PDAC Thayer Lindsley Award

PDAC Thayer Lindsley Award - International Mineral Discovery

This award, honours the memory of one of Canada’s greatest mine finders, recognising an individual or team of explorationists credited with a significant mineral discovery anywhere in the world. 

PDAC Thayer Lindsley Award 2012
(L to R) David Giles, Vice-President Exploration, Fresnillo Plc.; Edward Thompson, PDAC Former President and Chair of Awards Committee

David Giles, Fresnillo's Exploration VP,  was the recipient of the award for heading Peñoles and Fresnillo plc exploration teams that had seen considerable success in the number of new economic gold and silver deposit finds in Mexico and Latin America. Most notable of these was the discovery of a new vein system in the Fresnillo district, leading to the opening of the Saucito mine in 2011 and consolidating Fresnillo as the largest silver district in the world. 

Other principal finds included the San Julian silver-gold and Orisyvo gold deposits in Mexico, and the discovery and geological reinterpretation of the Francisco I. Madero SEDEX deposit that led to the opening of an important new mine in 2002.