Thanks for an amazing season!

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 or one of our executive team!

On behalf of the WIM Toronto Executive,

Christine Petch,  Chair


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