HOF Citations 2016 Underground Development - Morris Medd

2016 IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNDERGROUND DEVELOPMENT Morris James Medd Morris Medd has an extensive background spanning over 45 years of mine contracting and development. Most recently Medd was the President of the Redpath Group of Companies, a world leader in shaft sinking, underground mine development and contract mining. He has been credited with the establishment of a number of new and innovative mine development techniques and is considered to be an expert in the field of shaft sinking. Medd started with the Redpath Group as a miner, and over his 30 years with the company gained a broad range of expertise through his escalating positions as Project Manager, Group Contract Manager, Senior Vice President of Operations, and finally as President, a position he held for five years. Medd is also a former Director of the Ontario Mining Association. Morris began his career as a miner at the Sifto salt mine in 1959. His expertise grew as he took on leadership roles at various mine sites over a 15-year period, most notably at the Creighton No. 9 Shaft sinking project where the crew lined and equipped a 21 ft (6.4 m) diameter x 7,200 ft (2,194.5 m) deep concrete shaft, which was a significant task in its day. In 1974, MeddMinCa was 26 promoted to a management role at The Redpath Group’s head office in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He held management and executive positions since then, leading up to his role as President from 2000 to 2005. Medd has also contributed as a director on the boards of the Ontario Mining Association, Free Gold Ventures Limited and El Niňo Ventures Inc., and has participated on the DGR Technical Review Group for the Nuclear Waste Management Organisation. The scoop on The Godfather of shaftsmen In his own words from the November 2004 company newspaper The Redpath Scoop, just before his retirement: "As this will be my last chance to compose the 'Presidents Message', I will reminisce a little on my history in this business. I originally got interested in this line of work while working at the Sifto salt mine in Goderich, Ontario where the old Cementation company [then based in England] was sinking a shaft. I eventually hired on with them to sink the Geco No. 4 shaft in Manitouwadge in 1963. After spending about a year there, I hired on with McIsaac Mining and Tunnelling in Sudbury sinking the Strathcona shaft and was later transferred to Falconbridge East mine to sink a winze under the supervision of the legendary Ted Hyway. The big news at this time was that Inco had awarded the Creighton No. 9 shaft (7,137 ft deep) to this start-up company by the name of Redpath. This project was in Creighton, a small mining town just north of Lively, Ontario (this town doesn't exist anymore). So, hearing this news, and with shaft sinking now in my blood – I knew somehow I had to get a job there. Asking around, I discovered that Jim Redpath always ate lunch in a small restaurant there, so I introduced myself, told him a bunch of lies about how good a shaftman I was (he believed me!) and after lunch that day, just shy of 40 years ago in 1965, I had my first job with Redpath to sink the deepest shaft in North America. “After the completion of Creighton No. 9 I returned to Cementation Company to sink the Kidd Creek No. 1 shaft and later was transferred to Zambia as master sinker for three years. In these early years, I had the opportunity to work for three different shaft sinking companies and it was time to settle down with the company I found to be superior to the other two and came back to Redpath in 1974. The philosophy of The Redpath Group, the attitude towards safety, the treatment of their people and the tremendous pride throughout the company as made working there a very rewarding experience. “In my role as President for the last five years, I found my job easy because of the tremendous talent and ambition of the employees I have had the opportunity to lead. Also, during these years, I have tried to ensure that the Redpath reputation and success will