Darrell Beaulieu, CEO of Denedeh Investments, is the winner of the 2016 Skookum Jim Award recognizing achievement by aboriginal-owned mining businesses.
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), since 2008, presents the award annually to an individual or a company that has made a significant contribution to the mining industry.
Beaulieu has worked in the mining industry from Hudson Bay to the Mackenzie mountains. His first mining job was at the age of 17 working for Noranda Explorations Ltd., 100 kilometres from Yellowknife. He spent about seven months in the bush, surveying, staking claims and setting up camps all over the territory. He was involved with the Impact Benefit Agreement for Ekati diamonds. In 2005, Beaulieu became the CEO of Denedeh Investments. In 2013, he oversaw the creation of DEMCO, a wholly Dene-owned mining exploration company, which currently owns silver, gold and diamond properties.