June Lunch & Learn Registration Now Open
Speaker: Silvana Costa, Environmental and Social Responsibility Manager, New Gold Inc.
Topic: Social Responsibility – A Mining Perspective
Date: Thursday June 9 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Address: Fasken Martineau, 2900 – 550 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, CanadaThe Government of Canada defines corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the voluntary activities undertaken by organizations to operate in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. In my view, CSR goes beyond planned activities to address the impacts of an organization’s decisions and actions on communities and the environment. It also includes a system of values and governance based on ethics and with integrity that permeates through all levels of the organization. This presentation will provide the audience with an introduction to the concept of CSR in mining, an overview of challenges and best practices, as well as a perspective on the future of CSR in the sector.Outline
•Corporate social responsibility (CSR) – a definition
•A brief overview of the evolution of CSR in mining
•Challenges and best practices
•Overview of key organizations and guides available for companies and practitioners
•CSR in Mining – What’s next?

Big thanks to our GOLD SPONSOR – Fasken Martineau for providing the venue, food and beverages.
Registration is required for this event. This event is open to members of WIMBC only. Information and invitations are emailed to members directly.

To find out more about joining WIM contact us at: wimvancmembership@gmail.com
**A reminder to print/bring your email confirmation, as you will be asked to show it at the door. Space is VERY limited, those who do not have a copy of their confirmation may be turned away at the door. **

We look forwarding to seeing you there!


Win $200 with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is a non-profit organization that promotes apprenticeship training across Canada. Their aim is to help Canada build a highly skilled, productive and diverse skilled trades workforce.The Forum has developed a centralized resource entitled “Skilled Trades Network” as a part of their website, to help women learn more about the trades and to access the resources they need to progress in their training and careers.

In addition, there is a video and podcasts section where women and employers share their stories http://caf-fca.org/skilled-trades-network/videos-podcasts/ and a community discussion forum where women can share their experiences and “ask an expert” pertinent questions.
Information about pre-apprenticeship programs, networks and financial supports is provided for each province and territory.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum want to ensure this website meets women’s needs and are seeking your feedback. This is your chance to speak up, be heard and also be in the draw to win $200 cash!

Everyone who reviews the website should complete an evaluation form online.

1. What do you think about the website?
2. What additional things would you like to see added to the website?
3. In your opinion, what further supports would help you advance your career in the skilled trades?
Complete the form, at the end in the comments box, please be sure to say you would like to be entered into the draw to win $200.

Any additional comments and questions can be directed to Emily Arrowsmith, Project Manager

PH: 613-235-4004 Ext 201
The feedback collected will be used to improve the website and help more women start their careers in the skilled trades. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

WIMBC’s 2016 Annual Cocktail Reception

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Women in Mining BC “WIMBC” held our annual cocktail reception at the Pan Pacific Hotel, in downtown Vancouver. The event amassed a turnout of over 200 people and as with all WIMBC events, brought together both women and men, young and old, from an array of backgrounds and walks of life, to network, pay homage to 4 key industry players and to listen to our keynote speaker, Anna Tudela.

WIMBC would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to our guest speaker Anna Tudela, Vice-President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.
Anna is a driving force for diversity, and in particular increasing opportunities for women. She is a renowned speaker and in 2010, Anna founded Creating Choices, a program unique in the global mining industry and which recognizes the value in nurturing a culture of diversity within Goldcorp and promoting the advancement of women in particular.

At the reception, WIMBC paid tribute to 4 prominent women on Vancouver’s mining scene.
Firstly, Anne Chalmers from Teck who on December 2nd, 2015, was officially recognized at a ceremony in London, UK, alongside other successful women, as one of 2016’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. This publication, now in its 2nd year, is compiled by WIM (UK) and is following the success of its initial launch in 2013. The global nomination process for this project is part of WIM (UK’s) drive to promote and highlight the contribution women make to the industry and the vast array of opportunities available. The 100 women were selected by WIM (UK)’s executive committee and advisory board, in line with detailed criteria set out at the start of the process.

Secondly, 3 out of the six women that were awarded by Business in Vancouver as “2016 Influential Women in Business”, are working in the mining industry and were honoured for helping to influence and shape policy at some of Canada’s largest companies.

  • Karina Briño
    President, Mining Association of BC (MABC)
  • Michelle Pockey
    Partner, Fasken Martineau
  • Marcia Smith
    Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs, Teck Resources Limited

The Annual Cocktail Reception is the highlight of the WIMBC calendar and we wish to extend our thanks and gratitude to everyone that helped to pull this event together.
To our sponsors, prize donations, members, guests and volunteers, to whom this event would not be possible, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Thank you to to the following companies for your generous door prize donations

Fasken Martineau wins Global Mining Law Firm of the Year for the 7th time

WIMBC would like to send their utmost congratulations to our gold sponsor and host of our Lunch & Learn events, Fasken Martineau. A leading international business law and litigation firm, Fasken has been awarded the Global Mining Law Firm of the Year for 2015 by Who’s Who Legal.

This is the seventh time that Fasken Martineau has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as the leading law firm in the world in the area of mining. Who’s Who Legal is a strategic research partner of the ABA Section of International Law. It is one of the most trusted legal rankings in the world.
Click here for the full story…

Upcoming Events
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 6 – 7
Mining and Communities Solutions 2016

Join Conference Chair Jerry Danni of Goldcorp and opening Keynote Speaker Jim Cooney of the University of British Columbia at the upcoming Mining and Communities Solutions 2016 conference, first one in a series of conferences dedicated specifically to the topic of community engagement. At this conference we will explore the relationships between mining operations and communities, as well as the approaches that companies take to develop effective engagement with the communities and the host governments.June 8-10
Coal Association of Canada 2016 Conference

Gain a broader understanding of the Canadian and global coal industry from Canadian and internationally renowned industry leaders, analysts and experts, panel discussions and fellow delegates, which you can put to work in your business. Renew business connections and forge new relationships. Benefit from a variety of sponsorship packages to connect with key audiences.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 Nominations For GAC Logan Medal

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding accomplishments in earth science? WIMBC would like to nominate a deserving woman in this category.

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.

For further information click here

Please send your suggestions for nominations to our gmail account wimbcaward10@gmail.com
The Awards Committee will help with the submittal.

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.