Women in Mining Canada Celebrates the 2020 Edition of Women in Mining UK’s “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” and Seven Nominees from Canada

Toronto – 19 November 2020: Women in Mining Canada is delighted to celebrate all 100 women who have been selected for Women in Mining UK’s “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100) 2020 Edition, with a special congratulations to the Canadian selectees:

  • Tara Gilfillan, President, Optimize Group
  • Julie Kong, Head of Exploration, De Beers
  • Jody Kuzenko, President & Chief Operating Officer, Torex Gold Resources
  • Amélie Rouleau, Director Public Affairs, Communications and Community Engagement, Glencore
  • Marilyn Spink, Principal, GS Group
    Anne Thompson, President, PetraScience
  • Alicia Woods, Founder & CEO, Covergalls

The biennial WIM100, which was launched by Women in Mining UK in 2013, highlights the wealth of female talent within the global mining industry, celebrates their “above & beyond” contributions to the industry, and identifies role models for future generations. This fourth edition has been kindly sponsored by BMO Capital Markets, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), IBM and Heidrick & Struggles.

The 100 women featured in the 2020 edition were selected due to their inspiring contribution towards a stronger, safer and more sustainable mining industry. This includes making positive and impactful changes, advocacy and a desire to empower others, perseverance in the face of adversity, and an ability to find solutions to challenges.

Carole Cable, Women in Mining UK Chair, said, “With you, I am inspired. We have seen that each WIM100 book we publish inspires more women who work in mining as they see first-hand what others are doing, and gives them food for thought about what they can do to contribute and progress their careers, and why this industry is so worthwhile to be part of.

“There is no shortage of professional, capable women in mining around the world, and by showcasing their stories we hope we will inspire even more women to enter and progress in the industry so we can contribute to responsible and sustainable mining.  Mining is a critical industry that plays an essential role in the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy and having a truly diverse and inclusive workforce will be vital to make that happen.”

Alex Buck, Women in Mining UK Managing Director, said, “The WIM100 book is designed to celebrate the contribution that women make to mining across every aspect of the value chain and across all levels of seniority.  Through these amazing stories, we hope to inspire more women to join the industry and demonstrate to a wider group of mining companies, large and small, the value of diversity and inclusion to the long-term success of their business.  

What is particularly interesting about this edition of the WIM100 is the increase in the number of women working in sustainability, responsible sourcing, ethics and artisanal and small-scale mining, which is something that is at the top of the agenda for most investors and society at large .  Our hope is that this WIM100 book will go some way to help break the stereotypes about what a miner looks like and will encourage women to pursue a career in mining while at the same time encourage mining companies to acknowledge the breadth of the diverse talent pool.”

Catherine Gignac, Chair, Board of Directors of Women in Mining Canada, added, “I’m delighted to congratulate the Canadian WIM100s and all of the 2020 WIM100 selectees. This inspirational initiative allows us to celebrate the contributions of Canadian women in mining. Canada has no shortage of talented, professional women in the mining industry. Today we celebrate responsible and sustainable mining by focusing on women leaders who have gone above and beyond in their roles and within the industry. WIM100s are role models and the faces of diversity and inclusion in mining.”

Download the 2020 edition of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” here.

Notes to Editors

2020 Edition of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining”
First launched by Women in Mining UK in 2013, the biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100) publication, now in its fourth edition, highlights the incredible diversity of talent in mining and celebrates inspirational women and their stories.

This year’s search was launched March 2020 and nominations closed June 2020, with more than 625 nominations working at 356 companies across 60 countries.  This edition of the WIM100 is kindly sponsored by BMO Capital Markets, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), IBM and Heidrick & Struggles.

The 100 women featured in the 2020 Edition were selected due their qualities that make for a stronger, safer mining industry. This includes making positive and impactful changes, advocacy and a desire to empower others, perseverance in the face of adversity, and an ability to find solutions to challenges.

Previous editions of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” are available here.

About Women in Mining Canada
Women in Mining Canada envisions an industry that fosters, promotes and empowers women. We see a future where the possibilities, opportunities and goals are similar for all, regardless of gender. Our mission is to:

  • Educate  Our strategy is to focus on providing the tools and resources to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion, and help women working in the Canadian mining industry, to build the skills to become future leaders.
  • Elevate  Women in Mining Canada is committed to providing a national platform that fosters excellence and best practices, and celebrates with award recognition.
  • Empower  It is time for change. The mining industry has the lowest number of women in the C-Suite of any industry group worldwide. Professional networking, speaking opportunities and access to board training rounds out our strategy.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer and Mentorship Awards. Nominations are due January 15, 2021 at midnight EST. For more information, go to:  https://wimcanada.org/2021-nominations/

For more information about joining Women in Mining Canada, please visit our website: https://wimcanada.org/

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About Women in Mining UK
Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) is a volunteer non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining sector. WIM offers a strong international network to progress professional goals and career aspirations and hosts numerous networking, educational and mentoring events to support personal development. Membership is free and everyone is welcome, regardless of gender or location.

Women in Mining Canada Contact
Resa Furey
Director
T: +1-303-533-1931
info@wimcanada.org

WIM UK Contact
Ariadna D. Peretz
Head of Communications
T: +44 (0) 7488 495969
E: ariadna.peretz@womeninmining.org.uk

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