Previous Winners

2020

Anne Thompson

Economic Geologist and Communicator
Award: Trailblazer
Anne’s early career was spent as a field exploration geologist in Australia, the SW Pacific and western USA. Family life as a dual-career couple, however, demanded a rethink in an industry with few role models. Anne founded PetraScience Consultants in 1995, and the company focused on alteration studies of mineral deposits with application to exploration, mine development and remediation. A key service was the early application of field spectrometers to map mineralogy. Anne co-edited the Atlas of Alteration (1996), delivered workshops on spectral analysis globally and recently led the development of short courses on alteration mineralogy. Anne has supported inclusion and diversity throughout her career by informal mentoring, supporting a variety of organizations and helping develop strategy. Established the International Women in Mining session at SME in 2016 to inspire diverse populations – especially women and young professionals – to create their future in the mining industry. In 2021 it will be renamed ‘International Diversity in Mining’. Established the CIM Diversity and Inclusion award to recognize exceptional efforts to improve diversity and inclusion within the Canadian mining industry. It was awarded for the third time in 2019. Sponsored an initiative in the WIM Denver chapter to adopt a new charter to support women’s careers in mining. Prior to this change, WIM in the US focused exclusively on educating the public on mining. Successful implementation inspired efforts to make a similar change at the WIM USA (national) level and has led to explosive growth in membership.

Alberta Malcolm

Award: Indigenous Trailblazer
Alberta sits on the “Metis Women’s Council for Economic Security” for the GOA. Advising, making recommendations to the GOA on current, pertinent issues that are important to Indigenous women. Alberta recently retired after a 25 year career in the Mining and Oil industry from Syncrude Canada. As a Power Engineer and an advocate for women, Alberta’s role as an Industry Liaison was a platform to encourage women to seek non-traditional careers in Mining and Oil. Alberta and her husband Fred reside in Wandering River, they have 4 grown children. Established the International Women in Mining session at SME in 2016 to inspire diverse populations – especially women and young professionals – to create their future in the mining industry. In 2021 it will be renamed ‘International Diversity in Mining’. Established the CIM Diversity and Inclusion award to recognize exceptional efforts to improve diversity and inclusion within the Canadian mining industry. It was awarded for the third time in 2019. Sponsored an initiative in the WIM Denver chapter to adopt a new charter to support women’s careers in mining. Prior to this change, WIM in the US focused exclusively on educating the public on mining. Successful implementation inspired efforts to make a similar change at the WIM USA (national) level and has led to explosive growth in membership.

Martha Manuel

Manager, Indigenous Relations, New Gold Inc.
Award: Indigenous Student Trailblazer
Martha is proud to have roots with the Neskonlith Indian Band, which is one of the 17 communities within the Secwepemculecw (Shuswap territory). Her education includes Business Management, Public Administration, Critical Incident Management and is pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration, Indigenous Business Leadership through Simon Fraser University (SFU). Much of what she’s learned about building effective community-industry relations was taught to her by her late father, Grand Chief George Manuel (founder of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples) and her mentor, the late John Jules of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. She enjoys spending time on the land and believes that the water and mountains are the best medicine to help guide her work. She brings over 20 years of experience leading Indigenous related programs to new levels of success. Her team effort approach is crucial in developing communication strategies between community and industry. She considers personal development/wellness, education, traditional healing and land stewardship as essential in striving for sustainability with Indigenous communities. She began work as the First Nations Liaison in 2008 and has since transitioned to the Manager of Indigenous Relations. She is a member of the Mining Association of Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Committee (MAC AAC), the Industry Training Authority, Mining Sector Advisory (ITA MSA). And is a Board Member with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Martha recently received the Michelle Pockey Leadership Award which is named in honor of the memory of a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle Pockey, who dedicated herself to making a positive impact with energy, mining, environmental and Indigenous issues, increasing the economic success and impact of women. As she continues her work with communities and New Gold, she continues to strive for the development of strategic initiatives that will create long term benefits for the communities.

Joy Carter

M.Sc. Candidate, G.I.T.
Award: Student Trailblazer
Joy Carter is a fourth-year student specializing in Geology with a minor in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Toronto. As the current Chair of the Women in Mining Student Chapter and past Industry Liaison of the Undergraduate Earth Science Association, Joy is an active member of the Earth Science community at UofT. Joy has worked as a structural geology field assistant in the Grenville Province, and most recently was the Senior Geological Assistant with Wallbridge Mining Company Limited at the Fenelon Gold Project. Her interests include mineral exploration, field mapping and prospecting. She is also passionate about equity in mining and hopes to work closely with Indigenous communities throughout her career. Joy will be completing her final semester at the University of Otago in New Zealand and will be returning to UofT in September to pursue a Master’s degree in Economic Geology.

Celina Wan Chun Wah

Engineer - PMO, ArcelorMittal Mines and Infrastructure Canada
Award: Rick Huston Mentor
Celina Wan Chun Wah was born in Toronto and grew up in Mauritius. She returned to Canada for her post-secondary studies, initially completing a B.Sc. in Biology and Mathematics at McGill University. During her first degree, she became interested in the mining industry and decided to pursue a career in mining. During her B.Eng., she did internships in the oil sands in Fort McMurray as well as in iron ore with ArcelorMittal Mining Canada, where she now works full time. As the recipient of four scholarships, she always encourages students to apply to every scholarship available. Her most rewarding university experience was an exchange semester at the University of Queensland in Australia and she highly encourages students to go on an exchange as it is an opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain in self-confidence and have a greater appreciation for cultural diversity abroad. She backpacked the East Coast of Australia and South East Asia before starting her full-time job. During her time off, she enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, and cooks delicious food. She is passionate about travelling and is always looking forward to her next adventure.