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"WIM Canada is very excited to have YukonWIM join the expanding network of branches across Canada. We are looking forward to working with YukonWIM to make a positive impact on both women and on the industry"

- WIM Canada President
Jean Lucas (YukonWIM Launch)

"Yukon Women in Mining gives us the opportunity to celebrate the valuable role women play in Yukon's mineral industry. Supporting and enhancing women's contributions to the resource sector is vital to the success of mining in our territory"

- Ranj Pillai, Minister of Economic Development

"As a career option 'the mining industry' has been great for me – there are opportunities for international travel, it pays well, and there are plenty of opportunities for independence"

– Joanna Ettlinger
YukonWIM President

"...There are wonderful opportunities for women in the mining and resource sector. I truly believe the labour force of tomorrow will be more diverse, innovative and productive"

– Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, Government of Canada
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The roots of Canadian women in the minerals exploration and mining industry can be traced back to its start. However the formation of a female based organization did not break ground until the 1960s when a group of young of women geologists met for lunch in Toronto, ON. As more women entered the industry the network grew.  Although unconventional and informal, women associated with or working in the industry started to gather for occasional luncheons and networking opportunities.  They shared a camaraderie that was unique to their gender and inspired each other to grow their careers in a predominately male industry. 

Since then, demographic diversity has increased and WIM branches have formed independently across Canada and globally. Each branch is unique and many have monthly lunch meetings featuring interesting speakers, with a focus on networking. They regularly draw-in maximum attendance in numbers. The synergies between branches have empowered women to get more involved and in recent years combined efforts from coast to coast have showcased the generosity and social responsibility of the exploration and mining industry, through fundraising efforts for worthwhile charities.

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Women in Mining International Portal

The International WIM Community Portal (www.womeninmining.net) was initiated end of 2007 to be a global web-based community of women professionals working in the mining and metals sector. The Portal not only serves as a communication platform for WIM groups, but also as a global network of registered members, particularly helpful for women working in jurisdictions where there is no WIM group. Currently around 700 women are registered form all over the world.

For a complete list of WIM groups worldwide, please visit www.womeninmining.net




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