VIDEO: Mining Career Path: Roy Slack

Posted on April 28, 2017

Career paths for mining engineering graduates are many and varied. Here's just one example: Roy Slack is a Queen's alumnus and president of Cementation Canada, Inc.

Learn more about Cementation and The Robert M Buchan Department of Mining Engineering.

  • Video transcript:

    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.