March 2019 - Events and Updates 
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Happy International Women's Day to all our members! WIMBC is honored to be celebrating incredible women who are making positive changes around the world, leading by example and inspiring others through their bold and fearless choices.
Stepping down from WIMBC's Board of Directors

Lena Hutzcal, WIMBC's Vice Chair of the Board and Director, is stepping down from her role.

Lena became involved with WIM Vancouver in 2010 and since then she has undertaken many roles within our organization; 
first she took on the position of Chair of Lunch and Learn, and the Co-chair of the Annual Reception. It wasn’t long before she committed to the role of Vice-president of WIM Vancouver. She has been on the Board of Directors since the organization incorporated as WIMBC a Non-profit in 2015. In her capacity as Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the BOD, Lena supported the President and the Chair of the Board; she presided at meetings of the Executive Committee and of the Board when the President or Chair was not present.

Currently, Lena is a Regional Sales Manager with Xref. She has also worked for
Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigation as National Account Manager, and for American Express Global Business Travel, the David Aplin Group, and Geotemps International.

Lena has been a dedicated and steadfast supporter of WIMBC. She is a lady of genuine sincerity, who always managed to find ways to put our organization first.

Thank you for your dedication. For the past 9 
years you have been sharing your talents with us and devoting your spare time to making WIMBC a better organization. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
We will miss you!

Step Up, Stand Up, and Stomp Out Sexual Harassment: Me Too Mining Association

The presentation will introduce Me Too Mining Association, a not for profit organization seeking to address sexual violence, sexual harassment, discrimination, and intimidation inherent in the mining and mineral exploration industries, and mining impacted communities.  The goals of the organization are to:

  • Start The Conversation!  Get the industry talking about the experiences of women and men in mining. 
  • Advocate for better corporate policies and programs against sexual violence/harassment in the workplace, with clear and transparent pathways for reporting.  This should be part of the health and safety policies and programs.
  • Advocate for educative presentations, similar to safety indoctrinations, for all employees so everyone is aware of the definitions of sexual harassment in the workplace, how to prevent it, and consequences are made clear.  Advocate for inclusion of anti-harassment topics in daily health and safety toolbox meetings.
  • Establish a knowledge database on the MTM website for access to studies and data, reporting options listed by country, where to find support and resources for healing.

By the end of the talk the audience will have guidance on actions to take back to their companies and what to do when sexual violence/harassment, discrimination or intimidation happens to them or in their presence through bystander intervention strategies.


Bio on Speakers: 
Susan Lomas, P. Geo
Susan is a professional geologist with over three decades of experience in exploration, modelling, QAQC program management, resource estimation and NI 43-101 reporting.  Her career has taken her to remote sites all around the world from Russia to Ecuador, and working with junior exploration firms, operational mines, large consulting firms, and to the consulting firm she founded.  

Susan founded the Me Too Mining Association to start the conversation about intimidation, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault in the mining industry.

Julia Gartley, P.Eng, MBA
Julia is a mineral processing engineer with over a decade of operational and corporate experience.  Her career has taken her from large engineering firms, remote northern Canadian mine sites, to the corporate offices of junior and mid-tier mining companies.  

*Register for this L&L through WIMBC's website. Click on Events and select the date of the event on the Calendar and then click on Register*
Save the Date!
WIMBC's Annual Cocktail Reception will be happening on May 2, 2019 at Rosewood Hotel Georgia. More details to follow!
Upcoming Events
CIM Vancouver Branch March Luncheon
Thursday, March 21st
Cost: $30-80
This month's Luncheon will feature a presentation on Integration of Metallurgy and Toxicity on Mine Water Treatment Design by Patrick Littlejohn, P.Eng, PhD. Through industrial case studies, this presentation will explore how metallurgical and treatment processes change the chemistry of mine water and what this means for water management strategies. Particular focus will be placed on treatment of circumneutral mine water, selenium toxicity, and management of cyanide and cyanide by-products.

Click here for more information. 
Women In Male-Dominated Industries Cafe Night
Thursday, March 21st

Join us at JJ Bean on Alberni for a night of networking, chit-chat, and strategy sharing between women in male-dominated industries.

Click here for more information. 
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