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Advancing workplace diversity and inclusion

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Description of the virtual presentation:

The presentation will cover topics on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ranging from equipment manufacturers, to not-for-profits, to University research – this session will advance your understanding of diversity and inclusion in mining workplaces.

The course content includes:

The course will cover concrete examples as well as strategies to implement successful inclusion and diversity initiatives in your workplace

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, the participants will have basics knowledge of how to improve inclusion and diversity in the workplace to improve retention.

Who should attend and why?

Anyone in the mining industry. Inclusion and diversity is everyone’s responsibility.

Perceptions in the Canadian Mining Industry: Advancing Inclusion and Diversity to Improve Retention

The Canadian mining industry has recently embarked on a journey to welcome diversity and inclusivity into its organizations. An inclusive culture change is required to welcome and retain greater gender diversity into the historically under-representation of women in the Canadian mining industry. Women currently fill only 16% of jobs even though the industry is currently facing a projected labour shortage in critical roles (Mining Industry Human Resources, 2018).

During this presentation the results will be discussed from a national study which was undertaken to understand how Canadian mining companies are working to close the gender gap in the industry. This transformative mixed-methods study was completed in two phases by examining signs of culture change from both the top down and the bottom up. In the first phase of the study, qualitative, rhetorical criticism methodology was used to analyze over 75 public documents from ten major companies involved in Canadian mining. The bottom up approach used in the second phase involved an anonymous online survey with current and former workers in the Canadian mining industry.

The results from this study will include recommendations that individuals and leaders within the industry can take in order to drive forward diversity and inclusion initiatives within their organizations. Suggestions for improving retention will include how to:

  • Increase awareness by how we communicate about diversity and inclusion,
  • Use accountability to empower individuals to practice inclusive behaviours, and
  • Leverage existing health and safety culture and systems to advance gender equity.

Women in Mining, We Need to Keep Pushing Forward: Me Too Mining Association

In 2018, Susan Lomas founded the Me Too Mining Association (MTMA). The goals of the organization include starting the conversation about sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying, racism, intimidation and discrimination in mining, mineral exploration and mining impacted communities. Through extensive research and conversations with workers in mining and mineral exploration, MTMA has focused on active bystander intervention strategies as a way to empower the workforce to step up and speak out when inappropriate workplace behaviours happen to them or in their presence. Workers want to know what to say and do to create and support safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces. MTMA encourages workplace allies and has designed an active bystander intervention program, DIGGER, that includes considerations for safety of the bystander and the target.

Susan Lomas has been a Professional Geologist in mining and mineral exploration for over 30 years and has worked in over 30 different countries around the world. Her career has been an incredible adventure, but she has, at times, been physically unsafe, sexually harassed, harassed, intimidated and discriminated against while at work. Experiences that are too common for women and men in mining.

Susan will share stories, show statistics on inappropriate workplace behaviours in mining, offer solutions so women can keep moving their careers forward and steps women and men can take when inappropriate workplace behaviours happen to them or in their presence. She will present the MTMA’s bystander intervention based DIGGER program, and emphasize that writing down the details after an incident is very important and creates a solid foundation if the target decides to file a report/complaint. Building and supporting safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces is the most important step a company can take towards hiring and retaining a strong workforce that is diverse and successful.

Diversity and Inclusion at Cummins

Cummins Inc. is a global corporation that designs, manufactures, and distributes engine, filtration and power generation products, and provides diverse powertrain solutions across the regions and markets.

The presentation will document the diversity and inclusion journey taken at Cummins, which started in its early days as the leaders believed business was only as strong as the communities where they are located. Studies have repeatedly shown that companies with diversity in gender, race and ethnicity have better financial performance.

It will present some of Cummins accomplishments related to diversity and inclusion of the last 50 years - From encouraging the formation of the Diesel Workers Union and Office Committee Union during a time of massive labor unrest and employer hostility to unions, to the advancement of historically underrepresented people and blazing a trail in support of LGBTQ rights and equality of benefits, for supporting freedom of religion rather than freedom from religion at work, recognizing the value of the many languages spoken by their employees and seeking to leverage the richness of invisible diversity.

Diversity for diversity sake does not drive success; it is inclusion, or how we utilize diversity, that is key. It has been a very deliberate journey over multiple years to get to where Cummins is today.

Julia Gartley is a mineral processing consultant with over a decade of operational and corporate experience in project management, metallurgical test programs, process optimization, operational support, and engineering design.

She is an active volunteer within the mining community with a passion for education, diversity, and outreach.

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