Klohn Crippen Berger’s Harvey McLeod honoured for excellence in social and environmental responsibility

February 11, 2014


Harvey McLeod receives the Robert R. Hedley Award Leaders in Mineral Exploration and Mine Development Honoured at AME BC Gala

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) recognized the 2013 recipients of its annual awards at a gala held in Vancouver on January 29th. The awards celebrate individuals or teams for significant contributions to the mineral exploration and development industry.

Harvey McLeod of Klohn Crippen Berger received the Robert R. Hedley Award for Excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility. Nominees of the Robert R Hedley award are AME BC members working globally and who made significant contributions or advances in the realm of social or environmental responsibility.

Robert R. Hedley is one of the great names in Canadian mining history. In 1912, a group of concerned, forward-looking men formed the Vancouver Mining Club and elected, Mr. Hedley the first president of what is now known as AME BC, the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia, Canada.

"It is an honour to congratulate this year's award recipients," said Michael McPhie, Chair of the Board of AME BC. "The success of the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia is due in large part to these individuals and teams who have shown excellence in mineral exploration and development as well as leadership in corporate social responsibility."

In summarizing Harvey McLeod's contribution to the industry the AME BC stated, "Both an engineer and geoscientist, Harvey has been a leader in the evolution and development of mine waste management practices. In addition to the expertise he has developed in the scientific and engineering aspects of mine waste, Harvey has been a leader in integrating socio-environmental responsibility with the engineered aspects of tailings and waste rock. Harvey's early recognition of the effect of acid rock drainage on the physical environment and social sustainability of a mine and his innate tendency towards practicality resulted in merging the science of ARD into mine design."

Harvey has led environmental impact assessments, risk assessments, and designed tailings, mine waste and water solutions for some of the world's most significant and challenging projects. Harvey is currently the chair of the Tailings Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), and has been the Canadian representative on this committee for the past 12 years.