Lynda Smithard is Awarded Prestigious Mining Award

Delta, British Columbia (January 25, 2024) – The Association of Mineral Exploration (AME) presented Lynda Smithard, Chief Operating Officer of McCue Engineering Contractors, with the prestigious 2023 AME Robert R Hedley Award for Excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility. The award recognizes Lynda’s outstanding leadership in water and wastewater treatment; commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion within the mining industry; and advocacy for the BC mining sector.

The award ceremony took place at the AME RoundUp Awards Gala held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. The event brought together mining industry leaders to celebrate Lynda’s remarkable contributions to the mining sector.

McCue Engineering Contractors manufactures PANAQUA™ Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems. Established in 2000, McCue Engineering Contractors is committed to excellence and has a proven track record of delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for mining, oil and gas, other industrial wastewater, drinking water and domestic wastewater. PANAQUA™ systems are designed to be flexible, durable, and practical. Treatment modules can be interconnected to each other and to other water treatment technologies, making treatment possibilities endless. 

McCue also developed TIPs for Water Treatment,  a training and employment program designed to enable Indigenous people to find careers in environmental applied science in or near their home communities.

“The work I’ve done and that of my company to develop our training program, TIPs, and our brand, PANAQUA™, was driven by all of you and the unique, and often challenging, needs of your projects.  McCue, as a 24-year old and growing cleantech company, not a mining company, is still, in my opinion, a BC mining industry success story.”  Lynda stated during her acceptance speech in front of hundreds of mining professionals attending the gala.

Lynda also highlighted the significance of a shift within the mining industry toward an emphasis on prioritizing water protection in mining projects. “The industry is evolving; there’s a noticeable shift toward prioritizing water protection in mining projects, a positive change over the past decade.”  This positive evolution over the past decade is transforming the way mining operations approach environmental sustainability.


About AME

AME is the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME represents, advocates and promotes the interests of almost 5,000 members who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in B.C. and globally. AME encourages a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible industry by providing clear initiatives, policies, events and tools to support its membership in delivering responsible projects that advance reconciliation and benefit all British Columbians.


About the AME Robert R Hedley Award:

The AME Robert R Hedley Award for Excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to advancing social and environmental responsibility within the mineral exploration and mining sectors.


Learn more about McCue Engineering Contractors here.