CIM Council

2019-2020 Council Members


Roy Slack

Cemention Canada

Roy Slack is a professional engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in mine construction, design, and development, on projects throughout Canada and around the world.

He has worked with JS Redpath Limited, BLM Mining Services and operated his own consultancy firm, Mine Project Services. In 1998, he started Cementation’s operations in North America as the company’s president. Cementation is a mine contracting and engineering firm that provides design-build and construction management services to the mining sector. Today, Cementation is one of the largest mine contractors in North America and part of one of the largest mine contracting organizations in the world, the Cementation Group. Cementation Canada has been recognized numerous times as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”. In 2016, the company was recognized as a Safest Employer in Canada Gold Winner in the natural resources sector.

Roy is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston with a degree in Mining Engineering.

A long-time member of CIM, Roy was the chair and a member of the team that revived the CIM Northern Gateway Branch which was recognized in 2008 with the Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award. In that same year he was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2009, he was given the Metal Mining Society Award by CIM. In 2012, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

Roy has been active in numerous safety initiatives and in 2013 was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety. He currently serves on the CIM Safety Task Force.

Samantha Espley

Vale Base Metals



Pierre Julien

DRA Global

Incoming President-Elect


Janice Zinck

CanmetMINING - NRCan

Immediate Past President


Past President and Ex-Officio

Ken Thomas
Ken Thomas & Associates

Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Mark Patterson

Directors at large

Michael Allan
MJ Allan Consulting
Michael Cinnamond
B2Gold Corporation

District Vice-Presidents

Eastern District, First Year

Allan Cramm
Anaconda Mining

Eastern District, Second Year

Dany Belanger
Bird Construction

Central District, First Year

Sarah Wilson
SGS Canada Inc.

Central District, Second Year

Thomas Rannelli
Major Drilling

Western District, First Year

Nancy Komperdo
BHP Billiton

Western District, Second Year

John Davidson

Society Chairs

Canadian Mineral Processors Society

Stuart McTavish
SF McTavish Consutling Inc.

Geological Society

Garth Kirkham
Kirkham Geosystems

Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Society

Jean Vavrek
American Biltrite

Metallurgy and Materials Society

Elvi Dalgaard
Pratt & Whitney Canada

Management & Economics Society

Carlos da Costa
University of British Columbia and
Simon Fraser University

Mining Society of Nova Scotia

Gary Chew
Sansom Equipment Limited

Environmental and Social Responsibility Society

Edith Garneau

Society for Rock Engineering

Doug Milne
University of Saskatchewan

Surface Mining Society

Ross Pritchard
Teck Resources Limited

Underground Mining Society

Gary Poxleitner
SRK Consulting


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