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Beverlee is Edumine's Principal Technical Writer. She has experience writing and editing technical content for the software and mining industries. She also has an interest in user interface design and user experience.

New Online Courses – Leadership Development Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first two courses in the series, Leadership Development, by Elaine Cullen and Trudy Gallinger! Most of us strive to develop our careers and ultimately move up the career ladder. This also means that most of us will manage people. The workforce is changing, with many experienced people retiring, companies tapping into a global pool of talent, and a new generation of people with different values, expectations, and motivations coming in. To understand these differences in the

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Mining’s Untapped Resource – Women in Leadership Roles

Has mining discovered its next great resource? This is the question addressed in the recent report published by Ernst & Young, in collaboration with Women in Mining (UK). As the authors point out: “The gender gap isn’t just a gender issue. It’s a business issue. Women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity. Profitability, return on investment (ROI) and innovation all increase when women are counted among senior leadership.” The report can be used by mining companies, large or small, as

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Achieving the ROI of Mine Training

With few exceptions, the return on investment for training is generally difficult to quantify, particularly in dollar terms. Clearly identifying the objectives and establishing a means of confirming achievement will improve both the effectiveness and confidence level of a training project and, at the least, give an indication of the return on investment. As a simple example, if the objective of training is concerned with improving the safety of a mining operation, then achievement would be measured in terms of a subsequent reduction in the

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FQM Establishes Online University to Develop Future Leaders

First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is one of the world’s leading copper producers with mines and development projects in Zambia, Mauritania, Finland, Turkey, Australia, Spain, Panama and Peru, and a total workforce of more than 13,000. FQM has established First Quantum University to realize the full potential of its future leaders and support its bid to become one of the top five copper producers in the world. According to a survey by Stratum of more than 900 mining professionals, less than 24% of mining companies have

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Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

The aging population within the mining industry has been a concern for CEOs over the course of the last ten years. Population projections from Statistics Canada and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council indicate that 40 per cent of Canada’s mining workforce at all levels is aged 50 or older. How prepared is the industry for the seismic shift in the working population as the current cohort of managers starts to retire? The following results are pulled from a survey by Stratum of 912 mining

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Developing Highly Qualified People for the Global Mining Industry

Masaki Miyoshi interviewed 30 people from industry and university as part of his graduate studies thesis at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on “University and Industry Partnership for Developing Highly Qualified People for the Global Mining Industry”. Highly Qualified People are valuable assets to the mining industry that provide organizational leadership, play an important role in education and research, and often occupy vital mission critical roles, drive innovation, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry. Masaki presented preliminary results from his thesis work

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