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2014 BC Mining HR Diversity Award Winner: Teck Resources Limited

May 13, 2014

The Mining Association of BC (MABC) and the BC Mining HR Task Force (Task Force) are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 BC Mining HR Diversity Award (HR Diversity Award), sponsored by Ernst & Young. The award recognizes organizations that have showcased an outstanding commitment to encouraging and supporting diversity within the workplace. The award was presented by Cailey Murphy and Jill Tsolinas, BC Mining HR Diversity Award Co-Chairs, on May 12th, 2014, during the CIM Award Gala in Vancouver. 

The award recognizes Teck Resources Limited’s collaborative and proactive approach to developing and implementing new and innovative tools to enhance workforce diversity . “Teck has demonstrated that a company can positively influence the culture of its workplace”, said Cailey Murphy, Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Mining Assocation of BC. “Their focus has had a significant and positive impact on their employees, their families and the communities they work and live in".

The adjudication committee was also recognized the efforts of UTM Exploration Services Ltd and the Resource Training Organization, and have awarded them honourable mentions.  UTM Exploration Services (UTM Exploration) creates a workplace culture that encourages and fosters diversity, indicative of strong leadership within the organization. Resource Training Organization (RTO) fosters future diversity by encouraging girls to consider a career in trades at a young age.  While UTM Exploration focused on supporting diversity in the workforce currently, RTO focused on supporting diversity in our future workforce.

“Each of these leading companies started out with an idea to make a positive difference in our industry,” commented Jill Tsolinas, “Over months and years of hard work, the winners have succeeded in implementing new best practices for our industry. We are inspired by these award winners.”  

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For more information contact:

Cailey Murpy, HR Diversity Award Co-Chair
604-681-4321 ext. 103                  

Jill Tsolinas, HR Diversity Award Co Chair                          
778-838-6441

About the BC Mining HR Diversity Award

The BC Mining HR Diversity Award was created to recognize an organization’s outstanding commitment to encouraging and supporting diversity within the workforce in the BC minerals industry. HR diversity is the focus of attracting, recruiting, and retaining a diverse work force, as well as the advancement or development of individuals within a workforce. The BC Mining HR Diversity Award is supported by the Mining Association of British Columbia and the BC HR Task Force: Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand & Gravel and proudly sponsored by Ernst & Young.

About the Mining Association of British Columbia

Established through an act of the B.C. Legislature in 1901 to represent the interests of B.C.'s mining industry, the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) is one of the oldest industry associations in the province. MABC represents the collective needs and interests of operating coal, metal and industrial mineral mining companies. In doing so, it has come to be regarded as the predominant voice of mining in British Columbia.

About the BC HR Task Force: Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand & Gravel

The BC HR Task Force: Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand & Gravel (BC Mining HR Task Force) was initially formed in 2008 to identify the labour shortage facing the industry in B.C. Following identifying the looming shortage (14,000+ new hires by 2022), the BC Task Force expanded its mission to include planning, developing and implementing pilot programs to ensure the mining industry in B.C. has the human resources needed to support the growth of the sector. Initiatives are funded and supported largely through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Development Agreement.

The BC Task Force is a broad sector partnership involving over 40 senior business leaders, employee representatives, Aboriginal representatives and industry associations from the B.C. mining industry, along with representation from training and education providers and government agencies as needed.

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