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Career Opportunity: Mining/Processing Program Director – Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC)

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

Expressions of interest and resumes can be sent to Mrs. Alina Fedorowicz at until February 1, 2013.



Job Description

  • The Program Director will work with the CMIC Mining and Processing Technical Committees to develop and deliver innovation through collaborative initiatives and programs.
  • The Program Director is responsible for establishing R&D projects that meet industry needs, as represented by the Technical Committees, and managing projects to ensure timely outputs and on-budget performance.
  • The Program Director will promote the Mining and Processing Technical Committees and act as their representative among stakeholders, such as mining and exploration companies, universities and research centers, funding agencies, government agencies, and service providers.
  • As circumstances require, the Program Director will also assist with other initiatives and activities of the Canada Mining Innovation Council.
  • The Program Director will interact with the Chairs of the Mining and Processing Technical Committees on a regular basis.

Role and responsibilities

  • Working with the Champions and Executive Director, organizes, mobilizes, populates and manages the two technical committees.
  • Liaises with the Technical Committees to establish strategic and technical project priorities.
  • Establishes collaborative relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Represents and promotes CMIC, including giving public lectures about CMIC, and its goals and initiatives.
  • Works with researchers to develop clear project proposals to achieve established goals, including budgets.
  • Seeks innovative funding options for projects.
  • Facilitates the technical proposal review process carried out by the Technical Committees, Advisory Committee and Project Leaders.
  • Reviews the terms and conditions for all project contracts, including protection of intellectual property when necessary, and obtains appropriate authorization.
  • Manages projects, including delivery of quarterly project reports; holds regular project review meetings involving all relevant stakeholders; provides minutes and appropriate reporting from these meetings; follows up on ensuing action items; reviews requests for publication within terms of confidentiality; and distributes results and reports to all relevant parties in a timely manner.
  • Works with the CMIC Executive Director to establish a digital repository for all project deliverables, as well as provide current information for the CMIC website.
  • Under the guidance of the CMIC Executive Director, ensures communication and collaboration with other program directors at CMIC.
  • Works with the Executive Director and other Program Directors to assist in establishing multidisciplinary projects that may span across the major initiatives of CMIC.
  • Assists with other tasks of the Canada Mining Innovation Council, as requested by the Executive Director.


  • Graduate degree (M.Sc. minimum, Ph.D. an asset) in mining and/or processing-related sciences or engineering.


  • Proven track record in delivering programs/projects, preferably including collaborative R&D projects.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of and experience in the mining industry, preferably with a background in multiple commodities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and expertise, and manage multidisciplinary programs and contracts and budgets.
  • Diversified experience with industry, academia, government and/or R&D organizations preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Understanding of the mining and/or processing business and drivers, as well as the role that research/educational institutions and service providers play in R&D.
  • Technical ability to understand the objectives of the various research projects initiated and to critically assess their progress.
  • Must have a vision for the future of R&D in mining and processing.
  • Must have an understanding of national and provincial R&D funding mechanisms.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated networking ability in relevant areas; established networks for mining and/or processing would be a strong asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver public lectures preferred.
  • High ethical standards.
  • French language ability would be a strong asset.

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