Energy, Mines and Resources


2017 Leckie Recipients

For responsible and innovative exploration and mining practices

Quartz Mining: Minto Explorations Limited

Minto Explorations Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Capstone Mining Corp., owns and operates the Minto copper mine that is approximately 240 km northwest of Whitehorse.

Minto Explorations developed and constructed a wetland treatment system that is naturally treating water at the Minto Mine. The plants in the constructed wetland are native to the mine area.

This type of system can have a significant future in Yukon because the system effectively treats water with minimal maintenance while a mine operates and can remain in place and continue to treat water after a mine closes.

Minto has also demonstrated responsible development and progressive reclamation throughout the mine’s operating period.









For excellence in environmental stewardship

Quartz Mining: Triumph Gold Corporation

Triumph Gold Corporation took the initiative to cleanup historical disturbances within its operating areas.

This included re-sloping old trenches, plugging drill holes and relocating core left by previous operators.

The award also acknowledges the company’s effort to provide employment opportunities to First Nations and ensure that cultural sensitivity training was provided to all their employees.

The company has supported many community events and assisted community groups in achieving their goals, which helps build sustainable communities.








For excellence in environmental stewardship

Placer Mining: M2 Gold Mines Ltd.

M2 Gold Mines Ltd. has demonstrated leadership and are promoting environmental stewardship with their outstanding reclamation practices on their claims along the Indian River south of Dawson City.

The company’s reclamation techniques include meticulous contouring and strategic placement of boulder piles to create back eddies that improve fish habitat. Willows were placed along the top of boulder piles and tailings. Overburden and black muck were knocked down flat and the trees and vegetative mat were spread over the mud surface to promote regrowth.