Ross Lawrence, Class of 5T6, to be inducted into Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Ross Lawrence, Class of 5T6, is to be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

Lawrence is to be one of five members inducted at a ceremony to be held in Toronto on January 11, 2024. The five inductees have been selected for their long-term contributions to Canada’s mining industry.

“Our 2024 inductees are visionaries in different parts of our industry who share a common approach – they identify opportunities and transform them into reality,” said Janice Zinck, Chair of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and Executive Director, Geoscience and Mines, Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, Nova Scotia. “These five individuals are deserving of this honour for their tireless commitment to unlocking discoveries, building projects and generating value to the benefit of Canada as a whole.”

In the online statement, Lawrence was lauded for his many notable achievements:
Ross D. Lawrence is credited with elevating Canadian geological expertise and the growth of the Canadian mining industry on a global scale. He embarked on his career at Watts, Griffis, and McOuat Ltd in 1962, a company he helped shape and elevate over many decades. Lawrence was instrumental in setting up teams of geologists and mining experts, enabling WGM to flourish into a globally renowned consulting firm. He was also actively involved in policy development, advising governments in such countries as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. One of Lawrence’s notable technical contributions was the development of a technique for diamond drilling 12-inch diameter core for bulk sampling, a pioneering method displayed in WGM’s lobby today. For 20 years Lawrence served as President of the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE) and was a director (20 years) and Chairman (3 years) of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) in Sudbury.

Lawrence has also been celebrated in a recent Northern Miner article.

The announcement from the organization came on September 28.