Sudbury mining supply guild honours long-time mine builder: Cementation’s Roy Slack entered into SAMSSA Hall of Fame – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – December 13, 2018)

In his more than three decades in the mining industry, Roy Slack has led countless mine builds across the country, yet even today, he’s still left enthralled by the massive amount of engineering that goes into constructing a mine.

“Every time I drive by a headframe, every time I take a trip down a mine, I’m in awe,” said Slack, president at Cementation Canada. “I still haven’t quite figured out how it all gets done.”

Slack has been integral in shaping how mines have been built over the last 30 years. For his dedication to the industry, he was recognized by the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA) on Dec. 10, earning a place in the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Eric Kohtakangas, Cementation’s executive vice-president of growth and acquisitions, praised his boss for his unwavering commitment to driving fundamental changes that have made mine construction safer and more collaborative.

“Roy has made a difference; he has changed the way mine contracting is carried out, and he has impacted many lives along the way, with his wisdom, spirit, kindness, generosity, integrity, trust and, of course, his dry sense of humour,” Kohtakangas said of the man he calls a friend, confidante and visionary.

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