WIMBC's January Lunch & Learn

January 17, 2020

Fri, 17 January 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Fasken (Vancouver)
550 Burrard Street,#Suite 2900
Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3


Presenter: Courtnay Bush

Title: Gender Diversity in Mining 2020

Understanding the numbers, research, policies and bold industry action required for gender equity in mining

Technological, demographic, policy and cultural shifts are rapidly evolving the employment landscape in Canada and Canadian mining employers are able to harness the benefits of a diverse workforce like never before. Despite this, underrepresentation and underutilization of women in mining continues to characterize the industry.

In this presentation, we will look at national and regional labour data to get a handle on the current employment numbers and review critical gender research that helps us understand the gendered employment barriers and why the gender gap in mining persists. We will discuss how a more robust definition of ‘diversity’ is needed within mining workforce research and how engaging leadership in advocacy is central to creating more diverse mining workplaces. Lastly, we will discuss the research, and policies that are most promising and where we should focus our collective efforts in 2020.