GALA DINNER- Message from Porcupine Chapter of CIM
On behalf of the Porcupine Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, I would like to thank you for your donation in support of the 2nd Annual Gala Dinner in conjunction with the Big Event Mining Expo at the McIntyre Arena Ballroom on June 2nd, 2017. Your donation of $27,300 directly supports our event and our high school scholarship program for local Timmins students. In addition, two talented local high school students, Isabela Semadeni and Taya Neeley were each awarded a scholarship of $1500 for their pursuit of higher education. The Gala Dinner has proven to be an excellent opportunity for networking in the Porcupine Camp and an opportunity to give back to the community and invest in the future of the industry that has defined the Porcupine Camp. We are proud to say that the success of last year’s dinner has increased our scholarship awards to a total of $10,000 that we will be awarding to eligible candidates at the 2018 CIM Gala Dinner on June 5th, 2018. The scholarships will be awarded to local high school students pursuing a post-secondary education related to the mining industry. Thank you for making last year’s Gala Dinner another great success, and we are looking forward to hosting this year’s Gala Dinner, and making it a truly outstanding community event. On behalf of the CIM Porcupine Branch and future CIM Porcupine Branch Scholarship recipients, once more, thank you for your support.
2018 Gala Dinner Keynote Speakers
Alan Coutts, President and CEO NORONT RESOURCES LTD
Alan Coutts is President and CEO of Noront Resources, the company that is leading development of Ontario’s emerging, mineral-rich Ring of Fire mining district. His career has literally taken him to the ends of the earth--from the Arctic Circle to the South Pacific. He has also worked extensively throughout Canada, Scandinavia and Australasia for some of the world’s largest mining companies including Falconbridge, Noranda, Boliden and Xstrata.
Regardless of where mining has taken him, collaborative development has been a consistent theme in Alan’s career. This means not only developing and operating of mines in cooperation with local populations, but doing so in a manner that shows respect for local customs and the environment. His experience includes working closely with the Inuit and First Nations in Canada, and the indigenous populations of Western Australia and New Caledonia.
At Noront Resources, Alan leads a diverse team that aims to create a 21st century mining company. Their goal is to develop mines in cost effective, sustainable ways in true partnership with local communities. Alan is a registered professional geoscientist in the Province of Ontario, and earned a geology degree from the University of Alberta where he graduated with First Class honours.
Steven Bowles, Project Manager, Côté Gold Joint Venture IAMGOLD Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Mining,
Steven Bowles was appointed Project Manager for the Côté Gold Project, a joint venture between IAMGOLD Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Mining, in 2017. In his role, he provides leadership for the development of Côté Gold’s open pit mine, concentrator and supporting infrastructure, the establishment of power and environmental permits and the implementation of an impact-benefits agreement with the project’s First Nation partners. Steven is a business professional in the mining & metals industry with experience in business development, project management and operations management. Steven holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is fluent in English and French, and speaks basic Spanish. Steven was previously Operations Manager at Raglan Mine in Nunavik where he managed its four underground mines and its technical services teams to achieve record-setting safety and production performance for that operation. He also served as Capital Projects Director at Raglan which included the development of two underground mines and concentrator plant growth projects budgeted at $550M. Prior to that, he worked as Project Manager for the $1.2B Cobre Panama concentrator project and led field execution teams in the Middle East on the $5.7B Emirates Aluminium and $4.5B Qatalum Aluminium Smelter projects. In 2014, Steven received the Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award granted by the Canadian Institute of Mining for outstanding leadership.