About MiHR

Leading collaboration across Canada’s mining sector.


The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) is an independent, non-profit organization that leads collaboration among mining and exploration companies, organized labour, contractors, educational institutions, industry associations and Indigenous groups to identify and address the human resource and labour market challenges facing the Canadian minerals and metals sector.

Our Mission

To lead collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions.

Our Vision

An inclusive, skilled and sustainable Canadian mining workforce that anticipates and adapts to volatility and innovation.

Our Values

  • Collaboration
  • Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Efficiency
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge

Our Strategic Priorities

Labour Market Information

As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will:

  • Increase understanding of HR issues, workforce supply and demand and critical gaps by region and occupations.
  • Improve the long-term approach to HR management, decision making and workforce planning.
  • Develop and implement proactive strategies to address an evolving labour market.
  • Increase recognition and visibility of MiHR as a key LMI research expert for the Canadian mining sector.


Inclusion, Diversity & Career Development

As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will:

  • Increase industry’s ability to attract employees from diverse groups.
  • Increase industry’s action to develop and implement inclusion strategies to support retention of diverse employee groups.
  • Increased awareness, interest and improved perception of careers in mining.
  • Improved link/connections between career seekers, education and industry.


National Occupation Standards & Workforce Development

As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will increase:

  • The common understanding of the current and relevant knowledge, skills and abilities of select mining occupations.
  • Recognition of MiHR’s NOS across all PT governments and mining stakeholders.
  • Alignment of training to the skills requirements of the mining industry.
  • Recognition of MiHR’s national training standards and their value in aligning training to NOS.
  • The pool of workers trained to the NOS.
  • Access to certification for mine workers in all of MiHR’s NOS occupations.
  • The pool of workers with nationally recognized skills.
  • The employability and transition of workers in select mining occupations.


Strategic Engagements & Partnerships

As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will:

  • Increase cooperation and collaboration among industry stakeholders.
  • Increase knowledge of, and improved ability to address, industry HR trends.
  • Improve stakeholder engagement.
  • Address sector needs through efficient and representative programming.



MiHR’s governance structure reflects our industry

From our board of directors to our program committees, representatives from Canadian mining employers and contractors form the largest membership of each group. In addition to employers, our board and/or standing committees may also include representatives from organized labour, education, associations and Indigenous groups.

Board of Directors

MiHR is governed by a 14-person board of directors that represent a cross-section of mining industry employers, organized labour, mining associations, equity groups, and educators from across Canada.

Dean Winsor (Chair)

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Teck Resources

Keith Harris-Lowe (Vice-Chair)

Senior Corporate Director, People

Agnico Eagle

Patricia Dillon (Past Chair)

President and CEO 

PDAC Mining Matters

Shanyn Bzowey

Director, Talent and HR

Suncor Energy

Viviane Ajub

Head of HR for Ontario Operations


Geoff Smith

Vice President, Government Relations

Mining Association of Canada

Jered Heigh

Talent Acquisition and Development Manager


Stephen Hunt

District Director

United Steelworkers District 3

Richard Paquin

National Representative


Karen Jonkman

National Representative


Brian Vaillancourt

Vice President, Business Development

College Boreal

Steve Ball

Mining Project Manager


Jenine Ellefson

Vice President, Human Resources

North America Newmont

Sherry Iskander

Principal Advisor, Talent

Rio Tinto

Our Team

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Career Opportunities at MiHR

Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

Please note that MiHR is not an employment agency, and does not offer positions other than those listed on this page. Resumes sent to MiHR related to general mining positions are not accepted. Please refer to job boards and company websites for mining industry job openings.

MiHR is dedicated to striving for inclusion and diversity in its staff. Please refer to our Inclusion & Diversity Policy and Procedures for more information.

Manager, Diversity & Career Development Initiatives


Reporting to the Director, Inclusion & Career Development, the Manager, Diversity and Career Development Initiatives is responsible for designing, managing, delivering and evaluating projects, which support MiHR’s strategic inclusion, diversity and career development/employment-related objectives. Responsibilities also include leading the planning and implementation of projects, managing stakeholder and partner relations, and identifying strategic opportunities, including supporting business development and proposal activities.


  • Designs, plans, manages and monitors project execution, activities, data and relationships to ensure high quality deliverables on time and on budget.
  • Conducts project management, including: planning and activity scheduling; engagement and management of relationships with consulting services/contractors, steering committees, stakeholders and partners; project monitoring, evaluation, data management and reporting; and, identifying/mitigating project risks in accordance with policies, procedures and taking the broader mining sector environment into account.
  • Supports monitoring and reporting on project financial progress, calculating and reporting cash and in-kind contributions.
  • Engages with industry stakeholders as well as identifies and participates in relevant industry events to promote projects, identify business development opportunities and support MiHR’s strategic workforce objectives.
  • Plans, organizes and facilitates committee meetings, providing support to committee processes and members as needed.
  • Establishes key performance measurement, evaluation, data management and validation strategies to monitor the effectiveness of projects, initiatives and individual activities.
  • Conducts/analyses primary and secondary research as well as carries out policy analysis as required.
  • Monitors trends in diversity, inclusion, career/workforce development/awareness and evaluation as they relate to MiHR’s strategic objectives, including maintaining relationships with industry stakeholders supportive of diversity and career/workforce development efforts.
  • Contributes to business development activities and supports the identification and securing of new sources of funding.
  • Contributes to the development of processes, systems, policies, procedures, data and tools related to project identification, design, implementation, evaluation and alignment with strategic objectives related to inclusion, diversity and career/workforce development programming.
  • Coordinates communications (including facilitating Ensemble, MiHR’s online diversity network), in collaboration with internal marketing team and/or contractors, ensuring: project participants, stakeholders and committees are informed of project progress; broader sector engagement and awareness; effective development of project-related content, product, tools and engagement strategies.


  • University degree in Social Sciences, Human Resource Management/Business/Commerce or equivalent, preferably at the graduate level.
  • 3-5 years of project management, research, and/or policy analysis experience. 
  • 1-3 years of experience with diversity and inclusion programming, career/workforce development processes and/or evaluation/data management.
  • 3-5 years of mining, exploration, oil and gas and/or forestry experience.
  • Experience conducting, analysing, interpreting policy and/or research (qualitative, quantitative, primary, secondary) an asset.
  • Strong communication skills required including written (i.e. reports, social media, day-to-day messaging), verbal (facilitation, presentation, in person, online, large or small groups)
  • Agile, LeanSixSigma and/or Project Management Professional certification an asset.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office products, data management, Internet research, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment required.
  • Ability to work in English, French considered an asset.

Salary Range: $55K to $65K

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@mihr.ca.

Labour Market Analyst (6 month contract with possibility of extension)


Reporting to the Chief Labour Market Economist, the Labour Market Analyst contributes to the following labour market trends, intelligence, and research activities:

  • Research, analysis and dissemination of reliable and credible labour market, HR and other related information;
  • Labour market public-policy analysis and information to the mining industry;
  • Strategic HR management research;
  • Thought leadership and industry Labour Market Information and HR issues.

As a member of the Labour Market Information team, the Labour Market Analyst participates in the establishment of the research methodology and approach for MiHR.


  • Develop labour market intelligence products and tools that contribute to the research priorities of the organization;
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on labour market conditions and econometric models of employment, hiring requirements, and talent availability;
  • Prepare and deliver geo-spatial (GIS – geographic information system) figures for custom reporting which includes gathering, compiling, migrating and converting data sets for project needs from a variety of internal and external sources;
  • Continually review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing tools and processes for data collection, analysis, reports and dashboard and develops strategies for enhancement;
  • Seek innovative ways to develop, use and display predictive analytical models;
  • Contribute to the development of MiHR’s economic analysis tools and econometric models
  • Monitor the Canadian labour market and international economic conditions to ensure the relevance and currency of MiHR’s labour market information and forecasts
  • Collects and analyzes primary and secondary data on economic and labour market conditions including systematic literature and document reviews;
  • Maintain MiHR’s databases and other statistical information relevant to MiHR’s analyses;
  • Supports the production of accurate, relevant and current communication tools, such as publications, briefing notes and articles.


Required Criteria:

  • University degree in Economics/Social Sciences, preferably at the Masters level;
  • Experience with data science, data management, and data visualization;
  • Experience in labour market analysis;
  • 3 years experience working in a related field;
  • Ability to write and communicate effectively;
  • Ability to conduct and interpret qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Ability to present research findings to a wide range of external audiences.

Asset Criteria

  • Understanding, and knowledge of the minerals and metals industry;
  • Experience working with ArcGIS or Tableau software;
  • Knowledge of economic forecasting and modelling;
  • Bilingual (English/French).

Salary Range: $55K to $65K

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@mihr.ca.

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