September 8, 2011

Vancouver – The Mining Association of BC would like to offer congratulations to MABC executive member, Jim O’Rourke, who has just been selected to receive the 2011 Order of BC Award, the highest honour a citizen of BC can receive. The Order of BC Award recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual BC citizens.

“Jim has been involved in the mining industry for nearly five decades, said, Karina Briño, President & CEO of the Mining Association of BC, “and, through his experience, passion and knowledge this has translated it into a wide range of successes starting with the building of several new mines in BC resulting in the creation of thousands of jobs in local communities.”

Jim, over the span of his career, has been involved with several high profile mining operations around the province including Endako, Gibraltar, Huckleberry, Equity Silver, Quinsam Coal and Similco Copper mine. After a lifetime of successfully developing mines, Jim continues to play a major role in industry as the President & CEO of Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton, BC, leading the mine into production in 2011.  

Jim’s exemplary commitment to building better communities in which he operates often in unique, innovative ways, has translated into significant, positive community impacts garnering trust and respect from those he is dealing with.  Jim has also been instrumental in leading projects such as the Mining for Miracles Campaign to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital and Fishing for Kids, a campaign raising funds for children’s charities.

Jim O’Rourke has generated great value for the province of BC, the standard by which he operates sets a strong example for others to emulate.

The Order of B.C. investiture ceremony will be held for recipients and invited guests at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 4, 2011.


About MABC
MABC represents companies involved in the exploration and development, mining and smelting of minerals, metals, coal and industrial minerals in British Columbia. It is regarded as the pre-eminent voice of mining in the province.

For more information contact:
Karina Brino, President and CEO, Mining Association of BC
604.681.4321  or,

Claire Thomson, Senior Director, Communications