Top Honour: Hélène Timpano Wins Prestigious Young Leader Award

Every year, the Canadian Institute of Mining presents four up-and-coming superstars with one of their most prestigious honours: a CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award. Congratulations to Hélène Timpano (Vice-President, Business Optimization) – a 2015 honouree!

The Awards recognize the outstanding achievement and potential of young mining leaders. All nominees are 39-years of age or younger, Canadian citizens, and span mining, engineering, consulting, contracting and supplier industries around the world.

Here’s a portion of Hélène’s nomination, as submitted by her Toronto teammates:

“Hélène has a remarkable ability to manage and advance a large number of complex projects, processes and initiatives. She has played a lead role in the overall development of Kinross’ Way Forward program, and this past year she delivered the company’s most robust ever Strategic Business Planning (SBP) process and outcome.”

“Hélène is passionate about Kinross becoming a better and more efficient company. She is tenacious and well-respected for her ability to constantly encourage and motivate people to think about improvements to our organization.”

Hélène joined Kinross in 2012, and is our global functional leader for Business Optimization, which encompasses Kinross’ annual SBP process, and global Continuous Improvement program. She also holds over-arching responsibility for Value Assurance, a function that helps ensure that all of our sizeable capital investments translate into tangible benefits and cash flow.

“Hélène has been a real asset to the team,” says Paul Tomory (Senior Vice-President, Operations Strategy). “Every day she and her team make considerable and significant contributions to Kinross. I could not be more proud to see her earn this well-deserved recognition.”

Hélène did not know a nomination had been submitted for her, and is humbled and delighted to be named one of this year’s winners.

“Winning this award is truly an honour,” says Hélène. “The achievements that are being recognized are certainly not mine alone – they are the product of the work of our team, and our partners at the sites and in the regions.”

Hélène underground at Kupol, and in the pit at Round Mountain.