About MiHR

Leading collaboration across Canada’s mining sector.

Overview

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Governance

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

Vale

Geoff Smith

Vice President, Government Relations

Mining Association of Canada

Jered Heigh

Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

Cameco

Stephen Hunt

District Director

United Steelworkers District 3

Richard Paquin

National Representative

Unifor

Karen Jonkman

National Representative

Unifor

Brian Vaillancourt

Vice President, Business Development

College Boreal

Steve Ball

Mining Project Manager

Hatch

Jenine Ellefson

Vice President, Human Resources

North America Newmont

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.

MiHR is not currently hiring.

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