2016: Alexander Pritchard, University of Ottawa
MAC selected Alexander (Al) Pritchard as the 2016 recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, a $3,500 value. Al is currently studying a Master of Business Administration at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University.
The selection committee noted Al’s extensive work experience in the minerals industry and his strong academic achievements. Since 2006, Al has worked for Ottawa-based Sander Geophysics Ltd., presently in the area of Operations Management. He brings this technical experience in mineral exploration and development to his current MBA studies.
Al cites his early interest in natural resources to having grown up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His vision essay on the future of Canada’s mining industry focused on the opportunities that the Ring of Fire presents to his hometown and throughout the region of Northern Ontario. He has a particular interest in the socio-economic benefits responsible mineral activity can bring to Aboriginal communities in the area and how it can lead to deeper, long-lasting relationships between mining companies and Aboriginal peoples.
On behalf of the selection committee, MAC congratulates Al for receiving the 2016 scholarship. As always, it is a pleasure to support current and future talent as they aspire to contribute their skills to the mining industry.
2015: Jeffrey Schlachter, University of Alberta
MAC has named Jeffrey Schlachter of Edmonton, Alberta as the 2015 recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, a $3,500 value. Jeffrey is currently studying a Master of Business Administration at the University of Alberta. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering with distinction from the University of Alberta.
Jeffrey’s academic achievements and his extensive work experience in the mining sector impressed the scholarship’s selection committee. Jeffrey is a professional mining engineer and has held several engineering positions at mines and coal plants in the province of Alberta. He is currently the Operations Business Manager at Westmoreland Coal Company in Edmonton, where he has worked since 2012.
In his vision essay, Jeffrey demonstrated a strong understanding of how provincial and federal public policy impacts the economics of the Canadian mining industry. For example, he noted the important role that government plays in building effective trade networks and infrastructure to enable the mining industry to capitalize on growing global demand for minerals and metals in non-traditional markets.
MAC is pleased to support Jeffrey with this scholarship to assist with the completion of his MBA. His technical knowledge and the business management skills he has honed through work experience and through his MBA program will serve him well as he continues to pursue his career in the mining industry.
2014: Brett Hannigan, University of British Columbia
MAC has named Brett Hannigan of Surrey, British Columbia as the 2014 recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, a $3,500 value. Brett is currently studying a Master of Business Administration at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He also holds a Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences, from Simon Fraser University (SFU).
Brett’s exemplary academic achievements and his strong interest in the minerals sector, as evidenced by his volunteer record and work experience, impressed the scholarship’s selection committee. He is President of the Natural Resources Club at UBC and, in 2009, acted as an ambassador at the PDAC’s Student Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop. He is a professional geoscientist and has worked in the sector in several geologist, environmental scientist and strategy roles since graduating from SFU in 2009.
Brett’s vision essay revealed a strong understanding of the role that economics plays in the mining industry’s ability to seize growth opportunities and overcome challenges, such as rising operational costs and adjusting to ever-changing commodity prices. We are pleased to support Brett by awarding him the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics with the hope that he continues to explore career opportunities in the minerals sector.
2013: Briana Brownell, Carleton University
In June 2013, Briana Brownell was selected as the first recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics ($3,500 value).
Amongst a group of highly-qualified applicants, Briana stood out for being a top student in finance and economics. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Briana is from Saskatchewan and understands the important role the minerals and metals industry plays within her home province. In 2010, Briana spearheaded the development of a Corporate Reputation Index intended to measure Saskatchewan residents’ impressions of prominent companies in the province, including BHP Billiton, Cameco and Potash Corporation, on aspects such as the environment and employment. Last year, Briana was consulted by the Aboriginal Human Resources Council to assist in developing an assessment tool to allow employers to evaluate and improve their inclusion of Aboriginal Canadians within their workforce. These accomplishments reveal that Briana has sound knowledge of some of the main priorities of our industry, notably labour issues and the environment.
The scholarship was established in 2012 from the generosity of MAC member companies in memory of the late Paul Stothart, MAC’s former Vice President of Economic Affairs. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Canadian university student who shares a similar passion and talent for mining finance as Paul had.