Global WIM Group Recap July 2016

Published: 08/07/2016

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Oxfam Report: Gender and the Extractives Industries: Putting Gender on the Corporate Agenda[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Côte d’Ivoire

Bonne fête les soeurs de Côte d’Ivoire. Femmes Minières nous y étions à la JIF 2016. Merci Madame le ministre d’avoir pensé au Réseau des Femmes Du secteur minier de Côte d’Ivoire (FEMICI).[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”10671,10672,10674″][vc_column_text]


Official launch of WIM Index Africa Project.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”10675,10676″][vc_column_text]


WIM Senegal launched a biannual newsletter in April 2016.

En Avril 2016, WIM Sénégal publie la Première Édition de son Magazine semestriel. Cet ouvrage a la particularité de présenté l’ensemble des activités de l’association, mais également de donner la parole aux autorités Publiques comme le Ministre de l’Industrie et des Mines du Sénégal, le Président du Réseau des Parlementaires pour la Bonne Gouvernance des Ressources Minérales au Sénégal, le Président du Réseau des Elus locaux pour la Bonne Gouvernance des Ressources Minières. Le magazine permettra à l’association d’obtenir des recettes qui contribueront à la mise en œuvre de son plan d’actions bi annuel.

South Africa

Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA), in partnership with Deloitte and Wyzetalk, invites you to participate in the 2016 WiMSA survey.
The survey sets out to determine the top trends and challenges affecting women in the South African mining industry. We encourage you to have your say and share your insights by completing the survey here.
The survey findings will culminate in the 2016 WiMSA Report, which will be launched on 18 August 2016.
Deloitte is continuously working on innovative solutions for its clients and partners, ensuring that it’s always making an impact that matters.
This is why the WiMSA survey this year comes to you in a new format.
Follow these easy steps to complete the survey:
1. Click on this link – on your mobile or computer and register to take the survey
2. You may receive an SMS with a survey link if we have your contact details.
3. On the registration page please enter your email address, mobile number and then press “Request a PIN”.
4. You’ll receive your 4 digit PIN via SMS.
5. Go back to the registration page and enter your PIN to log in.
6. Complete the survey – it should take no longer than 15 minutes.
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Women in Mining Mongolia is sharing their preliminary research findings about female participation in Mining sector in Mongolia. They’ve investigated women’s participation, salary gap and female percentage at executive level. The research covered not only mining and mining related companies but educational instititutions as well to consider all sides of women and gender related issues in chosen field. Link to research
March 2016


WIMAR Singapore:  Launched a mentoring program on International Women’s Day this year as well as initiating a member study on Diversity in Mining Focus Group. If you haven’t already signed up to the mentoring programme, send us an email at!

With research indicating that at executive management levels, women only represent 11.48% of roles within the top 500 mining companies globally, there is a need to re-evaluate what more can be done to promote gender parity trends in the industry.
In light of this, PwC Singapore partnered with Women in Mining and Resources (WIMAR) Singapore to carry out research on their members and their perceptions of the mining and resources industry in Singapore and selected employers.
The report provides insights into the minds of the women in the industry in Singapore and suggests concrete steps that can be taken to promote gender parity in the industry in Singapore. Read the report

For more information about events and to see the photos of past events go to

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Cecile Wake wins 2016 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources Award

CecelieWake_headshot_150WIMARQ Moranbah:
A panel discussion on Work Life Harmony drew a record crowd  at their June event which had over 70 participants at the Black Nugget Hotel. More here.
WIMARQ Moranbah gathers every second Thursday of the month at the Black Nugget Hotel – 1971 Bar for a casual catch up with some great people from the resource and mining industries. For more information or you would like to join the organising committee, please contact Marricka Clancy, Kelly Binder or Ashley James.

WIMnet:  Hosted an International Women’s day professional development session.  Also creating a Conference Grant scheme to support women who wish to present technical abstracts or attend professional development conferences.
WIMnet breakfast – ‘Getting rid of the bias: our role as leaders’This breakfast will take place as part of the AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ Conference in November 2016. Read more[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]WIMWA

Individual tickets are now available for the WIMWA Summit – we have a special discount for our Facebook family please use the promotion code FB35 to receive a $35 discount.
We have an excellent line up this year including a dynamic panel of industry leaders including Laura Tyler – BHP Billiton’s Vice President Strategy and Performance; Dr Vanessa Guthrie – Toro Energy’s Managing Director and CEO and Lance Hockridge – CEO and Managing Director of Aurizo.
This year the themes are moving the conversation forward, managing change and resilience. Perhaps one of the strongest Australian examples of resilience is Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015, who will join us to share her remarkable and very inspiring story.
As expected there will also be inspiring industry stories including Kyra Bonney (Chandler Macleod’s WA Indigenous Manager and 40 under 40 winner for 2015), Kate Frost (Iluka Resources’ Principal Mining Engineer), Jayne Finch (KCGM Project and planning engineer – Mt Charlotte underground gold mine) and Nicole O’Keefe (TradeUP Chair and BHP Billiton Apprentice Electrician).
WIMWA Summit 2016 Individual – Register Now

WIMnet NSW successfully launches this year’s mentoring program
The NSW Women in Mining Network committee recently launched its 2016 mentoring program, the second year of the program following the success of its inaugural run in 2015. Read more

WIMnet Tasmania recently held a very successful joint function with the Tasmanian Student Chapter.
The student chapter holds an annual Students Meet Industry dinner and this year we combined it with the first WIMnet Tasmania event of 2016. Our guest speaker for the evening was our very own WIMnet Chair, Kate Hobbs.
Kate gave an inspiring talk on her experience in the mining industry and the challenges facing women in resources. Much food for thought for the many students present that evening. We would like to thank Kate very much for travelling from Adelaide to share her words of wisdom.

WIMnet Victoria
Previously known as Women in Resources and Mining Victoria (WiRV), we are now a fully integrated member of the AusIMM WIMnet team. Read more

2016 Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) – Congratulations to all the finalists for 2016 Women in resources National Awards. Best wishes for the awards night on 1 September! See who they all the finalists are on the wirna website

3rd annual Women in Industry Awards, to be held at the Showtime Events Centre in Melbourne on 14 July. The Awards recognise the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.
Award categories include Business Development Manager of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Social Leader of the Year, Rising Star, Industry Advocacy, Marketing/Communications, Excellence in Manufacturing, Excellence in Engineering, Excellence in Mining and Excellence in Road Transport.

CME Western Australia:  Announced in spring its annual Women in Resources Awards.  In its sixth year with more than 94 nominations, the awards include Outstanding Company Initiative, Outstanding Technician/Operator/Trade Woman, Outstanding Young Women in Resources, Outstanding Woman in Resources, Women in Resources Champion. To view the 2016 finalists go to.   2017 nominations will be open in mid-September 2016.

2016 SA Women in Resources Awards
The 2016 winners were announced at a SACOME Lunch on 19 May 2016.  Read the media release
Established in 2014, the South Australian Women in Resources Awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry. Recognising those playing a leading role in the advancement and participation of women in the resources sector.
There were two finalists from the WIMnet SA committee: Kate Hobbs and Jasmine Richards. Read more

Stephanie Mathews interviewed three women in the minerals industry with a variety of backgrounds to get an idea of their experiences working in the sector.

The Minerals Council of Australia has elected Dr Vanessa Guthrie as their Chairperson for the next two years. She is MCA’s first female chair in 40 year history. Click here to read the full story.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Europe” tab_id=”1467993024964-1d78cc2c-cec7″][vc_column_text]


WIM Sweden is back after two years and the new coordinator is Emma Härdmark. Emma’s contact details:
Tel: +46 (0)8 762 67 36 | Mobil: + 46 (0)70 346 60 48  |

United Kingdom

Women in Mining UK (“WIM UK”), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and progressing the development of women in the mining and minerals sector, is pleased to announce that Debbie Thomas will join the Advisory Board as Non-Executive Chairperson with immediate effect. Debbie replaces Amanda Van Dyke who has stepped down as Executive Chairperson today. Read press release here[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”North America” tab_id=”1467993090326-73c2238f-1c3b”][vc_column_text]


Louise GrondinWomen in Mining Canada (“WIMC”) announced Louise Grondin as the winner of the 2016 Women in Mining 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.
Read the whole press release here


On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Women in Mining BC “WIMBC” held their annual cocktail reception in 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.


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.

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. WIM BC Cocktail

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


Women in Mining/Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan – WIM/WiN SK has recently launched its first ever scholarship!

Yukon Women in Mining

Yukon WIM wrote three articles in May highlighting female pioneers in the Yukon Mining industry last week, in honor of Mining Week.
Yukon’s first underground miner: Janeane MacGillivray

Chief Math’ieya Alatini of the Kluane First Nation (KFN) was inducted and recognized by Yukon WIM in 2016, acknowledging the important role that indigenous women have in technical and leadership in the Nunavut industry. Read it here

In Spring 2016, the Mining industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)  conducted an online discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in the Canadian Mining sector.

To support the Canadian mining industry’s efforts in engaging a more diverse workforce, MiHR also completed research on the workforce barriers and opportunities facing three specific labour supply groups – Aboriginal peoples, immigrants to Canada, and women.
MiHR Publications

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  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.

United States

A short interview that features Lynne, Deanna Hall (WMC member), Tim Arnold (SME), and Dana Bennett (NvMA president)!


National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado has selected the Women’s Mining Coalition as the recipient to the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award. the Award will be bestowed at the 29th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame induction banquet on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”South America” tab_id=”1467993101440-c788c97f-5a0a”][vc_column_text]


WIM Argentina held their biannual Women in Mining Conferece  in San Juan in June.

WIM Argentina confIt was organized by FUNDAMIN,  it lasted for 2 days which and was were very productive: Mr. Jaime Berge (Chairman of the Chamber of Mining in Juan) and Laura Ropolo (Representing the Ministry of Mining in San Juan)  opened the  Forum. Speakers spoke about difficulties that women encounter during their careers in this industry as well as disparities in gender , how many companies now are employing more women , how they are having programmes in order to give support to families etc.
Press Release WIM Argentina Conference
WIM Argentina conf 2


WIM Chile continues with their project to educate girls in secondary schools about how to get into the mining industry. This scheme started in Santiago and now they have expanded to more  states in Chile, the group continues growing with currently 1200 members.

On the 12th August WIM Chile will hold its annual dinner in the presence of 200 guests.


Guyana Women Miners Organisation is still having to overcome many difficulties within the mining industry. They have encountered lack of communication from the government as to how to implement the Minamata Convention.
Nevertheless, they were successful in rescuing a women from trafiquers and now she is starting her own business. There is a possibility WIM Guyana will host a conference in order to talk about all the problems women in Guyana encounter encounter daily.

In honour of Caribbean Heritage Month, Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Connections Consultants, Guyanese Allison Butters-Grant, will be honoured in Washington, DC, USA. The event will be held under the theme “The Caribbean: Beyond Sun, Sand & Sea – Strengthening Trade among Caribbean Nations”. Allison is GWMO’s Treasurer


WIM Mexico has grown very quickly: the group is very enthusiastic, they have already organised meetings and received speakers from other countries. The cooperation and communication between the groups in different states have improved and strenghtened. There are chapters in Durango, Chihuahua, Sonora, Zacatecas. Projects are in the planning stage.

WIM Mexico Durango held their first event on the 9th of July where they celebrated  Dia de Minero 2016  in Durango city, with a 5K run. Having more than 480 participants from 20 different mining companies come together was astonishing and the support given to WIM Chapter Durango was overwhelming.
Along with the IMMGM (mining association) and the ladies who organized and liaison to their companies the importance of this gathering was a key to the success. More than a celebration of Dia del Minero it was a time to introduce WIM to the mining sector in Durango.WIM Durango 5K run[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]