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  • 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/

  • 23 Jul 2018 3:36 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    If you are interested in a board training training program geared to women, ACE is holding an informational session about their Fall 2018 program on July 31st at 5:30pm at The Church at 73 Simcoe on 73 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON.

    To registerhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/ace-board-training-for-women-event-tickets-48286387886

    Event Description

    Meet Michele Ashby and learn about the ACE BOARD TRAINING FOR WOMEN Program coming to Toronto this Fall. Come learn more and take your personal BOARD ASSESSMENT QUIZ at this event.

    Two cohorts have already graduated from this dynamic course and are on their way to their board seats. Now more than ever, boards are looking for qualified women candidates, so if you want to be on a board, it is time to get ready. Is that you? Do you want to sit on a board? ACE BOARD TRAINING FOR WOMENcan help you get there.

    ACE BOARD TRAINING FOR WOMEN 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. What change do you want to see? Are you ready to be a game changer?

  • 11 Jun 2018 2:40 PM | Christine Petch (Administrator)

    As summer approaches, we reflect on a great season with amazing speakers and fun social events. Highlights include:

    • We kicked off the season with a networking event in September held at Modus, which was very well attended.
    • In October, Kerry O’Reilly Wilks (Vale) shared a heartfelt narration of her career journey.
    • In November, we hosted a dynamic panel discussion with Lynda Bloom (Analytical Solutions Ltd.), Shastri Ramnath (Orix Geoscience Inc.) and Catherine Gignac (Cameco Corporation) moderated by WIM Committee member Christine Petch (CPetch Consulting). These successful executives discussed what is needed to thrive in a cyclical market.
    • Ashley Kirwan (Orix Geoscience) presented at a Brown Bag technical lunch on bringing your exploration data to life through interpretation in November. Thank you McEwen Mining for hosting the event.
    • Our Holiday Cocktail party was co-hosted with Women Who Rock in December. The event was extremely well attended with over one hundred attendees. Our thanks to Cementation and Barrick Gold for cosponsoring the event.
    • In early 2018, we held a series of talks covering sustainability and governance topics presented by Linda Wrong (Lundin Mining Corporation), Ekta Mendhi (Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance) and Catherine McCall (Canadian Coalition for Good Governance).
    • Dr. Catharine Farrow (FarExGeoMine Ltd.) provided an overview of her exciting career with perspectives and insights on the industry. Her theme of “work hard and have fun” resonated with the group. 
    • We finished off our speaker series in May with Louise Pearce (ERM) speaking on how sustainable mining truly is the new business imperative.

    We would like very much to thank our supporter, Norton Rose, for allowing us the use of their meeting room space for our lunchtime talks.

    The end of the season has also brought some changes on the executive committee. We would like to thank outgoing Chair, Tara Gilfillan, for her energy and passion, and to Mandy Taylor who helped us out with our website. 

    We look forward to seeing you all on June 20th for our final social event of the season (check out our website for details). Have a happy and healthy summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall for the 2018-2019 season
    If you have any ideas for speakers for the upcoming season – reach out to us at wimtorontochapter@gmail.com or one of our executive team!

    On behalf of the WIM Toronto Executive,

    Christine Petch,  Chair

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