Mining North

Faces in Mining: Leni Keough

Leni Keough remembers when people thought it was crazy to look for diamonds in the North. Keough, now president and chief executive officer of exploration company Olivut Resources, was one of those “crazies” in the late 1980s.  As a young geologist, Keough searched for diamonds, and over time, worked on many successful diamond exploration programs. …

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In the Shadow of the Head Frame

Kerry Knoll says there are three niches in the mining industry: exploration, construction, and operation. “I never really liked exploration because your business plan depends on luck, and operation of mines isn’t that exciting for me,” says Knoll, who is the executive chairman and director of Pine Point Mining Limited. “So what I go for …

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Faces in Mining: Gabriel Olayok

When Gabriel Olayok signed on at Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank gold mine six years ago, he was a 30-year old father of three, with his late father, Vital Olayok, looking over his shoulder. He wanted “to follow my dad’s footprints” in the same job – heavy equipment operator – his father had in their home community …

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Faces in Mining: Cara Benoit

There are lots of moms working at mines around the North, but here’s a claim few can make – Cara Benoit gets to have breakfast once in a while with her sons, Garrett and Damon Benoit, who both work for site contractor Nuna Logistics on Diavik’s A21 kimberlite construction project. Benoit, the Occupational Health and …

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Exploration and Production on the Rise Across Nunavut

Worldwide mineral exploration and development activities rebounded moderately in 2017, and Nunavut followed the general trend. The territory covers approximately 20 percent of Canada’s total land mass and hosts mineral deposits of gold, diamonds, iron, uranium and base metals spread through its three regions: Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani. As of September 2017, over 6.5 million …

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