This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

This week marks the end of the Ontario Mining Association Chairmanship for Kelly Strong. On behalf of our 86 member companies, we would like to express our gratitude, and applaud his commitment to fostering a resilient and effective association.

Kelly’s leadership is characterized by pragmatic thinking, a commitment to enhancing the credibility of our sector and to building constructive relationships at Queen’s Park. He has been particularly passionate about issues related to mine safety, promoting a competitive energy policy, and communicating with the public through initiatives such as So You Think You Know Mining.

Kelly also championed the need to redouble our efforts to share safety practices among member companies. He feels strongly that OMA committees are in the best position to learn from each other, and enabling a process to do so must be the top priority for the association.

With close to 25 years in the mining industry, Kelly began his career at Placer Dome’s Campbell Mine in Red Lake, where he was promoted to senior roles, including Chief Mine Engineer and Mine Captain. In 2001, he joined Vale, most recently serving as Vice President of the company’s Ontario and United Kingdom Operations.

In this role, he successfully led a 4,000-employee, fully integrated mining operation across two continents. Mr. Strong will mine his deep strategic and operational experience when he assumes the position of Vice President, North American Mining Operations at Nyrstar – the next step in his distinguished career. We wish Mr. Strong every success in his new endeavours.

Kelly is succeeded as Chairman of the OMA by Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s Vice President, Operational Support, Canada & US.