2013 Recipient – Samantha Espley

Samantha’s career progression is definitely a remarkable and inspiring climb for women in mining. Graduating with an engineering degree 25 years ago, she worked with Dome Limited in Northern Quebec, Denison-Potacan

Potash Corporation in New Brunswick, and then moved to Falconbridge Ltd. working both in their Quebec and Sudbury operations. Since 1990, she has worked for Inco Ltd. (now Vale) where she has held roles of increasing responsibility, currently leading a multi-disciplinary group of mining and mineral processing engineers, geologists, metallurgists, technologists and other technical staff supporting Vale’s mining and milling operations in Sudbury.

She is the only woman that has held many of these roles for Vale and is a true trailblazer as well as a role model for young women striving to attain senior roles in the mining industry.

“I look forward to seeing more women occupy senior management roles in our industry through the work of WIM and other industry partners.”

– Samantha Espley


2013 Trailblazer Award Winner - Samantha Espley