Recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial scholarship announced

by Keith Powell
Picture of scholarship application.

MAC has named Alexander (Al) Pritchard as the 2016 recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, a $3,500 value. — Photo courtesy

MAC has named Alexander (Al) Pritchard as the 2016 recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, a $3,500 value. Al is currently studying a Master of Business Administration at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University.

The selection committee noted Al’s extensive work experience in the minerals industry and his strong academic achievements. Since 2006, Al has worked for Ottawa-based Sander Geophysics Ltd., presently in the area of Operations Management. He brings this technical experience in mineral exploration and development to his current MBA studies. Al cites his early interest in natural resources to having grown up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His vision essay on the future of Canada’s mining industry focused on the opportunities that the Ring of Fire presents to his hometown and throughout the region of Northern Ontario. He expressed a particular interest in the socio-economic benefits responsible mineral development can bring to Aboriginal communities, and how it can lead to deeper, long-lasting relationships between mining companies and Aboriginal peoples.

On behalf of the selection committee, MAC congratulates Al for receiving the 2016 scholarship. As always, it is a pleasure to support current and future talent as they aspire to contribute their skills to the mining industry.

The scholarship was established in 2012 from the generosity of MAC member companies in memory of the late Paul Stothart, MAC’s former Vice President of Economic Affairs.

For more information about the scholarship, please visit:

Source: The Mining Story newsletter: The Mining Association of Canada.

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