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Meet Simone Hensher: Mining Engineer, Safety Ambassador, Diversity Champion

Author: Glencore Canada | Date: 25/07/2019

Simone Hensher has never let the demographics of the mining industry – where more than 80 per cent of the Canadian mining workforce are men – get in the way of developing her career.

In October 2018, she was promoted to Chief Engineer at Fraser Mine, part of Glencore Canada’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (INO). Simone has been with Sudbury INO since 2011 having worked in Business Improvement, Procurement and at the Strathcona Mill prior to joining the Fraser Mine Engineering department in 2012. In 2015, she transferred to Nickel Rim South Mine and worked as an underground front line supervisor from 2016 to 2017 before returning to Fraser Mine as the Senior Mine Engineer.

In June 2018, Simone took home the award for top technician in The Workplace Safety North (WSN) 69th Annual Ontario Mine Rescue Competition – and it just happened to be the first time a woman took home the award. It was her second appearance at the yearly competition; her first was in 2017, when she placed third amongst technicians who participated in the renowned event – a tremendous result for a first-timer.

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In June 2018, Simone Hensher accepted the award for Top Technician at The Workplace Safety North (WSN) 69th Annual Ontario Mine Rescue Competition.

A true testament to SafeWork

As a mine rescuer, Simone commits herself to saving lives on the job. “There would be nothing worse than standing back and watching something happen and not having the capacity to do something… knowing that something can be done. So having the ability to be able to do what you need to do to save a life is pretty empowering,” says Simone. 

For a year, Simone trained to be a mine rescue technician in the competition, which involved both book studying and extensive hands-on training. Overall, she states the experience as a very positive one in her life.

Through the eyes of Glencore, with SafeWork at the core of our corporate commitment and daily work routines, Simone’s mine rescuer status and tremendous achievements in the competition mean that, as a whole, our company is another step closer to safer mines and safer work.

Women in mining

Not only is Simone top talent in her field, but also an employee who brings invaluable diversity to the Sudbury INO team given her unique path into the industry, which gave her a different perspective and set of skills than others.

“I want to encourage more women to go into mining, so I’d love to see my daughter express an interest in that career because we’re still very underrepresented in the industry and I think that it would be great… the more women we can have in the industry – the more diversity we can have – the better,” says Simone.

Hear Simone talk about her journey into mining and what she sees sets Glencore apart as an employer