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CIM Lunch Presentation Oct. 24th: Four decades, Four Continents, Four Copper Operations – a Personal Perspective on Constraints

The upcoming Canadian Institute of Management’s (CIM) lunch presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 11 AM at Room 100, 615 Booth St., Ottawa. An optional lunch buffet will be available for members and non-members for $10 (free for students) after the presentation.

Mr. Eltringham has been selected as a CIM Distinguished Lecturer for his innovative thinking and problem-solving techniques that brought the field of copper smelting to new levels of safety, production and development. The last forty years are reviewed using four different copper operations, on four continents, as examples of the changes in thinking approaches the industry has developed. The prioritization of effort and resources is a skill that has developed continuously and necessarily at an ever increasing rate. The copper smelting procedures of Zambian Copperbelt (Africa), Kennecott Mine (North America), Escondida Mine (South America) and Olympic Dam mining centre (Oceania) will be explained and compared to demonstrate how technology, luck, shrewd business acumen and a vision can produce outstanding results and be a great source of learning about the “game” of mining.

Please RSVP by October 22nd to Aartee Khandelwal, CIM Facility Coordinator by email (akhandel@nrcan.gc.ca) or via phone (613-995-4146). For members travelling by car, paid parking can be found on Booth St. or a parking lot is available on Beech St./Rochester for approximately 5$.


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May 17th – CIM Ottawa Branch Lunch Speaker

You are cordially invited to attend our second CIM Ottawa Branch lunch speaker series that will be given by CIM Distinguished Lecturer, Ms. Barbara Kirby on the topic of:

Canadian Mining Certification Program: Recognizing and Retaining Skills.
Ms. Kirby’s presentation will provide an overview of the key challenges facing the mining industry in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce. It will highlight some of the key features of the Canadian Mining Certification Program and show how recognition of skills can help support employers to attract and retain skilled workers in a highly competitive labour market.  The presentation will also highlight the collaborative approach used in developing this pan-Canadian program, the first of its kind for the Canadian mining industry.
The presentation will take place on May 17th at 11 AM at Room 221, 555 Booth St., Ottawa. Individuals wishing to attend the presentation should plan to arrive at about 10:45 AM. An optional lunch buffet will be available for members and non-members for $10 (free for students) after the presentation.
Please RSVP by May 15th to Aartee Khandelwal, CIM Facility Coordinator by email (akhandel@nrcan.gc.ca) or via phone (613-995-4146). For members travelling by car, paid parking can be found on Booth St. or a parking lot is available on Beech St./Rochester for approximately 5$.
Ms. Kirby is currently the senior director of workforce development at the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) where she leads key initiatives that contribute to the skills recognition and mobility of Canadian mining workers. Since 2006, her work with MiHR has focused on developing the Canadian Mining Credentials Program and in early 2011, the first group of certified miners was awarded nationally recognized credentials. In a career spanning several decades, Barbara’s efforts have primarily focused on forging strong relationships between industry and education, both in Canada and in developing countries. She has authored numerous articles on skills, learning and mobility in the Canadian mining industry and has been an invited speaker at many related events. Formerly the manager of accreditation and certification at the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council, Kirby holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Guelph.
Canadian Mining Certification Program Background
Labour market research conducted by MiHR estimates that between now and 2021, the industry will need to hire more than 100,000 workers to support growth in the industry and replace retiring workers. Between 20 and 25 per cent of these new hires will be required in skilled occupations that have, up until now, lacked a national recognition system; these occupations include production miners, development miners, heavy equipment operators, diamond drillers and mill operators. Furthermore, workers in these occupations tend to move from place to place at a much higher rate than workers in other mining sector occupations. The Canadian Mining Certification Program is helping address this challenge by providing a nationally recognized, industry-defined credential that will attract new workers and retain experienced personnel into these previously unrecognized occupations and to retain the skilled labour force. 

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Cross-Canada Lecture Tour Presentation

Dr. Lee Barbour is a professor in the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His presentation titled Can we successfully reclaim Oil Sands Mine Closure Landforms? will discuss the difficulties associated with reclaiming oil-sand sand mines in Northern Alberta. More information about the presentation can be found here.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
  • Time: Registration at 11:45, 12:00: Full Hot Buffet Luncheon, 12:45: Presentation
  • Location: Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Presentation: Can we successfully reclaim Oil Sands Mine Closure Landforms?
  • Speaker: Dr. Lee Barbour
  • Admission: $15 OGG members; $20 non-members; $10 students (cash or cheque only)
  • RSVP: treasurer.ogg@gmail.com by Noon April 16, 2012

**Please note that it is only $20 to become a member of the OGG. You can sign up at this event!


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AWM&A Breakfast Seminar about Climate Change

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will hold a breakfast seminar on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 7:45 a.m at the Metropolitain Brasserie. Guest speaker Laurence Blanford director of the Partnerships Division, Climate Change International, Environment Canada will present “Climate Change – An International Perspective”.  Laurence is responsible for multilateral climate change engagement and overseeing Canada’s international climate change assistance and will provide an overview of howCanada remains an active and constructive player in the international climate change negotiations and will continue to work with its international partners to achieve a fair, effective and comprehensive global climate change regime.  The presentation will also discuss the current state of play in international climate change cooperation and Canada’s international engagement in the area. 
There will be a full breakfast and as usual, there will also be an opportunity to network with colleagues.  Please see the invitation (available by clicking here) for further details.  The Metropolitain Brasserie is located at Sussex and Rideau.
Advanced registration is $25 for A&WMA members and $30 for non-members.  Students pay $10 if they are members or $15 if they are non-members.  We encourage online registration before March 5th, 2012, as it helps us to arrange the venue and anticipate the number of attendees.  Alternatively, you can RSVP for the event withGeneviève Thouin at genevieve.thouin@ensta.orgWe will also accept payment at the door can be by VISA, Master Card, cash or cheque for those who RSVP.

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Recap: Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re feeling energized for a great week ahead! I know I sure am.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the career panel last week. From what I can tell, the event was a success! The speakers all told me they were impressed by your curiosity and they were very happy to stay well beyond the time the event was scheduled to finish at.

I just thought I would touch on a couple of points brought up by the panellists. First, we learned that while there is a trend to eliminate the cover letter, most pamellists agree that it is what sets you apart that will get you the job. So, make sure to highlight what makes you special in a well written and engaging cover letter and don’t neglect that small section titled “interests and hobbies”. For additional job hunting resources, Mr. Boulton highly recommends checking out Eco Canada (www.eco.ca) and Mr. Philopoulous suggested you pick up the book “What Color is your Parachute“. The panellists also all seem to agree that while a graduate degree isn’t a prerequisite for most junior positions, many professionals do seek additional education at some point. A Masters of Public Policy was recommended if you’re interested in government and an MBA, a Masters of Applied Science or a PhD would serve you well in consulting.

Another point brought up by the panellists is that sometimes you need to physically get in front of the people who are hiring. Firing off your resumes into cyberspace can only get you so far. The career panel was an excellent opportunity for you to do just that! Becoming part of professionals associations, such as the A&WMA, is another. Did you know that all of the panellists that came out last Thursday did so because they were asked by a member of or are themselves a member of the A&WMA board of directors? The panellists are just a small example of the wonderful people you could meet by participating in A&WMA events. I encourage you to learn more about the A&WMA and attend other of their excellent events and meet people in your field (or future field). I also encourage you to check out other professional organisations such as the OGG, CSCE, ASHRAE, WEAO, YEP… you get the picture. Just get out there and good luck!

All the best,



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OGG Lunch Presentation

Hi There SEEDS Fans,

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is pleased to announce the following luncheon presentation:

Age Dating Techniques for Middle Distillate Fuels and Heavy Petroleum Products

By Taras (Terry) Obal

If you haven’t been to an OGG lunch presentation they are a real treat! Not only do you get to meet working professionals but you also get to learn about something you aren’t necessarily exposed to in your classes. The cherry on top has got to be the very affordable hot lunch buffet. I recommend you make time to attend!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday February 6, 2012
  • Time: Registration at 11:45, 12:00 full hot buffet luncheon, 12:45 presentation
  • Location: Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive (easy walk from Carleton)
  • Admission: $15 OGG members; $20 non-members; $10 students (cash or cheque only)
  • RSVP: please email  treasurer.ogg@gmail.com by noon on February 4, 2012
  • For an abstract of the presentation and more information about presenter, please click here.

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Panellist 6: Wayne Boulton

Our sixth panellist is Mr. Wayne Boulton and you can read more about him below. Don’t forget that The Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional is taking place THIS Thursday January 26th from 7pm to 8:30pm in ME 3275. You can RSPV by clicking here. Read more about Mr Boulton:

Wayne Boulton, M.Sc.: Wayne joined RWDI in 1997, was made an Associate in 2003, and became a Principal of the firm in 2010. He is currently a Senior Consultant / Project Principal in RWDI’s Ottawa office.  RWDI is an internationally renown engineering and environmental consulting firm headquartered in Guelph, Ontario.
Wayne earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography at Trent University before completing an M.Sc. at the University of Guelph.  Over the past 14 years Wayne has been involved in a wide range activities, including: business development for niche service areas such as regional emissions inventory development, photochemical modelling, meteorology modelling, custom software development, and GIS; project management; and managing RWDI’s Middle East Operations in Abu Dhabi for over two years.

** Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional**

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, Wayne Boulton from RWDI.
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **


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