Sudbury mining engineer Theresa Nyabeze has been recognized as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian (ABC) Women in 2020.
Now in its third edition, the 100 ABC Women initiative aims to celebrate and archive the professional accomplishments of trailblazing Black women from across Canada.
The non-profit organization behind the program said its goal is to create a database for current and future generations.
Based in Sudbury, Nyabeze is a mining engineer with 20 years of experience in the industry who’s worked as a frontline supervisor, in technical teams, in project execution, and alongside suppliers and consultants servicing the mine industry. In her current role as a senior mining engineer with Vale, Nyabeze works on mine design projects for various mines.
Passionate about encouraging women and girls to go into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), Nyabeze is an active advocate in the community, volunteering with the local chapter of Women in Science & Engineering (WISE).
In 2017, she launched her first children’s book, “Underground! My Mining Adventure,” which follows the story of a parent and her child as they visit a mine, conveying the idea that mining is a welcoming industry for everyone.
Nyabeze is a founding co-chair of the Mining Engagement Conference for Advancement (MECA) Symposium, which is held in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). Its focus is developing soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving to those in the industry.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Nyabeze was named to the Sudbury list of Forty under 40 by Northern Ontario Business in 2019.
In May 2020 Nyabeze was appointed as the co-chair of CIM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which has a mandate to influence internal CIM policies as well as those for the mining industry at large.
The 2020 print edition of 100 ABC Women was released on Sept. 18. Proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to The Gatehouse in Ontario, Fistula Empowerment Paradigm in Nova Scotia, and National Congress of Black Women in B.C.