February 2017 – Events and Updates 
  • WIMBC Announcements 
  • Call for Volunteers
  • Upcoming Events

Announcing 2017 WIM Canada Trailblazer Award  Winner, Susan Craig

WIMBC would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Susan Craig, P. Geo. on her WIM Canada Trailblazer Award!

The Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award is the first national award in Canada to recognize the achievements of women who have made a significant contribution to Canadian mining, and/or the inclusion of women in the industry. 

Susan’s expertise includes environmental and socio-economic issues, working with First Nations, Federal and Territorial Governments, special interest groups and associations in both BC and the Yukon. She has earned her enormous respect for her dedication and skills, which make her a most worthy recipient of the 2017 Trailblazer award. Click here to read more about Susan and her contribution to the industry.

Susan is also a recipient of the Gold Pan Award for her exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community through AME.

WIMBC would like to take this opportunity to also congratulate several other outstanding 2016 AME Award Recipients:

Barb Caelles (WIMBC Director), Alex Christopher and Diane Gregory, honoured with the Frank Woodside Past Presidents and Past Chairs Award for their distinguished service to the association and/or contribution to the mineral industry.

JoAnne Nelson, a 30-year veteran of the British Columbia Geological Survey, the recipient of a Special Tribute in recognition of her distinguished career in geoscience work focused on the tectonics, structural geology and metallogeny of the Northern Cordillera spanning British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska. 

Congrats to all the winners!

WIMBC is looking for a talented WEBMASTER to join our volunteer team and maintain our website. Required time commitment – 1 hour per week (6+ months). Please email wimbc.communications@gmail.com if you’re interested in this position.

WIMBC Awards Committee’s is seeking new members to help us promote women by nominating remarkable individuals for awards for Exploration and Mining that are offered in BC and Canada. For detailed job description please click here. Submit your resume to wimbcaward10@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

WIMBC’s Workshop with Holly Burton (Career Coach)
February 21st, 2017

TITLE: Your Job Search Secret Weapon: The Phone

PRESENTER: Holly Burton

 Holly is a career coach for women in male-dominated industries. She helps ambitious women cut through the mansplaining and complicated gender politics at work so that they can advance their careers. She spent the last ten years working as a mining engineer, and is now happily combining her loves of employment, people, and tearing down the patriarchy by helping women kill it at work. 

This workshop will teach you the lost art of phoning potential employers before applying to a job. With the increasing prevalence of “Black Hole” online job applicant systems, a personal, direct approach can help you stand out from the crowd.

We will focus on teaching you how to use the phone to uncover employers’ true needs and then create a conversation that positions you and your skills as the solution.

We’ll cover:
– Reading job postings & anticipating needs
– What to actually say once you’re on the phone
– Asking questions to build rapport and get information
– How to position your skills so they’re appealing to an employer
– Partnered practice calls with your peers

The goal of this talk is to give you the tools to confidently make phone calls in support of your job search .

Please follow the link below to register for this event.


WIMBC’s March Lunch & Learn
March 9th, 2017
Title: Where are we now and how do we get to the future: dissecting the mining labour market outlook for BC

Presenter: Jill Tsolinas is Executive Director for the B.C. Center of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) 

Jill desires to see the continual development and incorporation of innovative best practices to sustain BC as a center of mining excellence. She was voted to serve a second-term as a Director of Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and is past Vice-Chair of Roundup – the world’s preeminent exploration conference. She sits on various industry committees including most recently Mining for Miracles, which raises money in support of BC Children’s Hospital. Jill’s fresh viewpoints, ability to identify and create synergies with diversified stakeholders, and ability to find common ground make her a strategic asset.

Over the next ten years, the mining industry in British Columbia (BC) will need to replace between 25 and 65% of its workforce. A central limiting factor for sustainability – and a key focus in a new report – is the ability to access a qualified pool of skilled workers. The report findings acknowledge the opportunities for sustaining the workforce while the recommendations underline the need to act collectively and collaboratively to build strategies to sustain our provincial industry. Identifying areas of growth while creating efficiencies and innovative methods to recruit, train, and retain a skilled workforce is necessary. Come listen to the findings and engage in the discussion on potential strategies create efficiencies and innovative methods to recruit, train, and retain a skilled workforce is necessary.

If you’re interested in attending this event, please be on the lookout for a registration link posted on WIMBC’s Facebook and Twitter pages closer to the date of the event. Check your email for a reminder message and registration link as well.

The Earth Science undergraduate society at Simon Fraser University is having its fourth annual Geofair this year. It is a great (free) networking opportunity for students and industry representatives alike, with plenty of opportunities to meet potential and future candidates for your company, as well as talk to students about the type of work you do or what they can expect.

Geofair organizers are hoping to have a variety of companies attend this event as they have students that are invited from all backgrounds (Earth Science, Environmental Geoscience and Physical Geography, and REM). 


The details of this events are as follows:

Date: Friday, February 24th
Time: 12-4PM
Location: SFU Harbour Center (515 West Hastings, Vancouver)

Join WIMBC Warriors for the Walk In her Shoes Challenge,
March 5th

WIMBC are proud to have put together their first team for the Walk In Her Shoes challenge, organised by CARE.

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.  The funds you raise when you Walk In Her Shoes will help reduce the distance and time women and girls have to walk, time they can instead spend learning and earning and leading.

This year, funds raised from the Vancouver Walk In Her Shoes Challenge will support women and girls in Malawi participating in CARE’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies project. And for every dollar raised through Walk In Her Shoes, the Government of Canada will provide $10 for CARE’s efforts to stop malnutrition in Malawi.

Start your challenge now. Join our WIMBC team as we walk to raise awareness and funds. Register now!

In celebration of diversity and inclusion efforts in the mining industry, WIMBC is proud to help host #HeforShe: Mining Edition, Mining for Diversity Reception during PDAC 2017 in Toronto.

This reception is a chance to celebrate diversity in mining. Attendees will connect with like-minded people, share opinions and ideas for progress, and honour the WIM Canada 2017 Trailblazer recipient, as well as celebrate the first ever Student Trailblazer award and the Rick Hutson Memorial award for Mentorship. 

WIMBC is proud to announce our partnership with Mining Investment Asia, a strategic mining conference and exhibition for the leaders of the mining, quarrying and construction materials industries, bringing together 800 attendees from 35 countries. 
Ministers, mining companies, investors and service providers travel from all over Asia, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa for four days of partnering, networking and business matching.

Mining Investment Asia is dedicating a full day (March 28th) to exploring the issues, challenges and innovations relevant to Women in Mining. With an impressive line-up of speakers and topics, it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

***WIMBC members are eligible for a 10% discount promo codeMIAWIMBC when purchasing their tickets to the conference.***

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