Awards & Recognition


Pinto Valley Mine, Arizona, US

Capstone’s Pinto Valley Mine has been recognized for their continued support of the March of Dimes, an organization working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through education, research, community service, grants and advocacy. Pinto Valley has partnered with March of Dimes for the local Globe-Miami March for Babies, being named a “top team” 11 times over the past 20 years. Pinto Valley remains the top team after raising more than $104,000 over the last 14 years alone.

In November 2015, Pinto Valley was presented with the "Super Hero" Award from the Phoenix Children's Hospital for their continued support at the annual Children's Fight for Life Casino Night. The event brings together patient families, community supporters and hospital staff to show support for superheroes battling cancer. The event raised more than $100,000 to benefit the Centre of Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital in support of Leukemia Research.


Cozamin Mine, Zacatecas, Mexico

Capstone's Cozamin mine was honoured to be certified by Great Place to Work® Institute in 2015, which facilitates research to recognize leading workplaces in more than 52 countries worldwide. Cozamin ranked #16 in the top 100 Great Places to Work in Mexico (500 – 5,000 employees 2016). The ranking is developed by conducting a detailed evaluation that analyzes and assesses the views of employees and the corporate culture of each company.

For the past two years, Cozamin has been acknowledged as an inclusive company by the Mexican Secretariat of Labour and Social Welfare. In June 2016, the mine received further distinction under “Mexico Without Child Labour” campaign, recognizing work places that design and implement employment practices that support the prevention and eradication of child labour.

Cozamin was also pleased to receive certification endorsed by Mexico’s Federal Government in 2015, recognizing the mine as a Workers Competencies Evaluation Center. This accreditation is issued through the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Occupational Competencies and has only been awarded to a few universities and technological schools in Mexico. Cozamin is the first mine in Mexico to receive this certification, after an audit of Cozamin’s training programs deemed them competent by the Technological University of Zacatecas.

Previous Awards


  • Distinctive ESR® Socially Responsible Company (2012 - 2015) – awarded by the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI); recognizes success in meeting the standards set in strategic corporate social responsibility, and acknowledges efforts to assume voluntary and public commitment to implement socially responsible management and continuous improvement as part of culture and business strategy.
  • Clean Industry Certification (2013 - 2015) – awarded by Mexico's Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente or PROFEPA); voluntary environmental audit that certifies full compliance with Mexican federal environmental laws.
  • Family-Responsible Company Accolade (2012, 2015) - developed by the Secretariat of Labour and Social Welfare (Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social); recognizes a company bringing benefits to its partners, suppliers, families of its workers, and environment.                

Minto Mine, Yukon, Canada

The Minto Mine was the recipient of the Robert E. Leckie Award for "Excellence in Environmental Stewardship" at the Yukon Chamber of Mines Geoscience Awards in November 2015. The award was created as a tribute to Robert E. Leckie, a mining inspector from Mayo, who passed away in November 1999. Robert was an innovator who promoted planned reclamation, research, and cooperation that benefited both government and industry. The award is presented to worthy recipients for excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility, and leadership and innovation in overall process. In addition, Minto was honoured with the Yukon Chamber of Mines Member Award for "Exemplifying Modern Developmental Practices".

The Minto Mine Rescue Team competed against world class competitors from several mines at the Territorial Mine Rescue Competition in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada in June 2015. Seven teams from six mines participated, including Cantung mine, EKATI diamond mine, Diavik diamond mine, Snap Lake diamond mine, Minto mine and Agnico-Eagle's Meadowbank mine. Judges from the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission of the NWT and Nunavut, evaluated each event, ranging from simulated disasters to safety equipment checks. It also included written tests and rope and smoke rescues, as well as underground/surface bench challenges (gas monitoring) and obstacle courses. The Minto Mine team had their best showing yet, earning 1st place in Practical Bench Test, Fire Fighting, Written Exams and First Aid (tied). In addition to the 1st place honours in the four events, the Minto team placed second overall which qualified them to compete in the National Western Regional Competition later in the year, where they took 1st place in Written Exams against nine other top qualifying surface mine rescue teams form across Western Canada and northwestern US.

Previous Awards

  • COR Certified (2013) - granted by the Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board and recognizes employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation by taking the "best practice" approach to implementing health and safety programs.
  • Territorial Mine Rescue Competition (2014) 1st place First Aid; 1st place Surface Practical Bench; ((2013) 2nd place Surface Mining Written Exams; Obstacles/Extrication; (2012) 1st place Practical Bench; 2nd place First Aid, Search in Smoke and Surface Obstacle/Extrication; (2011) 1st place Rope Rescue; 2nd place First Aid                
  • Canadian Mineral Exploration Safe Day Everyday Award (2010)

Capstone Mining Corp. , British Columbia, Canada

In 2016, Capstone Mining Corp. ranked 20th on the Corporate Knights Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders, resulting from an analysis of medium-sized enterprises in Canada with regard to sustainability performance.

In 2014, Capstone Mining was the recipient of the "Viola R. MacMillan Award" at the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers of Canada) Convention in Toronto, Canada. The award is named in honour of the PDAC's longest serving president and is given to a person or company demonstrating leadership in management and financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources. Capstone received the award for demonstrating leadership and management in the successful development of the Minto and Cozamin copper mines and in its acquisition of Pinto Valley Copper Mine, as well as transforming it into an intermediate copper producer. The award video can be viewed here

In 2013, Capstone was awarded "Mid Cap Deal of the Year" for the acquisition of the Pinto Valley Mine in Arizona, at the Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement Awards in London, UK. Nominated and selected by the mining and investment community, the Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize and reward, excellence, innovation and courage from across the globe.

Previous Awards

  • Business in Vancouver's Top 100 Public Companies in BC (2013) – ranked 31
  • Canadian Deal Makers Awards (2011) – for the acquisition of Far West Mining Ltd. (Santo Domingo)