Free tickets available to WIMBC’s Annual Cocktail Reception

Women in Mining has received funding from WWEST and eng•cite Funding Partners towards 20 free tickets (each valued at $40) to the WIMBC Annual Cocktail Reception on May 11th, for 20 deserving unemployed women.

Qualifications for a free ticket:

  • You must identify as a woman and
  • You are an EIT or GIT who is unemployed
    or
  • You are a foreign-trained engineer or geoscientist in the process of obtaining their EIT or GIT

To apply for a free ticket: simply email a paragraph to Anja Lanz (daweg.chair@gmail.com) explaining:

  • Why you would like to be considered for the free ticket
  • What you want to get out of the event by attending
  • Your unemployment status
  • Your career background and employment seeking ambitions in the mining industry
  • How you will give back to the Women in Mining BC group

DEADLINE for the Application: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – midnight
Visit WWEST’s website for additional details.

If you do not meet the above qualifications, tickets are still available to purchase directly using the link below.

Purchase Tickets

Call For Nominations For GAC Logan Medal

The Logan Medal, the highest award of the Geological Association of Canada is presented, usually annually, to an individual for sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian earth science. WIMBC invites you to nominate outstanding individuals for this award. Deadline is December 15.

Upcoming Events

May 1-4
CIM 2016 Convention

Join more than 6,000 mining industry professionals at the upcoming “Leading Excellence” CIM Convention. This year’s conference centers around mine operational excellence, employment, innovation, leadership and management. You are also welcome to attend their trade show on May 1-3.

May 8-14
BC Mining Week

Mining is one of BC’s largest and oldest industries and BC Mining Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of the modern industry to British Columbians. Activities are planned for Vancouver and communities around the province. Check out their website for details.

May 3
Women Who Rock – Auction for Action

For the first time, Women Who Rock are coming to Vancouver and in partnership with WIMBC, will be holding an event to pay tribute to the Vancouver mining leaders who participated in their 2015 Auction for Action. The event will include a mentor/mentee panel discussion & cocktail reception featuring Geoff Burns (Director, Pan American Silver), Gary Brown (CFO, Silver Wheaton), David Garofalo, (CEO, Goldcorp) and Stephen de Jong (CEO, Integra). If you are interested in being mentored by a mining CEO and are thinking about bidding – this preview event is definitely for you.

May 11
WIMBC Annual Cocktail Reception

Join us for WIMBC’s Annual Cocktail Reception held during BC Mining Week. This is a fantastic networking event to meet and network with a diverse group of people from within the industry, listen to our keynote speaker Anna Tudela (Vice President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.) and the chance to win one of the amazing prizes on offer.

May 12
Mining for Miracles Tech Celebrity Pie Throw

Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, is having their annual signature event, Tech Celebrity Pie Throw. CEOs and senior leaders from the mining industry are paired up and pitted against each other to raise money for their respective pies. Whoever raises the most money gets to toss their pie at their competitor. Each pie raises hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of BC’s sick kids and total funds raised are in the millions.

June 5
Mining for Miracles Diamond Draw

BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is raising $3 million through initiatives including Diamond Draw to support the CAUSES Research clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. The Diamond Draw package, valued at over $16,000, includes a CANADAMARK Cushion cut 1.13 carat diamond in a gold designer setting, donated respectively by C3 Alliance Corp., Teck and Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue. Tickets are available at mining industry events and direct from Mining for Miracles member organizations. The draw will take place on June 5, 2016 at Miracle Weekend.

June 9
WIMBC Lunch and Learn

Join us for another of our Lunch & Learn events. The guest speaker will be Silvana Costa, New Gold. Silvana is a Senior Advisor, Environment and Social Responsibility. Topic of discussion will be “Social Responsibility – A Mining Perspective”. We look forward to seeing you there.

Call For WIMBC Volunteers

WIMBC is looking for a talented and committed individual to take on a Graphic Designer role within our organization. The chosen candidate will have a solid understanding of basic design principles and have experience with commonly used graphic design suites as they will be responsible for creating digital and print media that reflects WIMBC’s vision and brand.This is a part-time position that requires approximately 10 hours of time per month, averaged over a 12 month period. Weekly workloads vary depending on the schedule of activities and specific design needs of the organization.

Please email us at

wimbc.communications@gmail.com if you are interested in this position.
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WIMBC is seeking a talented and committed individual to take on a Webmaster role within our organization. The chosen candidate will have a solid understanding of WordPress and will adhere to established deadlines when uploading content. Strong communication skills are also essential in order to maintain relationships with various WIM teams (Executive, Communication and Membership) and well as Adnet. Basic understanding of HTML and fluency with Photoshop and Word are essential.This is a part-time position that requires approximately 3 hours of time per month, averaged over a 12 month period. Weekly workloads vary depending on the schedule of activities and specific design needs of the organization.

Please email us at wimbc.communications@gmail.com if you are interested in this position.

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WIMBC is seeking volunteers to be part of the Awards Committee to help with the nomination of deserving women for various awards offered within the mining industry. The ideal candidate must be reliable, have a team approach, be self-motivated and organized. They will be responsible for providing support to the Awards Committee, researching, gathering information (mostly on-line) about the candidates, as well helping in preparing a variety of documents, such as letters of nomination, checking that all criteria are met for the nomination and submitting documents by set deadlines.

This is a part-time position. The time commitment of this position is variable, when a nomination is being submitted (2-3 times each year), then help during the nomination process is needed. A commitment of approximately 4-5 hours is required per week during nomination periods.

Please email us at wimbc.award10@gmail.com if you are interested in this position.
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Join more than 6,000 mining industry professionals at the upcoming “Leading Excellence” CIM Convention. This year’s conference centers around mine operational excellence, employment, innovation, leadership and management.
WIMBC will be attending the CIM Expo trade show from May 1 to 3. Please visit us at booth #448.
We are looking for volunteers to help staff our booth.
If you are interested, please contact us at
wimvolunteers@gmail.com

 

Patricia was honoured with this award due to her unique and outstanding contribution and dedication to Canada’s minerals industry. Patricia Sheahan, or Pat as she is better known, has a long and unique career in the minerals industry. As a leader and entrepreneur, she founded a worldwide technical information service for exploration companies focused on diamonds, base and precious metals. In addition to her numerous achievements in the industry, Patricia donated her extensive library of technical materials and references, around 70,000, to the University of British Columbia Mineral Deposit Research Unit in 1999.

Celebrating Our Young Achievers

The Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF) was held on April 8 at UBC. The Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA) provides judges at the GVRSF and also awards prizes for those in first and second place, in Geoscience related projects. This year, one young lady stood out, not only because she was awarded second place by the GVMWA, but also because she was chosen by the GVRSF judges to go onto Montreal, to compete in the Canada-wide Science Fair. She is Phyllis Lesnikov, daughter of our own Sefika, long-time member of WIMBC, and Chair of the Membership Committee.

Phyllis’ topic was in regards to the remediation of Britannia Beach Mine. She looked at two different methods of remediation: phytoremediation and chemical washing. Phytoremediation uses plants, called hyperaccumulators, to remediate the soil. The hyperaccumulators accumulate metal contamination from the soil in their roots, at an accelerated rate and amount. Chemical washing uses chemicals to remediate the soil. The metal contamination atoms bind with atoms of the chemicals, classified as chelating agents, and form compounds that are not as toxic to the surrounding ecosystem. As a conclusion, Phyllis found that the two methods of remediation complement each other, because phytoremediation only works at lower concentrations of metal while chemical washing only works at higher concentrations.

Congratulations Phyllis!

Photo credit: Phyllis Lesnikov, Courtney Mitchell, Janelle Smith and Bill Mitchell.