About the Speakers Bureau
To address the labour shortage in the mining industry, the Mining Industry Human Resources Council has launched the Explore for More attraction and recruitment campaign.
An important part of this campaign involves outreach into the community through speaker presentations. Speakers are people who have experience in the mining industry, are passionate about the industry, and are willing to share their enthusiasm and insights with career seekers.
By making presentations in the community (at schools, community and recreation centres, industry organizations, career fairs, etc.) speakers play a vital role in raising awareness about the mining industry, promoting the wealth of career opportunities, and steering interested individuals to appropriate resources.
Through the Speakers Bureau, you can:
- arrange to have a speaker make a presentation at your school, organization or special event
- sign up to become a speaker
- download presentations
- order career attraction resources (free!)
Speakers, educators and members of the general public can use the resources available through the Speakers Bureau to develop a presentation that suits their needs.
Get involved! Be part of our dynamic campaign to attract people of all ages to an exciting and rapidly evolving mining industry.
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How to Book a Speaker
To book a speaker, fill out and submit the online form located on the speakers profile page. Your request will go to the speaker, who will follow up with you regarding his or her availability. When booking a speaker, you should try to book at least four weeks in advance.
If you are unable to use the online form, you can print out the form and fax it to MiHR at 613-270-9399.
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Search for a Speaker
Click on the links below to find a speaker. You can sort speakers by target audience, by last name, or by province.
When you click on a speaker's name, the speaker's profile will appear.
You can also search for a speaker either by province or by target audience by checking the appropriate boxes below. Select as many options as you wish.
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Become a Speaker
As an individual who has experience in and a passion for the mining and metals industry, you have valuable information to offer. Share your experience and insights with career seekers by becoming a speaker! You may be invited to give presentations at schools, community and recreation centres, industry organizations or career fairs.
Click here to become a speaker.
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The Speakers Bureau gives you access to a variety of free resources that you can use to enhance your presentations. They are listed below. We'll be adding new resources here as this section develops, so be sure to check back regularly.
Web resource for teachers
The Year of Science, a website created by the province of British Columbia, is a site dedicated to all things science and all things fun, for kids! The site features excellent resources, including profiles of people whose jobs are science-related, regular polls on science questions, videos on science in action and a calendar of events with the latest on events at museums, etc. The site also offers an exciting contest, 'Choose science. Go far. Win Big,' which challenges students to develop great ideas for cool science experiments, inventions or innovative methods for myth busting for a chance to win big prizes!
Presentations (recently revised and updated - May 2009)
(for a faster download, instead of opening the presentation, save the presentation)
You can download any of the following prepared presentations directly from this site.
**Please note that you will require Microsoft PowerPoint to view the files below.
Use Our New Videos in Your Presentations
The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has just released a NEW video library!
The library contains:
-Over 100 clips containing insights from industry, and;
-Videos from other organizations on the careers and information on sector.
MiHR encourages Speakers to use these videos in their presentations. To view the Video Library or to obtain copies, contact us
As a speaker, you can obtain other resources such as pop-up displays, banners, career kits, and educational brochures, etc, to enhance your presentation.
Please contact the nearest Regional Resource Provider listed below to have any of these resources delivered to you in time for your presentation. To fill your request, we require the date and location of your presentation. Please allow sufficient time for shipping.
Regional Resource Providers
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)
260 Hearst Way, Suite 102
Kanata, ON K2L 3H1
Hilary Jones, General Manager
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 1P8
Pam Schwann, P. Geo., Executive Director
Saskatchewan Mining Association Inc.
Suite 1500 - 2002 Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0R7
Paul Hebert, Executive Director
Federated School of Mines
1400 Barrydowne Road, Rm 3251
Sudbury, ON P3A 3V8
Tel: 705-566-8101 x3251
Pierre Guimont, Director General
Comite sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie des mines
1020, Route de l'Eglise, Bureau 205
Quebec, QC G1V 3V9
Elisapee Karetak, Mine Training Coordinator
Department of Economic Development and Transportation
P.O. Box 120
Arviat, NU X0C 0E0
Scott Penney, Director of Business Development
60 Hardy Avenue, Box 819
Grand Falls - Windsor, NL A2A 2P7
Tel: 709-489-7825 (1-800-826-7662)
Daniel Boulay, Dean of Education
New Brunswick Community College
725 rue du College, Box 266
Bathurst, NB E2A 3Z2
Mining Association of BC
900-808 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2X4
Dean MacKay, Manager of Mine Training Programs
Yukon Mine Training Society
Suite 120- 205 Black Street
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2M8
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Our list of frequently asked questions is intended to help answer any questions you may have about the speaker's bureau or the website.
Booking a Speaker
Click here to view FAQs.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. This list is intended to help answer any questions you may have about the Speakers Bureau or the website. Should you have any further questions or a problem which is not identified below, please Contact Us.
|Q: ||How do I book a speaker? |
|A: ||To book a speaker, go to the How to Book a Speaker section and follow the instructions. If you have any difficulties, Contact Us.|
|Q: ||How far in advance do I need to book a speaker? |
|A: ||We recommend that you book the speaker at least four weeks in advance. |
|Q: ||What kind of presentation will the speaker give? |
|A: ||Although the format is somewhat flexible, most speakers will give a PowerPoint presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer period. Speakers are encouraged to make the presentation as interactive as possible by asking the audience questions and facilitating discussion. Once a speaker has been selected, you can discuss your needs directly with that person.|
|Q: ||What topics are covered in the presentation? |
|A: ||The PowerPoint presentation touches on subjects such as the attributes of a career in mining, misconceptions about mining, the importance of mining to everyday life and to Canada, technological advancements in the industry, the wide variety of careers available, and educational requirements. |
Presentations can be tailored to different audiences, including Aboriginals, new Canadians, women, transitioning workers, elementary students, secondary students and post-secondary students.
|Q: ||How long is the presentation? |
|A: ||Generally, presentations vary in length from half an hour to an hour. Once a speaker has been selected, you can discuss your time requirements directly with that person. |
|Q: ||Are speakers able to give presentations in English, French or other languages? |
|A: ||This depends on the region and the availability of speakers. Each speaker profile lists the languages in which that speaker is able to present. |
Becoming a Speaker
|Q: ||How large a group do I need for a speaker to come to my organization? |
|A: ||Speakers deliver presentations to groups both large and small. Group sizes can vary greatly from one presentation to another. If you are concerned about the size of your group, please Contact Us|
|Q: ||Will I need to provide any special equipment if a speaker comes to my organization? |
|A: ||While some speakers will have their own equipment, you may need to provide items such as a projector, a computer and a screen. Once a speaker has been selected, you can discuss these requirements directly with the speaker. |
|Q: ||How do I sign up to be a speaker? |
|A: ||To sign up to be a speaker, go to the Become a Speaker section and follow the instructions. If you have any difficulties, Contact Us. |
|Q: ||What kind of experience do I need to be a speaker? |
|A: ||All you need to be a speaker is experience in the mining and metals industry, and lots of enthusiasm! |
|Q: ||If I sign up to be a speaker, how do I get a password for the Speaker Login? |
|A: ||When you sign up, MiHR will contact you and provide you with a login and password for the Speakers Login Section. |
|Q: ||What time commitment will I have to make if I become a speaker? |
|A: ||As a speaker, you control your availability and the number of speaking engagements you actively participate in. MiHR asks that speakers commit to a minimum of two presentations per year. |
|Q: ||Will I get paid to make a presentation? |
|A: ||Presentations are done on a voluntary basis. |
|Q: ||Will I need to travel? |
|A: ||There is no travel requirement. As a speaker, you control your availability and the areas in which you choose to present. |
|Q: ||Do I need to provide my own equipment? |
|A: ||Most schools and organizations will be able to provide the equipment you need (e.g., projector, computer, screen). If they can't, you may have to to bring these items with you. |
|Q: ||Are there resources that I can use to give my presentation? |
|A: ||You will find everything you need in the Resources section. |
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|Q: ||If I have questions, who do I get in touch with? |
|A: ||Go to the Contact Us section for contact information. |
If you have any questions about booking a speaker or becoming a speaker yourself, please feel free to Contact Us