Miner of the Year Award

The Miner of the Year Award was established by the Mining & Exploration (M&E) Division in 2012 and was first awarded in 2013. It is presented to a person in recognition for getting “Rock in the Box.” This award is designed to recognize mine-site leaders who are able to manage production, people, community, safety and be good stewards of the environment and is funded by Atlas Copco, Inc.

View the award guidelines


Miner of the Year - Past Award Winners

2020 - John D. Welsh
2019 - Mel K. Lawson
2018 - Andrew P. Cole
2017 - Kurt W. Keskimaki
2016 - A. Clayr Alexander
2015 - Tom M. Goodell
2014 - Clyde H. Peppin
2012 - Cherie M. Tilley

For more information, please contact SME at awards@smenet.org.