WIMBC 2020 Award Nominations

Women in Mining British Columbia invites you to nominate individuals for the Signature Awards to be awarded in December 2020. During the COVID 19 pandemic, the Canadian government deemed mining an essential business. With this essential work, it is important we continue to recognize individuals or organizations in the industry.

Is there someone in the mining industry (inclusive of geoscience, exploration, extraction, and other related disciplines) who inspired you and others, or has helped the industry change for the better?

Know someone deserving of recognition? Acknowledge them with a nomination!

Please review the criteria below and the nomination details, and submit by 4:00pm, Friday, October 30, 2020.


Signature Awards:

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

Criteria: a woman who characterizes one or more of the following:

  • Inspires others,
  • Has an innovative and open spirit,
  • Creates connections, and
  • Provides thoughtful leadership.

Inclusion & Diversity Award: This award is to recognize a commitment to encouraging and supporting inclusion and diversity in the work environment. A focus on attracting, recruiting, and retaining a diverse workforce, as well as inclusion by accepting and valuing this diversity are key characteristic for nominees. Award winners need to work or live in British Columbia.

Criteria is to be an individual that encourages and supports inclusion and diversity by the following:

  • Including under-represented groups,
  • Practicing innovative and thoughtful leadership in attraction, recruitment, and retention of a diverse workforce, and
  • Positively adapting or evolving workplace culture.

Julia Lane Rising Star Award: The award is to honour women who are ‘rising stars’ in the mining industry. This can be someone starting out their career or an individual who is mid-career and creating positive legacies and leading by example. Award winners need to work or live in the Cordillera region (i.e. BC and Yukon).

Criteria: a woman who embodies the following positive qualities:

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


How to Nominate

Please provide two reference forms per nominee. You may provide up to one additional page per reference form if more space is required. Both bulleted examples and text, or paragraph format are acceptable.

Submit the reference forms to WIMBC Signature Awards Sub-Committee Adjudication Team at by 4:00pm PST on October 30, 2020.

Key Dates

  • October 1, 2020 – Nominations open
  • October 30, 2020 – Nominations close (submit by 4:00pm PST)
  • December 2020 – Awards Presentation

If you have questions please e-mail

Awards Presentation

Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty around size of gatherings, the “Women in Mining 2020 Gala Reception” will not be held. A “Virtual Ceremony” is being planned for the awards presentation.


Click here for a pdf copy of these instructions and the nomination forms.