We Need Mining. Mining Needs You. Career Ambassador Program Launched at Mine Operators Conference


Sudbury, ON, September 19, 2022 – Attracting, recruiting and developing the next generation of workers is vital to the Canadian mining sector’s sustainability and growth. To address these challenges, the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) are proud to announce the launch of the We Need Mining. Mining Needs You. Career Ambassador Program.

Announced at CIM’s Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability/Mine Operators Conference and Trade Show (MeMO), the Career Ambassador Program is part of MiHR’s We Need Mining. Mining Needs You. career awareness initiative – created to raise awareness of mining, support industry human resources efforts and make mining a career of choice for students.

The Career Ambassador Program connects knowledgeable and passionate industry representatives with classrooms and youth groups to increase awareness of the breadth of career opportunities mining offers and the sector’s role in environmental sustainability, social responsibility and technological innovation.

“Canada’s mining industry is facing a tightening labour market, with labour shortages creating significant obstacles for mining employers,” said MiHR’s Executive Director Ryan Montpellier. “Through the We Need Mining. Mining Needs You. Career Ambassador Program, MiHR and CIM aim to positively impact youth perceptions of the industry by showcasing the many benefits of careers in mining, including financial rewards, working with cutting edge technology and the ability to make a positive difference to the industry and society.”

“The labour shortage is due in part to an aging workforce, negative perceptions among youth about mining careers and shrinking post-secondary mining programs,” explained CIM’s CEO Angela Hamlyn. “Launching the Career Ambassador Program at MeMO in Sudbury – a renowned mining jurisdiction – puts CIM and MiHR in the right place to help the industry address and meet these challenges now and in the future.”

MiHR and CIM are actively recruiting prospective Career Ambassadors to deliver virtual and in-person speaking engagements organized with high schools, post-secondary institutions and other groups. Career Ambassadors share their personal mining stories, provide guidance and promote the sector with the objective of encouraging youth to enroll in mining-related post-secondary education and pursue mining careers.”

Visit MiningNeedsYou.ca to learn more about the Career Ambassador Program, to apply to become a Career Ambassador and to request a Career Ambassador to speak with a youth audience.

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About the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

MiHR is Canada’s knowledge centre for mining labour market information. An independent, non-profit organization, MiHR leads collaboration among mining and exploration companies, organized labour, contractors, educational institutions, industry associations and Indigenous groups to identify opportunities and address the human resource and labour market challenges facing the Canadian minerals and metals sector. MIHR.CA

About the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum is the leading not-for-profit technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries. With over 120 years of history and more than 10,000 members nationally and internationally, being a member has its benefits. CIM.ORG