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Sudbury engineer embarks on industry council presidency

Samantha Espley to lead CIM through 2020-2021
Samantha Espley (CIM photo)

Samantha Espley has begun her tenure as president of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Espley takes over the helm from Roy Slack, the director of Cementation Americas, who served in the role for the 2019-2020 term.

Before retiring last October, Espley had spent 30 years with Vale, most recently as the company’s director of mining technology and innovation.

The Sudbury-based engineer has worked in a variety of management roles in engineering, mine technical services, mining and milling operations, and technology.

In addition to being an active, long-time member of the CIM, Espley has been involved with a number of industry organizations, including the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), the Canadian Mining Innovation Council, Women in Science and Engineering, and the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University.

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As president, Espley seeks to expand public awareness of the value of mining to society. Plans include building a travelling science exhibit that would travel between cities across North America to educate and engage members of the public.

She’s also keen to continue building on CIM’s best practices and guidance documents. Areas of focus include innovative design, green energy, zero carbon emissions, risk elimination, tailings management, and licence to operate.

In addition, she values health and safety and the development of best practices for new technologies, mental health, and to deal with a pandemic, the CIM noted.

The CIM announced Espley's appointment in 2018.