We finally launched the 1st international mentoring programme for women in the resources sector

Published: 13/03/2018

A mentee and mentor connecting and enjoying evening reception

After 1 year of working solidly on the first international mentoring programme we had our big launch in Canada on the 6th of March at PDAC in collaboration with Women in Mining Canada. This is IWiM’s commitment to #PressforProgress

Group photo of some of our mentees, mentors and sponsors; also organising

We launched with a final cohort of 42 women on the programme from student to senior mid-career level across technical, operational and corporate functions. Mentees are from 16 different countries: 6 from Australia, 9 from Canada, 1 from Chile, 1 from Republic of Congo, 6 from Ghana, 2 from Guyana, 2 from Mexico, 1 from Mongolia, 1 from Namibia, 5 from South Africa, 2 from Spain, 1 from Tanzania, 2 foreigners based in the UK, 1 from the USA, 1 from Zambia and 1 from Zimbabwe.

Mentor cohort is also international including Canada, Australia, USA, UK, South Africa, Mongolia and Togo and is composed of both men and women.

Proud organising committee: from left Barbara Dischinger, Cynthia le Sueur-Aquin and Ali Burton

 It was such an amazing training day, full of emotion and positive energy!! Incredible!! We had half the mentees and half the mentors present, more than we expected be with us in person and many sponsors with us at the evening reception. Each mentee has such an amazing story.

Everyone was keen and excited: mentees, mentors and sponsors. Seeing everyone so involved in the programme made it more than worthwhile.

Testimonials from mentees

“It was so great to meet you both yesterday and meeting such wonderful women from across the world at so diverse time and places in their respective careers. I’m really looking forward to the next seven months and want to thank you both for your leadership and dedication to this initiative.”

“Thank you so much for all of your hard work in putting today’s mentorship program together.  It was so clear how much time and effort went into every party, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the program and meet you all as well as the other mentees and mentors.”

Testimonial from a mentor

“It was great. I enjoyed the launch talk and took a lot away from it. I’m inspired. I’ve started notes, I am hoping it can be the start of a new book, one which every young lady should read. Thank you for putting my name forward to be a mentor.”


Ali Burston, Project Director with mentors and mentees


Thank you all again to all our sponsors!

Gold sponsor: Rio Tinto

Silver Sponsor: Lundin Mining and Agnico Eagle

Bronze Sponsor: Sherritt International, Teck, Wesdome Gold Mines, Goldcorp, Durango Resources, ABB and Women in Mining Canada

Multiple Scholarship sponsors: Rio Tinto, Lundin Mining, Goldcorp, Agnico Eagle and Durango Resources

Single scholarship Sponsors: SRK Consulting, Telstra, PARO,  Ministry of Mines of Guyana and Women in Mining Canada

Boot manufacturer Royer for offering a pair of work boots to every mentee

We can announce that the closing event will be in London on Friday 21st of September and will be co-hosted by Rio Tinto and the European Bank of Reconstruction & Development.