Credit: Société d’histoire de Malartic / James Paul Norrie Fonds
From Nova Scotia to Abitibi
James Paul Norrie is a prominent figure in Canadian mining history. He is one of the main players in the first gold rush to reach Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Recognized as the man who built the Malartic mines, he played an important role in several other Canadian mining projects. His invaluable contributions to the mining industry are an integral part of Canadian history. He was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
Norrie’s career began in Nova Scotia, his native province, where he graduated from the Technical College in 1913. After gaining experience as a mining inspector with several American companies, he decided to try his luck in Quebec’s backcountry.
In The Field
James Paul Norrie was a man of many talents and experience. A mining engineer, he was also a prospector, administrator, consultant and promoter. His ambition and enthusiasm are legendary.
He worked tirelessly to set up East Malartic Mine: the deposits were difficult to prospect due to thick layers of overburden covering the site. He had to his extensive experience and judgment in order to understand the terrain. Despite all odds, the mine went into production in 1938.
Gold and Beyond
Norrie’s role in the Canadian mining industry doesn’t end with his contribution to the Abitibi gold rush. He is also responsible for the discovery of a mica mine in Ontario and is involved in geological discoveries at Great Bear Lake, which lead to the operation of the Eldorado uranium deposit.