Careers in Mining

Dave Rector

Dave Rector

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Co-Owner & President
Rector Machine Works Ltd

We didn’t start out in Mining… our company established by my Grandmother and Grandfather in 1933 started as a supply business to the Steel industry and progressed to the Wood and Forest industry as they went along.  My father (Herv) took over the company in 1967 and continued it on with my mother (Sandi) and here we are today 87 years later with my brother and I being the owners.  We got into mining supply when we diversified the company in the 2000’s to keep our employees working during the downturn in Forestry and Steel.  I personally tend to do research on the companies that we work with and found that I had a real zest for Geology and the mining process.  Rector’s became a member of SAMSSA (now Mine Connect) in the early days and have sat on this volunteer Board of Directors since 2009.  We enjoy the value working together with other members across Northern Ontario to service our customers in a way that keeps people working in the North.

I really do love my job, it really does have an impact when you get to continue a family legacy and work with your family to provide a living for people in the community as well as have the wherewithal to give back to your community and those that you work in.  I love the travel, the people and relationships you make along the way.  Mining has led to working in different environments and is always challenging and motivating. One thing I realized is how much talent and pride our employees have when working with them on job sites away from our facility.  Rector’s really does enjoy working with post secondary institutions to further much needed people in trades and we always look forward to the next diamond in the rough becoming part of our family team.

A career in trades is always sought after by companies like ours, with hard work and determination we can provide an amazing atmosphere to work and make a great living.  Our employees have had the chance to travel all over our great country to work, see amazing things and work with some fantastic people.  You can truly make an enjoyable career in the trades and it can take you anywhere you want to go.  To quote Dr. Suess, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you chose. Oh, the places you will go.”

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Craig Fitchett

Craig Fitchett

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Senior Geologist & Technical Services
Orix Geoscience Inc.

Exploration! I have always been fascinated with the unknown. Traveling to places that few people have ever seen and discovering something new. As an exploration geologist, I have traveled the world and been to many different remote locations. The most rewarding part of being an exploration geologist is seeing the beauty and distinctiveness of rock and the natural environment. 

 

Earth sciences is a unique discipline that draws upon many other fundamental sciences to understand the mechanisms that generate the various rock formations. Unlike other scientific disciplines, the field application of earth science requires a creative artistic ability. Impartial datasets and poorly documented regions are common themes that leave exploration geologist wondering and dreaming of possibilities. It is this artistic application that is exciting, you never know what you might find.

Getting back to basics and understanding the past exploration is important to identify potentially missed opportunities. Compilation, re-evaluate, and follow-up groundwork are a key part of an exploration program. I began in the mineral exploration industry as a student geologist in 2005, spending my summers prospecting, explaining anomalies, and digging up hidden mineralization.

 

My current position allows me to continue to explore and look for new mineralization. I’m interested in understanding the controls on mineralization and generating new targets based on re-interpretation of historical data. I have spent the majority of my career leading teams in both the field and office, developing new exploration targets, working on property acquisitions, managing large drilling programs, and mapping programs. However, my passion has always been executing remote prospecting programs to develop new opportunities based on re-interpreting historical data.

 

There is something about designing and executing a wild mission into remote locations that is exciting. It is the possibility of being the person who discovered the missing piece that leads to a new mine (ore body).

Endless possibilities! With a strong understanding of the natural systems and processes, a person can take on various roles. A career in the mining industry provides great opportunities to continue to grow and evolve. Early in my career I took the jobs that allowed me to travel and see new places. Although with changes in my life I have moved into a position that allows me to be home at night with the family. The beauty of mining is that there is room for everyone to develop positions that suite their lifestyles. As the world continues to change and technology further develops, there are so many new exciting career roles and specialities available for those who are ambitious and looking for a challenge.

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Brianna Simeoni

Brianna Simeoni

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Training and Recruitment Coordinator
SCR Mining and Tunnelling

Mining has surrounded me my entire life. Being born and raised in Sudbury with family members working in the mines, I knew the importance of mining to my community. Although my initial focus was not on a career in mining, it was an opportunity at Vale Canada that allowed me to explore the world of mining. Working within the Project Management Office at Totten Mine provided me the opportunity to learn about the advancements in health and safety systems, technologies in development, and the cycle of mining.

 

My career has evolved within mining over the last few years. Initially involved in project management and assisting with the organization of developing projects, I have shifted into the role of Training and Recruitment. This allows me to interact with many people on a daily basis and allows me to explore a new side of mining… the people. Learning the importance of what entices others for taking on a new role, finding the best match for an individual within a crew, or establishing a process/ policy to streamline onboarding systems has been gratifying.

Although I enjoy seeing the success of systems in place and how we can positively impact the mining community with development and operations, I love my job for the people I have been able to work with. I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with insightful individuals with years of experience and knowledge in a variety of fields. It is because of their support and encouragement that I was able to ask questions, further my curiosity about mining, and learn about a wide range of opportunities in the industry.

There are countless benefits within mining! I have experienced this firsthand. I have been able to explore different avenues within the industry that has allowed me to attain a better understanding of the cycle of life within mining. Not only has my knowledge and experience broadened, it has gifted me with the chance to volunteer and plan events to enhance and enforce our bond in the community. As an executive member for Young Mining Professionals Sudbury, I have been able to reach out and meet others within the community to discuss highs and lows of the industry. In helping to plan the inaugural Mining Engagement Conference for Advancement (MECA), I was able to discover the importance of soft-skill development within mining and how we can benefit ourselves and our employers by attaining these skills.

 

The benefits are unlimited in so many ways and I strongly encourage anyone interested in joining the industry to get curious and explore the opportunities.

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Alana Arcand

Alana Arcand

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Mining Sector Marketing Lead
Golder

In pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, I certainly didn’t imagine that I would end up in the mining industry, and yet here I am! I had always associated mining with STEM streams and it simply never occurred to me that there was a place for creative minds and strategic thinking. Upon graduating, I volunteered abroad in Bolivia to gain experience and benefited from a different perspective on the world. After returning to Sudbury, I landed at Golder, a global mining consulting firm, starting in an entry-level position and after 13 years and counting, I am now the marketing lead for our global mining business. The passion of my colleagues for their work was contagious, and their willingness to share their knowledge with me was all I needed to learn and grow and find my place in the world of mining and science communications. A world that definitely requires creative minds!

What’s not to love? I work with great people, in an employee-owned company, who are as passionate about what they do as I am. Helping communicate the stories of the innovative and impactful work we are producing is extremely rewarding. Whether it’s a specialized niche area or a broader multi-disciplinary approach to the latest mining industry challenge, there’s always something interesting to share with our clients who may be encountering similar challenges that we can help solve together.

 

If you aren’t in mining it seems simple; dig a hole, take out some rock, get metals. However, if you’re in the industry, you know just how far from the truth that is. The intricacy and complexity of operations, years of planning and development, and the sheer number of skill sets required, it is far from simple. That’s exactly why I love it. I love seeing how all the individual facets work together to extract metals that we take for granted in our daily lives. The fun of consulting is that we have so many of those disciplines under one roof. It’s normal to have fish, water, air, rock, waste and infrastructure specialists all working on a project together. 

If variety is the spice of life, then mining has it in spades. Regardless of your role within the industry there are all sorts of forms it can take. You can choose to work for a major operation, an exploration company, work on site, or in an office, for a consultant or contractor, or even the government. It can allow you to stay right here in Northern Ontario, or to travel the world. There are so many options available when you choose a career in mining and there’s nothing stopping you from trying out a few!

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