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Presentation of the first Paul Semple Award for Innovative Mines

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Alison Semple, Esther Semple, and Mark Baker from Noront Resources photographed with scholarship recipient, Nicole Valiquette (upper image) and Laura MacKinnon representing DAREarts (lower image).

Alison Semple, Esther Semple, and Mark Baker from Noront Resources photographed with scholarship recipient, Nicole Valiquette (left image) and Laura MacKinnon representing DAREarts (right image).

Written by Esther Semple & Mark Baker.

On Friday September 16th, 2016 at a reception at Penguin ASI headquarters in Naughton ON, the first Paul Semple Award for Innovative Mines was presented to Nicole Valiquette, an M.Sc. student in Environmental Microbiology at Laurentian University. Nicole was awarded $2,000 to support her research on microbial genomics for countering acid mine drainage in cold climates.

In attendance were six members of the Semple family; Mark Baker and Kaitlyn Ferris from Noront Resources (where Paul was COO); Dr. Greg Baiden and others fromPenguin ASI (which Paul co‐founded); and Laura MacKinnon, Lead Instructor at DAREarts. Guests from Laurentian University included Nicole’s supervisor, Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk and the Dean of Science, Engineering and Architecture, Dr. Osman Abou‐Rabia.

Paul Semple was a successful professional engineer and mining executive and this award is to be given annually to a student from Northern Ontario whose educational and career goals will contribute to innovative mining projects.

Mr. Semple was Chair of the Board of the DAREarts Foundation until 2015. To recognize his commitment to promoting education for First Nation youth, an equivalent award is provided to DAREarts to support their empowerment programs in remote First Nation communities.


DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower at-risk young people to become leaders. Our lead sponsors are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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