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 […]