March/April 2013

On the path to success

Cameco scholarship winners speak on achievements and goals

By Correy Baldwin

Every year, Cameco awards an array of scholarships to the brightest and the most dedicated mining engineering and geology students in Canada. The uranium giant developed its scholarship program to create opportunities “for bright young people” and to encourage them to pursue a career in engineering, with a focus on the disciplines of mining, mineral processing and nuclear energy.

The 2013 Mining and Mineral Process Engineering Scholarship was awarded to three second-year students who received $5,000 and consideration for a summer employment term with the company.

CIM Magazine spoke to this year’s recipients about their career goals and about what makes them so passionate about mining.

Everett Piper – University of British Columbia

Everett Piper is ambitious. Enrolled in just his second year at university, he has already worked at a gold mine and has started a family business. “I have always seen a future for myself in the industry,” says Piper, who grew up in the northern B.C. community of Dawson Creek.

A couple of years ago, he teamed up with his older brother to found Sterling Operations, an environmental consulting company his brother now runs on his own. “Much of my time was spent collaborating with landowners and oil companies, developing plans that suited both parties,” Piper explains, adding that his ability to collaborate with these industries came naturally, as he drew from experiences gained in his hometown. “Growing up in Dawson Creek gave me the opportunity to understand how the different operations – agriculture and the energy industry – can co-exist.”

Prior to Sterling, Piper worked at Ruby Gold, a small open-pit mine in northern B.C. “The allure of handling gold can get anyone interested in the industry,” he says. During his stint at Ruby Gold, an enthusiastic mining engineer piqued his interest in the profession. The operation’s small size also allowed him to work in a number of areas and, since then, he has been hooked.

Piper is now looking forward to summer employment, where he hopes to gain “real practical knowledge” of mining engineering. “I’d like to continue to play a role in the development and advancement of industry,” he says. “And I’d like to do it responsibly and sustainably.”

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