“In recognition of his outstanding contributions to potash mining and to the Saskatoon Branch."
John Cairns is a fifth-generation mining man. He was introduced to mining when his father took him underground at Waterpan Colliery in 1944.
He started work as a Learner Official at Greenside Colliery in 1954 and very shortly thereafter found himself as an 18-year-old carrying out all the mine surveying functions, ventilation surveys and weekly coal analyses.
John was one of five students from the South African coal industry awarded Chamber of Mines Scholarships. He graduated from Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh in 1961 with a BSc in Mining Engineering.
The National Coal Board offered John a position as a Directed Practical Trainee and for the next two years he worked in longwall coal operations at a number of Scottish collieries. He then worked in the area ventilation department doing calculations leading to the link by underground tunnel of Valleyfield and Kinneil Collieries under the Firth of Forth. He later designed the ventilation system for the Longannet Complex of new mines. In 1965 John was Manager at Solsgirth mine.
In 1966 John relocated to Saskatchewan where he was a Shaft Engineer during the sinking of the Allan Potash shafts. He worked for the company for 14 years prior to joining SMDC and later Cameco. In later years he marketed mining equipment and has been working as a mining consultant since 2007.
John has been underground in over 65 mines during his career.
“In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the CIM Montreal Branch as President and Treasurer."
Biography coming soon
“In recognition of innovative approaches to engage the mining industry in the GTA West Branch and for his environmental management and his sustainability management strategies."
Mohammed Ali is the Regional Director for the Environmental Services Group at Hatch. He is responsible for leading Hatch’s services in Sustainability, Climate Change, Social Impact and Environmental Management. He has managed and conducted several sustainable development related projects for the mining sector, particularly involved in carbon footprints, life cycle studies, and Environmental Social Impact Assessment to meet compliance with International Financial Institutions.
He has been a member of the CIM and Executive Director for the GTA West Branch for over 4 years. During his tenure, he has broadened the mandate for growing interest and membership for the branch until he was elected as chairman of the branch in 2015.
He is active in the Green Mining Initiative, Canadian Institute of Mining, Canada Mining Innovation Council and chairs various mining, environmental and sustainability conferences in Canada and globally.
“In recognition of more than seven years of exemplary effort in introducing students to our industry and to CIM."
As a graduate of UBC Mining and Mineral Processing in 1984, Tom Broddy started his career with Teck at its Bullmoose operation in the North East coalfields of BC. He spent 16 years in Tumbler Ridge developing his operational and engineering skills and was Superintendent of Engineering at Quintette Coal Limited when he left for a new career in Port Terminal Management on the Vancouver waterfront in 2000. He came back to mining in 2006 when he joined Taseko Mines Ltd. where he is currently the Manager, Engineering Projects.
Broddy has been a member of CIM since his student days at UBC. He has served as Chairman of the Tumbler Ridge and Vancouver Branches and as District 6 VP. He is currently the Chairman of the Surface Mining Society and will be Chairman of the 2016 CIM AGM in Vancouver. He has worked closely with BCIT and UBC to lead their annual panel discussions with senior industry personnel, giving students information on the importance of networking and how CIM enables this. He was very instrumental in establishing and supporting the UBC and BCIT Student Branches of CIM. He has spoken on many occasions to industry groups regarding the importance and effectiveness of hiring and mentoring young adults in our industry, during both good economic times and bad. He is a member of the Industry Advisory committee at both UBC and BCIT mining departments and sits as a trustee for the H.A. Steane scholarship as well as the Mineral Resource Education Program of BC.
“"In recognition of her exceptional dedication, and invaluable leadership to CIM, at the National, District and Branch levels as well as her contributions to other mineral industry associations."
Patty Moore’s entire career has focused on communications and business development. Her foray into mining began in 1995 with Kilborn Engineering, starting as a writer and ending as Marketing Manager. She joined the newly formed Vancouver office of Wardrop Engineering, now Tetra Tech, in 2005, as Manager, Business Development, and in 2010 was promoted to Director, Business Development, responsible for their global team of business development specialists.
Moore began volunteering for CIM in 2001 when she was approached to join the CIM 2002 organizing committee. She has been part of the Vancouver organizing committee ever since. For the 2006 convention she was the Mining 4 Society (M4S) Chair, and introduced the concept of pavilions to walk attendees through the mining life cycle. She was Co-Chair of CIM 2010 and is the General Chair of CIM 2014. In addition, she has performed the roles of Secretary, Technical Chair and Chapter Chair for the Vancouver branch. In 2012 she became the Western District VP. During her two year tenure in this role, she also led the organizing team for MEMO 2013, and in 2013 became Chair of CIM’s Diversity Advisory Committee. Patty would like to thank Tetra Tech for their ongoing support of her efforts in these regards, and of CIM.
“In recognition of her exceptional dedication and distinguished services to the CIM Hamilton Branch.”
By Sandra Phinney
Since joining the group in 2000, Shannon Clark, senior specialist, quality projects of the metallurgy and quality department at ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel operation, has worn many hats at the CIM Hamilton Branch – from serving as vice-chair, chair and secretary, to recruiting executive members. As well, she has co-chaired Hamilton Food Share for the past 11 years and is a member of Team Orange, an employee volunteer group that works with local not-for-profits. For Clark, who won the Distinguished Service Award this year, volunteering her time has always been a top priority.
One project that is especially close to her heart is the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF). “Engaging with BASEF is an important activity to inspire young scientists to learn about metallurgy,” she says. “Our branch provides two awards of $100 and also showcases the projects by inviting students and their parents to a dinner meeting. By doing so, we share the students’ enthusiasm with our branch members.”
Clark grew up with the mantra, “Our Product is Steel. Our Strength is People,” For 40 years, newspapers and radio ads featured Dofasco employees explaining their work and the value that they provided to the company and to customers, and each commercial ended with that slogan. “To me this always meant that Dofasco saw people as their most important resource, and the knowledge and skills that employees had were valued and celebrated,” she explains.
Later, when Clark joined Dofasco in 1999, she was heavily influenced by John McMulkin – known as the Father of Oxygen Steelmaking in North America. “Historically, steel was made using the Open Hearth process, which took about seven hours to make heat,” she explains. “Oxygen Steelmaking – a process that McMulkin discovered in Austria – took less than one hour. John convinced the company to take this radical leap in 1954. His dedication to lifelong learning and his commitment to creating a CIM branch in Hamilton inspired me.”
In Clark’s eyes, volunteering is not a one-way street: “While you are helping others through branch events and activities, you are also learning skills, networking with the executive and making connections throughout the industry. You may think you are working for CIM as an organization, but you quickly learn that the organization is working for you.”
The mining industry is not the only place where Clark gives back: she dedicates her time to other causes. For example, when her second son was born 12 weeks early, at two pounds, one ounce, and needed transfusions, a blood donor saved his life. This had a profound effect on Clark; she is now a spokeswoman for both the Canadian Blood Services and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. She also helps women write resumes and work on their interview skills at a local women’s centre.
The next big event on Clark’s radar is the 60th anniversary of CIM Hamilton Branch. “We have started our program planning and are excited about our celebrations,” Clark says. “We’ll also be benchmarking this event with other industry organizations in our area.” To that end, she has joined the executive of the AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) Northern Chapter. Focused on the future, she adds, “We will chart our course and ensure we are providing an educational program that is consistent with the vision of our past, given the state of our industry, and the current needs and profile of our membership.”
Shannon Clark holds an MBA in operations management and innovation as well as a certificate in metallurgy from McMaster University. An employee of ArcelorMittal Dofasco since 1999, Clark is currently a senior specialist in the metallurgy and quality department. She has been a member of the CIM Hamilton Branch since 2000, holding the positions of vice-chair (2002), chair (2003 and 2008) and secretary (2006-present). Clark has been a long-time judge and presenter of the CIM Hamilton Branch Awards at the local Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF). Recognizing the value of technical presentations and networking opportunities provided by the CIM Branch meetings, Clark has benefitted from being a member of the CIM Hamilton Branch throughout her career. She lives in Dundas, Ontario, with her husband, Greg, and their two children.
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