Andree St-Germain: “I believe it is an exciting time to be a woman in our industry. Gender diversity is essential. There will be more and more opportunities for talented and hard-working young women that will require a wide range of skill sets. The focus is not only on attracting women, but also retaining them and, most importantly, developing them.”

International Women in Mining Profile: Andree St-Germain Andree St-Germain started her career in investment banking, focussing mainly on assisting mining companies with mergers and acquisitions. As she became more intrigued by the industry, she moved to work directly for a mining company, where the multi-faceted nature of her daily challenges keeps her passionate and engaged. […]

Nominate a P.Geo. for APGO’s Award of Merit

The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) Award of Merit was established in 2016, with the intention of presenting the award annually to a deserving individual member who, during the course of their career, has made significant contributions to the geoscience profession. The successful candidate for the award will have been a practicing member […]

Nominations Open for the 2018 Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award

For decades, women have contributed to the mining and minerals industry of Canada.  Through leadership, education and innovation, these women have opened doors for more women to participate in one of Canada’s most vital sectors. The Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award is the first national award in Canada to recognize the achievements of women who have […]

Catherine Farrow – Rocks, People and the Arctic Adventure

Monthly Profile Feature by Camila Reed Catharine Farrow is a professional geoscientist with more than 20 years of mining industry experience. What drew you to the field of geology? My Grandfather, a psychiatrist, had always been interested in rocks and geology. He gave me my first Estwing hammer when I was 11 and I was […]

Nominations for WIMC Board of Directors

Women in Mining Canada is looking for candidates interested in participating on our Board of Directors. If you’re ready to advance your leadership experience and take on more responsibilities like: overseeing the affairs of the corporation and being accountable for the actions of the organization, this opportunity is for you! Alongside validating financial results, you […]

Karine Cliche – “Don’t give up. Things don’t fall into your lap, you have to go and get them!”

July’s Monthly Profile Canadian Karine Cliche’s energy and enthusiasm are palpable and she’s not about to give up. A mining geologist, she’s leaving the sector for now having battled with the ups and down of the industry’s hard financial times and an inability to get the job she wants. She’s faced a number of rejections […]

Find your voice with the #IWiMSpeakUp Project

Expert and author, Monica Ospina, is an advocate for the International Women in Mining’s #IWiMSpeakUp Project, which connects experienced and up-and-coming female leaders with conference organisers to give women a platform to share their experiences and ideas. The aim of the new project is to promote gender diversity in mining sector thought leadership. Monica’s the […]

Digging into diversity

Originally published by Northern Ontario Business – October 2016. When Anna Tudela walked into her first mining conference, she was the only woman in a room packed with men. She was sure she had found the wrong place. On October 18, the vice-president of diversity, regulatory affairs and corporate secretary at Goldcorp was happy to […]

Mine Your Potential conference aims to attract women to mining, nuclear sectors

Originally published by Saskatoon StarPhoenix – September 2016. Cameco Corp. Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer Alice Wong addresses the 2015 Mine Your Potential Conference in Saskatoon. Photo by Cassie Cos. CASSIE COS / SASKATOON About a quarter of the people who work in Saskatchewan’s mining sector are women — more than double the national […]

The problem with KWG’s Ring of Fire video

Canada’s KWG Resources recently came under scrutiny for a supposedly ‘educational’ YouTube video they released. The video, entitled 5 Interesting Ring of Fire Facts seems innocuous enough, until you realise that these facts are being presented by women in bikinis, in an apparent attempt to entice younger workers to the industry. We do not agree with […]

A Conversation With The Minister For The Status Of Women

This article was originally published in The Manitoban – September 2016. Patricia Hajdu discusses the MMIW inquiry, sexual violence, pay equity, reproductive rights and more with the Manitoban Patty Hadju. Photo by Robert Thivierge Federal status of women minister Patricia Hajdu is no stranger to the struggles of being a woman working in volatile environments. Prior being […]

Women in Mining One Walk media posts to fight cancer

Dear mining industry communicators and friends: Most of you know about the successful fund-raising that Women in Mining groups across Canada have done, particularly for cancer research and treatment in the last decade. Between WIM Toronto and WIM Vancouver, we have raised a lot of money to fight cancer. The WIM Toronto branch is in the […]

Women rock the mining world

Elena Mayer galvanizes women in mining “Inspired by the likes of Pat Dillon, Anna Tudela, Maureen Jensen and Deb McCombe, I saw that I could play a role in empowering and connecting women within the mining industry. And so Women Who Rock was born,” declares President and Founder Elena Mayer (IMBA ’15). In 2015, Women […]

Women dig mining

Geologist Lesley Weston holds a piece of quartzite while doing field work. Supplied by Lesley Weston The world has changed since Janeanne MacGillivray challenged Subsection 10 of the Yukon Mining Safety Ordinance that stated “no female person shall be employed in underground work in any mine.” That was in 1975 when MacGillivray headed north to […]

Women in mining in Canada

Mining has traditionally been made of a predominately male workforce, and although the trend is that males still dominate the mining industry, there are signs in recent years that indicate that there is a growing role for women in the mining industry. However even though it appears that there are more women in mining than […]

Women in the mining industry: challenges remain

Hiring and retention of women remains a challenge in the mining industry in Saskatchewan, whose needs for labour are nevertheless great. Moreover, they account for only 14% in the mining industry, while women account for 47% of the general workforce. Véronique Loewen, Director of Communications at Areva. In the province, women come together to try to […]

Femmes dans l’industrie minière : des défis persistent

L’embauche et la rétention de femmes demeurent un défi dans l’industrie minière de la Saskatchewan, dont les besoins en main-d’œuvre sont pourtant grands. De plus, elles ne comptent que pour 14% dans l’industrie minière, alors que les femmes représentent 47 % de la main-d’œuvre générale. Véronique Loewen, directrice des communications chez Areva. Dans la province, des […]

What 20 years of the gender wage gap looks like in Canada

Despite growing awareness of the wage gap between men and women, little progress has been made over the last two decades to close it. A tar sands worker at the Syncrude mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta.   What has two arms, two legs, and works for 14 per cent less than another equally capable […]

“Comply & Explain in Canada – One Year On” by Michèle McCarthy

A year ago, the Ontario Securities Commission and certain provincial securities regulators signed on to amendments to National Instrument 58-101, Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices, that required disclosure by non-venture issuers of the number of women on their boards of directors and in the ranks of senior management. This disclosure requirement made it possible to […]

Commentary: Should we have quotas for women on boards in Canada?

by Catherine Wade (Northern Miner – June 5, 2015) “It’s no secret that the mining industry is behind the curve when it comes to hiring women and appointing female board members. What will it take to get them onboard? Although the last couple of years have seen some increase in women representation at senior executive […]

Nominations for the 2015 WIM Canada Trailblazer Award are now open!  

For decades, women have contributed to the mining and minerals industry of Canada.  Through leadership, education and innovation, these women have opened doors for more women to participate in one of Canada’s most vital sectors. The Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award is the first national award in Canada to recognize the achievements of women […]


Congratulations to WIM Thunder Bay & Northwestern Ontario Chair and founding board member, Dr. Mary Louise Hill, on her appointment to the 2014 PDAC Board of Directors  & Congratulations to WIM TB NW Ontario founder/board member Barbara Courte Elinesky on becoming a member of the advisory council of the Northern Policy Institute.    

Women of Osisko Mining Corporation

To mark the occasion of Women’s Day, Osisko Mining Corporation presented a booklet entitled “Women of Osisko” to showcase the success stories of some of the women who work at Osisko. March 2014 We commend Osisko for this initiative! Read the book.

Women in Mining graduates – College of the Rockies

Congratulations!!! May many more to follow! by Nicole Obre – The Free Press Apr 11, 2014 College of of the Rockies celebrated the graduation of its first ever Women in Mining course on Friday afternoon. The graduates of the first ever Women in Mining course celebrated at the College of the Rockies (COTR) Fernie campus […]

Women in Mining BC Launch New Website

For Immediate Release April 10, 2014 Vancouver, BC – Women in Mining Vancouver has launched a new website,, showcasing the activities of WIM membership groups around the province of BC. The website offers information about each WIM BC branch, their respective events and how to become a WIM member, serving as an open invitation to professionals […]

Maureen Jensen Recipient of the Trailblazer Award 2014

The fabulous Maureen Jensen will be the recipient of the Trailblazer Award this year and the honour is well deserved. The Award has been set up by Women in Mining Canada in 2013 to be a yearly award which “recognises women who have taken personal career risks and helped to advance the careers of other women”. […]

Zoë becomes MAC’s first female chair

Rio Tinto’s Zoë Yujnovich, who is president and chief executive officer of the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), has been elected chair of The Mining Association of Canada (MAC). She is the first woman to hold this role in the 78-year history of MAC, the national association that represents one of the largest mining […]

Most Executives are not Concerned by Number of Women in C-Suite (Canada)

According to this article that was published on the 16th of December in The Globe and Mail (Canada) there is still lots of work to be done for mentalities to change… Confirming what we already know and deal with on a daily basis. I am always astonished by the vehement resistence to change and the […]

WIM Vancouver Branch Congratulates Award Winners

WIM Canada press release, 15 November 2010 Vancouver, BC.- Women in Mining, Vancouver branch, would like to congratulate the winners of The Minerva Foundation for BC Women’s 2010, “Women in Natural Resources” awards for excellence, leadership and philanthropy: Our very own Barbara Caelles, who started WIM Vancouver, awarded for philanthropy and volunteerism Lyn Anglin, President and CEO of […]

Yes there is a place for Women in Mining

International Resource Journal, 10th August 2010 For years, women have slowly carved out roles for themselves in the mining and oil and gas sectors—though you’d be hard pressed to find industry statistics on women in resources, as research into the topic is really only just starting. The truth is, although women have the skills, the […]

Glass ceilings, sticky floors and mid-level bottlenecks

Alison Konrad, Corus Entertainment Chair in Women in Management Volume 16, Number 9 September 2010 Alison Konrad finds that women and visible minorities are less likely to be promoted than white men. When Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in her presidential campaign, she told her supporters: “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest glass ceiling, […]

Pilot project aims to attract aboriginal women into mining and mineral exploration

“Staking Their Claim to A New Career” By Darah Hansen Vancouver Sun, 6th October 2010 Jessica Michell’s world has been full of firsts lately. The 23-year-old single mom from the small first nations community of Moricetown, northwest of Prince George, is still settling in after a move to Kamloops, where she began classes at Thompson Rivers […]

Barbara Caelles to be honoured at Minerva Foundation’s Women in Natural Resources Awards

Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun, 12 November 2010 Barbara Caelles, a pioneer in B.C.’s mining industry, has always loved the idea of giving back. On Dec. 1, the professional geoscientist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry will be thanked at a special luncheon, not only for her years of service in mining, […]

Tough as diamonds: Catherine McLeod-Seltzer’s rise to prominence

By Jeff Borsato, CIM Catherine McLeod-Seltzer really caught the mining bug after sealing her first billion dollar deal. Her very first venture, Arequipa Resources, founded in 1990 while she was still working as a securities analyst, was sold three years later to Barrick Gold Corporation for $1.1 billion. Not surprisingly, the young British Columbian chucked […]

Why we need more women in mining jobs Article on the joint efforts by different stakeholders to increase the percentage of women in skilled trades in Canada GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Why we need more women in mining jobs Publication: Women Working in the Skilled Trades and Technologies  

Zoe Yujnovich: The Mining Association of Canada has voted in its first female chair

07/02/2013, By The Globe and Mail Zoë Yujnovich, the current president and chief executive officer of Iron Ore Co. of Canada, took over the board last week, replacing Ian Pearce, former CEO of Xstrata Nickel who retired last month. It’s the first time that the mining association has had a female chief of its board in […]

Samantha Espley receives WIM’s Trailblazer Award

03/07/2013, By CIM Samantha Espley was recognized as a leading lady in mining when she was presented with the Trailblazer Award at the Women in Mining (WIM) International reception, held at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada on March 5. Espley has dedicated the last 25 years to clearing a path for herself and […]

Julie Lassonde: a la rescousse des mines

Présidente et PDG de Shear Diamonds Ltd. Par Alexandra Lopez-Pacheco, CIM Magazine, juin/juillet 2012 Lorsque Julie Lassonde parle de sa carrière, de la résurrection de la mine de diamants Jericho au Nunavut par son entreprise et des défis, réussites et occasions connexes, ou du secteur minier en général, Julie exhale les qualités et la mentalité d’un leader. […]

Darlene Cheechoo: definir la reussite

Darlene Cheechoo | Présidente, CREECO Dumas Mining Par Eaven Moore, CIM magazine, juin/juillet 2012 Darlene Cheechoo, une nouvelle venue dans le secteur minier. Présidente d’un partenariat nouvellement formé entre la Compagnie des entreprises cries de développement économique (Cree-Co) et Dumas, elle a mené sa carrière en travaillant pour le peuple Cri, et voit cette nouvelle entreprise comme […]

Anne-Marie Toutant: inspirer le changement

Vice-présidente, optimisation et intégration des sables bitumineux et administratrice de l’Association minière canadienne Par Ryan Bergen, CIM Magazine, juin/juillet 2012 Les compétences pointues d’Anne Marie Toutant en mathématiques et en sciences l’ont menée vers des études en génie à l’Université de l’Alberta, où elle a rejoint les rangs de la cohorte du génie minier : « On y trouvait les fêtes […]

Leanne Hall: constructeur qualifie

Vice-présidente, Ressources humaines, Noront Resources Ltd. Par Eaven Moore, CIM Magazine, juin/juillet 2012 Quand Leanne Hall accepte une mission, elle fait deux choses : « Je l’aborde toujours avec les yeux des différents intervenants, explique-t-elle, et j’essaie toujours de quitter les lieux dans un meilleur état que celui dans lequel je les ai trouvés. » Cette approche a façonné […]

Dominique Gibbens: a la source d’un precedent

Associée chez Fasken Martineau Par Eavan Moore, CIM Magazine, juin/juillet 2012 « J’aime ce que je fais », s’exclame Dominique Gibbens. Avec plus de 20 ans dans le domaine du règlement de litiges et de conflits, madame Gibbens a cumulé beaucoup d’expérience dans plusieurs domaines et systèmes de droit, notamment dans l’industrie pétrochimique et l’industrie minière. Plus tôt cette […]

Deborah McCombe: le porte-etendard

Vice-présidente exécutive, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., et présidente du CRIRSCO (Comité pour les normes internationales de production de rapports sur les réserves et ressources minérales) Par Eavan Moore, CIM Magazine, juin/juillet 2012 Allant de l’avant après le fiasco de Bre-X dans les années 1990, Deborah McCombe a vu la confiance du public dans la divulgation des […]

Heather White: sortir de sa zone de confort

Vice-présidente, exploitation minière, NovaGold Resources Inc. Par Alexandra Lopez-Pacheco, CIM Magazine, juin/juillet 2012 « Mon idéal professionnel était de concevoir, de construire et d’exploiter une mine, de A à Z, explique Heather White, vice-présidente, exploitation minière, NovaGold Resources Inc. Rares sont ceux qui ont cette chance. Ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’une toute nouvelle mine est mise en opération. Le […]

Dominique Dionne: Développeur de ressources

Vice-présidente des Affaires corporatives chez Xstrata Nickel et première présidente de l’Association minière du Québec Par Antoine Dion-Ortega Dominique Dionne, vice-présidente des Affaires corporatives chez Xstrata Nickel et première présidente de l’Association minière du Québec, non issue du milieu de l’ingénierie, a décidé de lutter contre le manque de femmes au sein de la main-d’œuvre […]

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines – Women Making Strides in Mining

06/27/2012 By Barrick While the workforce in the mining industry is predominantly male, some women are ascending to senior leadership positions, a positive development that may signal a growing role for women in the industry. Eight women at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines in Australia have ascended to senior leadership roles at the Barrick joint venture: […]

Mining for Women

By Tavia Grant The Globe and Mail, 15 Apr 2009 Back in the late 1970s, Ingrid Hann visited an underground uranium mine in Northern Ontario. Her presence was not exactly welcome – some of the miners dropped to their knees, made a sign of the cross and urged her to return to the surface. Women, they […]

Eira Thomas: Top 40 under 40 (2005)

By TARA WOHLBERG, Tuesday, May 3, 2005 Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Eira Thomas, president and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corp., insists that the thrill of the chase is what drew her to geology, not the commodity. “I have always loved spending time in the field,” she says. That love of the North […]

Eira Thomas: Queen of Diamonds continues her quest

From The Sunday Times, October 7, 2007 Tony Allen-Mills in northern Quebec The bug that bit Eira Thomas was a passion for exploration that has turned her, at 38, into Canada’s Queen of Diamonds. THEY call it the high-end stone game. Somewhere out there, in a desolate corner of an unexplored wilderness, lies the next great […]

Joanne Freeze: Warm response to mining in Peruvian district

12-18 May 2008 By Emily Roberts, HighGrade AN EMPHASIS on social and environmental responsibility is paying dividends for Peru-focused explorer, Candente Resource Corp. Spearheaded by dynamo chief executive, Joanne Freeze, the company is enjoying the fruits of successful financing, strong drilling results and a supportive local community. Freeze graduated from the University of Western Ontario […]