Vale VP [Kelly Strong] takes on role as OMA director – by Star Staff (Sudbury Star – June 11, 2013)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

A Sudbury mining executive has been appointed the new chair of the board of directors of the Ontario Mining Association.

Kelly Strong, vice-president of Vale’s Ontario and U. K . operations, is the 78th chair of the association, taking over the role from another Sudburian, Marc Boissoneault, vice-president of Xstrata Nickel’s Sudbury operations.

OMA members are involved in exploration, production and processing mining resources. The OMA is one of the province’s oldest trade associations and is celebrating its 93rd anniversary this year. OMA president Chris Hodgson said Strong will add his own ideas, viewpoints and interests during his two-year term.

“The OMA and the Ontario mineral industry will benefit from the varied experience, enthusiasm and wise counsel of Kelly in his new volunteer position,” said Hodgson, a former minister of Northern Development and Mines in the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris.

Strong said he was “excited and humbled” to chair the association. “Ontario’s mining industry has so much to offer, and I look forward to working together with our industry partners to maximize the potential of our industry now and in the future,” he said.

Strong joined Vale (formerly Inco) in 2001 and has held a number of management roles including mine manager, general manager of mines and mills, vice-president of production services and vice-president of mining and milling.

Before joining Vale, Strong, who has 20 years in the industry, worked as a chief mine engineer and a mine captain in Red Lake.

He graduated from the Haileybury School of Mines with a mining engineering diploma and from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as a mining engineer.

Strong joins a long list of predecessors from the former Inco who have acted as chair of the OMA including Walter Curlook and Ron Aelick.

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