Mineral Master Receives Industry Award

YELLOWKNIFE (May 13, 2016) — A transformative figure in the Northwest Territories’ (NWT) mining sector, who discovered the Snap Lake kimberlite deposit, received pan-territorial recognition yesterday.

Randy Turner, President and CEO of Canterra Minerals and Independence Gold, was awarded the Professional Award of Merit in Geosciences by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) for excellence in applied geology and geoscience in the NWT and Nunavut.

Since the Snap Lake discovery, Mr. Turner has continued contributing to the national mineral industry by exploring new gold and diamond projects. Mr. Turner’s Canterra Minerals actively maintains and explores six diamond properties in the South Slave region of the NWT.


“Exploration is the foundation of a strong mineral sector. At the heart of the NWT’s Mineral Development Strategy is a strong desire for, and consistent action towards, supporting prospectors and explorers like Randy Turner. I would like to offer thanks to Mr. Turner on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) for his contributions to our prosperity in the mineral sector and congratulate him on

this well-deserved recognition.”
- Bob McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick facts

  • The GNWT’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has invested $800,000 over two years in grassroots exploration through the Mining Incentive Program (MIP) to support explorers like Randy Turner.
  •  The Department of ITI has begun the process of developing a homegrown Mineral Resources Act, which will aim to further improve regulation and competitiveness of the NWT mining and exploration sector.

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Drew Williams
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
867-767-9202 ext. 63037