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Gold Rush Challenge: WSP to select top 20 submissions in million-dollar contest


Québec has long been considered as one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world. Located at the heart of the province’s mining district, just east of Val-d’Or, are Integra Gold Corp’s Lamaque South Gold Project, and Sigma-Lamaque Mill and Mine Complex. Integra launched the Gold Rush Challenge last year offering the entire geological data set (compiling over 75 years and six terabytes worth of data) online to invite people to review the data and submit ideas of where additional ounces of gold could be located, all for a chance to win their share of the $1 million prize. 

In total, 1,342 competitors from over 83 countries worldwide registered to compete in the challenge, resulting in 95 teams and over 100 proposals. Comparable to a “crowd sourced” competition, the contest is run very similarly to the Goldcorp challenge which took place 20 years ago, an important industry event that placed Goldcorp on the map.


Official geoscience partner

WSP is the official geoscience partner, an independent geological advisor, in the Gold Rush Challenge. WSP helped set up the contest rules, select independent panel of judges, and is currently reviewing all initial submissions in order to choose the top 20 entries. Judges will then review and narrow down the list to the top five. Top 20 submissions will win $10,000 each and the top five will get to compete in a “shark-tank” like forum live on March 6 at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference for their chance to win their share of $1 million. 

Left to right: Marcelo Filipov (Senior Geologist), Joanne Robinson (Principal Mining Engineer), George Salamis (Executive Chairman, Integra Gold), and Todd McCracken (Geology Manager)

WSP has downloaded all the submissions and assigned them unique file numbers. “We had to make sure that each file contained no identifying features that the independent judges could use to identify an individual. A successful submission must meet the guide lines set out in the contest: page formats, file size, maximum page number,” said WSP’s Todd McCracken, Manager, Geology.

“We have worked with the Chairman of Integra Gold, George Salamis, on several other projects in the past, including the metallurgical studies for Integra on the Lamaque-Sigma project,” Todd said. “We know this project very well and we look forward to finalizing our top five submissions,” he added.

For more information about the Integra Gold Rush Challenge, please contact Todd McCracken.