Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday October 18, 2016  
Time: 16:30 - 17:00  Registration and networking
   17:00 - 18:30  Panel discussion
   18:30 - 19:30  Networking
Venue: Science North – Vale Cavern, 100 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON  
Fees: $50 per person ($30 per student)

Diversity, equity, and inclusion with leading professionals in the mining industry.

Since more companies are recognizing the importance of a diversified, inclusive workplace, it is vital to continue building awareness, both in industry and within the community-at-large. Encouraging diversity and inclusion is not only our collective responsibility, it opens the doors to greater opportunity, creativity and progress for the long term.

We all bring some element of diversity at our workplace be it ethnicity, race, gender, age, language, nationality, physical abilities, sexual orientation or religion. It also means embracing different perspectives and work styles, experiences and skills, lifestyle and cultural background, all of which deserve respect and appreciation.


Ms. Jennifer Maki

Executive Director, Vale Base Metals

Jennifer Maki has held the position of Executive Director, Vale Base Metals business since November 2014.  Base Metals operates on 5 continents and has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide. The major products produced by Vale’s Base Metals business are nickel and copper.

Jennifer joined Vale in Canada (formerly Inco) in 2003 and has been actively involved in the management of the Base Metals business
since then. From 2007 to 2013, Jennifer was Chief Financial Officer, Base Metals. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer, Jennifer held positions in the Base Metals Treasury and Controllership areas. In the ten years, from 1993 to 2003, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in roles of increasing responsibility.

Jennifer currently holds the following director or officer positions: President Commissioner of PT Vale in Indonesia, a subsidiary listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange in which Vale holds a 58% interest; Member of Vale New Caledonia’s Board of Directors; and Member of Vale’s Global Pension Committee. She is also Chair of the Canadian Pension Committee (since 2009) and a member of this committee
since 2007.

Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Business from Queen’s University and a postgraduate diploma from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, both in Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Anna Tudela

Vice-President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.

Anna Tudela Anna Tudela has more than 30 years of experience working with public companies in the securities and corporate finance areas, both in the United States and Canada. In her role as the Vice-President of Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Goldcorp Inc., she ensures that Goldcorp is in compliance with all securities filing requirements. In her role as Corporate Secretary she ensures that the Board has the proper advice and resources for discharging its fiduciary duty under corporate law, and ensures that all records for Goldcorp and its subsidiaries are in order. Anna leads a team of corporate services coordinators, long-term incentive plan administrators and paralegals. In 2013, Anna was the recipient of the Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award and recently she was named one of the Women In Mining (UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016. Anna’s work to advance women in leadership has also been recognized by the Association of Women in Finance, awarding her the honour of Champion at the 2016 PEAK Awards, and by Catalyst, awarding her the honour of 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champion.

Mr. Ron Sarazin

Special Projects Coordinator, Gezhtoojig Employment and Training

Ron Sarazin Ron is employed at Gezhtoojig Employment and Training in Sudbury as the Special Projects Coordinator. Gezhtoojig is an Aboriginal employment agency that promotes the development of a skilled Aboriginal workforce for the needs of our industry partners.

Ron is Chair of the Anishnawbe Affairs Committee at Cambrian College, and also sits on Cambrian College’s Board of Governors. He is a member of the Powerline Technician Committee at Cambrian College, and a board member of the Workforce Partnership Board for Sudbury and Manitoulin. Ron sits as a member and Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario and is Co-Chair of the Aboriginal LINK committee that currently is developing a network of skilled Aboriginal workers for the demand from industry employers. Ron works with the area secondary school OYAP coordinators and is a member of the Rainbow District School Board’s OYAP Local Advisory Committee.


Ms. Helen Francis

Director - Business Effectiveness, Vale

Helen Francis Helen Francis has 16 years tenure at Vale and is currently General Manager for Business Effectiveness at Vale, responsible for implementing a culture of Continuous Improvement in the Base Metals Operations. Prior to that her roles have been diverse including; Sr. Business Analyst in Mines Technology, Underground Supervision at Creighton Mine, Manager of Health and Safety, General Manager for Production Support, participation in Collective Bargaining Negotiations and leading the implementation of the new Enterprise Resource Planning tool – SAP, across Base Metals.

With a background in Mining and Exploration Geology from the University of Wales College of Cardiff, a Masters in Mining Engineering from McGill University the career path has not been a traditional one. As a strong advocate for women’s equality, Helen has also held volunteer roles with WISE Sudbury, and CCWESTT (Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering Science Trades and Technology), and most recently has been invited to represent Vale on the MiHR Gender Equity in Mining, Champions Taskforce. With a passion for building stronger communities and particularly stronger youth Helen also volunteers on the National Board for YMCA Canada, and is currently the Board Chair for the Sudbury & North Bay YMCA. When not working, volunteering or raising the family, you will likely spot Helen running along the roads and trails in Lively, as she trains for ultra-marathons.

Proudly Sponsored by:

GOLD Sponsor
 MacLean Engineering
SILVER Sponsor
BRONZE Sponsors
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Gender Equity in Mining      
Mining Industry
Human Resources Council
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