Careers in Mining

Stacey Roy

Stacey Roy

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Geologist in Training
Vale

I have always had a keen interest in Earth processes and science. After working for many years in the dental field, I decided to return to Laurentian University to complete my B.Sc. degree in geology.   What better place to learn about geology than the Sudbury basin? Sudbury has such a deep and rich history in mining, and world-class geology. The mining and metals industry offers a wide range of career options, both directly and indirectly related to mining itself, including engineering, chemistry, IT, HR, as well as numerous trades. Most people don’t even realize the career possibilities within the mining industry. Mining helps contribute to a strong and prosperous economy. Mining continues to evolve and incorporate new and exciting technologies as well as maintaining a strong focus on environmental sustainability. It is exciting to think I can contribute to that in some way.

I am currently in a Geologist in Training program at Vale. The program spans four years and includes important roles including core logging, in-mine exploration, diamond drilling programs, 3-D modelling, as well as a variety of other opportunities. It’s a very exciting position with the ability to work at multiple plants and gain valuable mentorship from Geologists with years of experience. Every day brings something new and I’m constantly learning. Being able to connect and learn from so many people in different roles within our company is great. One of my favorite sayings is ‘if it’s not grown, its mined’ so in that way we are all connected through mining.

There are so many avenues your career path can take in the mining sector the possibilities are endless. Mining can allow for a career that lets you travel or stay close to home. As a bonus it is an industry that provides very good compensation. As the mining world continues to modernize with a focus on mine digitization, there will be a need for new careers, some we don’t even know we need yet! It’s a very exciting time to be in mining.

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Nicole Tardif

Nicole Tardif

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Program Coordinator, Goodman School of Mines, Laurentian University
MMTS Director & Past Chair

I grew up in Elliot Lake, where my father worked as a hoist man in the Uranium mines. Like many kids, I did not know much about mining. The only careers that I knew about were miners and hoistmen. Miners are an essential part of the mining process and a very respectful and well-paying career, however, I wanted to get out of my hometown and attend university. I always loved being outdoors; my childhood was spent camping, fishing, swimming, walking in the bush, and playing outside. Therefore, I aimed for a career that allowed me to work in this environment: Geology. I did not know what geology was at first, but after taking a course in first year, I knew that I wanted to do this! I loved the opportunity to work outdoors all summer, fly in helicopters, travel, and make great money that could help me pay for school. Eventually, I developed a passion for mining education and I placed myself in a variety of different roles at the university and in our community to help students and professionals advance their knowledge of the modern mining industry, and to gain skills that they need to perform their best in their jobs.

Working at the university provides the right amount of work-life balance that allows me to spend quality time with my family and friends, while also having a professional life that keeps my creative mind working and brings me satisfaction for helping others. I have become passionate about promoting modern mining practices, careers and education, and feel that I am helping the mining industry by playing my part in ensuring that it has a sustainable future.

Even though some book and movie writers may have over predicted the advancement of common technology in 2020 (no personal flying cars, teleporting, or inter-planetary travel...yet), it is certain that the demand for minerals and metals needed to sustain the lifestyles that most of us enjoy today has dramatically increased over that last 100 years!  More than ever, the statement “what you can’t grow has to be mined” holds true. A career in mining is rewarding because you become part of a broader team of passionate people working together to perform their best so that the industry is safer, more environmentally friendly, high tech and sustainable. I gain personal satisfaction because our team at Laurentian works hard and is proud to produce an exceptional future mining industry workforce.

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Brianne Valdes

Brianne Valdes

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Mining Technical Support Lead
Deswik

Geology is a multifaceted subject that combined my love for all sciences, while also drawing on my strength as a creative thinker. A career as a geologist within the mining industry was also very appealing because I had the opportunity to not only work outside, but in other countries as well.

I have continued to work in the mining industry because one of the most rewarding aspects of this career is that it can be an occupation that can grow and change with you.  I have been fortunate to gain valuable experience in different roles within different parts of the industry, and ultimately find and establish a position that drives my passion and motivation.

As someone who works for a technology company, my job is to help deliver and support efficiency focused solutions to the mining industry across all sectors.  I love facing new challenges every day that require me to use quick critical thinking in order to provide great service to our clients' needs.  The mining industry is always evolving, so our solutions to problems have to evolve as well. My job allows me to stay curious and continually grow in the face of new challenges.  There is always something new to learn, and new problems to solve.

I am grateful to have found a place within the industry that has drawn upon my experience while allowing me to maximize my strengths and work to the best of my capabilities.

The mining industry has provided me with countless opportunities and experiences to engage with amazing people, become an active member of a meaningful community, develop cross functional skills and knowledge, and experience travel and adventure opportunities throughout the world.

I also love that our industry is very team-driven, and that we operate in a way that puts collective goals ahead of individual glory.  It is a very collaborative environment, and it is extremely motivating and rewarding to see how everyone within this industry can affect positive change. 

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Bora Ugurgel

Bora Ugurgel

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Investor Relations Manager
Frontier Lithium

Entrepreneurship runs in my family and so in 2009, I jumped at the opportunity to join Symboticware, an information-based technology company. I discovered what it means to be a start-up and how to bring a new product to the mining industry. This led me to an exciting 7 year journey in mining research, development, innovation, and commercialization work across Canada at the Center for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI). I had the opportunity to hone my skills and lead the Ultra-Deep Mining Network, which cemented my career in mining. These days, I am using my past experiences and knowledge and channelling them to help build the next generation Canadian mining company, Frontier Lithium.

1 - I love it because it allows me to draw upon various skills I’ve acquired in management, entrepreneurship, research and development, innovation, commercialization, and building private-public partnerships.

2 - It is an industry with a long history that still has the energy and innovation to satisfy and sustain the needs of today’s society. Mining is essential to our way of life.

3- Above all, mining is an industry that focuses on the absolute safety of its workforce. This kind of responsible safety culture really appeals to me. 

4- I get to play a part in bringing the next Canadian Lithium mine to production - it doesn’t get any cooler than that!

One of the perks of a career in mining is that you get to work with a diverse group of people from different ethnic backgrounds. Mining is international which is great for a guy like me who enjoys connecting with people from around the world. Depending on your specific job, mining can lead to spending plenty of time in the great outdoors and natural environment, thus keeping one grounded and connected to the “The Rock” on which we live on.

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