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JUNE PDAC Meet-Up

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Guest Speaker: Andrea Rutley

Silver Linings – a Different Perspective on Career Planning

June 15th, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 AM EST

Seequent Office, 207 Queens Quay W #810, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7

In-person PDAC Meet-Up

Silver Linings – a Different Perspective on Career Planning

Please join Women Geoscientists Canada for our June in-person meeting with Andrea Rutley

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 7:30 AM EST

PDAC In-Person Meet-Up: Seequent Office, 207 Queens Quay W #810, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7

Note: Numbers are limited, if you are planning to join please e-mail: womengeoscientistscanada@gmail.com

COVID-19 Health Measures (Ontario)

Silver Linings - A Different Perspective on Career Planning

  • Speaker: Andrea Rutley
    Head of Geoscience
    Brisbane, Australia


    Andrea Rutley leads Anglo American’s Geoscience Group and is responsible for the exploration, geological and geophysical integration, geoscience modelling and operational geology across the Metallurgical Coal Business.

    Andrea joined Anglo American in 2011, as Manager Exploration, and became Metallurgical Coal’s Head of Geosciences in 2014 where she led the exploration, operational geology, resource and reserve reporting and resource evaluation in Australia, South Africa and Canada. From 2017 to 2019, Andrea took on the role of Head of Safety and Sustainable Development where she was responsible for safety, health, environment and sustainable development for Met Coal.

    With a background in geophysics and geology, she began her career in seismic interpretation for the coal industry, before moving into base metals exploration with BHP, Mt Isa Mines and Xstrata and has also led a multidisciplinary Environmental Engineering / Geoscience team within a major international engineering and environmental consultancy in Australia.

    Andrea has a BSc (Hons) degree with a major in Geology and Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and in 2017-2018 was the President of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

     

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 8AM Pacific | 11AM Eastern

Challenges faced by women in the Mining and Exploration industry - Responsibilities of a female Geophysicist

  • Challenges faced by women in mining and exploration industry is unique. It is not only technical skills that we need but other skills to survive and flourish in this industry. This session we will explore together some aspects of being female in a male dominated industry and responsibilities we carry to ensure that those who come after us do not have to do fight the same battles.
     

  • Speaker: Asmita Mahanta
    Manager, Technical Services and Data Integration, BHP 


    Asmita Mahanta started her career as a Graduate Geophysicist with BHP in 1997, where she worked in BHP Minerals Exploration exploring for base metals in various parts of the world. She then worked with BHP Technology and was part of the Falcon Team that started the world's first Airborne Gravity Gradiometer surveys as a geological mapping tool. Since 2006, Asmita has been working with WAIO leading technical teams, establishing technical standards, data quality standards and processes and implementing technologies to uplift productivity and unlocking resource value. A notable achievement for her and her team during this period is implementing the Downhole Assay Tool in both strategic and grade control space. Asmita has a proven track record in leading teams of technical specialists, R&D strategy, innovation pipeline generation and data strategy for orebody characterisation. She is passionate about Inclusion & Diversity, building the team and process capabilities of Geoscience in the future.

Friday April 8, 2022 at 10-1230 Pacific/1-330 Eastern

  • Negotiation 101: The Foundation

    • Most of us think that salary negotiation starts in the conversation where we name the dollar figure we want to be paid. It feels like success (or failure!) hinges on getting the wording right in that one conversation, and the things we do or don’t say will make or break our negotiation. Talk about a recipe for stress! The good news is that effective negotiation actually starts much earlier and involves a progressive approach to building the case for the salary you want. Great salary negotiation involves building a value-focused approach over time. It doesn’t have to all come down to a single, high-stress moment! Holly's flyer shows a detailed description of the talk.

    • This event will consist of a breakout room to break the ice for the first 15 minutes. The talk will start at 1015 Pacific/115 Eastern and end at 1140 Pacific/240 Eastern. After 30 min of question time, we'll wrap up with one more breakout room discussion and then conclude the event. Registration here

    • Speaker: Holly Burton

      • Holly is a leadership coach for women in male-dominated industries. She works one-on-one with ambitious women to help them lead, get promoted, and create the careers they actually want in industries they love. As a mining engineer for the first ten years of her career, Holly was exposed to one of the most male-dominated spaces  -- just 17% female. She uses the unique perspective she gained as a woman in mining, alongside her obsessive nerdiness for all things feminism, leadership, and career to help women create the working world they deserve while they wait for the rest of society to catch up.

 

Registration here

Wednesday March 30th, 2022 at 1-2PM Pacific/4-5PM Eastern

  • Inclusive Entrepreneurship in the Mining Industry: the Ups, the Downs, and Everything in Between.

  • Speaker: Alicia Woods, CEO & Founder of Covergalls Inc.

    • With more than 20 years experience in the mining industry, Alicia understands what it means to push boundaries. Alicia Woods is the founder and CEO of Covergalls Workwear, an Independent Consultant & Speaker. She’s a strong advocate in encouraging more young women to consider a career in the industry. Part of this means creating an environment that acknowledges, accommodates and celebrates gender specific differences. Motivated to improve the underground mining experience for women, Alicia designed the Covergall (female coverall) for women and then successfully pitched her business on CBC’s TV Show Dragon’s Den. The Covergalls' workwear line has since grown and has evolved to be so much more than a workwear company. Covergalls now exists to conquer three main pillars: Health and Safety, Diversity and Inclusion, and Education and Advocacy. Alicia has appeared at speaking engagements across North America and is focused on motivating and educating her audience and works to inspire, encourage and equip the women breaking barriers. She challenges companies to be a part of the change by working toward increasing diversity and creating inclusive work environments. Alicia is the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, 40 Under 40, was named to the class of 2017 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum and most recently was recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
       

Thursday February 17, 2022 at 10 Pacific/1 Eastern

  • WGC Annual General Meeting

    • We will share the results of our survey on retention in the geosciences, give an overview of the activities from 2021, and elect the 2022 Board of Directors.

    • If you are interested in joining the board, we are looking for 3 directors in addition to the ones standing for re-election. We are particularly looking for a treasurer, and directors focused on social media and community engagement. Please fill out this form to be a candidate. Due date is February 15, 2022.

    • Registration here

Wednesday January 19, 2022 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

  • Why women are leaving mining and how we may reverse the trend.

    • Women are underrepresented at all levels within mining companies, yet opportunities remain for the industry to boost female recruitment, retention, and advancement.

    • Speakers: Marta Mussacaleca, MSGE, MBA and Hannah Ellix, MA from McKinsey & Company

      • Marta Mussacaleca, is a Partner in McKinsey’s Toronto office
        She serves materials clients focusing almost exclusively in procurement. Prior to McKinsey, Marta worked at The Boston Consulting Group. Before that, she worked in exploration and production in oil and gas for Encana and Cenovus. She has a Masters in geological engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

      • Hannah Ellix is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s Toronto Office. She works in Metals and Mining, where her focus is typically on major transformations spanning operations, maintenance, and procurement. She is a leader in McKinsey’s Asset Productivity service line, specializing in frontline maintenance execution excellence.

 

Wednesday December 8, 2021, 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

  • Active Allyship & Finding Your Voice

    • Data has shown that over 80% of white adults think of themselves as an ally at work, yet only half of women of colour say they have strong allies in the workplace. So how do we move from intending to be an “ally” to speaking up and out against discrimination of all types? Join Chrissy Benz, Director of Operations & Western Region Office at the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity, for a powerful workshop that examines our biases, acting in allyship, and active witnessing techniques. This will be an interactive session in a warm and welcoming space!

    • Speaker: Chrissy Benz

      • Chrissy Benz is a sports management veteran with extensive international travels and decades of advocacy for the underrepresented, underprivileged, and disadvantaged. She is a multi-disciplined professional with an empathetic passion for social justice and workplace equity due to her lived experiences in inequitable and non-inclusive work environments, as well as a mother raising her amazing, young, and biracial daughters who are already experiencing racism and discrimination because of their skin colour. Leveraging almost two decades of international, interracial, and intercultural experiences managing multimillion dollars' worth of projects and programs to connect diverse groups of people in different nations, Chrissy is responsible for the strategic operations of the Canadian Congress, technology infrastructure and major events that attract thousands of participants yearly, while also expanding and managing the exciting market and affairs of major organizations and arms of the government in the West Coast

​Wednesday October 13, 2021, 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

  • Stopping Sh*tty Comments from Undermining Your Success

    • All of us have been on the receiving end of demoralizing comments from colleagues (“Are you here to take the minutes?”). It can be hard to establish your professional credibility when it feels like your competency is always being questioned. Well, no more! This talk will focus on how to not let those everyday sh*tty comments undermine you and your career. We’ll cover:
      • Examples of comments that trip us up
      • The risks and dangers of internalizing these comments
      • How to develop a mindset that will help you stay resilient, no matter what people say to (or about) you
      • Five effective strategies for dealing with negativity without taking it on yourself
      The goal of this talk is to help you not internalize the negative at work so you can focus on your strengths and building your amazing career

    • Speaker: Darrell Farrow, Career & Parenting Coach

      • Darrell is a geologist with over 30 years of experience leading and mentoring in the mining and exploration
        industry. She started her career as the first woman geologist employed in the mines in South Africa and
        worked her way into senior technical management, all while balancing a successful career with raising a
        family and creating an equal parenting partnership with her husband. Darrell believes whole-heartedly that it is possible for women to be successful and step out of the roles and patterns they’ve learned from a young age. As a Career & Parenting Consultant, she helps women create the successful careers they want while being great parents without the guilt. She (and her amazing advice) can be found online at darrellfarrow.com

​Wednesday September 22, 2021, 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

  • The Road Less Traveled: My Geophysical Career Path

    • As a geophysics undergraduate I was overwhelmed by the numerous possible career paths in geophysics. In this talk I will relate my many attempts and failures at finding where I belonged, including a detour working outside of geophysics. I eventually found my way back in a niche industry, have learned a lot along the way.

    • Speaker: Lia Martinez

      • Lia Martinez is a geophysical engineer working with Mount Sopris Instruments in Denver, Colorado since 2013. She received her B.Sc. degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2007 and studied for a MA degree in Archaeology at the University of Denver. Lia speaks Spanish and frequently travels to other countries to teach geophysical logging applications for groundwater, environmental, and mining applications. She is a past board member of both the SEG NSTS and EEGS.

​Wednesday June 16, 2021, 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

  • The Bre-X fraud – a personal story of consulting and geoscience

    • When Michael de Guzman plummeted from a helicopter to his apparent death on March 20th, 1997, I had just submitted my final reports to Bre-X on the Busang Gold ‘Deposit’.  That moment defined my career in many ways, but also left questions for years as to what could I have done differently?
      I was hired by Bre-X in 1996 to characterize the mineralization, document gold occurrences and create a more detailed model for the deposit formation.  The work included a 10-day site visit and extensive follow up petrographic analysis.  Could we have known earlier?  What changed in the aftermath?
      Join us for insight into the world of exploration geoscience and junior companies of 25 years ago, and how a major fraud exposed in East Kalimantan, Indonesia continues to impact exploration and our reporting standards globally.

    • Speaker: Anne J. B. Thompson, P.Geo., PetraScience Consultants Inc.

      • Anne Thompson is the producer and co-host of the Discovery to Recovery Podcast and recent author of Innovation in Mineral Exploration published by PDAC.  She has thirty-five years’ experience working in and consulting to the mineral exploration industry, including field work and applied mineralogy.  She was an early adopter of field spectroscopy and co-edited the Atlas of Alteration, a resource for exploration geologists.  Anne’s company, PetraScience, a partnership with John Thompson focuses on technology, sustainability and innovation in the mining industry.  Anne was named to the WIMUK Global 100 Inspirational Women in Mining 2020.

Wednesday May 19, 2021, 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

  • Diversity & Inclusion in mining: how can companies shift towards more inclusive cultures?

Wednesday May 5, 2021, 8 am Pacific/11 am Eastern/3 pm UT

  • EMinar: A Career as a geophysicist - a cumulation of unplanned opportunities

    • Speaker: Nadine Veillette

    • Nadine was a Leading Lady last summer and we're excited to see her speak as part of the EMinar series. You can read her blog post here.

    • Watch the talk here

 

Wednesday April 21, 2021, 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern

  • How to Design Your Mat Leave & Return to Work to Support An Ambitious Career

    • Planning your transition into parenthood can be one of the most stressful and uncertain moments in women's careers. This talk explores how to take control and start designing a maternity leave, return to work process, and ambitious career that works for you as you become a parent.

    • Speaker: Darrell Farrow, Career & Parenting Coach

      • Darrell is a geologist with over 30 years of experience leading and mentoring in the mining and exploration industry. She started her career as the first woman geologist employed in the mines in South Africa and worked her way into senior technical management, all while balancing a successful career with raising a family and creating an equal parenting relationship with her husband. Now as a Career & Parenting Consultant, she helps women create the successful careers they want while being great parents without the guilt.
         

International Women's Day: Monday March 8, 2021

  • #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

  • "We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world." Read more

  • Want to call out injustices? But not sure how? Be an active bystander! Learn more

  • Tell the women in your life that they matter to you!

Thursday March 4, 2021, 12 pm ET/9 am PT

  • Picture A Scientist group discussion

Tuesday February 9, 2021, 12 pm ET/9 am PT

  • Mentoring: A Pathway to Bridge the Gender Gap

  • Co-hosted by WGC and Professional Geoscientists Ontario

  • All the details in the flyer HERE

Wednesday February 10, 2021, 12 pm ET/9 am PT

  • Fireside Chat - The Board Experience

  • Hosted by Women In Mining - Toronto Chapter

Wednesday January 29, 2021, 130 pm ET/1030 am PT

  • Annual General Meeting: all the details here

Friday January 22, 2021, starting at 12 pm ET/9 am PT

  • Picture A Scientist movie screening: all the details here

  • The event will run for 72 hours!

Wednesday January 13, 2021, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

  • Speaker: Anna Shaughnessy (biography)

  • Developing a successful career in geoscience

 

Wednesday December 16, 2020, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

  • Speaker: Mitra Kangazian

  • 3D unconstrained inversions of magnetotelluric (MT) and gravity data sets using tetrahedral grids from the Howley Basin, western Newfoundland

Friday November 6, 2020, 1 pm ET/10 am PT

  • WGC Fall Summit: all the details here

Wednesday October 14, 2020, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

  • Speaker: Michelle Sciortino

  • Orford Mining’s Properties: Exploration Techniques and Implementation of Various Technologies in the Field

Wednesday September 16, 2020, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

  • Speaker: Isabelle D'Amours

  • The business of geoscience: writing a proposal

  • Presentation slides

Wednesday August 12, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

  • Discussion leader: Janice Fingler

  • Discussing the difficult topics with grace

Wednesday July 15, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

  • Speaker: Heather Gamble

  • Title: Gender Advancement in Male Dominated Industries: A Case Study - Artemis Project

Meeting @ GAC-MAC-IAH conference in Quebec City - RSVP here

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 5 pm

Room 303A in Quebec City Convention Centre

Meeting @ PDAC in Toronto - RSVP here

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:15 am

8th floor @ 207 Queens Quay West (Geosoft office)

Mining for Diversity & Awards Reception @ PDAC in Toronto - INFO here

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 4 pm

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Check out the flyer!

Meeting @ RoundUp in Vancouver

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 4 pm

WGC @ Carleton University

Director Victoria Tschirhart will be presenting a scientific talk on the Athabasca Basin (Saskatchewan), followed by a talk on who WGC is and what we stand for.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

Location: Carleton University, Department of Earth Sciences, 3120 Herzberg Building

More details here

"The Powerful Presenter In You" short course @ SK Open House

Presented by Eureka Experience in partnership with WGC and Condor Consulting

Monday, December 3 @ 8 am to 5 pm

All the details here

Meeting @ SEG conference in Keystone, CO

Monday, September 24 @ 5:30 pm

Happy hour meet-up @ RFG conference in Vancouver, BC

Monday, June 18 @ 5:30 pm

 

Social meet-up @ CIM conference in Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, May 8 @ 11:30 am

 

Coffee meet-up @ PDAC conference in Toronto, ON

Monday, March 5 @ 7 am

 

Social meet-up @ RoundUp conference in Vancouver, BC

Monday, January 22 @ 4 pm

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