Mineral Exploration

Spring 2015

Mineral Exploration is the official publication of the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia.

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Photograph : Mark Kinskofer/ Vision Event Photography S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 11 H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award Excellence in Prospecting and Mineral Exploration RECIPIENT: PETER OGRYZLO As the recipient of the H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award for excellence in pros- pecting and mineral exploration, Peter Ogryzlo is recognized especially for his contributions to the discovery of two additional ore zones at the Huckleberry Copper Mine, 85 kilometres south- west of Houston in west-central British Columbia. These newly defined resour- ces have led to major open-pit and plant expansions to extend the mine life – first from 2007 through 2012, and then from 2012 through 2021. Ogryzlo's career in the mining indus- try seemed predestined with his birth in the shadow of the North Main head- frame in Flin Flon, Manitoba. During his early years, he spent several sum- mers working for Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co. Limited in Flin Flon and Snow Lake, Manitoba, as well as in Yukon. Upon attaining his undergradu- ate degree in geology, he spent many years in both exploration (from grass- roots to mine development) and produc- tion, both internationally and domesti- cally. Over the years, he developed his expertise in porphyry copper-gold deposits, and he was honoured with the Governor General's Gold Medal for his master's thesis on breccia-hosted mineralization. Ogryzlo was the senior geologist at Huck leberr y Mine from 2004 to 2008. H is impact on t he mine's progress was immediately appar- ent as Ogryzlo and his dedicated team brought the MZX Pit through explora- tion, development and production in only three years. Scaling up his vision, he used Geoscience BC's QU EST- West geophysical and geochemical data, combined with till sampling by the BC Geological Survey, to develop larger-scope exploration projects at Huckleberry. In particular, his team used the results of the QUEST-West airborne electromagnetic survey to expand the planned drill program at Huckleberry in 2009 to include several deep holes on the property. The results of that extended drill program were impressive, resulting in the longest intersection of continuous mineralization reported in Huckleberry's 47-year history. One of the drill holes intersected 0.38 per cent copper and 0.01 per cent molybdenum over 486 metres. Since his retirement from Huckleberry, Ogryzlo has been continuing his activi- ties as a prospector and consultant. He is a keen geosciences researcher and adopter of new technologies and infor- mation in prospecting and explora- tion. His curiosity and enthusiasm for research mesh well with his passion for exploration and the challenge of finding important new clues in the search for mineralization. He is a dedicated mentor, selflessly contributing to the next genera- tion of exploration geologists. He gener- ously provides advice and guidance to young geologists, encouraging them to take on projects and expand their knowl- edge and confidence. 2014 AME BC Awards THE MINERAL EXPLORATION INDUSTRY HONOURS ITS OWN By the AMe BC AwArds CoMMittee Every January, AME BC celebrates the important achievements made by leaders in the mineral explo- ration industry here in B.C., throughout Canada and around the world. The Association honoured its 2014 award recipients in front of their peers at the Celebration of Excellence Gala held January 27 as part of Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015. Peter Ogryzlo

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