The 2004 William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award
Awarded To: Paul C. Jones
In recognition of his service to the public and the minerals industry in legislative and political as well as technical matters, exemplified by his role as Chair of the Summitville Task Force.
Paul C. Jones is currently executive vice president and director of St. Andrew Goldfields of Toronto, ON Canada. He supervises the development of three gold mining operations in Ontario and Alaska. He is also a principal of Sovereign Gold in Golden, CO and serves as a counselor of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.
Jones served as president of the Northwest Mining Association (NWMA ) in 2000, co-chair of NWMA’s Public Lands Committee in 1998-99 and a trustee of the organization from 1987-1990 and 1997-2003. He served as executive director of the Minerals Exploration Coalition, an advocate for exploration and development of mineral resources on public lands, until that organization merged into NWMA in 1998. Jones is a past chair of the board of directors, a past member of the Executive Committee and a director emeritus of the Colorado Mining Association (CMA). He is currently a member of CMA's Legislative Affairs and Hardrock Committees.
Jones organized and served as chair of the CMA Summitville Task Force from January 1993 to near the end of the decade. He was an industry spokesman and leader in the Summitville situation in southwestern Colorado. He participated in the negotiation and the passage of SB 93-247 that revised the Colorado Mined Land statutes regulating hard-rock mining in the state. Jones served as the industry representative on the Colorado Governor’s Summitville Advisory Committee from 1993 through 1996. He also served in other roles associated with the public-relations and governmental-agency interactions with industry related to the Summitville Mine abandonment and subsequent cleanup. The committee represented local, state and federal agencies, the environmental coalition, the general public and the mining industry. The committee also acted as a conduit of information on activities at Summitville to their respective constituencies and provided guidance to the Governor's Office on matters related to the reclamation and closure of the project.
Jones is a founding member of the National Hall of Fame and Museum, a founder and director of the Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation and a past section chair of SME. He has been a member of SME since 1958. Jones has a bachelor of mining engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer.
The William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal, established in 1927, and funded by AIME, recognizes distinguished achievement in mining other than coal.