Thursday, November 23, 2023 

 On November 21st, 2023, during the 51st Yukon Geoscience Forum & Trade Show, the Yukon Chamber of Mines (YCM) awarded the 2023 Community Award, Member Award, First Nation Award, Leckie Award, and Yukon Prospectors Award at the Geoscience Awards Banquet. 

Community Awards 

Congratulations to Dawn Moses and Victor Sembsemoen, co-founders of Haldane Services branch of Small’s Expediting Ltd for receiving the 2023 YCM Community Awards. 

First Nation Award 

Congratulations to Albert Drapeau, Regional Economic Development Advisor, Yukon Government – Economic Development for receiving the 2023 YCM First Nations Award, for socially responsible practices, environmental stewardship, and leadership in innovation. 

Member Award 

Congratulations to Tara Christie, President and CEO, Banyan Gold Corp. for receiving the 2023 Member Award for their leadership in community engagement and environmentally responsible development. 

YCM would like to also congratulate the Leckie Award winner Snowline Gold Corporation and the Prospector of the Year award winner Ryan Burke and thank them for their contribution to a responsible and sustainable mining industry. 

“Congratulations to awards recipients and thank you to the Yukon Chamber of Mines for another rich Yukon Geoscience Forum. The event showcased how industry is advancing its work while respecting the environment and collaborating with First Nations governments. I appreciated hearing the latest updates from the territory’s mineral industry. The organizers, participants and sponsors made this gathering a resounding success.” – Hon. John Streicker, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. 

“We are proud to see the new generation of industry leaders like Snowline Gold Corporation and Ryan Burke contributing to the growth and sustainability of our region’s mining sector.” – Scott Donaldson, CEO and Executive Director, BMC Minerals 

YCM would like to offer special thanks to our Partners at Yukon Government, Energy Mines and Resources and Economic Development, along with our title sponsor BMC Minerals, and Platinum sponsors Fireweed Metals & Hecla Mining Company. 

Thank you to our 2023 Gold sponsors: Air North, Alkan Air, Hardrock Diamond Drilling, Invest Yukon, JDS Energy & Mining Inc., Neighbourly North, Newmont, Pelly Construction Ltd., Snowline Gold Corp., and Victoria Gold Corp. 

Thank you to our Silver sponsors: Archer Cathro, Agentis Capital, Commissionaires, Horizon Helicopters, Sitka Gold Corp, Skeena Resources., and Summit Camps. 

Thank you to our Special Events sponsors: Alkan Air, Associated Engineering, Cobalt Construction, Hecla Mining Company, Horizon Helicopters, Magnet, NorthwesTel, PDAC, Pelly Construction Ltd., Seabridge Gold, SLR, Snowline Gold Corp., and Tetra Tech. 

Thank you to our Indigenous Participation Sponsors: Capital Helicopters, Casino, Hardrock Diamond Drilling, NVD and New Age Drilling. 

Thank you to our Awards Sponsors: Banyan Gold, Local Rental Solutions, Strategic Metals Ltd. 

Thank you to our Friend Sponsors: K&K Truck Rentals, Smalls Expediting and StoneCroft Engineering. 

Thank you to our Friends and Banquet Coat Check Sponsor: Total North Communications. 

“Without your generous support, the 51st Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum & Trade Show would not have achieved this level of success. We extend our gratitude to all the delegates, speakers, sponsors, and participants who made this event an incredible accomplishment!” – Loralee Johnstone, President, Yukon Chamber of Mines 



Brianne Warner 

Executive Director  | Yukon Chamber of Mines