Outstanding leadership

THE inaugural Queensland Resources Council (QRC) medal has been awarded to Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) director Don McKee.

Professor McKee was largely responsible for establishing the SMI and has been director since 2001.

“McKee has been a long-time leader in the development of new technology for the mining industry,” the citation read.

McKee, a metallurgical engineer, worked on several continents specialising in the development of process control systems for mineral processing applications.

“McKee is highly regarded for his intellectual and organisational leadership and his vision for the R&D needs of the industry across many disciplines,” QRC chief executive Michael Roche said.

Premier Anna Bligh presented the award at QRC’s annual resources lunch.

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