Last week, Kinross partnered with Women Who Rock to co-host the first ever ‘Women Who ROAR’ seminar in Toronto.
The seminar, sponsored by PwC Canada and Cassels Brock, brought together industry leaders and inspirational women in mining for a day of learning, exploration and networking, covering topics including Resiliency, Opportunities, Aspirations and Relationships (ROAR). The conference included two panel discussions and four ‘Rock Talk’ presentations, with the speakers leading workshops later in the day.
Claude Schimper, Senior Vice-President, Russia Operations, and a strong champion of inclusion and diversity at Kinross, spoke on the ‘Inspiring the Next Generation of Mining Leaders’ panel where he reflected on his journey in the mining industry and the inspirational mentors and colleagues that have aided in his success.
“There is a business opportunity in supporting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, as it brings different perspectives together to create solutions,” said Claude. “Changing systems is not about volume, it’s about ensuring equal opportunities for women to achieve leadership positions.”
Jennifer McRae, Senior Director, HR Strategy & Executive Talent, co-hosted the event and moderated a panel discussion on overcoming personal challenges and barriers.
“For Kinross, fostering a work environment that celebrates and supports diversity aligns with our core values of High Performance Culture and Putting People First. It is also one of our eight People Commitments: Champion Diversity,” said Jennifer during her welcome remarks.
“This event created a forum for high performing, inspirational women in mining to share ideas and motivate them to continue driving change in the industry,” said Elena Mayer, President and CEO, Women Who Rock. “We are pleased to work alongside Kinross Gold in bringing our vision to life and inspiring the next generation of women in mining.”
Women Who Rock (WWR) is a Canadian organization committed to empowering women and improving gender diversity in the mining industry with over 800 active and diverse followers in Canada.
Jennifer McRae, Senior Director, HR Strategy & Executive Talent, Toronto, provides welcome remarks to delegates
Claude Schimper, Senior Vice-President, Russia Operations, speaks on the panel (far left)
Delegates from our Toronto office at the seminar
Claude Schimper, Senior Vice-President, Russia Operations, Tara Wiseman, Vice-President, Global Human Resources, Toronto, Caroline Williams, Senior Mining Engineer, Kupol, and Jennifer McRae, Senior Director, HR Strategy & Executive Talent, Toronto, at the seminar