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Hecla’s Dean McDonald Honored for Exceptional Contributions to Mining Exploration in Canada

Hecla Mining Company is pleased to announce that Senior Vice President - Exploration, Dr. Dean McDonald, received the A.O. Dufresne Exploration Achievement Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), at the CIM Annual Awards Gala in Montreal, Quebec on Monday night.

This award recognizes Dr. McDonald's "exceptional contributions to mining exploration in Canada."

"Congratulations to Dean on receiving this prestigious award," said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO. "We believe the largest risk to mining companies today is the ability to replace reserves. Dean and his exploration team have been instrumental in Hecla maintaining its strong and growing reserve and resource profile over the past 10 years; as we added 299 million silver ounces to reserves despite price volatility and the recent trend in the industry of declining reserves."

"I would like to thank the CIM for this recognition, and commend the organization for the positive impact it has on the mining industry in Canada and around the world and specifically on my career," said Dr. McDonald. "I share this award with the exploration teams I have worked in the past and currently at each of our sites, without whom this success would not be possible. This award has particular personal significance to me, as my father was awarded the Canadian Mineral Processor Medal by the CIM - Mineral Processors Division, fifteen years ago."


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