Six winners were recognized at the Northwest Territories’ annual MAX mining and exploration awards on Thursday night.

The Yellowknife ceremony caps off the territory’s annual Geoscience Forum industry gathering.

The Gahcho Kué mine picked up two awards, while Diavik picked up a special achievement award for its dike design and operation.

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The awards a partnership between the Chamber of Mines and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Gren Thomas picked up this year’s distinguished service award for a half-century of work in northern mineral exploration, leading companies like Aber Resources and North Arrow Minerals, and making discoveries contributing to projects Diavik and the nascent Nechalacho project.

De Beers Canada received an economic leadership award for its contributions to the Canadian and NWT economies through the Snap Lake and Gahcho Kué mines, while Ni Hadi Xa – a monitoring cooperative of five Indigenous parties and De Beers – won an environmental and social responsibility award.

The late Cece Hodgson-McCauley was posthumously honoured with an Indigenous achievement award for her infrastructure and economic development advocacy.

Diavik won the special achievement award for outstanding engineering work on its three dikes – an award shared with the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road joint venture.