Male champions in the mining sector

Rob Doyle, Chief Financial Officer of Pan American Silver, Canada
Rob DoyleRob is a senior executive with more than 20 years of international experience in corporate finance, banking and capital allocation. Over his diverse career, Rob has developed expertise in negotiating financing, supervising finance, treasury and accounting functions, and guiding long term financial and operating strategy across international operations. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of Pan American Silver since January 2004, a time during which the company has grown dramatically. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice-President – Mining Finance and Metals Marketing with Standard Bank in New York for 6 years. Rob is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst with a B.Bus.Sc (Honours) Finance degree from the University of Cape Town. He lives with his wife and three young daughters in North Vancouver and is a keen outdoor enthusiast.
Rob is a strong believer in the business reasons for gender diversity in the workplace. Variety in perspectives, skill sets, experiences, leadership styles and opinions are critical ingredients to a robust decision-making process. Woman continue to be under-represented in the mining industry, which I believe is a key challenge that the industry must face as it attempts to reinvent and strengthen itself in difficult times. In pursuing his passion for this subject, Rob has completed the Level 1 Governance Education Program facilitated by the Canadian Board Diversity Council and has also participated as a mentor for the Woman Who Rock program.

“I would like to nominate Rob Doyle, Chief Financial Officer of Pan American Silver as a mining executive that “gets it” that gender diversity is important in the mining industry. He has demonstrated this to me through his personal championing of me and other females in our organization, by giving us positive feedback, through his naturally thoughtful choice of words when discussing the issue of women in mining, and by actively searching for female candidates during recruitment. He sets a good example to his male peers through this type of behaviour. He has also generously sponsored me to accompany him at the CFA Society Vancouver’s Women’s Symposium: Effecting Change, Closing the Gender Gap event. ” Pamela De Mark, P.Geo. – Director, Mineral Resources

Donald Lindsay, President Teck Resources
Don Lindsay joined Teck as President in January 2005, was appointed to the Board in February 2005 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2005. He is a graduate of Queens University (B.Sc., Hons.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.). He is currently a director of Manulife Financial Corporation. Mr. Lindsay was employed by CIBC World Markets Inc. (investment banking) from 1985 to 2004 where he was President of CIBC World Markets Inc., Head of Investment and Corporate Banking and Head of the Asia Pacific Region.

“I would like to nominate Don Lindsay, President of Teck Resources. He placed Marcia Smith as the mine manager or Line Creek Operations a few years ago, there are now at least 3 women on the board of directors for Teck, and Teck has won a diversity award here in Canada under his leadership” Darlene Duerks, Shovel Operator Teck Resources

Ockert Jordaan, Mine Manager Shanduka Coal

2014 Women in Resources Champion – Stuart Forrester (Iluka Resources)
Stuart’s passion for diversity comes from his belief that a diverse team creates a challenging workplace that facilitates flexibility and drives growth through differing values, skill sets and backgrounds.   He believes when you employ the right person, it is much easier and takes less time to up-skill people than to change people’s values and behaviours.
Stuart facilitated a fundamental change to the way Iluka approaches recruitment. The job criterion was amended to attract people without previous mining experience. Given that it is difficult to pick up on values and standards of behaviours when reading a resume, it was necessary to broaden the scope of the pool of interviewees. The interview process was modified to include questions that explored applicants’ commitment, integrity and responsibility, aligning with Iluka’s key values.
Up-skilling people who came into the business with no previous experience became a priority, so Stuart improved Iluka’s training systems to meet the needs of new recruits who had the right values and behaviours, but required more training to carry out their jobs.
By adopting a new approach to recruitment, the number of female employees at Iluka’s Narngulu operation increased from 16.5% in 2012 to 25.4% in 2013 and from zero to 20% in operations crews over the past three years. Instead of one demographic with similar backgrounds reinforcing certain dominant behaviours, Narngulu now has male, female and Indigenous employees of different ages from a range of backgrounds, expertise and experience and a more consistent and higher standard of behaviours
Stuart’s commitment is also reflected in the work he has been undertaking with the Clontarf Academy and more recently the SHINE program, an education program established in Western Australia.

Mark Bevan (BHP Billiton Iron Ore) – Finalist 2014
Mark has enabled opportunities for women within the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Port Production department by focusing on prospective applicants’ character and capacity rather than solely experience. Since 2010 Mark has taken female employment in the department from less than 5 per cent to 21 per cent. Mark believes success in realising the value available from increased representation of women in the resources sector will require the effort of many individuals influencing from a variety of perspectives.

Craig McCabe announced as Diversity Champion
7 March 2014

In a gala breakfast event held in Brisbane today Craig McCabe, General Manager of the Curragh coal mine, was presented with the Gender Diversity Champion award in the Queensland Resources Council’s Resources Awards for Women.
The Queensland Resources Council’s Resources Awards for Women are aimed to lift the profile of women in the minerals and energy sector and provide a cohort of industry ambassadors, are part of the QRC’s plan to increase the proportion of women in ‘non-traditional’ roles in the resources sector to 20 percent by 2020.
Craig was recognised for his leadership role in redressing the gender imbalance at Curragh by targeting women in recruitment for trade and technical roles, development and identification of women for senior roles, flexible working arrangements, and supporting Women in Mining and Resources Queensland events.
Stewart Butel, MD Wesfarmers Resources, acknowledged the great work Craig has done in leading and supporting gender diversity since taking on the role of General Manager at Curragh and congratulated him on being announced the QRC’s Gender Diversity Champion for 2014.
Wesfarmers Resources also had two of its diversity programs, the Ooothungs ‘Sisters’ in Mining program and the Women in Resources program named as finalists in the Best Company Initiative category  and while neither of these programs was successful in taking out the Best Company Initiative it was excellent recognition for the outcomes achieved through both of these programs was acknowledged.

Oz Minerals CEO Terry (My) Burgess, well known among the industry for the importance he places on workforce diversity.

Richard a champion for resources sector women
8 March 2011
A man has been recognised in the Queensland Resources Council’s Resources Awards for Women for the first time since their inception in 2006.
Richard Kostowski has won the inaugural Gender Diversity Champion category, which recognises outstanding efforts to encourage, promote and advocate for the attraction, selection promotion and retention of women within the resources sector.
Richard, Senior Training and Development Advisor for Xstrata Copper in Mount Isa, has driven the development of a number of new programs that have increased exposure of women to the resources sector.
This has included a vocational skills development program for secondary schools in North West Queensland, which highlights resources sector career opportunities.
‘My vision is to change perceptions about jobs according to gender, and to increase awareness amongst women about the large variety of roles and opportunities available in resources,’ he said.
The awards were presented in Brisbane today by the Minister for Employment Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe at the QRC’s annual International Women’s Day Breakfast attended by more than 600 people from throughout the state.
QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said it was important to recognise the men and women to actively work behind the scenes to improve gender diversity in the industry.
‘The breakfast and the awards have become pillars of QRC’s Women in Resources Action Plan, aimed at improving the attraction and retention of women in the resources sector in Queensland and making young women aware of resources career opportunities is an important part of that ,’ he said
‘Over the next 5 to 10 years we have to find tens of thousands of people to support the expansion of our industry in Queensland, so it is vital that we encourage women, who are still significantly under-represented in our ranks to enter and remain in our sector.
‘Though female participation has risen from about 8 percent to 15 percent since 2005-06 in Queensland, participation in areas where women are traditionally under represented, such as operators, trades, engineers, geologists and senior management, is still just under 11 percent.
‘While this means we have almost reached the 2020 target we set in 2006 to double to 12 percent the proportion of women in ‘non-traditional’ roles, we will not rest on our laurels.
‘We will have to continue to be innovative in our attraction and retention strategies to reach our new target of 20 percent women by 2020 and find the skilled people we need.’

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