016) - At its opening reception for B.C. Mining Week on May 9, 2016, the Mining Association of BC was honoured to present Robert G. Scott, former Senior Vice President of Zinc at Teck Resources Limited, as the 2015 Mining Person of the Year.
Held annually, B.C.'s Mining Week recognizes and celebrates the importance of this both historical and modern industry to British Columbians. In 2016, B.C.'s Mining Week runs from Sunday, May 8 to Saturday, May 14, 2016. Close to twenty activities such as business luncheons, mine tours, Teck's annual celebrity pie throw, and other community initiatives are being hosted across the province in areas including Kamloops, Vancouver, Elk Valley, Prince George, Sparwood and Princeton.
Mining Person of the Year award is presented as part of the B.C. Mining Week to publicly recognize an outstanding individual who has shown leadership in advancing and promoting the mining industry in British Columbia.
This year's winner, Robert G. Scott, started as an engineer-in-training at Sullivan Mine in 1979 and has held progressively senior roles since. He served as the Vice President of Base Metals, North America, Gold, and Operating Excellence, before becoming Teck's Senior Vice President of Zinc in 2012. His operational leadership was truly evident during the most recent industry downturn and in particular, in 2015. Under Rob's guidance, Teck's Trail Operations not only reduced their operating costs, but also set production records in zinc, silver and indium. Most importantly, he led his team to achieve these records while improving safety and sustainability.
"It gives me great pleasure to recognize Rob as the 2015 Mining Person of the Year for his exemplary contributions to an industry so vital to British Columbia," said Karina Briño, President and CEO of the Mining Association of B.C. "Over his 35 years, his leadership and guidance has led to a safer and more sustainable mining industry in British Columbia, something we can all be proud to celebrate."
"B.C. is blessed with vast mineral reserves, but without the hard work of those in the mining industry our province would not benefit from its mineral wealth," said Bill Bennett, B.C's Minister of Energy and Mines. "This mining week we recognize those who have led by example-advancing and promoting the mining industry in B.C. and in turn supporting the many communities who benefit from B.C.'s vibrant mining sector. We applaud the commitment of those who have had a hand in making B.C.'s mining industry what it is today."