Day 1 – Explore Your Options In Mining Career Conference

Day 2 – Projects in the Pipeline

This is a two-day event with 2 conferences. On June 2nd is the Career Education & Training Conference, including a Career fair, open to the public. On June 3rd the conference is Mining Operations & Future Projects.

Day 1 – Wednesday June 2 – Explore your Options in Mining Conference Schedule




Career Education & Training Fair Opens

Explore Your Options in Mining

Attend the education and training panel to hear from education and training experts

Attend the education and training panel to hear from education and training experts about some of the programs and services that are available to train and prepare workers for the mining industry.  Panel presenters will talk about:

  • What their organization offers (type of programs, program entry requirements, duration, delivery methods, etc).
  • Outcomes of programs (success stories)
  • Any other relevant information about how their institution or organization contributes to providing skilled workers for the mining industry.

Each panel presenter will speak for 10-15 minutes each. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated question period.

Our goal:

To promote what is available locally to help plan and/or pursue a career in mining to ensure that the mining industries find the workers that they need so that they could continue to grow and strive in our Northeastern Ontario communities.


10:30am -noon


THE DEMAND – Workforce needs of mining companies


The panel information is below


Stacey Rodel, CHRL

Human Resources Business Partner

Stacey Rodel, CHRL is a Human Resource professional with over 15 years experience in mining, agriculture and industrial settings. Currently the HR Business Partner with Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa Mine site, Stacey’s diverse background allows her to support the HR functions, including recruitment and performance management, across the mine site.


Stephan Mayotte

Recruitment Coordinator, Technica Mining

Steph Mayotte, has been recruiting for over 11 years and been employed with Technica Mining since March 2017 as the internal recruitment coordinator. At Technica we are looking for a wide range of people with varying skill sets related to mining and trades. We’re always eager to hear from people with strong core values who are looking to start or continue their careers in the mining industry.


Ken Stewart

Manager of Training and Development for Northern Ontario, NORCAT

Ken is NORCAT’S Manager of Training and Development for Northern Ontario. In this role Ken is focused on the delivery of health and safety programs and developing regulatory frameworks for many of the world’s leading mining companies operating in Ontario. Ken has an accomplished work history in health and safety and continuous improvement in the mining and other resource sectors.

Prior to NORCAT, Ken was employed with Barrick Gold holding a variety of senior roles. He served as Barrick’s Operational Effectiveness Superintendent where he facilitated all procurement, business improvement, health and safety training. Ken was the signing authority for MTCU programming and performed continuous improvement duties to aid in the development of a safe and efficient work place.


Jamieson Pouw

Business Optimization Lead at The Bucket Shop Inc.

Jamieson Pouw is the Business Optimization Lead at The Bucket Shop Inc. He is a Business Executive with extensive expertise across the Marketing, Finance, and Management spectrum, including marketing, product management, financial reporting and management, promotions, public relations, communications and stakeholder training. He has been effective in aligning and teaching corporate marketing efforts with the overall strategic direction to achieve competitive advantages across multiple business segments and sectors, and to a broad-based audience. He has managed portfolios of multiple products & services and their corresponding Profit & Loss, across 6 provinces.

As a proud member of the team at The Bucket Shop, he is focussed on growing their business beyond the northern Ontario footprint. This requires relationships to be developed with vendors, clients, and government contacts, as well as the development of a new distribution network. Additionally, he oversees the Marketing efforts for the company, including advertising, social media, web site, business collateral, and general promotional efforts.

He is a resident of northern Ontario since 1998, and is proud to be a husband and father of 2, that calls the north home, and a place to live, work, and play.



1:30pm - 3:00pm


THE SUPPLY – local opportunities to train for mining


The panel information is below



Christine Heavens, MBA, CET

Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services, Northern College

Christine Heavens has been with Northern College since 2011. As a senior administrative representative of Northern College, Ms. Heavens brings a wealth of knowledge related to Northern College’s culturally inclusive, customized, and flexible learning strategies while focusing on building strong community and business partnerships.  Her teams excel in developing wrap-around and whole-person collaborative success plans that help ensure student, industry, and community success. Her collaborative efforts and innovative means of removing barriers to education have granted her respect in developing strategies, economic plans, proposals, and partnerships, specifically in support of the mining extractive sector.

Ms. Heavens is a resource to Northern College’s Indigenous Council and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force.  She represents the College at Ontario’s Provincial Heads of Apprenticeship Committee, Workforce Development College Committee, Heads of Continuing Education Committee, and is a long-standing Director of the Far Northeast Training Board. Christine has an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA), is a Certified Engineering Technologist, a Survey Technician, and is a certified College and University Administrator.


Mélanie Dufresne

Director, Timmins Campus, Collège Boréal

As Director of the Timmins campus, Mélanie oversees the campus’ operations, growth and well-being by providing educational and administrative leadership, supervision, and support to its staff.  The campus offers a wide variety of services and programs including postsecondary and apprenticeship training, academic upgrading, employment and settlement services, as well as various courses through continuing education and corporate training.

She held the position of Manager of Postsecondary Programs from 2009 to 2019 overseeing over 17 postsecondary and apprenticeship training programs in the health, human sciences, trades and business sectors.

Mélanie also spent 5 years working as the Regional Communications Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources out of the Timmins office.   She is an active member of her community and is kept busy as a mom of two young boys.

Mélanie speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and some German and has worked and lived internationally on various projects in Latin America, more specifically in the Pacific Alliance.  She has resided in Santiago, Chile, Berlin, Germany and throughout Canada.

Mélanie Dufresne is a University of Carleton graduate and holds a degree in International Business with a specialization in marketing and a minor in German.


Melissa Hall

Lead en ERRÉ (enseignante responsable de la réussite des élèves) et Lead en MHS – Métiers École secondaire catholique Thériault

Melissa Hall a reçu son brevet d’enseignement en 2000 de l’Université Laurentienne. Après avoir passé 7 ans à la maison avec ses trois garçons, elle est retournée au travail à l’École secondaire catholique Thériault à Timmins où elle a enseigné des cours de français, espagnol et même un cours de danse. Cette dernière année, Melissa a changé de rôle; elle est lead en ERRÉ (enseignante responsable de la réussite des élèves) ainsi que lead en MHS – Métiers. Autant que ce dossier lui est quand même assez nouveau, il lui fera un plaisir de partager son expérience dans le domaine de l’Exploitation minière.


Mélanie Paul

Coordonnatrice, Destination réussite, Région du Nord

Mélanie Paul est la nouvelle coordonnatrice de Destination Réussite pour la région du Nord.  Ancienne conseillère en orientation à l’École secondaire publique L’Alliance, celle-ci possède plus de 14 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de l’éducation.  D’ailleurs, Mélanie a été la coordonnatrice du programme de la Majeure Haute Spécialisation à son école pour plus de 10 ans. Celle-ci a gentiment accepté de venir vous parler au sujet de la MHS en Exploitation minière.


Day 2 – Thursday June 3 – Partnering with Procurement Conference Schedule


10:00am – 10:15am


Opening Remarks

By City of Timmins, George Pirie, Mayor City of Timmins

Mayor of Timmins the Honourable George Pirie

Mayor of Timmins the Honourable George Pirie will kickoff the event. 


10:15am – 10:45am


Potential for raw material used in electric vehicle batteries in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Northern Ontario

By Zeinab Azadbakht, Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Historically, the Abitibi belt has been known for its gold exploration potential,

Historically, the Abitibi belt has been known for its gold exploration potential, but as recent years have shown, there is the potential for much more to be found. Ontario has recently published its critical mineral list that includes a combination of thirty-one elements and minerals. This presentation will introduce four of the listed elements: cobalt, lithium, graphite, and nickel and their usage as the raw material used in electric vehicle batteries, prices, and future demand. The presentation’s focus will be on the potential for these raw materials in Timmins and Kirkland Lake Districts.


10:45am – 11:15am


Challenges and Opportunities

By Kirkland Lake Gold, Mark Utting

The Macassa Mine, located in the Town of Kirkland Lake,

The Macassa Mine, located in the Town of Kirkland Lake, Ontario remains one of the highest gold grade mines in the world. Macassa commenced operations in 2002, and with the discovery of the South Mine Complex (SMC), has been able to increase its level of production significantly over the past five years. The SMC has been driving grade improvement at Macassa, with results from ongoing exploration drilling continuing to extend the SMC mineralization and adding to the Mine’s Mineral Resources in support of growing production and extending mine life.

The Detour Lake open pit mine is located in northeastern Ontario, approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Timmins and 185 kilometres by road northeast of Cochrane, within the northernmost Abitibi Greenstone Belt.

The Holt Mine was built in the late 1980’s by Barrick. In 2019, the mine produced 113,952 ounces of gold, at an average grade of 4.4 g/t. The Holloway Mine was placed on care and maintenance in December 2016. Following the completion of a new royalty agreement, the mine resumed operating in early 2019. The Taylor Mine was commissioned in late 2015. In 2018, the mine produced 58,633 ounces at an average grade of 5.0 g/t


11:15am – 11:45pm


Wallbridge A Golden Opportunity.

By Wallbridge Mining, Mr. Francois Demers, VP Mining and Projects

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (Wallbridge) is an advanced

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (Wallbridge) is an advanced exploration-development company driven by a strategic targeted approach. 
The Company is focused on advancing the development of its flagship high- grade Fenelon Gold Project in northern Québec. Since acquiring the project in 2016,
Wallbridge has demonstrated the project’s potential to host a multi-million-ounce gold deposit.  Following success at the drill bit, the Company’s first mineral resource estimate is expected by Q3.
Wallbridge has expanded its Fenelon Gold project with the strategic acquisition of Balmoral Resources Ltd. and now controls a district-scale land position along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend, a major structure that hosts the Detour Lake gold mine to the west in Ontario.  Wallbridge has a strong pipeline of exploration projects to drive long-term organic growth to meet its objective of becoming a gold producer.
In addition, Wallbridge, mainly through a number of over-arching joint ventures, has an interest in a large portfolio of nickel-copper-PGM projects in Ontario's Sudbury Basin.


11:45am – 12:15pm


Opportunity and Expansion

By Wesdome, Ducan Middlemiss, President

The Eagle River Complex, located 50 kilometres due west of

The Eagle River Complex, located 50 kilometres due west of Wawa, Ontario, consists of two operating gold mines which have been developed using common infrastructure and feeding the same mill. The Complex consists of two claim groups totaling over 11,000 hectares and includes the Eagle River Underground Mine (producing since 1995), the Mishi Open Pit Mine (started production in 2002) and common mineral processing facilities located adjacent to the Mishi Open Pit and permitted at 1,200 tonnes per day.


12:15pm – 12:45pm


Alamos Gold

By Jamie Porter, Alamos Gold

Alamos Gold is a Canadian-based gold producer with

Alamos Gold is a Canadian-based gold producer with a long-term track record of creating value for all stakeholders through solid financial performance, low-cost production growth, and a company-wide commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. 

Alamos operates two mines in Northern Ontario, as well as a mine in Mexico. The Company also has a strong portfolio of development stage projects, and a workforce of more than 1,700 employees.  

Located near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the Young-Davidson mine is one of Canada’s largest underground gold mines, and is the flagship operation for Alamos. The Young-Davidson property consists of contiguous mineral leases and claims totaling approximately 11,700 acres. With a large Mineral Reserve base, Young-Davidson is a long-life operation with significant Mineral Resources and exploration potential to support mine life extension.  

Located near Dubreuilville, Ontario, the Island Gold is one of Canada’s highest grade and lowest cost gold underground mines. Through ongoing exploration success, its Mineral Reserves and Resources have continued to grow in size and quality. This has supported a multi-phase expansion of the operation, driving production higher, costs lower, and strong free cash flow growth. Island Gold is a long-life operation with a large Mineral Reserve and Resource base that has grown significantly since 2015 through ongoing exploration success.


12:45am – 1:15pm



1:15pm – 1:45pm


Moneta Porcupine Provides Investor Update: One of the largest undeveloped gold projects in North America

By Moneta Porcupine Mines, Kevin Montgomery, Senior Consulting Geologist.

About Moneta

Moneta is a Canadian based gold exploration company focused on the Timmins Gold Camp in Ontario. The Company’s flagship project, covering the Golden Highway and Garrison Gold deposits, is located 100 km east of Timmins and hosts a total indicated resource of 3,967,000 ounces contained gold and a total inferred resource of 4,399,000 ounces contained gold. The project includes a total of 3,335,000 ounces of open pit indicated resources contained within 116.7 Mt @ 0.89 g/t Au and 2,270,000 ounces of open pit inferred resources contained within 79.4 Mt @ 0.89 g/t Au, at a cut-off grade of 0.30 g/t Au. The project also includes 632,000 ounces of indicated underground resources contained within 4.9 Mt @ 4.05 g/t Au and 2,129,000 ounces of inferred underground resources within 15.7 Mt @ 4.21 g/t Au, at a 2.60 g/t Au cut-off grade at South West and 3.00 g/t Au cut-off grade at the other underground deposits.


1:45pm – 2:15pm


Côté Gold – Improve today. Define tomorrow.

By Côté Gold an IAMGOLD mine, Mike Garbutt, Deputy General Manager

IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Project is located between Sudbury and Timmins

IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Project is located between Sudbury and Timmins, near Gogama, and started construction in 2020. The presentation will provide an overview of the project and an update on construction progress. The presentation will also give an update on operations readiness, including the recruitment ramp-up, procurement expectations and plans to deploy autonomous machinery.


2:15pm – 2:45pm


Delivering the Next Generation of Nickel Sulphide Projects

By Canada Nickel Company, Mark Selby, Chair and CEO

Canada Nickel Company (TSX-V: CNC) owns 100% of the Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project,

Canada Nickel Company (TSX-V: CNC) owns 100% of the Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project, which ranks as one of the top 10 nickel sulphide resources globally with significant expansion potential, and is located in the heart of the prolific Timmins-Cochrane mining camp of northern Ontario, Canada. Canada Nickel also has established wholly-owned NetZero Metals Inc. for the development of zero-carbon production of Nickel, Cobalt and Iron. With Nickel appearing to be entering a supercycle every 15-20 years, and automotive manufacturers on the hunt for more nickel for their electric vehicle batteries, it appears that Canada Nickel is well timed to take charge in delivering the Next Generation of Nickel Sulphide Projects.


2:45pm – 3:15pm


West Cache Gold Project on trend in the Timmins Camp

By Galleon Gold, R. David Russell CEO and President

Galleon Gold is focused on advancing its West Cache Gold Project

Galleon Gold is focused on advancing its West Cache Gold Project located 13 kilometers west of Timmins, Ontario. Results from the Company’s 2020-2021 drill program continue to show impressive grade and width continuity within the high-grade Zone #9 ore shoot. Permitting and baseline studies have been initiated and an updated Resource and Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA)
is underway.

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