June/July 2011

CMMF scholarships awarded

By Correy Baldwin

The McIntosh Engineering Scholarship supports students pursing an engineering or technical degree in mining, with a special emphasis on underground mining. Through the Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Foundation (CMMF), eight scholarships are awarded annually to second-year students.

Below are the technical college or CEGEP recipients for this year. In the next issue, we will introduce you to the five university-level winners.

Brendan Moloney – Cambrian College

Brendan Moloney spent several years on the West Coast, working as a pipe layer and machine operator with Whistler Excavations. “I loved my job but was having difficulties with being laid off through the winters,” he says. “That’s when I started looking into going back to school and found the mining engineering technical program at Cambrian College.” With his work experience it seemed like an obvious transition. “Cambrian College was a great way to get involved in mining,” he says, “and the Sudbury Basin, with the vast amount of mining taking place in the area, was a perfect location to learn about geology.”

Last summer, he worked with Minto Explorations in the Yukon, a copper and gold mine north of Whitehorse. “I can’t wait to get back out there,” he says.

Moloney is looking forward to having a career in something that he thoroughly enjoys and that could allow him to live back on the West Coast, which, he says, is where he feels he truly belongs. “All and all I’m stoked about my future in the industry,” Moloney says. “The ability to work around the world and meet new people is something I am really looking forward to.”

Marc Bédard – Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Marc Bédard grew up in the small town of Malartic, Quebec. “The mining industry is a huge deal here in Abitibi-Témiscamingue,” says Bédard, whose father, grandfather, sister and uncle all work in the mining industry. Originally, he was on a different career path, studying computer science at a college in Rouyn-Noranda.

“I worked for two years in that field, but I never felt I was at the right place,” Bédard says. Then, the small company he was working for went bankrupt. “I had to decide between going back to school to study something else or move to a big city like Montreal or Quebec to pursue my career with computers. I like where I live so I took a chance and went back to the same college in Rouyn-Noranda, and that’s when I decided to go into mining. Two years later,” he says assuredly, “I know I made the right choice.”

Bédard has worked underground at Wesdome Gold Mine’s Kiena Mine, and last summer at Agnico-Eagle’s Lapa Mine, where he has returned this summer. “I did many different jobs and that’s what I want,” he says. “I want to see as much as I can to learn as much as I can.”

“I will probably do five years of technical services and afterwards work as a supervisor or something similar,” he adds. “I want to be an important part of a company. I would like to be a mining rescuer, too.”

Ingrid Lahaie – Haileybury School of Mines, Northern College

Mines have always been a part of Ingrid Lahaie’s environment, having grown up in the mining town of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and later living in Timmins, Ontario. She began her career, however, as an insolvency consultant. “Pretty far from the mining industry,” she admits. “After working for almost 10 years in the bankruptcy field, I moved on to work for Xstrata Nickel’s Raglan Mine, where I worked with the geology department.”

A conversation with an engineer at Raglan about geology and rock engineering led Lahaie to reconsider her career path, and eventually she went back to school to pursue what she calls her life-long passion for rocks. “Haileybury has allowed me to discover various possibilities in the mining industry, some of which I had never thought of,” she explains.

Meanwhile, Lahaie continues to work at Raglan Mine as a ground control mining technician, continuing her studies part-time. “I am very excited about this new position and sure hope that it will lead to a successful career,” she says.

“I intend to join the on-site Emergency Response Team as a way of participating and making sure the site benefits from a team of well-trained rescue members,” she adds. “I value safety and the environment aspects of mining. To me, they must always constitute priorities.”

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