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Awards
The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association along with the Ontario Mining Association offer two annual awards:

1. Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Industry Award
For more information view the Nomination process & eligibility form
2. Tom Peter Memorial Mine Reclamation Student Award
For more information view the Application process & eligibility form

The awards were named to honour Tom Peters a founding member of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) - established in 1975. He was President of the Association in 1981-82. In 1984, he won the CLRA’s prestigious Noranda Land Reclamation Award for outstanding achievement in the field of land reclamation.

Tom graduated from the University of Guelph in 1948 and moved to Copper Cliff, Ontario where he worked in the agricultural department of Inco Limited (now Vale), becoming their Agriculturist in 1973. Tom utilized his agricultural background to assist Inco with their tailings revegetation and overall land reclamation programs. He pioneered the use of agricultural practices in re-greening mine tailings, including the basic recipes for the addition of limestone, fertilizer, seed and the planting of fall rye as a cover crop.

His work yielded excellent results on Inco’s Copper Cliff tailings and his methods became the standard practice for mines all over the world. Tom was a well-respected and gifted leader for environmental causes and was internationally recognized in the field of land reclamation. He made major contributions to the City of Greater Sudbury Land Reclamation Program. He taught agricultural courses at the University of Guelph and Cambrian College, and contributed to reclamation courses at Laurentian University.

He received an honorary doctorate from Laurentian for his outstanding leadership in re-greening Sudbury. Tom retired in 1985, and in 1987, became the first non-American to be named Reclamationist of the Year by the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation. Following his death in 2007, the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) in cooperation with the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) and Vale established the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of mine reclamation in Ontario.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in participating as a Board Member (Director) with the Ontario Chapter, please contact Bryan Tisch at btisch@nrcan.gc.ca.

 

Board of Directors

President: Jennifer Hargreaves
Past President: Dawn Spires
Vice President: Bryan Tisch
Secretary-Treasurer: Peter White

Directors:
Peter Beckett
Lesley Hymers
Bill Mackasey
Sarah Barabash
Michael Payne
Ashlee Zelek

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About the Ontario Chapter

The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association strives to highlight reclamation achievements in the province and also to provide avenues for networking, sharing experiences and recognition of successes.

The Ontario Chapter encourages the participation of students and young professionals to help foster the training of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) which is reflected in the province’s membership roster. This objective is supported by the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Student Award for graduate students.

We also recognize the mining industry and individuals who have shown outstanding achievement in the practice of mine reclamation through the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Industry Award. Both awards are presented at the joint CLRA-OMA workshop annually and are graciously supported by Vale.

Beyond mining reclamation, the Ontario Chapter has good linkages with the aggregate community and many Ontario members represent this interest. The Ontario Chapter welcomes new members from all sectors.

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