H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award

For Excellence in Prospecting and Mineral Exploration

2012 Recipients: Rob Carne, Bill Wengzynowski and Doug Eaton


Rob Carne, Bill Wengzynowski, and Doug Eaton – the Rau Team of Archer Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited were recognized particularly for their roles in the recent discovery and development of the Rackla Gold Belt in east-central Yukon, comprising two district-scale mineral trends – Nadaleen and Rau. The Nadaleen Trend hosts the only drill-confirmed Carlin-type gold discoveries made in Canada to date.

The Rackla Gold Project encompasses over 1700 square kilometres acquired entirely by staking, and is 100 per cent owned by ATAC Resources Ltd., with exploration programs coordinated by the Archer Cathro consulting firm, presently headed by Eaton, and of which both Carne and Wengzynowski are long-time former senior partners. ATAC made the grassroots discovery in 2006, based on diligent research and targeting of historic gold and pathfinder element geochemical anomalies and mineral occurrences, in a geological setting recognized as being very similar to that which hosts major gold deposits in the northern Carlin Trend, Nevada. Under the leadership of Carne as President of ATAC, the company has proceeded to systematically explore the large claim block with well-planned and executed programs that have generated very impressive results.

Exploration was initially focused in the western portion of the property (Rau Trend), when during the years 2008 to 2010, 25,900 metres of diamond drilling in 132 holes delineated the Tiger Zone replacement style deposit as having NI 43-101 compliant indicated and inferred mineral resources totaling 798,000 ounces gold. In July 2010, a new discovery of true Carlin-type gold mineralization was made by Wengzynowski while prospecting arsenic stream sediment anomalies about 100 km east of the Tiger Deposit. Grab samples from this Osiris Showing, with associated orpiment and realgar, graded between 1.92 and 12.15 g/t Au. The first drill hole on the showing returned an intercept of 65.2 metres grading 4.65 g/t Au. Subsequent aggressive exploration carried out from late 2010 through 2012, including 65,598 metres of diamond drilling, has now identified six zones of substantial Carlin-style mineralization along a 25-km segment of the Nadaleen Trend. Recently published drill results from two of the newly-discovered zones are: 8.51 m of 19.85 g/t Au and 14.86 m of 10.54 g/t Au.

In addition to the Rackla Gold (Rau) Project discoveries, Carne, Wengzynowski and Eaton have been credited or involved with the discovery of several other significant mineral deposits in Yukon since the 1970s. Their perseverance, dedicated work, extensive geological knowledge and technical expertise have enabled them to achieve this outstanding track record and to attract investment capital exceeding $100 million into Yukon mineral exploration. 


The Award is open to individuals engaged in any phase of prospecting and mineral exploration, nominated by an AME BC member or member of an associated exploration and/or mining assocation.


Winners have made a significant contribution, directly or indirectly, to enhance the mineral resources of British Columbia and/or the Yukon Territory, through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology.



Past Recipients 

1977 – Spud Huestis
1979 – Karl Springer
1980 – Bern Brynelsen
1981 – Bill Smitheringale, Sr.
1982 – Alex Smith
1983 – Egil Lorntzsen
1984 – Andy Robertson
1985 – Tom McQuillan
1986 – Harry Warren
1987 – Jim McDougall
1988 – Stu Barclay
1989 – Ted Chisholm
1990 – Efrem Specogna
1991 – John Stollery
1992 – Mark Rebagliati
1993 – Eric Denny 
1994 –  Franc Joubin
1995 – Gordon Milbourne


1996 – Bruce Mawer
1997 – Stu Blusson, Chuck Fipke
1998 – Al Archer, Bob Cathro
1999 – Richard Haslinger, Sr.
2000 – John McDonald, Robert Etzel & Arthur John
2001 – Lorne Warren
2002 – Mark Baknes
2003 – Peter Fox
2004 – Patrick McAndless
2005 – Ed Balon
2006 – J.C. “Cam” Stephen
2007 – John Robins, Lawrence Barry
2008 – Michael Savell
2009 – Shawn Ryan
2010 - David Moore & Myron Osatenko
2011 - Peter Bernier and Dirk Tempelman-Kluit
2012 - Rob Carne, Bill Wengzynowski and Doug Eaton

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