Mining trailblazer to be recognized for managerial prowess – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – October 31, 2017)

Professional engineers honouring Vale’s Samantha Espley in November

Sudbury’s Samantha Espley will soon be placing another award on the mantel.

The general manager of Vale’s mines and mills technical services department will receive the Engineering Medal for Management at the prestigious Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) on Nov. 18 in Toronto.

The 70th annual black-tie gala takes place in the North Hall of the Toronto Congress Centre. Espley is a recognized trailblazer for women in the mining industry, serving as one of the few female engineers to hold several senior technical, operational and management positions.

In 2015, Espley was honoured at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in receiving the award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession.

Over the course of her 24-year engineering career at Falconbridge, Dome, Denison-Potacan, Noranda and Inco, the OPEA said Espley has demonstrated “exceptional engineering and management expertise” that’s spurred advances in health, safety and environmental practices combined with productivity and cost improvements at operations in Canada, Brazil, New Caledonia and Indonesia.

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