Trailblazer Award

The WIMC Trailblazer Awards recognize women in the industry who have been bold and builders, fraying a path for women who are keen to also participate in the minerals and metals business and related activities. Each and every one is a pioneer, spearheading change as they journey through their own careers. Whether they are recognized or not, they can either be considered as “disruptors”, or perhaps even “disturbers”. For all of our nominees, the “Status Quo” is simply not acceptable.

The WIM Canada Trailblazer Award Program

The purpose of the award is to bring national recognition to women in mining in Canada.  By honouring these women we hope to:

  • Draw attention to the important role women have in the industry
  • Encourage young females entering the industry by presenting them with female role models
  • Share success stories from these women of varied backgrounds

2021 Trailblazer Award Nominations

The 2021 Trailblazer Award Nominations and requests for submissions will open in Fall 2020.

2020 Trailblazer Award Selection Committee

An independent “Trailblazer Award Selection Committee” has been formed to shape the nomination and award selection process. The committee comprises of industry leaders whom we thank for generously donated time in the process:

  • Stephanie Anderson – Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Baffinland Iron Mines
  • Heather Bruce-Veitch – Director Communications & External Relations, Iron Ore Company of Canada & co-recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award
  • Patrice Merrin – Independent Non-Executive Director, Glencore PLC
  • Juanita Montalvo – Managing Director, Privus Capital Inc.
  • John Mullaly – Regional Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations, Newmont
  • Louise Pearce – Managing Partner, Mining (Global), ERM: Environmental Resources Management
  • Alexis Segal – Head, Governement Relations, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Glencore Canada
  • Jeff Swinoga – National Mining & Metals Industry Co-Leader, EY

2020 Trailblazer Award Nominees

  • Anne Thompson – Winner
  • Pamela Cook Ellemers
  • Heather Gamble
  • Kylie Healy
  • Mary-Anne Hildebrandt
  • Jessica Levantal
  • Susan Lomas
  • Kate MacLaughlin
  • Susan Mitchell
  • Monica Moretto
  • Sarah Sun