A professional engineer, Slack has more than 35 years of experience in mine construction, design, and development on projects throughout Canada and around the world. He holds a degree in mining engineering from Queen’s University.
In 1998, Slack launched Cementation’s operations in North America, serving as president. Cementation is a mine contracting and engineering firm that provides design-build and construction management services to the mining sector. Today, Cementation is one of the largest mine contractors in North America and part of one of the largest mine contracting organizations in the world.
The company played a role in a major international story when they worked to help rescue 33 miners who were trapped in a Chilean mine in 2010.
In 2008, Slack was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2009, he was presented the Metal Mining Society Award by the Canadian Institute of Mining. In 2012, Rotary International named him a Paul Harris Fellow.
Slack has been active in numerous safety initiatives.
In 2013, he was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety. In 2017, he was appointed Incoming President Elect of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals and energy industries.