CTEM’s Advisory Council is progressive and diverse in providing high-level guidance and strategic expertise.
Chair of CTEM
General Manager, Citxw Nlaka'pamux Assembly
Wayne Kaboni is a proud Ojibway from Wikwemikong in Ontario, he is single father of two sons and one daughter, he has dedicated his life and activities to the social and cultural development of youth, he is also a strong advocate of First Nation language as a tool for cultural memory and learning.Read More
He has over 30 years’ experience as a successful Entrepreneur and as a business mentor. He has spoken at many conferences and events about business development, entrepreneurship and community development.
He is currently the Manager of a Community Based organization representing eight Nlaka’pamux Indian Bands to manage elements of a IBA with a mine and the Province of British Columbia. Since the Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly operational beginnings in April 2014 he has guided the establishment of a Language Initiative, Educational Bursaries, several Mine related training programs, Environmental Stewardship Department, Environmental Monitoring Business and KenTem Limited Partnership.
Wayne has worked in both private and public roles. In the public sector he was National Facilitator Aboriginal Employment Services Network, National Association of Friendship Centres, Ottawa, Ontario. He successfully programmed and developed a national on-line electronic job and resume bank.
Vice-Chair of CTEM
Associate Director, Thompson Rivers University
Heather Hamilton has worked in the resource sector and education for the past 28 years. She has expertise in education, business, marketing, and project management.Read More
Heather has a Masters in Leadership and is currently the Manager of Industry and Contract Training at Thompson Rivers University, School of Trades and Technology.
Much of her work is spent creating linkages between students and communities, with education and employment. Heather also manages the TRU, School of Trades and Technology, Women in Trades Training initiative and is a member of the Women in Mining – South Central, as well as numerous local, provincial, and trades related committees.
Executive Director of CTEM
Jill Tsolinas is the Executive Director of the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining and also Chair of the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia where she is serving her tenth term as a Director.Read More
Jill Tsolinas has nearly two decades of experience in the mining industry and post-secondary training, and over ten years of leadership experience. She has worked with junior, medium, and senior mining companies throughout her career. Her experience also includes working with training providers (private and public) to provide current, industry relevant training on projects locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Many of her local initiatives have been picked up and adapted for other locations.
She has a Masters with a thesis on community and industry equity sharing and a B.A. in Geography with a concentration in Sociology
With a focus on partner engagement, communication, and corporate governance, she desires to see the continual development and incorporation of collaborative practices to sustain BC as a centre of mineral excellence.
Director - Continuing Education, Contract Training and Campus Operations
College of the Rockies
Leah Bradish, BBA, MBA is the Director of Continuing Education, Contract Training and Regional Campus Operations for College of the Rockies. Leah holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University and an MBA from Athabasca University.Read More
Following an earlier career as a reporter and editor, Leah has been employed in BC’s post-secondary system for 20 years. She ran the Continuing Education department at the Fort St. John campus of Northern Lights College in the late nineties, then spent 13 years as the Fernie Campus Manager of College of the Rockies before starting her job as Director in Cranbrook. Leah has worked with both the oil and gas industry and mining in her roles at these colleges and most recently launched the Haul Truck Operator program at COTR. In 2012-2013 she also managed the Secretariat supporting the Kootenay Regional Skills Training Plan. She is passionate about creating and delivering industry-relevant education in BC.
Independent / Consultant
Stephen Cook, M.Sc. P.Geo. FGC, has almost four decades of experience in mineral exploration and exploration research. Stephen is a geochemical consultant and was formerly Chief Geochemist, Exploration at Teck Resources Limited during 2006-2018. Prior to joining then-Teck Cominco, he ran his own consultancy for two years, and was senior geochemist at Anglo American in Vancouver during 2000-2004. He was project geochemist at the British Columbia Geological Survey during the period 1991-2000.Read More
Stephen received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in geology from Carleton University in 1984, and a M.Sc. from The University of British Columbia in 1991.
He is a past member of the APEGBC Geoscience Committee and the Geoscience BC Technical Advisory Committee. He is currently Past President of the Association of Applied Geochemists, after serving as President for 2018-2019.
Senior Policy Analyst
BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
Heather Collins joined the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) in October 2018 as a senior policy analyst with the Post-Secondary Programs Branch. Prior to joining AEST, Heather spent 11 years working in various positions with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Avino Silver and Gold
Mr. Daley has a broad range of mining industry experience; Over the last 12 years, Daley has provided corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations and stakeholder engagement services to junior and mid-sized explorers, developers and producers with projects in Canada, the US and Latin America.Read More
In his current role as Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator with Avino Silver & Gold Mines, Daley in conjunction with North Island College Daley facilitated 3 cohorts for the training of 36 members of the St’at’imc First Nation in “Mining Fundamentals” for future job opportunities at Avino’s Bralorne Mine. Charles is currently a strong participant in CTEM’s Underground Miner Subject Mater Expert Committee and has been engaged in CTEM’s Underground Miner Project since 2016. Charles is also an active member of AME’s Integrated Social Responsibility Committee.
Mr. Daley is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and is a recipient of the Award of Achievement in Sustainability Management from the University of British Columbia.
Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia
Sonia D’Ambra, Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Rock Mechanics Engineer with 20 years of experience in academia and consulting. Sonia received a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering, a M.Sc. (honours) in geotechnical engineering and a Ph.D in rock mechanics in Rome, Italy. She is currently a Principal Mining Rock Mechanics Engineer with Hamilton & D’Ambra Consulting Inc. (HDC), and an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia (UBC).Read More
In Canada, prior to founding HDC, Sonia held full profit and loss responsibility for the Greater Vancouver and Mining Western North America business unit at WSP and Golder, respectively.
Over the past 15 years, Sonia has worked as project director, project manager and senior reviewer of geotechnical studies from the earliest stages of mine development through the life of mine. She also participated in review board hearings as technical expert.
In the NBK Institute of Mining, Sonia is the instructor for the Mine and Pant Engineering Design Feasibility Study course, where she provides students with an opportunity to work on real mining problems and meet potential employers.
Sonia is passionate about fairness and diversity. She supports women in science end engineering through mentoring, coaching and lecturing.
Independent / Consultant
Lana Eagle is an Indigenous Relations Strategist and a Social Innovator advising companies on how to better engage and work with Indigenous communities and to find a pathway forward through a Reconciliation framework. She also works with clients to develop Indigenous Engagement Protocols. Her background is in banking, economic development, wealth management and mineral exploration.Read More
In being one of the first Aboriginal to Chair a junior mineral exploration company, she was a “pioneer” for Aboriginal women. She is also an avid volunteer. Lana joined AME’s Aboriginal Relations Committee in 2012 where she served as Chair for 6 years. In 2017 she was elected to the Board of AME, being the first Indigenous woman to serve as a Director in its over 100 year history. She is a Program Advisory Committee Member for Mining and Mineral Exploration at the BC Institute of Technology, and Co-Chair of the Canadian Institute of Mining Diversity and Inclusion Program Advisory Committee. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of SEF Canada and Bridge Consulting. Recently she has been nominated to the Advisory Board of DPI Mining and appointed to the Indigenous Business and Investment Council for the Province of BC.
Lana is a sought out speaker and lecturer on the topic of “Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation in Canada”, as well as “Diversity and Inclusion.” Lana is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan.
Director Strategy and Communications and Past President
BC Stone, Sand and Gravel
Derek Holmes is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in construction based aggregates. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Victoria, a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is a Registered Professional Chemist in B.C.Read More
Derek has worked primarily in British Columbia developing, operating and managing aggregate based operations for a number of clients and businesses over the years and currently works as an independent mining industry consultant. Derek has been involved in all aspects of the industry ranging from complex stakeholder relations to mergers and acquisitions to ownership in a quarry producing high quality granite to customers in the Lower Mainland. Derek is a member of the Board of Directors of the B.C. Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, served two terms as President, and currently acts as the Association’s director of strategy and communications.
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Mory Ghomshei is a Faculty Member at BCIT (teaching Courses in Mining and Energy Resources and Systems). As an adjunct professor at the Mining Departments of UBC (since 1999), Mory has been teaching courses in energy resources and systems. Also as the manager of the CERM3 (Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals and Martials), Mory established laboratories and programs at UBC for conducting applied research on sustainable energy systems and energy and carbon saving in mining (e.g. in comminution, haulage and ventilation).Read More
Mory is also an adjunct professor at McGill University, Dept. of mining, contributing to research on sustainable energy. He is presently a principal investigator in a number of Canadian and international sustainable energy projects (e.g. extraction of heat from abandoned and operating mines, co-production of geothermal energy and natural gas in Northern BC , and optimization of mine energy systems).
Mory works as an international energy consultant (e.g. developed for World Bank, environmental guidelines for geothermal power). Mory is expert in carbon accounting and ISO-50001 (helped several energy-intensive industries in BC, acquire ISO certification).
Mory has authored or co-authored over 150 publications and 250 technical reports in the fields of sustainable energy resources and technologies and mineral and material science.
Roben Hislop is a mining engineering professional focused on underground projects across Canada. After working with mining contractors over the last ten years, most recently as Chief Estimator at CanMine Contracting LP, he is currently an independent consultant providing services in tunnelling and industrial process across Western Canada and the North.Read More
Roben joined CTEM in 2018 and sits on the Advisory Council, Executive Council, Finance Committee, and participates in the underground miner project; striving to connect CTEM with industry contacts. He is also a member of the AME BC Finance Committee.
He is a graduate of the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia and spent his early career constructing hydroelectric tunnels at the top of BC’s Northern Transmission Line.
As a mining contractor Roben is integrated into the Canadian mining community. From pre-feasibility and scoping studies through to mine development, constructability, and sustaining operations, he is well versed in the current technical and social challenges facing BC’s mining industry. He has seen the success of community integration into mining projects and the many benefits of localized training and education. He is working to advance the industries best practices and promote all the benefits of mining in BC.
Mining Finance & Communications Specialist
Independent / Consultant
Sean Kingsley provides strategic consultation for several publicly listed junior resource companies. He has 12 years’ experience within the mineral exploration, mining and development sector. He specializes in corporate development, strategic marketing, consultation, investor relations/awareness & capital raising. Mr. Kingsley has a strong grass-roots & investor network, a firm understanding of the financial markets and experience in utilizing diverse methods for public communications globally.Read More
At the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (“AME”) he served as Chairman of its Communications and Marketing Committee from 2014-18 and remains as Chair to its Mineral Exploration Editorial Committee. He sits on the Executive, Advisory Council & Finance Committee for the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (“CTEM”). All the while, he hosts Vancouver’s premier monthly networking event and founded a networking reception which is sponsored by leading industry service-related companies during major mineral exploration and mining conferences.
Sean has a grass-roots network, a strong understanding of the financial markets, and experience in utilizing diverse methods for communications.
Regional Contracts Officer
Coast Mountain College
As a Regional Contracts Officer for Coast Mountain College, Laurie-Lynn Kallio coordinates training from mineral processing operator to health care assistant programs in areas from Northwestern BC to Nunavut. Her position includes managing multiple projects, writing proposals and working on tripartite agreements with industry, Indigenous groups and government to meet identified educational needs.Read More
Laurie-Lynn has a Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations and a Provincial Instructor Diploma. She has held several dynamic positions including news director and on-air news radio reporter for a few different stations throughout the province. She is a member of the Mining Industry of Human Resource Council’s Steering Committee on the Gearing Up project and has contributed to underground mining curriculum development for the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Mining.
As a triathlete and two-time Ironwoman, Laurie-Lynn is passionate about fitness, travel, non-fiction books and movies while enjoying bold red wine with dark chocolate.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Mining Association of British Columbia
Over his professional career, Tim McEwan has served in senior executive roles in both the public and private sectors. He has worked as Senior Vice President, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC (ICBA), a leading industry association in British Columbia. Tim has served in multiple roles throughout the BC government including Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch and Associate Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.Read More
Tim served as President and CEO of Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation (2008-2012), the economic development authority for Prince George, BC, where he led the implementation of a strategic plan to strengthen Prince George’s economic leadership role within BC and externally. He has also worked with Business Council of British Columbia.
Tim has served as a director on numerous government, industry and charitable organizations. He holds B.A. and M.P.A.
Skeena Resources and UBC
University of British Columbia
Kody Penner is currently a commerce student at the University of British Columbia. Prior to reattending school, he was the employment director for the Tahltan Central Government and an underground miner at Brucejack mine. He comes from a mining family and has experienced first-hand the benefits the industry has to offer.Read More
Kody is passionate about educating people on the realities of the mining industry and connecting their values to what the industry has to offer. His experience both mining and connecting Tahltans with employers gives him a working knowledge of what drives people to excel in careers they are passionate about. He is attaining a commerce degree from UBC to pursue a career in corporate development within the mining industry where he wants to make a positive impact by progressing sustainable projects.
Outside of school, Kody is a board of director for the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation and is on the implementation committee of the Tahltan Youth Council. He is always building his mining knowledge through networking and studying relevant material while staying connected to the industry.
Andy is a professional geologist living in Vancouver who is tailoring his career to bring change to the minerals exploration industry. Since 2014, he has established his consulting business, SGDS Hive, which takes on graduate geoscientists and mentors them through a variety of exploration projects to help engage and educate the next generation of geologists. He also started a non-profit society, Below BC, to provide outreach to the public around Earth Science topics, which now serves several thousand people in British Columbia each year. Andy was awarded the Bedford Young Mining Leaders Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum in 2016 for his ongoing contributions to the industry.Read More
He gained his bachelors degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Cardiff (Wales). Outside of his own businesses, Andy also sits on the Mentoring Committee for Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and the Geological Society Committee for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Mining and Petroleum and has several other community volunteer roles beyond the exploration industry. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) and teaches part time at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Acting Director, Policy and Regulatory Reform
BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Garth Thomson is the acting Director, Policy and Regulatory Reform, at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources where he has worked since 2017. As part of this portfolio, he oversees the implementation of a wide range of policy files, including implementation of the Mining Jobs Task Force recommended actions.Read More
Garth brings previous industry experience having worked in mineral exploration and mine development both in Canada and overseas. He also brings international perspective having recently worked at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) hosted at UBC.
Garth holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Victoria, an MASc in Mining Engineering from UBC and a Certificate of Project Management from UBC Sauder School of Business.
Chair, Earth and Environmental Science Department
Derek is a geoscience educator who is passionate about inspiring students and the public to see how geology and mineral exploration are important to their daily lives. He is an advocate of getting people outside to experience geology first-hand and of using technology and open educational resources to make geology more accessible to the public.Read More
Derek is a Professional Geologist with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He believes that doing is the best way to learn Geoscience and provides opportunities for students to explore innovative ways of bringing the field experience to them through the purposeful use of technology.
When he isn’t teaching, Derek consults on terrain and surficial geology projects for infrastructure and resource development across western and northern Canada, and researches the timing and causes of Pleistocene glaciations in the Canadian Cordillera. Derek currently teaches and is the Chair of the Earth and Environmental Science department at Douglas College.
Independent / Consultant
Nicole has broad industry experience starting her career as a project geologist in northern Saskatchewan and working for both BHP Billiton and her current employer Teck Resources. She has experience with local government as a town councillor in Langham, Saskatchewan prior to moving with her family to Kamloops, British Columbia.Read More
Nicole is skilled in economic development, negotiation, corporate social responsibility, communications and engagement planning.
Nicole is of mixed Métis/Cree and European ancestry and is also the Founder and Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Business Network, a non-profit agency established to support and empower Indigenous women in British Columbia to succeed in business.
Chief Operating Officer
McCue Engineering Contractors
Lynda Smithard, P.Eng., is a Professional Environmental Engineer with over 25 years experience. She is an industry leader in both the Mining and Environment industries as a clean tech provider.Read More
Lynda joined McCue Engineering Contractors in 2008 as an owner and is leading the engineering team at McCue. Her portfolio is extensive and includes wastewater treatment and remediation projects at mine sites. Previously, she spent 12 years in engineering consulting where she focused on brownfield remediation and water treatment and it took her to locations across North America.
Lynda brings broad experience as an employer, from her work experience, and from her volunteer work with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) as a Competency Assessor. Lynda is passionate about careers and diversity in STEM fields and is a member of the 30 By 30 Champion Committee in support of Women in (STEM). She also developed a training program to create meaningful jobs in the mining industry and transferrable skills for Indigenous workers.
Past-Chair of CTEM and Senior Instructor Departments of Mining and Mineral Processing and Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of British Columbia
Mike Schoen teaches in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Mining and Mineral Processing at the University of British Columbia, where he has been an instructor for 26 years.Read More
He holds a M.A. Energy and Mineral Resources, Petroleum Engineering, from the University of Texas at Austin (1985); a M.A. English, from the University of Texas at Austin (1983); and B.A. Hons. English, from Simon Fraser University (1979). Mike has been an Advisory Council member of CTEM since 2014 and has held leadership roles of Finance Committee Chair and Executive Council member. Mike Schoen served as lead Director, Chair of the Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees for Bucking Horse Energy from 1996-2013. From 2003-2013 he served as Director, Chairman of the Board, and Chair of the Audit Committee, for Gemini Energy. From 1992-2005 he was Director of Netco Energy, Cubix Acquisitionco, Ultra Petroleum Holdings, CubixUltra Petroleum, Ultra Petroleum and Ris Resources.