"For over twenty years promoting CIM membership to University of Alberta Engineering students."
Fenna Poelzer is currently the Chief Estimator for Abalone Construction, working mainly in Alberta’s oil sands and related development. Her role includes detailed analytics of equipment productions, front end job planning, labour relations acumen, and marketing. She has advanced her career through seizing opportunities to try new roles and lead projects which stretched and expanded her skill set.
She has been a member of CIM since her student days which led to her taking on the role of volunteer coordinator for the 1996 AGM. This was one of many volunteer positions she held at the time and she was recognized for her contributions to university life with the Peter Lougheed Scholarship in her graduating year. Her community service has continued since that time, ranging from coaching hockey, football and softball, to chairing the CIM Coal and Oil Sands Division, to assisting Habitat for Humanity construction, to leading the local Junior Forest Wardens troupe. She played a key role in the expansion of the M4S event at the 2012 CIM AGM and is currently on the Edmonton Branch executive continuing her service to CIM. She encourages younger engineers to actively participate in technical societies and mentors junior personnel on a regular basis.
“In recognition of her outstanding efforts as a role model in the mining community"
Trang Tran-Valade is the Director of Strategic Innovations for BESTECH, a firm specializing in the areas of engineering, automation, software development and environmental monitoring. She is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional with responsibilities in business development, strategic planning, and Intellectual Property protection strategies. She is effective in securing partnerships with other innovation leaders and organizing project consortiums with partners from industry, academia, suppliers, and funding agencies. Recognized as one of Sudbury’s 2011 recipients of the “40 Under 40” Awards, she is actively involved in various professional development associations and community groups. She is currently the Chairman of the CIM Sudbury Branch and had previously served as Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Her contributions have helped the branch function, attract new executive members, and thrive through economic cycles. She is an active member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Sudbury Chapter and a volunteer coach in both youth basketball and soccer.
“In recognition of setting an outstanding example as an inspiring leader and role model to young people and for her lasting contributions to CIM”
Catharine Shaw is the Mining Client Program Manager at Golder Associates (Golder), a global organization providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. Since joining Golder in 2002, she has applied her marketing skills, business acumen, and client service approach to advance her career through a series of promotions. In 2008, she received the President’s Award in the categories of Excellence in Client Service and New Client and Business Development. In her current position, Shaw provides leadership services to Golder’s mining business focusing on growing relationships and opportunities with mining key accounts, key clients, and industry.
She is an active volunteer in a number of activities that support the mining industry. Shaw is a founding member of the not for profit organization Women in Mining Canada, fulfilling diverse executive roles and currently serving a second term as President. Additionally, she is a strong advocate for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and in 2010 was instrumental in establishing the Greater Toronto Area CIM Branch. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Canadian Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE) as Vice President and Chair of the Personnel Committee.
“In recognition of leadership and excellence in the field of Structural Geology.”
By Sandra Phinney
James Siddorn, a practice leader with SRK Consulting, keeps busy, travelling around the world to destinations from China to the Philippines, Australia, Ghana and Peru, to fulfill his professional passion: helping steer projects by imparting his expertise in structural geology – and pursue one of his favourite hobbies – discovering the world. But he still makes time for his other passion, which is teaching and inspiring the next generation of geologists.
At his day job, Siddorn helps companies around the world understand the geological controls on the distribution of mineralization at sites in various stages of exploration. For example, a collaborative project that he spearheaded with Sumitomo in March 2010 in central Alaska, resulted in the discovery of a significant new gold zone. “Another outcome was a regional structural interpretation, which, in turn, has provided Sumitomo with a better understanding of targeting gold mineralization between the Liese and 4021 zone,” he reports.
For Siddorn, the greatest challenge is to decipher the geology of a project in a short space of time and to deliver practical results that clients can build upon, while trying to save them money and to increase their probability of success. “I am very satisfied when we can deliver results to a client that result in a new discovery or just move a project ahead rapidly,” he says.
Both on his travels and on the home front, Siddorn goes the extra mile to support young people pursuing or contemplating a career in the industry by volunteering his time and delivering courses on his area of expertise. Siddorn is a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) convention committee, assisting with the organization of short courses and technical sessions for the group’s annual event. He also offers his time to the Canadian Mining Innovation Council’s (CMIC) exploration initiative. “At CMIC, we try to bring industry and academia together to advance innovation with the mining industry,” he explains. “Our focus is on how to discover deposits more efficiently or how to detect the footprint of the deposit with limited data.”
He has delivered more than 30 applied structural geology courses since 2005 as well. Some are provided to clients on site, and other are delivered at conferences including the Association of Mining Exploration of British Colombia’s (AMEBC) Exploration Roundup, at Society of Economic Geologists events, and other industry association events. “They are always different – some slightly, some a great deal – depending on the audience and the setting,” he explains.
Students often ask Siddorn for advice on pursuing a career in geology. He tells them: “Get a well-rounded education, including post graduate studies. But make sure that the research you’re doing is either directly related to industry or in collaboration with industry. It’s also important to get overseas out of your comfort zone. The experience of working with different cultures in different countries is a great education in itself!”
James Siddorn is a practice leader (Structural Geology) with SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. He is a specialist in the structural geological analysis of ore deposits, focused on deciphering the deposit-scale and district-scale controls on mineralization, geotechnical domains, and hydrogeological pathways. He provides expert advice to a wide range of exploration and mining companies worldwide.
Siddorn completed a bachelor’s in geology at the University of Durham, UK, and a master’s and a PhD Structural Geology at the University of Toronto. He joined SRK Consulting in 2001 as an associate consultant, moving to senior consultant in 2004 and principal consultant and practice leader in 2009. Prior to joining SRK, Siddorn worked for Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners Ltd., UK, and the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Geological Survey of Canada at the Giant and Con underground gold mines in the Northwest Territories. Siddorn is registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
He volunteers with numerous societies related to mineral exploration and mining, including the Society of Economic Geology and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Siddorn is currently a member of the PDAC convention committee and has focused on providing training courses at numerous conventions in Canada and worldwide, teaching more than 30 applied structural geology courses to over 1000 geologists and engineers.
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