CTEM is overseen by an Advisory and Executive Council along with organizational oversight provided by relevant committees. CTEM’s Advisory Council is progressive and diverse in providing high-level guidance and strategic expertise. Additional organizational oversight with an added focus on the day-to-day operations is provided by CTEM’s Executive Council.

Wayne Kaboni

Wayne Kaboni

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.

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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.

Heather Hamilton

Heather Hamilton

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 post-secondary education, business, marketing, and contract management.

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Heather is the Associate Director of Community Education and Workforce Training at Thompson Rivers University. She has a Master of  Leadership and significant project management experience.

Much of her work is spent creating linkages between communities, government, education, and employers. Heather also manages the TRU regional centres, 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  provincial and national, mining and trades-related committees.

Jill Tsolinas

Jill Tsolinas

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.

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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.

Leah Bradish

Leah Bradish

CTEM Advisory & Executive Council Member
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.

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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.

Steve Cook

Steve Cook

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Professional Geologist, 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.

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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.

Charles Daley

Charles Daley

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Community Engagement Specialist, Sunrise Project Services

Charles Daley has nearly two decades of experience in the mining industry, providing services to resource companies across the mining lifecycle. From Indigenous and stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning to corporate development and investor relations, he has worked with junior and mid-sized explorers, developers and producers with projects in Canada, the US and Latin America. He is a business graduate from Cal Poly Humboldt and is a recipient of the Award of Achievement in Sustainability Management from the University of British Columbia.

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Daley specializes in building long-term collaborative relationships, project-based education and training initiatives, engagement and integrative procurement and hiring strategies. In his previous role as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager with Avino Silver & Gold Mines, Daley in conjunction with North Island College and St’at’imc Government Services, facilitated 3 cohorts for the training of 36 members of the St’at’imc First Nation in “Mining Fundamentals” for future job opportunities at the Bralorne Mine. Through his consultancy,  Sunrise Project Services, he currently provides community engagement services for Tempus Resources Ltd., Blackstone Minerals Ltd., Endurance Gold Corp. and Theia Gold Corp.

Daley was a key contributor to CTEM’s Underground Miner Subject Mater Expert Committee and has been engaged in CTEM’s Underground Miner Project since 2016.

Sonia D’Ambra

Sonia D’Ambra

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Adjunct Professor, 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).

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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.

Lana Eagle

Lana Eagle

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.

Derek Holmes

Derek Holmes

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.

Mory Ghomshei

Mory Ghomshei

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Faculty Member, 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).

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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 Van Hislop

Roben Van Hislop

CTEM Advisory & Executive Council Member
Estimator, Golder Associates

Roben Van Hislop is an Estimator within Golder’s Earth and Environmental Applied Solutions Operation and has over 10 years experience in the field of underground mining & tunnelling estimating.

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Based in Golder’s Vancouver office, Roben is responsible for project cost estimating in all project phases including developing detailed cost and budget estimates, design coordination with engineering teams, risk assessments, constructability review, and final tender package preparation and submissions. Roben has extensive experience preparing and responding to contract mining work packages and has worked closely with a wide range of projects from the pre-feasibility stage, through permitting, operation, and closure.

Sean Kingsley

Sean Kingsley

CTEM Advisory & Executive Council Member
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.

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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.

Laurie-Lynn Kallio

Laurie-Lynn Kallio

CTEM Advisory & Executive Council Member
Regional Contracts Officer, Coast Mountain College

As a Regional Contracts Officer for Coast Mountain College, Laurie-Lynn Kallio coordinates a wide range of educational and experiential place-based learning opportunities from mining to health care. Her position includes managing multiple projects, writing proposals and working on tripartite agreements with industry, Indigenous groups and government to meet identified educational needs.

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Laurie-Lynn has a Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations, Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation and a Provincial Instructor Diploma. She has contributed to MiHR’s Steering Committee on the Gearing Up project and to curriculum development for underground mining for CTEM.

Personally, she is a triathlete and volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross.

Tim McEwan

Tim McEwan

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.

Kody Penner

Kody Penner

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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 Randell

Andy Randell

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Owner, SGDS Hive

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.

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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)

Douglas Jamieson

Douglas Jamieson

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Director of Regional Education, College of New Caledonia (CNC)

Douglas Jamieson is Director of Regional Education at the College of New Caledonia (CNC), where he has the privilege to work directly with First Nation & Community leaders who are seeking post-secondary education delivery in their communities. His skills at listening, coordinating, planning, organizing, and executing are put to use daily. He enjoys collaborating and envisioning new ways to conduct post-secondary education delivery, in order to better serve the needs of students and communities.

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Working with passionate education and community leaders to develop innovative ways to deliver programming across the Central Interior of British Columbia is a rewarding privilege. CNC is constantly seeking better ways to serve the communities in its catchment, through generous engagement.

Uche Okpalugo

Uche Okpalugo

CTEM Advisory Council Member
HR & People Lead, Newcrest

Uche is the People Lead for the Red Chris Block Cave Project owned and operated by Newcrest. He is an experienced Senior HR Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the private and public organizations. Uche is skilled in HR Consulting, Talent Management, HR Strategy, Operations, Project Management, and Collaboration.

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Uche’s mining experience spans across various jurisdictions (Alberta, NWT, Yukon, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia) and commodities (coal, diamonds, gold & silver).

Uche has been on the Advisory Council of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (BPHR BC & Yukon) for the past three years. He has also worked with under-represented groups as well as a number of remote communities.

Garth Thompson

Garth Thompson

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.

Derek Turner

Derek Turner

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Chair, Earth and Environmental Science Department, Douglas College

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.

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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.

Lauren DeGaine

Lauren DeGaine

CTEM Advisory Council Member
Policy Analyst, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

Lauren DeGaine joined the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST) in January 2021 as a co-op student with the Post-Secondary Programs Branch. After completing a Masters degree in English at the University of Victoria, Lauren rejoined the branch in October 2021 as a Research Analyst. She currently works as a Policy Analyst in two units in the branch – the Technology, Arts & Sciences Education unit and the Adult Education unit. Prior to completing her graduate degree and joining AEST, Lauren spent 14 years working in customer service roles in various sectors, mainly hospitality and education.

Jonathan Buchanan

Jonathan Buchanan

CTEM Advisory Council Member
VP, Policy and Advocacy, Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia

As VP, Policy and Advocacy, Jonathan is responsible for advancing policy initiatives that impact mineral exploration and development. These initiatives are wide-ranging and include permitting, reconciliation, land access and use, geoscience, and financial incentives among many other topics. Jonathan also helps to drive AME’s three-year strategic work plan by ensuring the annual work plans are completed and members are kept informed.

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Jonathan joined AME in 2005. Jonathan grew up in the mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, and first moved to BC to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. in Geography. In addition to a background in communications for the mineral exploration and mining sector, Jonathan has studied, lived, and worked in Japan, and is the author of Inside the Torii Gate: The Journal of an Exchange Student in Japan.

 

He served as 2015-2016 Chair of the BC Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation, on which he represents AME and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He has received the Advanced Communicator Gold award from Toastmasters International, and is an active member of Vancore Toastmasters.

Nicole McLaren

Nicole McLaren

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.

Lynda Smithard

Lynda Smithard

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.

Mike Schoen

Mike Schoen

CTEM Advisory Council Member
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.

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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.