About us

The Mine Training Society

CELEBRATING YEARS OF HELPING NORTHERNERS

The Mine Training Society is a unique partnership between Aboriginal governments, public government and the mining industry. For more than a decade, our mission has been to support Aboriginal people and Northerners in finding long-term employment in the mining industry.

Since our inception in 2003, MTS has evolved into much more than a vehicle for delivering training programs. We evaluate, train and then place northerners in mining and mining-related jobs, and also provide hands-on mentoring and job coaching to our clients throughout their careers. Our relationships with our clients don’t end with graduation.

The Mine Training Society first arose from the Ministerial Ad Hoc Committee created to advise the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment as part of the development of initial diamond mine projects in the NWT. Since 2004, we have served over thousands of individual northerners with training and/or career counseling, and have facilitated employment for over 5% of the labour force.

Over the course of our existence, the Mine Training Society has been recognized for our work on several occasions, most notably receiving the 2009 Premier’s Award in Excellence in Collaboration from the GNWT, and the 2012 Special Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the mineral industry from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. We’re proud and thankful of this recognition of our hard work and dedication.

FUNDING FOR THE MINE TRAINING SOCIETY

Since 2004, the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal funding through Employment and Social Development (ESDC) has provided MTS with 31 million dollars.

MTS’s mining industry partners, including Diavik Diamond Mine Inc., BHP Billiton, De Beers Canada, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Procon Mining and Tunnelling and the Government of the Northwest Territories have provided special funding for MTS. We’d like to thank all of our partners for helping us to grow over the last decade, and look forward to the successes and challenges of the next.

 

Board of Directors


Cindy Desjarlais, Director

Representative for Lutsel K’e Dene Band
Box 28, Lutsel K’e NT X0E 1A0
Phone: 867-730-7004
Email: hr_lutselke@hotmail.com

Michael Saturnino

Representative for Education, Culture and Employment
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-873-7552
Email: michael_saturnino@gov.nt.ca

Angela Littlefair, Director

Alternate Director for Education, Culture and Employment
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-873-7552
Email: Angela_Littlefair@gov.nt.ca

Steven Bonhomme, Secretary Treasurer

Representative for DeBeers Canada
5014 49th, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-766-7300
Email: Steven.Bonhomme@debeersgroup.ca

Winter Haley, Director

Representative for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
P.O. Box 2498 Station Main
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P8
Phone: 867-669-6500
Email: Winter.Haley@riotinto.com

Henry Zoe, Vice Chairperson

Representative for Tli Cho Government
Franklin Avenue, Yellowknife NT
Phone: 867-446-0230
Email: henryzoe@tlicho.com

Vickie Francisco

Alternative Directory for Tli Cho Government
P.O. Box 412
Behchoko, NT X0E 0Y0
Phone: 867-392-6381
Email: vickiefrancisco@tlicho.com

Alan Harman, Chairperson

Representative for North Slave Metis Alliance
Box 2301, Yellowknife NT X1A 2P7
Phone: 867-873-6762
Email: aharman@slrconsulting.com

Mike Nolting, Director

Representative for Dominion Diamond Corp.
11th Floor, 4920 52nd Street, Yellowknife NT
Phone: 867-669-6100
Email: Mike.Nolting@ekati.ddcorp.ca

Angela Lafferty, Director

Representative for YK Dene First Nations
P.O. Box 2514
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P8
Phone: 867-873-8591
Email: alafferty@ykdene.com

Joey Borkovic, Alternate Director

Representative for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
P.O. Box 2498 Station Main
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P8
Phone: 867-669-6500
Email: joey.borkovic@riotinto.com
 

Ex-Offico Directors

Mike MacPherson

Ex-Officio Director
Representing Aurora College
Bag 9700, Yellowknife NT X1A 2R3
Phone: 867-920-3201
Email: MMacPherson@auroracollege.nt.ca

Gloria Jacobs

Ex-Officio Director
Representing Procon Mining and Tunnelling
970 Skylea Tili Ndilo
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N5
Phone: 867-766-2596

Pearl Bird

Ex-Officio Director
Representing NWT Metis Nation
10 Industrial Drive, Hay River NT
Phone: 867-874-4552
Email: training.nwtmn@northestel.net

 

Staff

Hilary Jones

General Manager
Mine Training Society
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1P8
Phone:  867-765-0445
Fax:  867-765-0446
Mobile:  867-446-0913
Email: gm@minetraining.ca

Alisa Blake

Safety Trainer
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1P8
Phone: 867-765-0445
Fax: 867-765-0446
Cell: 867-447-0912
Email: safety@minetraining.ca

Candy Brown

Manager, Career and Assessment Officer
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1P8
Phone: 867-765-0445 x27
Fax: 867-765-0446
Email: ao@minetraining.ca

Catherine Guay

Program Assistant
5110 49th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1P8
Phone: 867-765-0445 x22
Fax: 867-765-0446
Email: mts@minetraining.ca

Gilbert (Gil) Lafferty

Job Coach
Thebacha Campus, Aurora College
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Phone: 867-446-0915
Email: coachyk@minetraining.ca