Jim Utley

Distinguished Lecturer 2010-11

Jim Utley has been vice-president, Human Resources of Teck Resources Limited since 1998. He joined Cominco Limited in 1991 as manager of human resources for Trail Operations. Prior to joining Teck, Jim held senior human resource and industrial relations positions in Alberta and British Columbia, including director of employee relations at Telus and industrial relations manager at Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kingston plant.

Jim holds a BA in commerce and economics from Simon Fraser University and an Associate in Arts Diploma from Douglas College. He is currently a member of the Salvation Army Vancouver Advisory Board and the Belkin House Community Council. Additionally, Jim is a member of the Douglas College board of directors and served on the board of the British Columbia Industry Training Authority from 2003-2008.

As Distinguished Lecturers Barbara Kirby and Jim Utley will present:
Canadian Mining Credentials Program – Certification: Recognizing and Retaining Skills

The latest research report distributed by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) estimates that between now and 2020, the industry will need to hire approximately 100,000 workers to support growth in the industry and replace retiring workers. Approximately 20 per cent of these new hires will be required in skilled occupations that have, up until now, lacked a national recognition system; these occupations include production miners, development miners, heavy equipment operators and mill operators. The Canadian Mining Credentials Program will change this through the recognition of skills and competencies, worker mobility and the creation of consistent, quality training for the mining and minerals exploration industry in Canada.

This presentation will focus on the complex collaborative effort required to design and develop this program, key observations from the pilot sites, and why the program forms an essential part of the industry strategy to address the looming labour shortage. The credentials program, six years in development, will not only positively impact the dynamics of worker mobility and recognition, but will now form the basis for certifying other unrecognized occupations, as prioritized by industry.

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