Energy, Mines and Resources


Robert E. Leckie Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

About the Robert E. Leckie Award

This award was created in 1999 as a tribute to Robert E. Leckie, a mining inspector from Mayo, who passed away November 1999.

Robert was an innovator who promoted planned reclamation, research, and cooperation that benefited both government and industry.

The award is presented to worthy recipients for excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility, and leadership and innovation in overall process.

It is presented annually at the Yukon Geoscience Forum  to a quartz and placer exploration/mining operation.

2018 nominations now being accepted

Nomination deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018

If you require further information, please contact Kathy Sutherland at 867.456.3864 or 1.800.661.0408 ext. 3864

2017 Robert E. Leckie Award

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.









Leckie Award – Contact Us:

Kathy Sutherland
Energy, Mines and Resources
Mineral Resources Branch
Box 2703 (K-9), Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6
Phone: 867-456-3864