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  • 11 Nov 2020 2:11 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    Each year we pause on this day to remember all those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces; the army, navy, air force, merchant marine and those who were killed in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and in peacekeeping operations since this time.

    Remembrance Day is not only about mourning and honouring our dead, it is a time to say thank-you to all of those who serve and have served Canada with distinction.  This includes all those who were at home who supported our troops overseas and kept business and industry going to support the war effort.

    As it relates to our group and our industry, women in mining had a significant role in the war effort, particularly in Canada. During the war years from 1939 to 1945, the International Nickel Co. of Canada and its employees in Sudbury (the mine operations) and Port Colborne (the refinery operations) supplied 95% of all Allied demands for nickel, which was a vital raw material critical for the Allies’ final victory.  Nickel’s qualities of hardness, resistance to corrosion and strength made it a key metal in battleships, planes, tanks, and other war equipment.

    Women were key to supporting the war effort. As men were leaving the mining operations to serve their country, women stepped in to maintain production levels. In 1942 for the first time, the federal government allowed women to be employed in surface operations in Sudbury and at the nickel refinery in Port Colborne.

    In 1946, RL Beattie, the Vice President of International Nickel said that, “Production of nickel and copper in sufficient quantities to assure an Allied victory would have been impossible had the women not stepped into the employment breach in 1942, when labour was critically short, and the need for our products on the battlefronts steadily increasing.”

    WIM Toronto would to honour these brave men and women who sacrificed so much for Canada and the world so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

  • 14 Oct 2020 10:18 AM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    Engineers Canada is developing a guideline to help engineers and engineering firms make decisions that will foster an increased percentage of women in their workforces. We need your help. We’re conducting a national survey to learn more about current engineering workplace practices, potential audiences for the guideline, and topics it should cover. This survey will be distributed to thousands of engineering stakeholders across Canada. 

    Take the survey

    Please feel free to take the survey yourself and consider distributing widely among your networks, as the more diverse perspectives we have, regardless of gender, career stage, background, etc., the stronger the guideline will be. 

    By participating in this process, you will be contributing to our greater goal of fostering engineering workplaces that are more inclusive of women. The data we gather will be used to create a “general direction” document that will directly inform the content of the guideline we develop.  

    The survey will be open until November 27, 2020. 

    If you have any questions about the survey or the process, please contact Isabelle Flamand, Coordinator, Qualifications at isabelle.flamand@engineerscanada.ca.  

  • 25 Oct 2019 2:23 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)


    A growing number of oil, gas, and mining companies have committed to create more diverse, gender-balanced, inclusive industries – recognizing that it is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes business sense. To help oil, gas, and mining companies to meet their gender goals, IFC has developed this toolkit. The toolkit starts with detailed business case arguments on the benefits of gender diversity and inclusion, and then provides practical, detailed tools to help companies to assess and address obstacles to equality and inclusion in the workplace, across the supply chain, and in community engagement and investment. It includes easy-to-use techniques and tools to transform a broad gender strategy into a supportive working reality for women and men.

    For more information, go to : Unlocking Opportunities

  • 23 Sep 2019 9:54 AM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    I recently had a lovely coffee with Jacqueline, Andrea and Leslie of the Perimeter Institute to hear all about the work they are doing to promote women in science - in particular in theoretical physics!

    Read all about their work here and keep and eye out for their Girls Day in 2020.

  • 06 May 2019 12:00 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    Here is a great article by Renee Richards on understanding unconscious bias, plus a few links to exercise that help you understand what yours may be!

    Defeating unconscious bias in the workplace

  • 28 Mar 2019 9:30 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)


    MARCH 27, 2019 PE PODCASTS

    IBK Capital’s Miranda Werstiuk sits down with Grace Pedota to reflect on her career in capital markets, being a woman in mining finance (4:15), and to share her vision for sustainable mining practices utilizing blockchain (9:45) and more.

    Listen here!

  • 28 Feb 2019 11:59 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    We are excited to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Trailblazer Award Program!

    Trailblazer Award: Norah J. (“Nean”) Allman, Principal, Allman & Assoc. Corporate Communications.

    Indigenous Trailblazer AwardMary Caesar – Kaska Dena Elder, Liard First Nation and Member of the Wolf Clan, Watson Lake Yukon.

    Student Trailblazer Award: Gabrielle Samek, Queen's University – Mining Engineering

    Rick Hutson Mentorship AwardProf. Heather Jamieson – Queen’s University, School of Environmental Studies & Department of Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

  • 14 Jan 2019 9:44 AM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    A shout out to Next Gen Geo's Prospect Generation Challenge:

    The Challenge

    The Prospect Generator Challenge is a “dragons-den” style live event to be held during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention. The goal is to get young geoscientists excited about the mineral exploration industry, to create jobs for young people in this sector, and to educate the general public about how this industry is evolving and improving. This Challenge is a catalyst to springboard the mineral exploration industry into a generation of renewed growth by bridging the gap between academia and industry, and by nurturing socially conscious entrepreneurs who want their mineral projects to have a sustainable benefit for all stake holders.

    Key Dates

    Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:59 pm EST (8:59 pm PST) – Submission Deadline

    Monday, February 11, 2019 – Finalists notified

    Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Finalists Pitch to Expert Panel

    Read more about it at http://nextgengeo.ca/index.php/programs/challenge/

  • 10 Sep 2018 2:22 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    WIM Canada supports 

    Michele Ashby, ACE and ACE Board Training

    Registration is now open for ACE Board Training 8-Week Fall programs in Toronto/Niagara-On-The-Lake (October 18 – December 7). The course is a new 8-week format that is very doable for busy executives. 


    Now more than ever, boards are looking for qualified women candidates. If you want to be on a board, now is the time to get ready. Video here: You Tube Video

    Supporting Information:

    This program will take you on a journey, exploring your value proposition and helping you to identify the boards that are most in sync with your beliefs and passions. Digging deep to find a board seat that suits you is key to long term success and will provide a valuable experience for both you and your fellow Board members. This program will show you how to find that Board seat.

    For more information go to https://www.acellc.consulting/

  • 27 Jul 2018 2:55 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    Check out CIM Magazine's We Are Mining series. This collection of articles are the basis for a 2018 editorial project to showcase the voices and stories of a diverse industry.

    The most recent story looks at the challenges faced by new mothers wanting to participate in networking events. Read the article at:  http://magazine.cim.org/en/voices/we-are-mining-networking-events-a-challenge-for-new-mothers/

    Find more stories at: http://magazine.cim.org/en/voices/we-are-mining-landing-page/

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