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. XII, December 2014
Dear <<First Name>> 

International Women in Mining Community wishes you, and your organisation, a wonderful upcoming holiday season!
We had an amazing 2014! To celebrate it, we are highlighting this past year’s achievements by putting together our own version of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Hope you enjoy it!
12 Monthly newsletters … featuring news, views and photographs of women working in mining were sent to our members around the world.
11 Different mining professions… were asked for photographs, as we launched the WIM Stock Image/Photo Campaign.
10 Per cent or less… is how many women currently sit on mining company boards around the world. To increase this number, we established Women on Boards.
9 Amazing women…were profiled via a new interview series which focuses on one inspirational woman every month.
8000 members… from around the world have joined our LinkedIn Community.
7 per cent of keynote speakers…. were women at the 2014 Mines and Money conference in London this year. To begin changing this number, we have just launched a Women Speakers at Conferences project.
6 Key services…. are now offered in the Community section of our portal, including Advice to New WIM Groups, listing of WIM Events around the world, and information on Government Events and Scholarships.
5 Minutes With a Skeptic… is just one of the many articles we published in the “Engaging Men in the Conversation” section of our portal.
New initiatives… were launched this past year:  WIM Photo Campaign, Women on Boards, More Female Speakers at Conferences and Engaging with the Mining Sector about recruitment and retention of female talent.
Accomplished female leaders…. joined our Advisory Council, offering expertise in all aspects of the mining industry.  
2 Important recruitment surveys…. one for organisations,  to research what difficulties they face when recruiting and retaining female talent; and one for individuals, to tell us about their job satisfaction and job security, were launched in 2014. We will share the results of this global initiative with you when they become available in Q1 2015.
1st of its kind. That is us! Established in 2007 to be a global community of women professionals working in the mining and metals sector, we are stronger than ever, thanks to your support!
We plan to continue our exciting work in 2015. In the meantime, a very Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

Best seasonal wishes

Interview of the month

Vanessa Torres - BHP Billiton

Vanessa Torres- Mining Can Make a Difference 

“Our job is to resource the world out of poverty,” says Vanessa Torres, Head of Investments and Value Management at BHP Billiton. A Brazilian with Australian citizenship, she believes that mining is in her blood. Her 22 years’ experience, have taken her across continents. She is passionate about mining bringing wealth to countries and resource companies developing communities. She wants to make a difference. Volunteering is vital to her and she’s been a director of the NGO, Projeto Colmeia, for the past 11 years. 
Read her interview 

Projects Update

We are developing project ideas that are international in nature, transcend all groups and promote women in mining. Our projects fall into two categories: 1. Making a fundamental contribution to change in the mining industry; 2. Provide an opportunity to our members to increase their knowledge and/or develop their careers.
WIM Stock Image/Photo Campaign
The campaign aims to create a photo library on our website to redress the lack of stock imagery available depicting women in mining and thereby improve visual representation of the female workforce in the sector, thereby also as well as increase awareness of just how many women work in what is perceived to be a male-dominated sector. 
This campaign has a number of objectives:
* Accurate depiction of women working in the sector
* Visual role models for younger generation, and even for families and friends of the women portrayed who don’t get to see them at work
* Showcase the amazing variety of roles in which women are employed in the industry
* Reflect the growing number of female employees in the industry
* Help towards culture change in a male-dominated industry
All photos will be displayed on our photo gallery on the website. Many have kindly submitted photos and they can be viewed here.  In Phase II we want to make a selection of the photos available as stock images for publications.
Women on Boards
We want to roll out a webinar series and have two confirmed speakers
The webinar series would not count as official board certification, our series is therefore a practical guide to anyone who wants to sit on a board one day.
We are also building a board-ready database of women globally, candidates to serve on mining company boards that we want to start introducing to mining companies.
*NEW Women Speakers at Conferences
We realise time and time again when looking at conference programmes that the percentage of female speakers is far lower than the actual number of women working in the industry and often there are no female speakers at all.
As we don’t believe we can or should wait for change to happen in the distant future we would like to start talking with conference organisers to put them in touch with women in the industry that would fit the skill or experience requested. 
This link to our press release from last week touches on these points
*NEW Establishing a long-term dialogue with all stakeholders in the industry to discuss and share best practice around attraction and retention of female talent
We have launched two surveys:  one for organisations – to research what difficulties they face when recruiting and retaining female talent; and we are asking individuals to complete a survey on job satisfaction and job security. We have sent our members the individual questionnaire but also invite them to fill out the company survey acting in their professional capacity.
We are simultaneously asking both sides for feedback as we believe that only looking at both sides of the equation will we be able to add value to company decisions and provide organisations with a snapshot of the industry and of what their colleagues in the industry are doing.
This is the first global initiative of its kind. We will share the results with you when they become available in Q1 2015.
Link to survey for individuals - note it is intended for female professionals only
Link to survey for organisations

Global WIM News by country


As part of a national initiative to support the advancement of women in mining, Women in Leadership Australia are once again providing scholarship funding to assist AusIMM members to participate in Australia’s preeminent women’s leadership programs in 2015
Specifically, scholarship funding is available for two programs:
Senior and Executive level women are encouraged to apply for the $11,000 grant to undertake the globally respected Advanced Leadership Program. 
High potential and middle management are encouraged to apply for the $4,500 grant to undertake the intensive Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.
Individuals and organisations wishing to secure scholarship funding for 2015 programs are reminded that applications must be made prior to December 19. For additional information or to discuss this important program, please contact Shaun Zapadlo on 03 9270 9000 or at

A unique training pathway which helps put Indigenous women behind the wheel of 100-tonne mining haul trucks has gained national recognition, winning an Australian Training Award.
Queensland-based ‘Sisters in Mining’ program wins national recognition

MCA, BHP Billiton and Downer Mining award scholarships to help women in mining become ‘board-ready’

WIMARQ (Women in Mining and Resources Queensland)
Entries open for 2015 Resources Awards for Women and bookings open for IWD breakfast.
The awards will be presented at the QRC’s annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on Friday 6 March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Winners of the award categories will go through to the national finals, the Women in Resources National Awards, (WIRNA) to be presented later in the year.

To see photos of our Christmas event go to 

Orange was the new black at the QRC annual lunch on 28 November 2014. Learn how Brisbane is Queensland's biggest mining town. Take a selfie in your high viz and upload to twitter at ‪#‎BrisbaneHiViz‬

WIMnet Newsletter, November 2014Catch up on the latest news of the AusIMM Women in Mining Network (WIMnet) including WIMnet's Strategy Plan, developed following AusIMM Congress in Melbourne earlier this year. Read it here

Congratulations to Stefanie Loader who has been elected Chair of the NSW Minerals Council

Women working in the NSW mining industry are being asked to participate in a mentoring program aimed to help females entering the sector or looking to further their careers. WIMnet NSW is holding its first Mentoring Program from May 2015 – September 2015 with 20 mentee application places available.Click here for more info

WIMWA (Women in Mining & Resources Western Australia)
Letter to the Editor: Strictly Boardroom by Sabina Shugg, Founder of WIMWA
In November, Strictly Boardroom column by Vikki Lauritsen and Allan Trench* prompted a response from Women in Mining Western Australia founder and chair Sabina Shugg.

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced in November that the Government of Canada will fund the amount of $250,000 for a project to increase the participation of women, including Aboriginal women, in the mining industry in rural and remote communities in British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

Women on Boards
Ontario is changing securities rules in hopes of getting more women appointed to corporate boards and promoted to senior management teams.Starting Jan. 1, companies must disclose the number of women on the board and in executive officer positions, and policies regarding the representation of women at the director level and director term limits. More info here

Article Published in the Globe and Mail on 23 November - How are Canadian mining boards faring in terms of gender diversity? Badly
WIM Canada
WIM Canada announced the appointment of its newly elected Board of Directors. More info here

Women in Mining (WIM) Canada, a not-for-profit organization, has been granted funding from the Status of Women Canada (SWC) to develop and implement a national action plan to increase the number of women in the mining sector. The focus will be on women in senior executive roles and non-traditional occupations such as trades, heavy equipment operators, miners, and engineers.More information here

There is still time to nominate a colleague for the 2015 WIM Canada Trailblazer Award! See the Nomination Criteria and Guidelines here.The nomination deadline is January 7th
WIM/WIN Saskatchewan
published a video on their "Mine Your Potential" development event for women and men in the natural resource sector. Here is the link

WIM Vancouver
University of Ottawa researchers are seeking to interview women across Canada with a science or engineering background currently working in mining for an oral history research project entitled, “Women of Influence in the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials”. If you would like to participate or recommend someone please submit your nomination to:

Women Who Rock
A live mentor auction! Took place in beautiful Shangri-La on October 28, 2014, Toronto. Thank you
to our sponsors 
PWC and Cassels Brock
And thank you so much to the mining leaders who donated their time: Ian Ball (President, Abitibi Royalties),  Robert Buchan (President, Allied Nevada Gold), Geoff Burns (CEO, Pan American Silver),
Rob Doyle (CFO, Pan American Silver),Virginia Flood (Vice President, Rio Tinto Canada), David Garofalo (CEO, Hudbay Minerals), Marie Inkster (CFO, Lundin Mining), Wendy Kaufman (CFO, Primero Mining Corp.), Pierre Lassonde (Chairman, Franco-Nevada Corp.), Rob McEwen (McEwen Mining), Dave Pathe (CEO, Sherritt International) and Paul Rollinson (CEO, Kinross Gold Corp.).

South Africa

WiMSA's year end function was just awesome. Thank you Fasken Martineau for hosting and sponsoring, Khanyisile Kwayema for being an inspirational speaker, WiMSA patrons and WiMSA members for adding the glamour. 

Executive director in South Africa, Khanyisile Kweyama (pictured above), has been honoured as the Most Influential Woman on the African continent, in the mining sector.Commenting on her award, Kweyama noted that this award sends an important message of progressive transformation within the mining industry. “I am honoured to be amongst the inspirational women that have been acknowledged at these awards. This accolade proves that there is progress in redressing the inequality of the past in the mining industry and that the time is now
to usher in a new generation of phenomenal women in mining.”


Thank you to all our supporters who attended WIMAR SG's 1st Anniversary event on Thurs, 9th October 2014.
Sponsored by BHP Billiton, this landmark event saw a diverse group of over 200 members of the mining and resources industry in attendance. We truly enjoyed the evening meeting with you, and participating in the unique interactive theatre experience.  

United Kingdom

Women in Mining (UK) had a successful Annual Champagne Reception during Mines & Money with 300+ guests. A loose, cut Champagne Diamond, from the Argyle Mine in Australia, was donated and raffled at the event. 100% of the proceeds will go towards funding an internship with Rio Tinto for a female Imperial College student.

United States

WIM National
WIM National Quarterly, read it hereYou 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.
Women in mining in Zimbabwe court investors  

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

WIM Events

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 in December

17   WIMARSG Holiday Networking Drinks

18   Women in Resources SA end-of-year networking event

       WiRV Casual Networking Event

and the first 2015 events have been announced

8     WIMARQ: 6 Degrees of Separation

14   WIM Toronto Lunch

   WIM UK Seminar

19   WIM Denver Dinner

Rosie Kwasie pictured here in 2010, working as an Engineering Geologist Infill RC drilling by Geodrill for resource evaluation Keegan Esaase Gold Exploration site. Rosie is from Ghana.
See more photos in our photo gallery


Blog - what you may have missed  

We are seeking women in trades and STEM based jobs to be role models for girls to explore these careers (Aus.)

Goldcorp supports University of British Columbia’s ‘Professorship in Women in Engineering

Placing gender on the agenda (Australia)

Mining professionals in Australia working for less money & latest gender pay gap stats  

Australian resource employers developing strategies to increase women’s participation in the resource industry to 25% by 2020  

The Role of Men in Fostering Female Talent

Women in engineering: Fixing the talent pipeline

Publish What You Pay & UN Women launch gender guide for natural resource management


Movers & Shakers 


Sileia Carvalho has been promoted to Process Engineer at Norsk Hydro


Mireille Goulet has recently been promoted to Program Manager at Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum 

Natalie Beattie left Hudbay Minerals to join Hatch as Mine Engineer

Cynthia Le Sueur-Aquin, President & CEO of Laurion Mineral Exploration Inc has joined the board of Women in Mining Canada

Zoe Yujnovich has joined Shell Canada as VP Oil Sands Operations. Prior to joining Shell she was President & CEO of Iron Ore Company of Canada (Rio Tinto)

Lisa Zangari has left Iamgold and has recently started working as Chief Human Resources Officer with Open Text Corporation


Romke Kuyvenhoven, a geometallurgist process consultant is now Principal Consultant at Portage Chile


Vera Alekhina is now Geology Manager and managing the prospecting and exploration works for a private mining company 'Limb'

South Africa

Laura Mallabone, previously Global Head of Risk at Anglo American is now a Director at Satarla, a risk management and assurance consultancy

United States

Nadia Younes, Group Advisor of Diversity & Inclusion at Rio Tinto is now Diversity Advisor at International Monetary Fund

Women in mining featuring in the press 

Congratulations to Stefanie Loader who has been elected Chair of the NSW Minerals Council!!! The first ever women to fill this position

3 women in mining received scholarship for leadership training

Teck Resources appointed Laura Dottori-Attanasio and Tracey McVicar to the Board 

Deni Shiloane shares her passion for mining 

Outgoing CSIRO Chief Megan Clark to join Rio Tinto board

Tracey Kerr’s top 10 tips for a prosperous career in mining

Australian Mining Prospect Awards Winner: Mining’s Woman of the Year – Kym Clark of She’s Empowered

MCA, BHP Billiton and Downer Mining award scholarships to help women in mining become ‘board-ready’

Congratulations to Fabiola Gianotti, the Italian physicist & the first woman to be CERN’s (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) next Director-General

Inspiring young women to excel

Women moving up the ranks in Mining: In the spotlight with Julie Shuttleworth, Fortescue Metals

Hilda Sebetha challenges perceptions about working in the mining industry



We are establishing a long-term dialogue with all stakeholders in the industry to discuss and share best practice around attraction and retention of female talent 
This is the first global initiative of its kind

We have sent out two surveys: one for individuals focusing on job security, job satisfaction & finding a new challenge to find out how affected you are by the current mining downturn.
Many thanks to those that have already filled it in. 

For those that haven't Your answers will be anonymous and the survey shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to complete. Note 
it is intended for female professionals only Click the image above to take the survey or go to 

The second survey was sent to mining organisations – to research what difficulties they face when recruiting and retaining female talent; We have sent you the individual questionnaire but we invite you to also fill out the company survey acting in your professional capacity. Link to survey for organisations

We will share the results with you when they become available in Q1 2015. 

Articles/Reports of General Interest 

LEGO & Gender Part 1: Lego Friends
Research has consistently shown that playing with LEGOs accelerates childhood development, and is upheld as a gateway to math, science and engineering fields, promoting spatial memory, spatial design and of course imagination. Sadly, as a consequence of LEGOs decision to design and market their products almost exclusively to boys over the past few decades, girls have been largely left out.

Diversity Matters 2014
Mckinsey has published new research on 366 companies which found a statistically significant correlation between diversity and financial performance. Those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have above median financial returns for their industry sector.
Those in the top quartile for racial diversity were 30% more likely to have above median financial returns. Interestingly, the correlation was significantly only where women constituted 22% or more of the senior executive team. November 2014

Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women
Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women can help you to prepare for a position on a board, whether or not you have any previous experience. (Government of Western Australia

Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women ​​- Online version
Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women ​​- PDF 2MB
Being Board Ready: A Guide for Women – DOCX 1MB​​

KPMG & 30% Club: Cracking the Code, November
Balancing the pyramid’ is the 30% Club’s initiative to work towards gender parity at all levels within the talent pool below Board level. This research was commissioned to update our understanding of:
1. the diversity of the talent pipeline below Board level
2. what currently helps women to succeed in their careers
3. what constitutes gender intelligent approaches to widening the talent pool

Cranfield Report Women on Boards: Progress following the 2012 Corporate Governance Code
With just over 12 months left to reach the 25% target set by the Government, the number of women on the FTSE 100 boards has reached 22.8% and 17.4% on the FTSE 250 boards according to the latest progress report from Cranfield School of Management. Since the Lord Davies report into women on boards was published in March 2011, great progress has been made with the percentage of women on the boards of the FTSE 100 companies increasing by 82% and by 124% on the  FTSE 250. November

Women want 5 things
Women start their careers hungry to attain a powerful job, but lose their appetite as they age. Even for women without children, and those who are breadwinners, power loses its luster for the 35-to-50 age group. Women do not aspire for a powerful position because they perceive the burdens of leadership outweighing the benefits.  Yet power, our data reveals, is what allows women to fulfill their five-point value proposition than women without power in their current roles expect.
The report explores women's misunderstanding of power and the benefits it can bring. (12/9/2014, Report - 64pages)

Why are women opting out of STEM industries? The Guardian, 13 Nov

Rethink What You “Know” About High-Achieving Women, HBR, Dec

Ground-breaking' gender gap report highlights lack of women in management


Most active Discussions on our LinkedIn Group 

  • A look at female employment factors and potential issues within the mining industry: why there are problems and differences to be considered, compared to the traditional male archetype, and what can be done to improve aspects of female employment by mining companies. 
  • Living the Mining Dream
  • The low number of female speakers at Mines & Money, Europe's largest mining show
  • Survey about job security, job satisfaction & finding a new challenge -  how affected you are by the current mining downturn. 
Join us on LinkedIn to participate in these discussions

We bring to your attention
is dedicated to matching companies and talent with a focus on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environment, Health & Safety in natural resources and energy sectors.  We help the best talent and the most interesting opportunities find each other, and help business serve both shareholders and society.

MiHR requests help to explore the need for a national, mining specific, essential/work readiness skills training program (Canada). Click here to find out more
The International Chromium Development Association is thinking of publishing a newsletter for women's day highlighting female talents in the chromium industry at all levels (operations,  HSE, top management etc…) If you have interesting news to offer for the newsletter get in touch with 
Sheraz Neffati, Deputy Secretary General
International Chromium Development Association 
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 76 06 89 I

BBC World Service looking for women working underground for radio programme
‘The Conversation’ is a brand new radio programme with an all-female line up for the BBC World Service.
The programme format is two women from different countries / cultures meeting for the first time to talk about their life’s work and the extraordinary experiences which connect them.
They are keen to do a programme with two women miners who actually work underground.
All those speaking English and interested in coming on the programme should contact Abigail Hollick on

My name is Esther Moloi and I am looking for black women involved in the mining sector as entrepreneurs or Executives around Gauteng.
I work on a TV show called 48 Hours which exposes learners to various careers and one of the careers we are looking at is Metallurgical Engineering. You can view an example of one of our episode on Youtube by following this link:
We are looking for people we can interview who can answer the following questions for us and also inspire our viewers to consider getting into that industry:
• How easy/hard is it to break into your industry as an entrepreneur? 
• How accessible is funding to start such a business 
• How competitive is the industry? 
• What personality traits do you need to be successful?
Esther Moloi 
[T] (011) 340 9335

Global Change for Children have kindly asked us to feature notice of their fundraiser. Several of their board directors are WIM members: Claudia Losie, Chafika Eddine, Joan McCorquodale, Nancy Curry and Sally Howson.


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