Mining hall of fame honours professor
Canada’s mining hall of fame has honoured a Laurentian University professor
James M. Franklin, an adjunct professor at Laurentian’s Harquail School of Earth Sciences, is one of five global industry influencers recognized by the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2019.
Franklin is a distinguished geoscientist who helped build and advance the knowledge base of Canada’s mineral industry. Much of his career was spent with the Geological Survey of Canada, documenting the complex evolution of the Canadian Shield and the link to its phenomenal mineral wealth.
He has also served the minerals sector as a geological consultant, educator, author, lecturer and industry ambassador. He has received numerous awards for his achievements, including the RAF Penrose Gold Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists and the Logan Gold Medal from the Geological Association of Canada.
“Dr. Franklin has provided invaluable guidance and scientific insight to numerous MSc and PhD students for more than 15 years as both a committee member and co-supervisor,” Harold Gibson, professor of volcanology and ore deposits of the Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University, said in a release. “His wealth of experience in Precambrian metallogeny and ore deposits has benefited Laurentian faculty members and students and his input into some of the outstanding issues related to base metal endowment helped to focus our Metal Earth research program.”
Pierre Zundel, interim president and vice-chancellor of Laurentian University, also praised Franklin’s work.
“All of us at Laurentian University congratulate Dr. Franklin on this tremendous honour. His induction into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame is testimony of his sustained commitment and contributions to the industry,” Zundel said.
The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame’s 30th annual induction dinner was held this week at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. For more information on the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, including complete inductee profiles, visit mininghalloffame.ca.