Victor Mine Receives Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s Top Award
10 May 2019
The De Beers Group Victor Mine in northern Ontario received the President’s Award from the Timmins Chamber of Commerce during its 2019 Nova Business Excellence Awards on May 9.
Originally a finalist in the Large Business of the Year category, the Victor Mine submission was elevated to the President’s Award, which recognizes the most outstanding nomination across all 15 Nova Award categories. This is also the second time the Victor Mine has received the President’s Award, having captured the inaugural award in 2010.
“Tonight’s recipient is a perfect example, proving how ingenuity, inclusion, and expertise can help to change the face of a landscape, and our city in the best possible ways,” said Chamber President Nancy Mageau. “Though this year marks the end of one stage for this business, they have been a driving force for our economy and a key contributor to several organizations over their time in the region.”
“It is an honour to accept this award on behalf of Victor Mine employees, who have built a legacy of excellence in safety, production, and much more,” said Alistair Skinner, Manager – Operations, Victor Mine. “To receive this recognition during our final days of operations is especially rewarding.”
Victor Mine was one of sixteen winners out of a record-setting 165 nominees in the event’s 17th year.
The Timmins Chamber President’s Award comes less than 10 days after Victor Mine received its fourth consecutive John T. Ryan Award for safety, announced at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Convention Awards Gala in Montreal.
Victor Mine also received a Workplace Excellence Award in April from Workplace Safety North, an independent health and safety association that provides services to mining and forest products industries and other businesses across northern Ontario.
Over the 11 years of operations, Victor Mine received more than a dozen awards that recognized safety excellence by the operation or its employees.
Victor was discovered in 1987, Canada’s first commercial diamond deposit. Since 2006, De Beers Group has spent $2.1 billion to build and operate the mine, of which $820 million has gone to Indigenous and local businesses in Northern Ontario. Through Q1 of 2019, 8.1 million carats of diamonds have been recovered at Victor Mine.
Mining operations in the Victor pit ended on March 5 and processing of ore will conclude by the end of May. The mine will then move into closure and full-scale reclamation. Already, about 30 per cent of the mine site has been reclaimed and revegetated.
De Beers Canada was also on stage during the Nova Awards as sponsor of the Indigenous Partnership Award. This year’s winner was dB Hearing Inc., a locally owned and operated audiology and hearing aid services practice in Timmins.