June/July 2015

Barb Rose

Renaissance woman

By Eavan Moore | Photo courtesy of Trevali Mining


Trevali’s chief mining engineer relishes the new professional challenges of redeveloping and commissioning the company’s Caribou zinc mine outside Bathurst, New Brunswick. Rose, like many of the employees at Caribou, had spent much of her career at the nearby Brunswick mine until it closed two years ago. For both her and the nearby communities in northern New Brunswick, Caribou offers renewed opportunities.

“I always knew I wanted to do engineering, because of my love of math and sciences,” Rose said. But it was only after meeting the mining engineer parents of some Queen’s University classmates that she discovered an industry that spoke to her. “It sounded really intriguing and more of a family community than some of the other disciplines that are so wide and diverse. Once you got into mining, you made friendships that last for life, and you have these contacts that are there to support you no matter what site or what company you work for.”

Rose brings a similar outlook to her latest leadership role. As the chief mining engineer, she oversees 11 people on Caribou’s mine engineering, geology and environmental teams who have spent the last year preparing feverishly for the mine’s re-entry into production after being idle for six years. “I try to genuinely care for who they are, and respect that they have families at home and other responsibilities.”

With zinc poised to enjoy a favourable market in the midst of otherwise flat commodity prices, the timing of Caribou’s reopening may be perfect. Trevali also owns two more sites in New Brunswick that are being explored and evaluated. Rose said she believes her team will be ready if and when the company decides to develop them: “We have a relatively young engineering team and I’ve enjoyed seeing them grow and develop with the project, learning and developing their skill sets.” 

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