ABOUT US

The KPMA was established in 1974 by 56 placer miners who gathered in Dawson City to promote and protect the interests of their industry.

Since that time, the KPMA has flourished and represents approximately 200 family-owned and operated placer mines across several regions of the territory. We are a member-driven, non-profit association that works to encourage responsible and sustainable placer mining across the Territory.

 

From left to right: Pascal McBurney, Neil Loveless, Stuart Schmidt, Mike McDougall, Will Fellers, Lisa Favron, Mark Mather, Harold Schmidt

2023-2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Will Fellers – President

Neil Loveless – Vice President

Lisa Favron – Secretary Treasurer

Mike McDougall – Past President

Harold Schmidt – Director

Liam Ferguson – Director

Mark Mather – Director

Pascal McBurney – Director

Stuart Schmidt – Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Lisa Christensen

MISSION STATEMENT

The KPMA is a voice for all Yukon’s placer miners providing leadership on, and advocating for, responsible and sustainable placer mining with technological and ethical advances to the benefit of all operators, our environment, and enriching the communities we are a part of.

 Communities mean the towns, villages, creeks, cities and the greater Territory we mine in, and all of the people that are part of our operations or those that benefit or are affected by the placer industry.

Leadership means proactively seeking out opportunities and possibilities that would benefit the placer industry and acting as key contact for all levels of government to the industry.

Advocate means to provide support to members and the industry in general during change to any aspect of how work is performed to the benefit of the placer industry.

Responsible means meeting or exceeding legislated requirements, including socio-economic commitments, working in an environmentally responsible manner, and maintaining healthy and safe operations.

Sustainable means economic feasibility with social and environmental net-positive impacts to the Yukon.

Placer exploration means any exploratory or prospecting work performed that may influence future placer mining in the Yukon.

OUR VISION

Responsible and progressive placer mining in the Yukon for future generations of miners by working with our community partners. 

Responsible means meeting or exceeding legislated requirements, including socio-economic commitments, working in an environmentally responsible manner, and maintaining healthy and safe operations.

Progressive means meeting or exceeding best practices as they relate to all aspects of placer mining, including and not limited to technological improvements and efficiencies, community leadership, environmental stewardship and reclamation.

OUR VALUES

Family, community, environmental stewardship, historical and scientific contributions, ingenuity and hard work.