Gearing Up

Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning


Gearing Up is the student work placement program for Canada’s mining industry. It brings industry stakeholders together to create work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities to better position post-secondary students to secure employment in their field of study.

Led by MiHR, Gearing Up is creating over 1250 WIL opportunities. Wage subsidies up to $7,500 are available to employers who offer coops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.

MiHR works with a national consortium of mining employers, service providers, industry associations and post-secondary institutions to implement program activities and inform how industry and education can work together more collaboratively through WIL.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Gearing Up

Gearing Up will change the way students in mining-related post-secondary education programs perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand mining careers.

Wage subsidy available for hiring students.

Case Studies

The following studies showcase examples of how Gearing Up was adopted, what WIL placements are like, and the benefits to the companies, post-secondary institutions and students involved.

The first case study of how Gearing Up was adopted and its benefits.

Find out how Gearing Up benefited the companies, post-secondary institutions and students involved.

Find out how Gearing Up benefited the companies, post-secondary institutions and students involved.

Find out how Gearing Up benefited the companies and students involved.

Gearing Up Steering Committee

The Gearing Up Steering Committee provides guidance and subject matter expertise into project activities, outputs and desired outcomes.


Cassandra Puckett

Tahltan Central Government

Coby de Vries

Hy-Tech Drilling

Glen Campbell

Teck Resources

Lynda Casey

Global Physical Asset Management

Daniel Leduc

College Boreal

Nicole Myers

Memorial University

Paul Alexandre

Northern Manitoba Mining Academy

Aaron Klooster

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology

Anne Johnson

Queen’s University

Guyléne Rodrigue

University of Ottawa

Neil Banerjee

Western University

Ginny Coyne

Yukon College

Janine Wedemeier

University of Alberta

Tonya Whelan

University of Alberta

Cory Latimer

Sheridan College

Kristine Dawson

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Gary Thompson

College of the North Atlantic

Michael Long

College of the North Atlantic

Amir Khan

University of Alberta

Nicole Tardiff

Laurentian University

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