About us

The Mine Training Society

Celebrating 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 thousands of individual northerners with training and/or career counseling, and have facilitated employment for over 5% of the labour force.

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 funding through Employment and Social Development (ESDC) has provided MTS with 31 million dollars.

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.

 


 

MINE TRAINING SOCIETY 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

Read our 2018 Annual Report: 2018 ANNUAL REPORT (PDF)

 


 

Board of Directors


Cindy Desjarlais, Director
Representative for Lutsel K'e Dene Band
P.O. Box 28
Lutsel K'e, NT
Canada X0E 1A0

Tel: (867) 730-7004
Email: hr_lutselke@hotmail.com

Michael Saturnino
Representative for Education, Culture and Employment
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2L9

Tel: (867) 873-7552
Email: michael_saturnino@gov.nt.ca

Angela Littlefair, Director
Alternate Director for Education, Culture and Employment
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2L9

Tel: (867) 873-7552
Email: Angela_Littlefair@gov.nt.ca

Steven Bonhomme, Secretary Treasurer
Representative for DeBeers Canada
5014 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2L9

Tel: (867) 766-7300
Email: Steven.Bonhomme@debeersgroup.ca

Winter Haley, Director
Representative for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
P.O. Box 2498 Station Main
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2P8

Tel: (867) 669-6500
Email: Winter.Haley@riotinto.com

Vickie Francisco
Alternative Directory for Tli Cho Government
P.O. Box 412
Behchoko, NT
Canada X0E 0Y0

Tel: (867) 392-6381
Email: vickiefrancisco@tlicho.com

Alan Harman, Secretary Treasurer
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 873-6762
Fax: (867) 765-0446
Email: aharman@slrconsulting.com

Iris Catholique, Chairperson
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 765-0445
Fax: (867) 765-0446

Henry Zoe, Vice Chairperson
Representative for Tli Cho Government
Franklin Avenue
Yellowknife, NT
Canada

Tel: (867) 446-0230
Email: henryzoe@tlicho.com

Mike Nolting, Director
Representative for Dominion Diamond Corp.
11th Floor, 4920 52nd Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada

Tel: (867) 669-6100
Email: Mike.Nolting@ekati.ddcorp.ca

Angela Lafferty, Director
Representative for YK Dene First Nations
P.O. Box 2514
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2P8

Tel: (867) 873-8591
Email: alafferty@ykdene.com

Joey Borkovic, Alternate Director
Representative for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
P.O. Box 2498 Station Main
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2P8

Tel: (867) 669-6500
Email: joey.borkovic@riotinto.com

 


 

Ex-Offico Directors


Mike MacPherson, Ex-Officio Director
Representing Aurora College
Bag Service 9700 Station Main
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2R3

Tel: (867) 920-3201
Email: MMacPherson@auroracollege.nt.ca

Gloria Jacobs, Ex-Officio Director
Representing Procon Mining and Tunnelling
970 Sikyea Tili, Ndilo
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 2N5

Tel: (867) 766-2596

Pearl Bird, Ex-Officio Director
Representing NWT Metis Nation
10 Industrial Drive
Hay River, NT
Canada X0E 0R0

Tel: (867) 874-4552
Email: training.nwtmn@northestel.net

 


 

Staff


Shari Caudron, General Manager
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 765-0445
Fax: (867) 765-0446
Email: gm@minetraining.ca

Hilary Jones, Associate General Manager
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 765-0445
Mobile: (867) 446-0913
Fax: (867) 765-0446

Alisa Blake, Safety Trainer
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 765-0445
Mobile: (867) 446-0912
Fax: (867) 765-0446
Email: safety@minetraining.ca

Candy Brown, Manager, Career and Assessment Officer
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 765-0445 x27
Fax: (867) 765-0446
Email: ao@minetraining.ca

Catherine Guay, Program Assistant
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT
Canada X1A 1P8

Tel: (867) 765-0445 x22
Fax: (867) 765-0446
Email: mts@minetraining.ca

Gilbert (Gil) Lafferty, Job Coach
Thebacha Campus, Aurora College
5110 49th Street
Fort Smith, NT
Canada X0E 0P0

Tel: (867) 446-0915
Email: coachyk@minetraining.ca