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VIDEO: Mining Career Path: Roy Slack
Learn more about Cementation (great webpage) and The Robert M Buchan Department of Mining Engineering.
I'm a Queen's graduate. I went to Queen's
graduated in 1982, mining engineering.
And, actually, I'm from Kingston originally.
So, Queen's was always where I was
going to go. There was no choice in the matter
but I ended up in mining and when I graduated in '82,
there was a bit of a downturn and I ended up with,
even though I graduated and ended up with a summer
job, I worked at Îles de la Madeleine, the
Magdalen Islands. That's a salt mine and I
worked for a company called Redpath and we were doing
a shaft there. So, my first job after school was actually
in shaft sinking. From there up to Timmins,
the Dome, No. 8 Shaft, a major development project
again for Redpath. And then from there up to Hemlow
and worked at what's today known at Williams but at
the time was Lac Minerals. And we sunk the shaft there
did a lot of development, developed the whole mine.
And from there, Val-d'Or, I went to Val-d'Or and ran
a project there. My French isn't strong, but still
managed a project in Quebec and quite proud of
that. And after than worked in the office for a couple
of years both in project management and in engineering
and that was with Redpath.
In 1989 I had the opportunity to become a partner
in a new company that was starting in Sudbury called BLM,
which is part of BLM which is Bharti Laminate Mining.
Now, one of the partners, Stan Bharti, his name is on
Laurentian Engineering today. It's the Bharti School of Engineering.
But we were a start-up at the time and established a contracting
engineering company in '95 we went public with that, Williams Resources,
and at that time, I opted out of the that. Did a start-up a year later
and Mine Project Services was my own consulting firm, and one of
our clients was a company called Cementation out of Doncaster in the UK.
And they were interested in doing an acquisition in
North America. They wanted to establish a contracting company
in North America, so I did a review for them, presented on a
possible acquisition, but they asked me, I had done a couple of
start-ups, they asked me, 'Would you do a start-up for us?'
So, in 1998, we started Cementation and I'm still with Cementation
It's been 18 years now, 19 years. And we went from a true start-up,
I was the first employee, to a very substantial mining contracting
company, so that's the course of my career to date.