International Women in Mining Community is dedicated to all women in the industry and our objectve is to bring all women working in the sector closer together. 

International WIM Newsletter, Vol. XI, November 2014
Dear <<First Name>>

This  has been another busy month where we have been focusing on:
  • Short/medium and long-term strategy for International WIM Community and on;
  • What would be the best services we could offer to you and how to deliver them. 
Some projects are being discussed and we look forward to rolling them out soon. We are really excited about them and will let you know as soon as they are ready.

In the survey most of you said you'd be happy to have a live members directory in order to be able to network with each other more effectively. We are actively working on this project and we will keep you updated on progress. If you would like your details to be searchable going forward, you can already register your details here.

In other news Cecilia Siac has joined our Strategy Council and Bailey Edwards and Marnie Pascoe have joined as volunteers: Bailey will be updating our events calendar regularly and Marnie has integrated the interview of the month team.
Our communications team is composed of Suzanne Soto, Jennifer St Paul Butler and Andrew Lawrence Smith, all three based in Ontario.
We welcome everyone to the team! A big thank you also goes to Holstein Wong, Darlene Duerks, Sharyn Alexander and Bailey Edwards for their contribution to this newsletter.

If you would like to join the team please email us.

We hope you enjoy this month's edition of our newsletter.
Best wishes and happy reading

Profile of the month 

 This month we are portraying Ruth Ives who through tremendous  courage and vision moved into  mining to sustain herself and her three  children. Mining – “This is all I know  and all I am,” says  Canadian Ruth  Ives, who has spent some 20 years in the industry feeding  her love of  underground mines and engineering. But it didn’t begin that way. A  welfare mother from  Winnipeg, single with three kids, she went to school  at 23, graduated and became a surveyor. 

 She is currently Vice-President of Project Development at Dalradian  Resources’ Curraghinalt gold deposit, in Northern Ireland. 

  Read the interview here.


We want to remind you of our Male Champions list, to celebrate Men Who Get It we have started a male Champions list and to feature on it men need to be nominated by women working in the industry. See current entries here. Most of our entries are men from Australia, it would be nice to widen the circle.

We are organising a webinar series that will help you with practical advice for those of you who wish to join a company board. We are looking for sponsors to back this venture and hope to have positive news soon.

We are still looking for submissions to our WIM Photo Campaign, more here; we are particularly looking to have more photos from women in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

News from around the World

New  WIM  Groups

We welcome Women in Mining Niger (Femmes du Secteur des Industries Extractives),  WIM in Democratic Republic of Congo (RENAFEM), Women in Mining Texas and WIM Timmins (Ontario) into our midst.

We invite you to have a look at the list of existing WIM groups which we update constantly. Women in mining's presence is growing globally and it is now present in 30+ countries.

We are aware of 65+ groups andconstantly make new discoveries; our aim is to engage with each one.

One of our missions at International Women in Mining Community is to be there for women wishing to set up new women in mining groups. This goes from simple advice to turn-key consultancy. We have been active in this capacity since January 2012. 


Walk the Mining Road is a short video produced by the Minerals Council of Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton. The video highlights the importance of women in our industry and the many opportunities available to school leaves and university students in mining. Click here to view it

To view the full Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) held in September 2014 click here or to just view the highlights go to 

AWRA (Australian Women in Resources Alliance)
The 2014 Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) Forum on the 19th of November will explore workforce diversity and inclusion across multiple forms including gender and culture. More info here

WIMARQ (Women in Mining and Resources Queensland)
Link to the photo album of the 2014 Inspire! Convention. If you were unable to attend you can watch the presentations here

WIMWA (Women in Mining & Resources Western Australia)
The 2015 Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) Women in Resources Awards have been officially launched. CME is now accepting nominations for the awards, which are in their sixth year. For more information, click here.
Award Categories:
· Women in Resources Champion (male or female)
· Outstanding Woman in Resources
· Outstanding Young Woman in Resources
· Outstanding Operator/Technician/Trade Woman
· Outstanding Company Initiative

At the WIMWA Annual Seminar in September, Professor Robert Wood made an engaging and very well received presentation focusing on his research on unconscious bias. For more information about Professor Wood click here. Link to the video presentation

Women in Mining Network NSW

Photo from lunch earlier this month with Stefanie Loader (MD, Northparks Mines), at the Sydney Mining Club. She gave a great talk about safety, CMOC, working with the community and block caving. She spoke about her role as Managing Director at Northparkes and the new owners CMOC. Stefanie Loader (L) and WIMnet NSW committee member Sue Border (R).

WIMnetNSW recently co-hosted their first joint event with the Lachlan Branch of the AusIMM. It was great to see AusIMM President Elect, Rex Berthelsen, and Board member Pamela Naidoo in attendance. Not to mention WIMnet Past Chair Donna Frater!


Women in Resources South Australia (WinRSA)
has a vision to “To shape the future of the SA resources Sector by realising the benefits of increased participation, retention and advancement of women”. Our success is dependent on how the Committee responds and adapts to the changing landscape of the Sector itself. Hence, we are seeking your input to participate in the WinRSA Shaping the Future Survey which is now open. This survey plays an integral part in better understanding the needs of our members which will underpin the future direction of WinRSA. A strong participation by members will ensure informed strategic initiatives are developed and implemented in support of promoting the involvement and contribution of women in the Sector. Please click here to complete the WinRSA Shaping the Future Survey. The survey is open until 30 November 2014 and should take about ten minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

Women on Boards: Provincial securities regulators will now require companies to report annually of their plans to improve the proportion of women on their boards of directors and in senior management, toughening earlier proposals with new disclosure requirements.Seven provinces and two territories have signed on to the new standards, requiring companies to disclose their policies for improving the number of women in their senior ranks. Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon are not participating.

The rule, which takes effect Dec. 31, will cover all companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange, essentially creating a national standard despite the hold-out provinces. The rule is a voluntary “comply or explain” standard, requiring companies to either adopt various practices or explain why they have opted not to comply.

The rule asks companies to report the number of women on their boards and in senior executive positions, and to disclose whether they have internal targets for women. It also asks for disclosure about whether companies have term limits in place to encourage “renewal” of their boards.

The final draft of the rule adds a requirement that companies with targets for women in senior ranks must disclose the details of their targets and their progress toward achieving them. They also clarify that diversity policies must be written, addressing concerns that companies could have reported they had unwritten or informal policies.

A new publication targets career opportunities for Women in Newfoundland & Labrador. Read more here 

Aboriginal Women in Mining
Another wonderful tour at Goldcorp in Timmins with Mandy, Mary, Reid and John. Such a positive environment and it was wonderful to see one of our successful participants, Melissa Houde, hired by Goldcorp after her placement. Fantastic day! Photo taken in the hoist room

WIM Canada
On November 24th we will be conducting our annual general meeting and would like you to be in attendance. The meeting will be conducted through Chorus Calls customized audio teleconferencing and is set for 5pm EST. To access the meeting please email to receive your dial in number and access code.
If you are not yet a member and interested in becoming one you can get all the info you need on our membership page.
Tabetha Stirrett has been appointed President.

Nominations for the 2015 WIM Canada Trailblazer Award are now open! See the Nomination Criteria and Guidelines here.
WIM Timmins
A new group was launched last month in Ontario bringing the number of WIM groups in the province to 7. Read the announcement here

WIM/WIN Saskatchewan
See Nancy Komperdo, Geoscientist at BHP Billiton and Co-Chair of WIM/WIN interviewed on Canadian TV on the Global News Morning programme by clicking here


Numbers of Women working in the mining sector in Chile have gone down. Read more here

Democratic Republic of Congo

This is the link to the story mentioning RENAFEM


Earlier this year, the European Parliament adopted a new corporate sustainability reporting disclosure mandate (the Directive). This Directive coming from the European Union will require certain companies to begin publicly reporting on environmental and social strategies, policies, programs, and actions this autumn. 

The amendements proposed to these provisions will also cover companies listed on EU regulated markets even if they are registered in a third country. Since a number of mining companies are listed on European exchanges, many of them will have to incorporate the Directive into their own reports. 

As regards to diversity on company boards, large listed companies will be required to provide information on their diversity policy, such as, for instance: age, gender, educational and professional background. Disclosures will set out the objectives of the policy, how it has been implemented, and the results. 
Companies which do not have a diversity policy will have to explain why not. 

Under Social and employee matters the following items will have to be disclosed: Actions taken to ensure gender equality; Implementation of ILO conventions; Respect for the right of workers and trade unions rights; Health and safety and working conditions; Social dialogue and engagement and protection of local communities. For more information click here


The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (ICMO) published some interesting statistics this week: mining is the highest paying career for women. Click here to read more


The 2nd Annual Breakfast meeting was held during Discover Mongolia 2014 on September 5th in Ulaanbaatar.
The agenda of the meeting was to announce the official registration of WIMM and introduce members of its first Board of Directors. First 7 Board of Directors and Executive Team:
1. Ms. Tumenbayar Nyamaa, Chairwoman
2. Mrs. Bolor Sambuu, Vice-Chair
3. Mrs. Tugsjargal Tumen, Executive Director
4. Ms. Bulgan Altangerel, Director
5. Ms. Isabel Cane, Director
6. Mrs. Bolor Erdene, Director
7. Mrs. Otgonchimeg Dunkhersuren, Director

Moreover, a new initiative, piloted this past summer, a Mentorship Program, was introduced to our newly established board as well as to our Advisory Council and to future mentors. The advisory council was represented by Dr. Graeme Hancock, President & Chief Representative of Anglo American.
The chosen mentors introduced the Mentorship Program process and its business plan to the Board.  During the event, Dr. Graeme recommended potential mentors. Both the Board and the Advisory council supported this newly initiated program and showed great interest in assisting WIMM to attract sponsorship.
In addition, WIMM collaborates with other student organizations such as Mr. Margad Togtokhbayar, who is a founding member of this organization, reached out WIMM in the interest of  60% female students members. We are developing a strategic plan to partner with this newly established non-profit organization run by Mongolians studying mining in Germany.


Welcome to a new Women in Mining group in Africa: WIM Niger


You can read an update on DIWATA in this magazine on page 20.
DIWATA is the short name for Women in Resource Development, Inc., a non-government organization advocating the responsible development of the Philippines’ wealth in resources, principally, through industries such as mining, oil and gas, quarrying, and other mineral resources from the earth for processing.
You can follow DIWATA on Twitter, @DiwataResrcDevt

United States

Iowa Women in Natural Resources (IWINR), is an organization dedicated to the professional development of individuals interested in working in the natural resource field. Membership is open to anyone interested in the purposes of Iowa Women in Natural Resources. Their November 2013 Newsletter (PDF) is out.

WIM National
WIM National Quarterly is fresh off the press, read it here. You will find: Address from the new WIM National President 2014-2015, WIM National Chapter news, New chapter in Texas, news from WIM Education Foundation, Initiative by Barrick Gold to end gender violence etc.

WIM National (USA) has a new branch in Texas, they have a presence on Facebook


If you want to submit material for the next newsletter contact us at

WIM Events in November

Our events calendar has the most up-to-date information on events in your area. Not all events are in place long in advance therefore we encourage you to check online regularly. Here are a few coming up:

 5  WIMnet NSW Networking Lunch
     WIM UK Annual Education Event

 6  WiRV Oaks Day Champagne Breakfast

 7  WIMWA - Celebrate Chocolate

12  WIM Toronto Lunch
      WIM UK - Metals Market Outlook

WIM Toronto/!Xam Diamonds/ROM “Diamonds and Sapphires” evening event 

      WIM Ghana Drinks?

14  Immigrant Women in Mining BC Conference

19  Australian Women in Resources Alliance Forum 
      WIM Denver Dinner

25  WIMSA End of Year Function

27-28 Australian Indigenous Women in Mining Conference



Ivy Jadormiu who studies mining engineering at Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines



Goldcorp’s initiatives for women

All Female E-Mail at BHP Shows Mine Shift From Boys’ Club

Mining provides highest paid jobs for women in Mexico

Belinda Parmar makes a poignant call for diversity in the Guardian

Nominations now open for the 2015 CME Women in Resources Awards

Numbers of Women working in the mining sector in Chile have gone down

New WIM group: WIM Timmins, ON

Minister Leitch highlights support for women in the mining sector (Canada)


Movers & Shakers 


Cailli Knievel has just arrived in Argentina from northern Spain; she is the new Technical Services Manager for Troy Resources 


Sinead Kaufman, General Manager Tom Price and Marandoo Operations for Rio Tinto in Western Australia is since September managing the operations of Robe Valley and West Angela's Mines.


Lyn Anglin recently joined Imperial Metals Corporation as Chief Scientific Officer. She holds on to her other current roles: member of the Premier's Women's Economic Council (BC), Councillor (elected Oct 2014) and Member of the Geoscience Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), Member of  the Board Executive of Science World, Public Outreach Coordinator of the AMEBC Roundup 2015 Organizing Committee, Member of Advisory Committee, Chair of Fundraising Subcommittee at the Northwest Community College - School of Exploration and Mining and Member of  the Geoscience Committee of the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Natalie Beattie, Mine Engineer at Hudbay Minerals joined McKinsey  as Implementation Coach


Sandra Riquelme Polanco joined Compañia Minera Nevada as Community Relations Manager from Codelco where she worked for 7 years in corporate sustainability  roles.

United Kingdom

Louise Mason ,Associate Director covering Mining, Oil & Gas and Industrials at Buchanan, a Communications Consultancy has been pormoted to Director

Elena Clarici, NED at Barkerville Gold Mines has been elected Interim CEO while a new CEO is found to replace the previous incumbent. 

Claire White, Manager at ICMM has joined Newmont as Secondee.

Ros Lund has left SNL Financial and joined Mining Industry Group as Commercial Director


Articles featuring women working in or affected by the sector

Paula continues her winning ways (Paula West)

Susie Corlett – from geologist to company director

Meet Patti Wickens, Senior Environmental Manager at De Beers

Kristie Young talks about mentoring

South African women embrace mining, in spite of its challenges

Meet Delphine Quach, a female mining engineering student from Canada

Congratulations Sharon!

Miners win Chief Executive Women scholarships | Mining Australia

From Cosmetics to mining, journey of Claudia Morales 

Elena Clarici – Interim CEO of Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd

Study on the operations & contributions of Women Small-scale Miners (WSM) to Zimbabwe’s economic development

Uncovering women’s experiences in artisanal and small-scale mining in Central & East Africa


From poll (Aug 2014), run by Western Australian-based Creating Communities and FIFO Families, with the key findings underlining the importance of supporting the health and wellbeing of workers and their families.

A summary of the findings is available here, or to purchase or chat about the results please feel free to drop us a line. See our blog post on this


Articles/Reports of General Interest 

Work-Life Balance is Bull,  Jennifer Dulski, 22nd Oct

Babies, business and gender, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Oct

Why you Want more Women in the Boardroom, The Globe and Mail, 19 October 2014

Susan Colantuono TED talk: The career advice you probably didn't get 

5 Practical things Men can do for Gender Equality at Work, Kathleen Davis, 21 Octpber 2014

Majority of Stay-at-home dads aren't there to care for the family 12 Jun 

Get flexible or get real: It’s time to make flexible working a legitimate career choice - Diversity Council Australia

Flexible working: why do we treat it as a women-only issue? The Guardian, 1 Oct 2014

Men Avoid Giving Feedback to Women — What You Can Do About It, The Glasshammer, 15 Oct 2014

Why Female Superstars Are Often Overlooked, INSEAD, 11 Aug 2014

The Mining Demographic Time Bomb, Stratum International, Oct 2014
How prepared is the industry for a next seismic shift in the working population?

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards: The Winners  Mining Australia 27 Oct 

Ebola - The Need for a gendered approach - African Development Bank    

Most active Discussions on our LinkedIn Group 

  • Double bind for women and minorities is alive and well in Toronto. Be powerful, or likeable but choose one. 
  • Zooming in on Goldcorp's initiatives for women
  • ​Miners win Chief Executive Women scholarships (Mining Australia)
  • How Covergalls inked a $75,000 deal in PPE on Dragon's Den
  • Discussion: Companies offering female employees egg freezing as benefit - good or bad?
  • A Firsthand Look at the Ebola Crisis and the Diamond Industry
Join us on LinkedIn to participate in these discussions


We bring to your attention

A message from a member of WIMSA:
"I am making a radio documentary on female mine workers. I am looking at the conditions they are working in and the challenges they face in this male dominated industry. Women were unable to work underground until recently, but today they still face various challenges. It is a story that has not made the news very often but one I believe is a serious issue that has to be talked about. I want to ask if you work underground, or used to work underground and are willing to talk to me, I would very much like to interview you and tell your story. 
Please contact me on 
Thank You Pieter"

Flying Miners (documentary series in 4 parts)

Exceptional and heartfelt stories of the men and women at the frontline of Australia's mining boom - the
FIFOs - Fly In Fly Out miners.


Webinar: 'Practical solutions to addressing gender diversity'
6 November 2014 | 11:30am - 12:30pm (AEST)
Presented by the resource industry's diversity leaders, learn some best practice strategies for improving women's participation in your workforce.
Lisa Morgan, Group Manager, Change, Transition and Inclusion, Thiess
Alice Macfarlane, Organisational Development Advisor,  MMG

The primary purpose of Miners’ Promise is to provide benevolent aid and/or financial assistance to Resource Workers and their families who are experiencing distress as a result of the challenges that life presents us all with from time to time.
CEO Cassandra White recently won the 11th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards: The Peoples' Choice Award (Which received more than 6000 votes up until the point it closed) 

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Barbara Dischinger
Director, International Women in Mining Community
London, UK
+44 7986 108 101

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