Led by the CEO and Executive Chair Kevin McArthur, Tahoe’s CSR Steering Committee identified gender diversity enhancement programs as a key focus area for its subsidiaries. Coincidentally, in March 2016, Lake Shore Gold, in partnership with Timmins Northern College and the Native Women’s Association, sponsored the national Mining Essentials for Women program, a 12-week entry-level mining course for aboriginal women. Tahoe then merged with Lake Shore Gold on April 1, 2016.
Twelve aboriginal women from Lake Shore Gold’s First Nations communities—Wahgoshig, Matachewan, Mattagami and Flying Post—participated in the program. The program taught skills necessary for work in mineral processing, underground mining or surface mining. The program was divided into two parts—classroom training and enrichment activities. The program also taught communication and computer skills, helping the women create resumes and cover letters and practice their interview skills to successfully enter the job market. The women also attended mine tours and safety trainings, held classroom discussions with aboriginal community elders and engaged with aboriginal guest speakers with mining backgrounds in geology, engineering and operations.
In June 2016, all women participants successfully completed the program. “Since the program’s commencement, we have encouraged all the women to apply for jobs at Lake Shore Gold. We would be thrilled to have them as part of our team,” said Lake Shore Gold’s CSR Director, Tom Laughren.