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The Gala Dinner kicks off the Expo and is an opportunity to give back to the community. We are proud to say that the success of the dinner has increased the CIM Porcupine scholarship awards to a total of $10,000. Scholarship winners will be annouced at the Gala Dinner.
Speakers from 2019
Kieran Swanton, CIM Representative Master of Ceremonies
Keiran Swanton is a member of the CIM Porcupine Branch Board of Directors. He is in his 4th year as a Mining Engineer-In-Training at Kidd Operations where he is the Long Term Planning Lead. While at Kidd, Keiran has worked in Mine Design, Ground Control, Production Projects, Short Term Scheduling, and Long Term Planning. He spent 6 months at the Bracemac McLeod Mine in Matagami, Quebec, where he established their mining sequence and handled their ore reserves. At Kidd he is responsible for the long term plan for the life of mine and looks after the mine’s ore reserves. He ensures that the short term schedule adheres to the long term priorities, and provides guidance for plans within 18 months.
Mayor George Pirie, City of Timmins
Mayor George Pirie has over thirty-five years of experience in the mining industry. He held senior postions with Placer Dome Canada including President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He is a strong advocate for securing mining investment for Timmins.
Lena Odebrecht, Canadian German Chamber of Commerce
Lena Odebrecht joined the Canadian German Chamber in August 2018. She has taken over the Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources from Aarti Soerensen who has established it in 2012 and led the department successfully until earlier that year.
Lena holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Hamburg, Germany and a Master’s degree in Media Management from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and has several years of international experience in the areas of project management and client consulting. Her previous work experience at international corporations in Germany and Canada has provided her with the strategic and managerial skills needed for the implementation of complex and multinational projects to support the German Raw Material Strategy. Her diverse background and education have equipped her with the multi-cultural awareness that enables her to facilitate strong connections and business relations between small and medium sized companies in both countries.
Ross Romano, MPP Sault Ste Marie
Ross Romano is a Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
representing the riding of Sault Ste. Marie. He was elected in a by-election on June 1, 2017. A
lawyer by profession, Romano was elected to Sault Ste. Marie City Council in 2014 for his first
term prior to his election to the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Romano was re-elected on June
7, 2018. He currently is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern
Development and Mines and Indeginous Affairs.
Don Duval, NORCAT
Don Duval is the Chief Executive Officer of NORCAT, an organization focused on skilled labour training development and is home to the Innovation Mill, one of Canada's leading regional innovation centres partnering with community stakeholders to help start and accelerate the growth of innovative companies.
Formerly Don was the Vice-President of the MaRS Discovery District and has worked in strategy consulting group at both Deloitte and Andersen in Canada and the United States. He has served as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto and currently sits on the Board of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Chief Jason Gauthier, Missanabie Cree First Nation
Chief Jason Gauthier successfully concluded negotiations with Alamos Gold in 2017 to realize a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that has enabled the development of 30 joint venture agreements with supplier services contracted at the Island Gold mine which is situated on MCFN’s traditional territory. This in turn has led to MCFN’s business development and procurement strategy for tenders in the mining and forestry sectors.
As President of Missanabie Cree Business Corporation, Chief Gauthier has been instrumental in developing several economically sustainable initiatives. Chief Gauthier successfully concluding the long-term Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) negotiations with the Federal Government which led to the transfer of reserve status to Missanabie Cree FN in 2018.
Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.
Duncan Middlemiss is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wesdome . Prior to joining Wesdome, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (“SAS”) until its acquisition by Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in January 2016. Mr. Middlemiss joined SAS in July 2008 as General Manager and Vice President Operations, later assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2013. He earned a B. Sc. in mining engineering at Queen’s University in 1989 and worked for Inco Limited (now Vale Canada Limited) as Mine Design Engineer until 1995. At that time, he joined Barrick Gold Inc. at their Holt-McDermott Mine, where he held the position of Chief Mine Engineer. In 2002 he joined Foxpoint Resources (now Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.) where he was instrumental in overseeing the rehabilitation, development, and commencement of production at the Macassa Mine beginning as Engineering & Production Manager, and later as Mine Manager. Mr. Middlemiss is a native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario and has extensive experience in the mining of gold deposits in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt.
Ryan Roberts – Manager, Mine Operations – Glencore Kidd Operations
Ryan Roberts is a professional engineer and joined Kidd operations in 2009. He currently
holds the position of Manager of Mine Operations. Ryan has worked in various engineering and
operational positions at operations in Australia, Bulgaria, the UK, Ireland and Canada.
Mark Utting, Kirkland Lake Gold, Vice President, Investor Relations
Mark Utting is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 25 years of experience in investor relations and corporate communications, mainly in mining and financial services industries. Most recently, Mr. Utting served as the Vice President, Investor Relations for Tahoe Resources Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Utting served as the Vice President, Investor Relations of Lake Shore Gold Corp.