North Bay native Mackenzie Tagliamonte has received a scholarship award from the University of Toronto's Lassonde Mining and Mineral Engineering School.
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The award was presented personally by 75-year-old Pierre Lassonde, who is one of the most distinguished mining people in the world. Lassonde was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002, was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2013,
Tagliamonte is in his first year of the program. He was born and raised in North Bay and attended St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Secondary School, playing on the Scollard Hall boy's soccer team, and was an active runner for the high school cross-country team.
He is the fourth generation of mining people in his family.
His great-grandfather Peter Tagliamonte worked in the Cobalt, Boston Creek, and Kirkland Lake mining camps, and his grandfather Frank Tagliamonte P. Eng. worked in Sudbury, Kirkland lake, larder lake, Timmins, Virginia town, and Rouyn-Noranda. His proud father Peter is a mining engineer who works all over the world, but for most of his early career, worked in the Ontario and Quebec mining camps.
"Mackenzie will be focused on developing mines in a sustainable manner that will bring the world the natural resources required for a green new future, says Peter.
"Unfortunately, there are not many young people from northern Ontario selecting mining engineering as a career path and it will be important for the future of sustainable energy objectives to have a strong mining industry," added Peter.