Yellowknife, February 6th 7:30pm to 9pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Free Admission! 

This presentation celebrates the 10th year since Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) launched the first Distinguished Lecturers series on safety, which was held to support the institute’s commitment to fostering a high-performing safety culture in the mining industry. Winkel profiles initiatives that have positively shifted the industry’s safety achievement curve , and sets the stage for sustainable safety gains in the future. Also profiled are the latest developments in CIM Mining Standards and Guidelines work that supports new opportunities for safety standards and best practice sharing. Safety is a global challenge, it is an opportunity for international players to join forces and collaborate on leading the mining industry.

Biography for Gord Winkel 

After retiring from his post as vice-president for Syncrude Canada Ltd. in 2010, Gord Winkel joined the University of Alberta as chair and industrial professor for the safety and risk management program in the faculty of engineering. Winkel has worked extensively in the oil sands industry. He joined the Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil organization as a vice-president on loan from Syncrude Canada Ltd. to advance the Kearl Oil Sands project. Previously, Winkel was vice-president, aurora bitumen production at Syncrude Canada Ltd., served as general manager of extraction, was manager of extraction operations and manager of mine maintenance/operations at Syncrude. This is Winkel’s third Distinguished Lecturer Award: in 2002, he was recognized for his efforts to improve workplace safety, and, in 2008, for his work to advance the surface mining industry through sharing knowledge, technology, best practices and innovation. Winkel continues to support mining research and technology development in Canada as a board member for both the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development(CONRAD). He also chairs the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART), and chairs the John T. Ryan Safety Committee for CIM. He has also accepted a board position on Careers: The Next Generation Foundation. Winkel joined the University of Alberta Board of Governors Safety, Health and Environment Committee, and participates on the Leadership Table for a National Injury Reduction Initiative summit. He also works to provide support in safety, risk management and organization effectiveness to firms across Canada.