Welcome to an occasional series in Vale News called, Hello My Name Is… where employees and leaders from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. share personal experiences, tips and insights on a variety of topics. This week we meet Stacey Roy, geologist in training at Garson Mine.
I have always had a keen interest in Earth processes and science. After working for 15 years as a dental hygienist, I decided to return to Laurentian University to complete my B.Sc. degree in geology. What better place to learn about geology than the Sudbury Basin? Sudbury has such a deep and rich history in mining, and world-class geology. The mining and metals industry offers a wide range of career options, both directly and indirectly related to mining. This includes: engineering, chemistry, IT, HR, as well as numerous trades. Many people don’t realize the huge variety of career possibilities within the mining industry. Mining helps contribute to a strong and prosperous economy. It continues to evolve and incorporate new and exciting technologies, as well as maintaining a strong focus on environmental sustainability. It’s exciting to think I can contribute to that in some way.
Why I love my job?
Since May 2019 I have been in a geologist-in-training program at the Stobie Mine Core Logging Facility and Garson Mine. The program spans four years and includes core logging, in-mine exploration, diamond drilling programs, 3-D modelling, and so much more. It’s a very exciting position with the ability to work at multiple plants to gain valuable mentorship from geologists with years of experience. Every day brings something new, from execution geology, diamond drilling, and a variety of mapping and modelling programs; I’m constantly learning. I’ve connected and learned from so many people including: Caitlin Blackadder, chief geologist, Exploration, Lance Howland, chief geologist, Garson Mine, Sherri Digout, geologist, Karen Barlow, geologist, Craig Arlt, senior geological technologist and Linda Desjardin, senior geologist.
Why I chose mining:
One of my favorite sayings is, ‘If it’s not grown, it’s mined. In that way, we are all connected through mining. There are so many avenues your career path can take in the mining sector the possibilities are endless. Mining can allow for a career that lets you travel or stay close to home. As a bonus it is an industry that provides very good compensation. As the mining world continues to modernize with a focus on mine digitization, there will be a need for new careers, some we don’t even know we need yet! It’s a very exciting time to be in mining.
I love spending time with my husband and daughter at our camp.
What I hope to be doing in 5 or 10 years from now.
I see many opportunities at Vale. My goal is to see significant growth in my geology skills, which also includes a good understanding of mining in general, and from there I think that the possibilities are endless. I love learning new things, so challenging myself to keep changing and learning is what I thrive on.
This article first appeared in Modern Mining & Technology Sudbury (MMTS). It has been edited and reprinted here with permission from our friends at MMTS.7