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Local boy Mike Mayhew is responsible for creating and sustaining relationships in the mining industry worldwide. At Stantec, where he works, more than 450 people in 20 countries are employed in the sector. Close to 300 of those are based in Sudbury.
The 42-year-old is a busy guy – never too busy, though, to play the guitar. Leaning against a bookcase the instrument is within easy reach of his office chair. “I’m living the dream here,” Mayhew says, beaming. Earlier this month he was made the sector leader/director for global mining, a new position at Stantec.
“As the sector leader of Canadian operations, I’m responsible for growing and nurturing our relationships in the mining sector and looking for other opportunities to grow and expand our business and tap into all the other services that Stantec offers to our clients,” he explains.
“If they’re looking for mining support and expertise, we have that. If they’re looking for environmental support and expertise, we have that. We have building infrastructure, we have project management, we (can) tap into expertise around the world.
“I’m responsible for … working with some of our senior people within our business, but also working with our people that actually are responsible for executing the project. So at a very high level, looking at commodities, looking at the market where it’s going, understanding where our clients are heading, what projects are coming to life in the next three to five years. A lot of it is … thinking of where we’re going to be heading, but also recognizing the clients that we have and work with on a day-to-day basis.”
Born and raised in Sudbury, Mayhew moved his wife and two sons back after working for Toyota in Toronto. He’s entering his fifth year at Stantec.
“We collaborate across many disciplines and industries to bring buildings and energy and resources and infrastructure projects to life. That’s really the core of our business,” he says, “from different disciplines (including) mining, which is in the nickel capital of the world, based here in Sudbury.
“We’ve grown tremendously just in mining specifically. When I joined Stantec awhile back, before the acquisition (of McIntosh Engineering in 2008) we had approximately 120 people total. Now we’re just under 300. We’ve seen tremendous, tremendous growth, which is exciting for our people and sustainability in our community. We’re delivering and executing projects around the world right here from Northern Ontario.”
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