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The Mine Training Society

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF HELPING NORTHERNERS

The Mine Training Society is a unique partnership between Aboriginal governments, public government and the mining industry. For more than a decade, our mission has been to support Aboriginal people and Northerners in finding long-term employment in the mining industry.

Since our inception in 2003, MTS has evolved into much more than a vehicle for delivering training programs. We evaluate, train and then place northerners in mining and mining-related jobs, and also provide hands-on mentoring and job coaching to our clients throughout their careers. Our relationships with our clients don’t end with graduation.

The Mine Training Society first arose from the Ministerial Ad Hoc Committee created to advise the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment as part of the development of initial diamond mine projects in the NWT. Since 2004, we have served over 1900 individual northerners with training and/or career counseling, and have placed over 830 of them in high-paying and fulfilling jobs.

Over the course of our existence, the Mine Training Society has been recognized for our work on several occasions, most notably receiving the 2009 Premier’s Award in Excellence in Collaboration from the GNWT, and the 2012 Special Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the mineral industry from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. We’re proud and thankful of this recognition of our hard work and dedication.

 

FUNDING FOR THE MINE TRAINING SOCIETY

Since 2004, the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) has provided MTS with approximately 50 percent of its core funding through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). This relationship has continued, with HRSDC providing support for the ongoing More Than A Silver Lining Project, signed in 2012, and via a new funding agreement completed in February of 2013.

MTS’s mining industry partners, including Diavik Diamond Mine Inc., BHP Billiton, De Beers Canada, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Procon Mining and Tunnelling and the Government of the Northwest Territories have provided special funding for MTS. We’d like to thank all of our partners for helping us to grow over the last decade, and look forward to the successes and challenges of the next.

 

Board of Directors

Directors

Iris Catholique
Iris Catholique
Chair

Iris represents the Lutsel K’e Dene Band on the MTS Board. She is responsible for Human Resources for the Lutsel K’e Dene Band and works with the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Strategy team on behalf of the Akaitcho Territorial Government.

Mike Nolting
Mike Nolting
Director

Mike has been in the NWT mining industry for 21 years, working his way up from underground to mill supervisor at Con Mine. He has long focused on training, coaching and mentoring, and is a certified Master Instructor through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is the  Surface Training Coordinator at De Beers Canada’s Snap Lake Mine. Mike was born in Germany but raised in Yellowknife, where he has lived for most of the last 44 years. 

Mike MacPherson
Mike MacPherson
Director

Mike is the Superintendant of Training for Diavik Diamond Mine. Born in Chatham, New Brunswick, Mike has lived in Cold Lake, Alberta, Baden, Germany, and Prince George, BC. He attended Simon Fraser University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree and professional teaching certification. Mike moved to the NWT to work as an instructor with Aurora College, where he taught English for 18 years and was Chair of the Developmental Studies Program for three years. He has an M.A. from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and a Doctor of Education degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from New York’s Columbia University. Mike has also worked as a Training and Development consultant with Ekati Diamond Mine and was the Administrator of Certification for the Safety Codes Council in Edmonton. 

Louise Lafferty
Louise Lafferty
Director

Louise started with BHP Billition in 2003 in the safety department and now works as a training planner and superintendent for the company. She is also is a recent graduate of the Northern Leadership Development Program, delivered by Aurora College with the support of MTS and other partners. Louise was born and raised in Hay River.

Laurie Morton
Laurie Morton
Director

Since 2011, Laurie has been the director of the Advanced Education Division, Department of Education, Culture and Employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories, with a portfolio that includes employment standards, trade and occupation certification, career development, labour market, immigration, nominee program as well as the socio-economic agreements with the mines. Prior to this, she was the director of the Income Security Division, overseeing income assistance, student financial assistance and student loan repayment and remission, child care user subsidy, and seniors home heating subsidy. Laurie has lived in Yellowknife for a total of 25 years.

Gaeleen MacPherson
Gaeleen MacPherson
Director

Gaeleen is the manager of Human Resources and Administration for De Beers Canada in the Northwest Territories, and is currently on maternity leave. The MTS would like to offer her its warmest congratulations. 

Henry Zoe
Henry Zoe
Director

Henry is the senior community director at the Tlicho Government. He served as a member of the legislature representing the North Slave (now Monfwi) in the Northwest Territories government for three terms. 

Sarah Plotner
Sarah Plotner
Director

Sarah is the Yellowknives Dene/ De Beers Impact Benefit Agreement representative with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. She is responsible for implementing the Impact Agreement for the Yellowknives Dene with De Beers Canada and acts as YKDFN representative for Diavik Rio Tinto.

Staff

Staff

Rachelle Beaulieu
Rachelle Beaulieu
Administrative Coordinator

Originally from High Level, Alberta, Rachelle Beaulieu joined the Mine Training Society in January 2009 as Administrative Assistant. Rachelle has years of experience in administrative work, and is now Administrative Coordinator.

finance@minetraining.ca

Candy Brown
Candy Brown
Manager, Career and Employment Support

A longtime MTS team member, Candy works directly with trainees, helping them to discover the best possible career path.

ao@minetraining.ca

Tony Clarke
Tony Clarke
Safety Trainer and Job Coach

Tony has been involved in emergency response and relief work since 1988, working for the Red Cross as a logistics specialist during the 1994 Northridge California Earthquake and the 1994 tropical storm Alberto in Georgia and Florida. He has also been involved in Urban Search and Rescue in Taiwan in 1999, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and was part of a medical relief project to Peru in 2002. When not participating in Emergency Response,Tony teaches about it and Occupational Health and Safety. So far, Tony has trained over 5000 people. He'll be training many more through MTS.

safety@minetraining.ca

Vanessa Dawatsare
Vanessa Dawatsare
Program Assistant

Originally from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Vanessa moved to Yellowknife in 2010 with her husband and three boys. Of Cree descent, Vanessa joined MTS in 2011 as Administrative Assistant. She brings positive energy to all that walk through the doors of the Mine Training Society.

mts@minetraining.ca

Hilary Jones
Hilary Jones
General Manager

Since joining the Mine Training Society as General Manager in 2006, Hilary has played a pivotal role in improving the quality of programs and increasing enrollment.  Prior to MTS, Hilary led the Tourism Training Group, and was a founding member of the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council. She was instrumental in establishing diamond polishing factories in the Yellowknife area, and was the General Manager for Arslanian Cutting Works (NWT) Ltd., for six years.

gm@minetraining.ca

Jessica Enzoe Riddle
Jessica Enzoe Riddle
Job Coach

Originally from Lutsel K’e, Jessica grew up on the east coast of Canada. She moved back to the North in 2009 and joined the Mine Training Society in 2010. Jessica has a Child and Youth Care Diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College. She utilizes her skills and experience to help others with their career planning. 

coachyk@minetraining.ca

Darlene Sibbeston
Job Coach

Raised in the Dehcho, Darlene was educated both there and in Yellowknife. She graduated from the Management Studies program with Arctic College in 1993. Her work experience includes 18+ years of administration work, most recently working as a Client Service Officer with the Department of Education, Culture & Employment. Prior to this she was employed by the Village of Fort Simpson as the Assistant Senior Administrative Officer. Darlene loves the outdoors, and her volunteer work with the Catholic Church keeps her very busy.

coach@minetraining.ca

Barbara Krivda
Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Yellowknife, Barbara brings her customer-focused skills to the Mine Training Society. She has a wealth of experience in administration and esthetics. Barbara is teaching her daughter to enjoy the outdoors and travel. She is looking forward to expanding her skills in her new career.

admassist@minetraining.ca

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