The CMA provides scholarships to students who are enrolled in mineral science or chemical technology programs at Canadian colleges. The awards are not only made on the basis of the student’s academic performance but students are evaluated by the college on their involvement, commitment and overall motivation towards pursuing a career in the Canadian mining industry. Some scholarships have been named in honour of CMA members who were long time members and have been staunch supporters of the CMA and its activities. The individuals so honoured are Mr. James Tweed, Dr. Ian Devereux, Mr. Bill Clifford, and Dr. Eric Hoffman.
The Bill Clifford Scholarship
Created in 2015 and is
awarded annually by the Canadian Mineral Analysts (CMA) to a
student enrolled in the BCIT Assayer Certification Training Program.
Assayer Certification in BC started in 1895.
Bill enjoyed an extensive career in the gold mining industry.
Bill worked in the mining industry for over 50 years. He was
well known and respected for his knowledge of the methods,
products, the business, his integrity and professionalism. He was
a calm caring individual and always a gentleman.
After graduating from high school, Bill started working for Swastika Laboratories in Swastika, Ontario, which is
part of the extended "gold camp" of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The main service of the lab was assaying for gold content,
working with exploration companies and established mines.
Bill started in the sample preparation room of the lab while learning the trade from the co-owners: Mr. William
Gerrie and Dr. Douglas Ker-Lawson. Under their mentorship, Bill learned everything from sample preparation to all
aspects of wet chemical analysis and fire assaying.
Bill moved on to X-Ray Assay Laboratories Ltd., a commercial laboratory in Toronto, where he worked in the
Analytical Lab preparing samples and analyzing them by x-ray fluorescence and atomic absorption methods.
Bill then moved on to work as the Chief Assayer at Dome Mines, South Porcupine, Ontario, for 11 years.
There he was responsible for all aspect of the department: personnel, budget, capital expenditures, purchasing,
as well as ensuring the quality of analysis of 300 + samples a day –all with a keen focus on new method development.
Bill joined Mines Assay Supplies in 1986 as the General Manager; his knowledge of the business and products
dovetailed nicely into sales. Mines Assay was purchased by Anachemia Science in 1993. Bill managed the Kirkland
Lake Branch for 11 years before moving to a Director of Sales position at Anachemia in the Vancouver Office where
he worked until he retired.
Bill became a member of the Canadian Mineral Analysis in 1976 and he remained active until his passing in May
2015. He was Secretary and Treasurer for many years. When mining had slow years and there was some doubt that
the annual conference would happen, Bill took up the cause and was known at the annual event to be always on the
lookout for someone who would commit to "Host" the next conference. Bill was instrumental in ensuring the CMA
continued each year. He was also instrumental in assisting Jack Simmons to set up the Society of Mineral Analysts
in the US.
Bill was very passionate and committed to the continuing education of people who were interested in entering
the mining industry. This was evidenced through not only his active membership in the CMA and SMA, but also
through the mentorship and support he offered others.
Over the years Bill never stopped growing or learning. He took a two-year course in General Chemistry, a
course to study conversational French, safety courses, photography, golf lessons, to name a few. He volunteered
for the United Way, the CNIB, the Canadian Red Cross, the United Church, a Christmas Food Fund, he coached soccer,
and he was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Bill enjoyed his annual family fishing trips, and treasured his family.
He is sadly missed by all who knew him and shared his life.
The Eric Hoffman Scholarship
Created in 2016 and is presented annually by the Canadian Mineral Analysts (CMA) to a student enrolled at the
British Columbia Institute of Technology. Eric Hoffman was an economic geologist with over 30 years of experience
in minerals exploration, analysis, and management. He passed away on July 10, 2015. In 1974, he received his
Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Geology and his Masters of Science in Geology in 1975, both from McGill University.
In 1974, Eric was awarded the Logan Gold Medal for Highest Standing and graduated with First Class Honours with Great
Distinction. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Toronto in 1978.
The Canadian Innovation Leader
Award was presented to Eric in 2009 by the Government of Canada. In 2013, Eric received the Association of Applied
Geochemists’ Gold Medal for outstanding scientific achievement in applied geochemistry. In 1987, Eric established
Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Actlabs) Group of Companies with a focus on commercializing innovative technologies
with the highest quality standards for the minerals, metallurgy, petroleum, life sciences, environmental, forensics,
material testing and agricultural industries.
He achieved global success by growing Actlabs into 27 laboratories in
12 countries. In 2014, Actlabs opened a new 200,000 square foot global headquarters in Ancaster, Ontario. Eric was
a long-time member of the Canadian Mineral Analysts (CMA), a regular attendee at the annual CMA Conference, and an
active participant at the annual CMA business meetings.