WIMBC extends our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Julia Lane, who died in a plane crash during the summer of 2019 while working at an exploration camp. Julia is remembered as an inspirational individual who left behind a legacy for all to follow. She was passionate about her job and had an infectious enthusiasm that allowed her to connect and share her enthusiasm with everyone she met including co-workers, community members, visitors to site, and the general public. She was an avid volunteer in the industry and a mentor to many aspiring geologists.

In honour of Julia’s memory and recognition of her impact on the industry, Women in Mining BC has created the Julia Lane Rising Star Award.

WIMBC invites you to nominate individuals for the Julia Lane Rising Star Award to be awarded at the WIMBC Holiday Reception – date to be confirmed for late November or early December.

Do you know someone deserving of recognition? Review the criteria and nomination details below. Submissions are accepted up to 4:00pm PST on October 31, 2019.

The Julia Lane Rising Star Award honours women who are ‘rising stars’ in the mining industry. This can be someone starting out their career or an individual who is in the middle of their career and starting on a journey that is creating positive legacies and leading by example.  

Criteria: An inspirational woman who is:

  • Passionate about exploration or mining,
  • Dedicated to their work/project,
  • Leads by example,
  • Leaves positive legacies, and
  • Dedicates time and energy to share knowledge and support others.

How to Nominate
Provide two reference forms per nominee. You may provide up to one additional page per reference form if more space is required. Bulleted examples or paragraph style are acceptable.

Submit the reference forms to WIM BC Signature Awards Sub-Committee Adjudication Team at by 4:00pm PST on October 31, 2019.

Key Dates

  • October 15, 2019 – Nominations Opens
  • October 31, 2019 – Nominations Closes (submit by 4:00pm PST)
  • To be confirmed – Late November or early December, 2019 – WIM BC Holiday Reception

If you have questions please e-mail

Reference forms will be posted shortly.

Women in Mining BC is pleased to host the Aurora and BC Mining HR Diversity Awards. 2019 was our inaugural year for both awards with the Aurora Award being given to Anna Tudela and the BC Mining HR Diversity award went to Allison Rippen Armstrong. Nominations for 2020 will open in the spring.

Aurora Award: To honor dynamic women in mining who inspire others through thoughtful leadership and creating connections. The aurora is a dynamic and inspiring natural phenomenon, as are the award winners. Award winners need to work or live in British Columbia.

Criteria is to be an inspiration woman or group of women who provide:
• Thoughtful leadership
• Creating Connections

BC Mining HR Diversity Award: To recognize outstanding commitment to encouraging and supporting diversity within the workplace. HR diversity is the focus of attracting, recruiting, and retaining a diverse workforce as well as the advancement or development of individuals within a workforce. Award winners need to work or live in British Columbia.

Criteria is to be an individual or group that encourages and supports diversity who provide one or more of the following:
• Inclusivity of under-represented groups
• Innovative practices or thinking for attracting, recruiting or retaining a diverse workforce
• Adapting or evolving workplace culture