Roy Slack formally assumed the role of CIM President for the year 2019-2020 at the end of the CIM Convention on May 1, 2019.
Slack is a professional engineer, the founder and past president of Cementation Canada, and is a director of Cementation Americas, 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.” Cementation Canada has also been recognized as Safest Employer in Canada in 2014 (Gold), 2015 (Silver), 2016 (Gold) and 2017 (Gold) in the mining and natural resources category.
Slack has been active in numerous safety initiatives and in 2013, he was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety. He currently chairs the CIM Safety Committee.
A long-time member of CIM, Slack was the chair and a member of the team that was instrumental in reviving the CIM Northern Gateway Branch, which was recognized in 2008 with the Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award. In the same year, he was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
In 2009, Slack was awarded the Metal Mining Society Award by CIM. In 2012, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2017, Nipissing University bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate and in 2018, he was inducted into the SAMSSA Hall of Fame.
Slack’s goals for his presidency are a focus on the strategic goals of CIM including advancing public awareness of the industry, increased engagement with mining schools and fostering interaction between other mining associations in Canada as well as internationally.
“I believe strongly in the concept of OneCIM and that through collaboration between constituent groups, we can leverage the tremendous amount of talent and passion within the organization to further CIM’s strategic goals,” said Slack.
A successful mining industry leader, Slack has advice for young professionals on building a career in mining. Read the CIM Magazine Q&A.