Project Geologist, Canadian Malartic Corporation (former Osisko Mining Corporation)
Looking back, my fondest memories include the instant camaraderie felt between myself and the other students right from the beginning. I also really enjoyed interacting with academics and industry professionals so early on in my career. It was a great experience!
Madeline Dana Lee
Research Officer, Flight Research Laboratory, National Research Council
I have many good memories of S-IMEW, from the field excursions to the camaraderie of the students. As a geophysics student the workshop also provided a good opportunity for hands on experience with geology. I am thankful that I was able to participate in S-IMEW and to work with other ambitious geoscience students.
Exploration Geologist, Hecla Québec, Casa Berardi Mine
S-IMEW is the best thing that has happened to me in geology! Having participated (2008), volunteered (2010), and worked (2011-2013) for S-IMEW I have since accumulated a wealth of knowledge, networking skills and confidence that has been my “golden ticket” to success. From the field trips and lectures led by experts along with their imparted passion, commitment and guidance I can honestly say S-IMEW is the foundation on which I was able to place the building blocks for my career. Now here I am a successful exploration geologist!
Thank you S-IMEW staff/volunteers, sponsors, and students - YOU ROCK!
Rachel Hough (Huppelschoten)
Project Geologist, APEX Geosciences Ltd
S-IMEW greatly impacted my choice of career path. Through the workshop I was introduced to new concepts, methods, commodities and deposits showcasing how diverse and multifaceted mineral exploration actually is. I wanted to experience everything mineral exploration had to offer and this is the reason I became a consultant, so that I could learn something new every day.
Dr. Roisin Kyne
Post Doctoral Fellow, Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience (iCRAG), University College Dublin
S-IMEW is an incredible and unique experience I have yet to encounter anywhere else in the world and one that helped solidify my career as a geoscientist. Not only did it afford an incredible networking opportunity, S-IMEW introduced me to aspects of the business and practical side of the industry that I had not been exposed to previously. I also developed a number of fantastic relationships with fellow geoscientists from all over Canada who I run into everywhere in the world. The geology community is small and to have been given an opportunity to meet so many amazing people has been fantastic for me and will no doubt help enhance my career.
Ph.D. Candidate, uOttawa
Visiting researcher, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Through S-IMEW I met the most wonderful people from across Canada, and these friendships have lasted over time and distance. The field trip through the Abitibi captivated my interest, and now (years later) my research is focused on seafloor massive sulfide deposits in back-arc basins of the SW Pacific (the modern analogue of the Abitibi VMS deposits).
Associate, The Marquee Group
The two weeks flew by, which was due to a combination of wonderful people and numerous events. The S-IMEW organizers and PDAC staff were fantastic, the guest speakers were exceptional, and the students all shared a common bond – which made for a unique and unforgettable experience. Having previously worked solely in exploration geology, Michael Doggett’s talk on Mineral Economics helped broaden my career horizons within the mining industry. Post S-IMEW, I ventured into the Capital Markets where I worked on the financial side of the industry valuing mining equities. I later went back to school to obtain an MBA. This naturally led to my current role as a consultant, where I build financial models for companies within a variety of industries.
Coordinator Geoscience and Sustainability Programs, PDAC
Leading up to S-IMEW I had little interest in participating in the mineral exploration industry after graduation. Throughout S-IMEW we were exposed to so many elements of the mineral exploration and mining industries, and we were shown that the industry is really trying to become more socially responsible. My perspective of the industry changed and I was immediately drawn to pursue a career in mineral exploration. The relationships created with fellow S-IMEW students, staff and volunteers are an integral aspect to S-IMEW’s long-standing beneficial impact on my life and career.
Exploration Geologist, Goldcorp Canada, Musselwhite Mine
S-IMEW has had a dramatic impact on the course of my career. In 2011, a glowing reference from a S-IMEW connection helped me secure a position at a small exploration consulting firm that sent me to several exciting projects across Canada and Colombia over the following three years. That role gave me the experience I needed to begin a career with Goldcorp; where I now work alongside two S-IMEW 2009 alumni in a dynamic and intelligent exploration department. S-IMEW alumni are developing a respected reputation in the industry and employers are taking notice!
Bedrock mapping geologist, New Brunswick Geologic Survey
S-IMEW helped me become more confident with applied aspects of geology through field trips, mine tours and mapping exercises. At S-IMEW I was exposed to aspects of geology that I did not learn at university and I really enjoyed discussions and networking opportunities with fellow students from across Canada.
PhD candidate, Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
The Noranda-Val-d'Or field trip including the underground visits was the highlight of S-IMEW for me. The fondest memories are really of the friendships/relationships developed during the two weeks. I am still in touch with most people through Facebook and like seeing what others are up to.
Research Geophysicist, Lamontagne Geophysics Ltd
S-IMEW not only provided me with a practical view of the mineral exploration industry but introduced me to a fundamental element of working in the mining community, the ‘art’ of networking. The organizers encouraged students like myself to speak with industry members and to develop the career connections required to be successful. Five years later, I continue to stay in contact with several of the industry professionals and other students that I met during this valuable student program.
Project Geologist, Pretivm Resources Inc.
S-IMEW not only solidified my interest in mineral exploration and mining but helped mould it into my passion and career. We were exposed to many different aspects of the mining world including both scientific research and industry. The workshop gave me an understanding of how truly diverse the sector is. I also made many contacts, and more importantly friends who I still have to this day
April Bertrand, P.Geo
Mine Geologist, Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.
Although I now work in the production sector, my summers as a student and my first job post-graduation were in exploration. S-IMEW was the first in-depth experience where I was able to physically see all of the steps from mineral exploration to deposit definition to mine operation. I think having experience in both exploration and production is a significant asset to any geologist's knowledge base, and I am still overwhelmed by all that I was able to see and learn in such a short time during S-IMEW. I also found it a comfortable, intimate setting for innumerable networking opportunities that were second to none. To say the least, it's an event not to be missed!
Wellsite Supervisor, currently looking for opportunities in Mining/Oil and gas, exploration or geochemistry
I have been working in wellsite geology in the Western Canadian Sedimentary basin upon graduation. Recently it has been a challenge to find work in the commodities industry but I have been using the networking skills learned during S-IMEW to aid in my job search. S-IMEW was filled with engaging talks, hands on training, and networking directly related to the mineral exploration industry. The biggest takeaway from the workshop is that I am in control of innovating to move forward with my career and the bonds that were built in those two weeks have allowed me to keep in touch with my geoscience peers.
Geoscientist in training,True Grit Consulting Ltd, Thunder Bay, ON
Currently in training for a hydrogeologist/contaminated site specialist position
My fondest memory of S-IMEW was the Levack mine tour. The tour was a real eye opener to underground mining. The tour was also a great example of a Ni-Cu-PGE magmatic sulphide deposit in the Sudbury Igneous Complex. Ni-Cu-PGE exploration later became the focus of my MSc thesis and employment contracts in short. Overall S-IMEW provided excellent exposure to the mining industry making me feel comfortable with my choice of career path.
S-IMEW helped me become more confident in myself when networking. I now enjoy meeting new people and don’t shy away from it like before, allowing me to form and expand my network in the industry.
PhD Candidate, Laurentian University
My fondest memory of S-IMEW is meeting amazing people from all over Canada with a shared passion for the earth sciences and the mining industry. I also met my current Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Harold Gibson.
MSc candidate, UBC
I now have 25 new friends in the industry and countless contacts! It also made me aware of the many different career paths and stages within the mining industry.
Project Geologist, Uravan Minerals Inc.
S-IMEW to me was like summer camp for geologists. There are few things more fun than running around exploring the bush, underground mines and board rooms with a diverse group of young enthusiastic geologists. Rubbing shoulders with some heavy hitters in the junior and major mining space was also a bonus. S-IMEW was also a great crash course on what to expect working in the junior mining space. This was invaluable knowledge at the time as I began an MSc program in collaboration with a junior mining company shortly after the trip.
Geologist, Barrick Gold Corp., Hemlo Mine
S-IMEW was an invaluable experience. The evening talks in particular were inspiring and the site visits gave me insight into the broad scope of the Canadian mining industry and the great people working in it.
PhD candidate, University of Ottawa
My fondest memory of S-IMEW was the opening keynote speaker- Eira Thomas. It was very inspiring to hear from such a successful and respected woman in our industry. Her talk was so eloquent and engaging, you could have heard a pin drop in the room: she had everyone's attention.
Micro-seismic monitoring station installation technician
My fondest memory of S-IMEW is sitting at a table talking about geophysics with one of the company reps, who is now a friend of mine. We had two different people come to sit down and talk with us, find out what we were talking about and leave.
MSc. candidate, Geochemistry
My fondest memory of S-IMEW was going underground at the McCeedy West Mine. It was my first time underground, and it left a lasting impression. It was amazing to see the massive sulphide veins.
S-IMEW offered something new and exciting each day but the most impactful part was the networking opportunities. I made many friends and contacts during S-IMEW and more often than not, I meet someone who also has a S-IMEW connection.
I've had the opportunity to work on several projects in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Labrador. Geoscience offers many opportunities to explore our great country that I cannot imagine finding anywhere else. While the last few years have been hard on many it's the exhilaration that I get when I fly in a helicopter every day, finding an outcrop that doesn't fit the current geological model, or seeing core speckled with gold that makes sticking through the hard times worth it.
Project Geologist, Barrick Gold Exploration Inc. North America
S-IMEW was impactful for the many friendships formed with geologists from varying backgrounds. And the course really opened up my eyes and mind to the diversity of processes and stages in the mineral exploration business. It’s not just about finding anomalous amounts of a mineral resource, it’s also about the economics of the deposit, the way the resource will need to be extracted and processed before sale and how a company manages to explore the potential of the project or site they are working on at the various stages of exploration.
Pierre Grondin LeBlanc
My fondest memory of S-IMEW was meeting all the great people in my group!
MSc Candidate, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
I have a full two-weeks of fond memories in my head, but the contacts and friendships I've made at S-IMEW are what's the most important. Nowadays, a career in the mining industry is based on your business contacts, and S-IMEW gave us this opportunity to meet important players in multiple domains of the industry. I knew I wanted to be a geologist, and I now I'm really sure it's the place I want to be! By doing this workshop, PDAC reaffirms it's position as a leader in the mining industry and every past and future S-IMEW'ers are grateful for this opportunity.
MSc. candidate, Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland
S-IMEW was definitely the best experience of my undergraduate degree and inspired me to pursue a post-graduate degree in Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland. S-IMEW gave me the opportunity to network with industry representatives all while visiting geological landmarks across northern Ontario and Québec. This workshop introduced me to the many facets of the mining industry that I wasn’t familiar with before participating to this workshop. Thanks to S-IMEW, I have created long-lasting friendships and industry connections for my present and future career in the mining industry. I am forever grateful to have been part of this amazing and inspiring experience.
Mine Geologist, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Rio Tinto
S-IMEW offered great workshops and talks focused on a wide variety of topics (Exploration geology, mining, geophysics, career development, etc.) that have helped me develop into a more well rounded professional in the mining industry. However, I think the biggest gift we all took from our experience was the number of lifelong friends we made and continue to keep in touch with.
MSc candidate, Economic Geology, Queen’s University
One morning at S-IMEW, on a mineralized outcrop adjacent to a decommissioned mine, we found ourselves in a spirited discussion with Dave Thomas (Resource Capital Funds), and Joe Oliver, (then Minister of Natural Resources), concerning the implications of Canada’s foreign investment and trade agreements. This, and later discussions, helped me build an understanding of the linkages between business strategies in the resource sector, policy decisions at the national level, and the people behind them. The experience reinforced my interest in pursuing a career that transcends the technical, strategic, and policy facets of the mining and mineral exploration industry.
Geotechnical Technician, Norwest Corporation
My fondest memory of S-IMEW would have to be the networking events and the field mapping exercises. The field exercises taught me so much, I got to learn from geologists leading the exercises as well as from my fellow students. I came back from S-IMEW with improved field mapping skills that I have used in various jobs since attending in 2013.
The networking events allowed us to meet industry professionals and gave us time to get to know our fellow students better. I still keep in touch with many of the people I met during my two weeks at S-IMEW.
Recently completed a Master’s in Economic Geology & Geochemistry, University of Toronto
S-IMEW has helped shape my career path by providing exposure to the mining industry and different types of jobs that are available. In addition, S-IMEW provided the opportunity to network with industry professionals, some of which who have turned into mentors.
M.Sc. candidate, Planetary Geology, Western University, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration
S-IMEW was without a doubt one of the greatest opportunities and memories of my undergraduate career. The industry members who presented to us provided us with invaluable information on the business side of this industry, which you rarely receive in an academic setting. I also certainly won’t forget the impromptu snowball fight after a snowstorm in Sudbury in May! I developed some amazing friendships and networks with fellow students from all over the country, which has led me to where I am today, focusing on exploration techniques for both mining and planetary exploration at Western.
MSc candidate, University of Auckland
S-IMEW was a truly phenomenal experience. I met so many fantastic people and learned more than I thought possible in just two weeks. After S-IMEW, I went to work for the Mineral Deposits Section of the Geological Survey of NL. I have since moved to New Zealand and I am currently working on my MSc at the University of Auckland. My research project integrates structural controls on mineralization and geochemical/mineralogical footprints as vectors to ore-grade gold mineralization, utilizing 3D modeling software such as Leapfrog and 3D stress. I would have taken a completely different research project, had S-IMEW not sparked my interest in this subject area, for which I am eternally grateful!
Fourth-year student, Earth Sciences/Geology, University of Waterloo. (Completed co-op with Agnico-Eagle Mines, Nunavut)
To see such genuine enthusiasm amongst industry leaders throughout S-IMEW fueled my passion and desire to learn as much as possible about the many aspects of the mineral exploration industry. All the people I met, including fellow students and industry staff, and the hands-on knowledge obtained about the mining industry at this well-rounded workshop, immensely added to what I'm learning through my co-op work terms and geology studies at the University of Waterloo. In appreciation, one of my goals is to one day give back by encouraging and instilling this same desire in future geoscience students.