CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award

For exceptional achievement and potential of young Canadian mining leaders

Origins & Conditions


The CIM–Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards encourages and accelerates the development of leadership in Canadian mining by recognizing outstanding achievement and potential of young Canadian mining leaders. It recognizes mining professionals 39 years of age or under for exceptional achievement, as well as their potential for future leadership in various sectors of mining, including: corporate performance, operations, finance, technical services and innovation, marketing and trading, as well as services and support functions.

  1. Nominees must be either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants 39 years of age or under working for any mining company, engineering/consulting firm, contractor or supplier in the industry anywhere in the world.
  2. Nominator (individual submitting the nomination form) must also work in the mining industry.
  3. Nominees will be selected based on the following criteria:

    (a) Their performance in terms of executing and achieving goals and objectives.

    (b) How they engage others at different levels of the organization to help them feel valued and respected members of the company.

    (c) Their expertise in team-building and improving team performance.

    (d) Their sensitivity to social responsibility.

    (e) Past relevant nominations will be taken into consideration.



Shannon Katary

Shannon Katary is the director of marketing and communications for Maestro Digital Mine. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of the marketing and communications strategy. As a senior member of the team, she manages and develops the strategic branding, technical writing (internal and external messaging), builds and strengths community and client relations, event coordination, photography, media and public relations for Maestro’s digital solutions. Previously, she held the position of vice president of marketing and communications for CEMI – Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation and the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN).

In her 13 years and counting in the mining industry, Katary has communicated, inspired and connected the world to the importance of mining. For Katary, accelerating the Canadian mining innovation advantage is a lifetime career and volunteer path where she gets to use her superpowers to communicate ideas into tangible commercially viable products and services for the global mining industry.


Elenor Siebring

Elenor Siebring currently works as the Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Canada for Westmoreland Mining Holdings LLC., overseeing the environmental and regulatory activities at seven thermal coal mining operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Growing up in a historical coal mining port town on the West Coast, playing at the local coal slag beach, Siebring had early exposure to mining reclamation considerations. The thermal coal mining industry in Canada is going through major change and she is excited to be a part of the innovation that comes from adapting to this change. Siebring has more than 15 years of experience in the mining industry, including eight years as a consulting engineer with Golder Associates Ltd.. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2004 and an MBA/MEng from the University of Alberta in 2012.  In her spare time, she is president of the board of Sustainable Food Edmonton.