Governor General of Canada Honours Top Science and Engineering Achievements
April 12, 2012
(Photo from left to right: JF Metail, Barrick; Tim Cutt, President, BHP Billiton Canada; I Torok, Vale; L Kleinhans, AngloGold Ashanti; M Thurston, De Beers; I Douglas, Newmont; Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, McGill; D Johnston, Governor General of Canada; S Fortier, President of NSERC)Photo credit: MCpl Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall© 2012 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada
Ottawa, February 27, 2012 – Canada’s top researchers in the natural sciences and engineering will be honoured today at an awards ceremony hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The achievements being recognized include groundbreaking discoveries about Earth system science, unlocking the codes that control human genetics, and using the characteristics of carbohydrates found inside cells to help combat disease. The 19 individuals and teams are winners of seven prestigious prizes awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Four winners of Synergy Awards for Innovation:
Rung Tien Bui of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan;
Roussos Dimitrakopoulos of McGill University, in partnership with BHP Billiton Canada Inc., AngloGold Ashanti Limited, Barrick Gold Corporation, De Beers Canada Inc., Newmont Mining Corporation and Vale Exploration Canada Inc.;
Eugene Fiume of the University of Toronto, in partnership with Autodesk, Inc.; and
Yun Zhang of the University of New Brunswick, in partnership with PCI Geomatics.
Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, McGill University
BHP Billiton Canada Inc., AngloGold Ashanti Limited, Barrick Gold Corporation, De Beers Canada Inc., Newmont Mining Corporation, and Vale Exploration Canada Inc.
Mines operate in a complex, uncertain and high-risk global environment. Stochastic mine modelling helps mining companies produce more metal from the same resource and achieve a higher return on investment, while reducing environmental impacts. Dr. Dimitrakopoulos is among the world's foremost experts in this field. His laboratory generates new ideas and methods, and an original technical-scientific paradigm for addressing the sustainable development of mineral resources. His work is ensuring the effective supply of raw materials, metals and energy that ultimately support jobs and economic growth.
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