Waterloo Science students head to World Mining Competition

Friday, October 30, 2015

Waterloo's World Mining Competition team

Left to right: Mentor Jean Richardson, Robin Taves, Helena Diao, Kevin Tateishi, Alumnus Joe Hinzer, Tyler Ciufo, Jocelyn Campbell and Mentor Chris Yakymchuk.

For the first time, five undergraduate students will head to Saskatoon to represent the University of Waterloo at the World Mining Competition this weekend.

As Canada’s premier undergraduate mining strategy case competition, the World Mining Competition challenges teams to apply their knowledge of the mining, with analytical and critical thinking skills to solve a mining case study relevant to current issues facing the industry.

Currently in its fourth year, the competition will be comprised of a mining case and two challenges but only the case and one challenge will count towards the score. All teams will be given a mining industry case and 36 hours to complete and prepare their presentation.

Waterloo’s interdisciplinary team consists of five upper-year students from Science and Business, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Geological Engineering. The teams includes: Jocelyn Campbell (Science and Business), Robin Taves, (Earth Sciences, geology specialization), Tyler Ciufo (Earth Sciences, geology specialization), Helena Diao (Geological engineering) and alternate Kevin Tateishi (Earth Sciences, hydrogeology specialization).

I'm going into my final year in the Science and Business program and thought this would be an amazing opportunity to learn more about the industry and network,” says Jocelyn Campbell. “I’ve worked in co-op placements at Environment Canada, Apotex and Suncor, so this is a great opportunity to apply my knowledge and explore potential career opportunities.”

For the past month the team has been preparing for the competition with Faculty mentors Jean Richardson, the Director of the Science and Business Program, and Chris Yakymchuk, Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The team has also met various industry experts each week. Recently, they were joined by Waterloo Earth Sciences alumnus Joe Hinzer (BSc. '71) who is the President of WGM, a major geological consulting firm. Hinzer talked about Canada’s renowned international reputation in mining as well as the development of a global code for mining reporting and answering the students’ questions.

This year’s theme is adapting to uncertainty, striving for sustainability and reflects the industry's values of innovation and social responsibility.

One thing we talked about in the beginning was this idea of are we going to pursue this for the short term or long term,” says Richardson. “And we decided that we wanted to do this for the long term, to build up the expertise and capability and make this a permanent initiative in the Faculty of Science.”

We wish the team the best of luck this weekend! 

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