ITI's Hendrik Falck Receives National Recognition

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April 19, 2022
Congratulations (again!) to One-of-ITI’s-Own, Hendrik Falck, who is the recipient of the 2022 Canadian Federation of Earth Scientists (CFES) Mentorship award recognizing the “sustained and inspirational mentorship of colleagues and employees including peers, graduate students, undergraduate students and technicians.”
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Hendrik, who is currently the Manager, Geology & Resource Royalty Policy was, for a long time, a valued member of ITI’s NWT Geological Survey (NTGS). The NWT is a vast territory with enormous potential for advancing the understanding of geological sciences, not to mention the potential for future economic activity. NTGS geoscientists commonly work with university students and professors to tackle these issues and to foster the passions, curiosity and skills of students early in their careers.
Hendrik modestly recognises his own role models, including previous CFES Mentorship Award winner and colleague, Val Jackson, also from the NTGS, who demonstrated to him the value of supporting peers and students to accomplish territory-and nation-wide aims.
“The goal,” he says, “is to solve problems together. Mentorship is about working to create, encourage and support connections between academic, government, and industry professionals in order find passionate people who want to engage in understanding and solving Northern problems. It is ensuring that those people access each other’s skills, are capable of doing the work, and do it safely.”
Mr. Falck says it is gratifying to ultimately become colleagues with people whose careers he was involved with at their start.
Hendrik’s successful nomination, which was put together by his long-time colleague Garth Kirkham (and with the support of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)), reads in part: “With his broad experience and a generous mandate to conduct research that encourages exploration for the future economic engines of the territory, Hendrik has supported the research and experience of nearly 100 students and young professionals. Using his contacts with industry, academia and government, he has developed a wide array of research projects from identifying the research problem, advocating for the research funds, developing the logistics to support the project and participating in the fieldwork.”
This is not the first acknowledgment Hendrik has received for his work. In 2020 he was selected for the Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award from Geoscientists Canada in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development and practice of professional geoscience and the advancement of the public recognition of geology in Canada. This award also acknowledged his advocacy of geoscience while serving in various roles including as a councillor and later President of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG), his service on the Canadian Geoscience Standards Board, and as Director and subsequently President of Geoscientists Canada.
ITI is a keen advocate for mentorship in all endeavors. Here are a few examples: