WIM Events

In response to the escalating threat of the COVID-19 virus and from recommendations by the Government of Canada we are resuming all upcoming scheduled Women In Mining Winnipeg events in a virtual format in a collective effort to limit exposure.

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.


Fall Speaker

Shannon McCrae, P.Geo.

Vice President of Business Development, Novamera

Sustainable Mining by Drilling Technology

Shannon has over 20 years of mining and exploration industry experience. Recent roles include Director of Global Exploration and Growth for Barrick Gold. Shannon has worked in Manitoba and nearly every other province and territory. Shannon is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Novamera, a company looking at innovative ways to precision mine narrow veins using an approach called “Sustainable Mining by Drilling”. Shannon holds a H.B.Sc. in Geology and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Ontario.

November 25, 2021
12:00 to 1:00 pm CST
Register Here

Spring Reception

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Come join us to celebrate a successful start to the WIM-Winnipeg Chapter with a Spring Reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There will be an optional Women’s Rights Tour to start the evening, followed by a reception in the Sifton Terrace Room.
More information to come…

May 2022
5:30pm – 7:00pm Optional 90-minute Women’s Rights Tour
7:00pm – 11:00pm Reception

Please RSVP to: info@wimwinnipeg.com


Fall Speaker

Michelle Nicolas, P.Geo.

Provincial Geologist and Senior Manager, Manitoba Geological Survey

A Sedimentary Geologist’s Journey from Petroleum to Critical Minerals

Michelle is currently the Provincial Geologist and Senior Manager with Manitoba Geological Survey. Michelle also formed and chairs the Manitoba Critical Mineral Team for the provincial and federal governments. Michelle’s expertise are in petroleum and pore space geology and stratigraphy of Manitoba’s two Phanerozoic sedimentary basins. Michelle received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba and is a registered Professional Geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada.

October 19, 2021
12:00 to 1:00 pm CST
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May Speaker

Julie Selway, PhD, P.Geo

VP Exploration, Power Metals Corp. and Principal Geologist, J-J Minerals

Paterson Lake Li-Cs-Ta Property, Separation Rapids, Greenstone Belt, Kenora

Julie’s PhD thesis “Tourmaline in Granitic Pegmatites”, was completed in 1999.  Julie then worked for Ontario Geological Survey during the tantalum boom in the early 2000s.  Dr. Selway is currently the VP of Exploration for Power Metals Corp. supervising three LCT pegmatite properties and is also the Principal Geologist for J-J Minerals.

May 11, 2021
1:00 to 2:00 pm CST
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April Speaker

Jessica Bjorkman


The Essential Art of Prospecting for Mineral Exploration

Jessica has been a full time prospector since 2000, learning the skills from her father Karl.  Jessica gained further knowledge through short courses, experience and learning from colleagues.  Jessica spent six years on the Board of Directors for the Northwestern Ontario Prospector’s Association.  Jessica taught “Introduction to Hard Rock Prospecting” in the Northwest Territories since 2014.

April 13, 2021
1:00 to 2:00 pm CST
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November Speaker

Irene Davies

Project Coordinator in Environment Business – AECOM

Creating Meaningful Relationships: The Importance of Mentorship for Young Women

Irene graduated from the
University of Manitoba with a degree in Biosystems Engineering in 2015 and has worked at AECOM since. Irene is experienced in environmental impact assessment and permitting and community engagement for mining and other projects. Irene is a registered Engineer in Training with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

November 18th, 2020
via Zoom

Email me: Irene.Davies@aecom.com

You can watch Irene’s talk here.

October Speaker

Les Johnson

Managing Director – Rankin Seabourne

Generating Revenue in a Professional Services Firm

Les Johnson is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Brandon College, and has also completed studies at University of Oslo, University of Delhi and Carlton University. His strategic management and economics professional practices span more than four decades. He is currently the Managing Director of Rankin Seabourne Company Inc. In 2020, he was appointed Honorary Advisor to the Mona School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies.His international experience is extensive, having worked in 56 countries in all major economies of the world, encompassing many cultures. His management consulting teams have always been a balance in terms of gender, language, and respect for the economic and social circumstances of colleagues and clients alike.

October 15th, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
via Zoom

Email me: les@mim.ca

September Speaker

Shastri Ramnath

President and CEO – Exiro Minerals Corp.
Co-founder and Co-owner – Orix Geoscience Inc.

The Value of Corporate Culture

Ms. Ramnath is a Professional Geoscientist and Entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience and has worked in various technical and leadership roles including, FNX Mining where she was a key member of the exploration and resource team that discovered the Victoria and Morrison Deposits and subsequently with Bridgeport Ventures, a publicly listed company, where she was the President and CEO.  Ms. Ramnath received a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba, a M.Sc. in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University.

September 16th, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
via Zoom

Email me: Shastri.Ramnath@exirominerals.com

You can watch Shastri’s talk here.

February 2020 Panel

Government of Manitoba

Student Guide To Summer Work In Geosciences

Tania Martins – Government of Manitoba Geologist
Chris Coueslan – Government of Manitoba Geologist
Dr. Mumin – Brandon University – Academic Geologist
Ayat Baig – Brandon University – Academic Geologist
Taylor McPherson – Geology Student

February 24th
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 241
Brandon University

February 2020 Speaker

Stefanie Brueckner

Professor – University of Manitoba

Mineralogy, mineral chemistry, and isotope geochemistry applied to the genesis of volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits

Stefanie earned a Ph.D. with distinction in Geology from Memorial University after completing her Diploma in Geology and Paleontology at the University of Mainz in Germany. She is a recent addition to the University of Manitoba Department of Geological Sciences with research interests in genesis and tectonic settings of hydrothermal ore deposits.

February 20th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Ralph Conner House
54 West Gate

Email me: Stefanie.Brueckner@umanitoba.ca

January 2020 Speaker

Tamara Johnson

President & HR Business Partner – SEIL Human Solutions

Inspiring other with Action Become the leader you always wanted to be!

Get it… laughter, engaged, adventurous and determined, the “founder” who has terrible jokes.  Her passion to share information, be an influential business leader and engage others in all the facets of HR demonstrates her true abilities as an HR professional. Tamara’s ability to strategically align the business values with the people resources has enabled her and her team to successfully service companies throughout Canada. She brings over twenty years of executive, operational, and human resource experience to her practice supplemented with continuous training and education. She holds a B. Comm. degree from the University of Manitoba, complimented by her Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a long laundry list of courses that she often now facilitates.

January 16th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
400 Ellice Avenue
Government of Manitoba Building

Email me: sielhumansolutions@gmail.com

December 2019 Event

The Women In Mining Winnipeg Committee would like to invite you to a competitive wine tasting networking event! This will be a great opportunity to test your wine palate and take home some delicious wine just in time for the holidays.

November 2019 Event

The Women In Mining Winnipeg Chapter would like to invite you to our inaugural kick-off reception! The Event will take place following day one of the Central Canada Mineral Exploration Convention. Come meet the committee, network with a diverse group of women and men and hear about our plans for 2020.

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