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(L-R): Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC James Olson, Former Teck President/CEO (and award namesake) Don Lindsay, Teck President/CEO Jonathan Price, Dean of Smith Engineering Kevin Deluzio

 

Teck Resources Limited has announced the creation of the Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering. This award, supported by $1 million endowments each to Smith Engineering and the University of British Columbia, aims to provide annual scholarships for students pursuing mining engineering studies at both universities.

The Don Lindsay Teck Award marks a significant investment in Canada's mining education sector, with each of the country’s two largest mining schools — the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Smith Engineering, and the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC — receiving $1 million endowments. These endowments will generate renewable scholarships annually, offering vital financial assistance to students pursuing mining studies.

The award is named in honor of former Teck President and CEO Don Lindsay. It serves as a testament to Lindsay's enduring legacy and substantial contributions to the mining sector in Canada and internationally. Throughout his 17-year tenure, Lindsay led Teck to become a global leader in responsible resource development, while also emphasizing philanthropy and supporting the next generation of mining talent.

 

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Former Teck President/CEO Don Lindsay with students of the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining

 

“The $1 million endowment to establish the Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering will have a profound impact on the heart of Queen’s University: its students,” says Kevin Deluzio, Professor and Dean of Smith Engineering. “Our partnership with Teck over the years has enriched programs, provided employment opportunities, and supported research, contributing significantly to the educational experiences for our students. This award is a continued extension of our partnership with Teck, and we are incredibly grateful for not just the scholarships it will provide students, but how it will equip students with education opportunities to better conquer the challenges of an ever-evolving industry.”

Jonathan Price, President and CEO of Teck, emphasized the importance of the award, stating, "The award pays homage to Don Lindsay's remarkable legacy and recognizes his outstanding leadership and contributions to the mining sector." He further expressed Teck's commitment to nurturing young talent to strengthen the mining industry's future.

Don Lindsay himself expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, "I am honored to be recognized by Teck, UBC, and Queen’s University through the establishment of the Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering." He highlighted the crucial role of mining engineering students in shaping the industry's future and expressed privilege in contributing to their success.

The collaboration between Teck, UBC, and Queen's University underscores a shared commitment to fostering talent and innovation within the mining sector. Through initiatives like the Don Lindsay Teck Award, these institutions aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to address the evolving needs of the industry.