2022 : Alex Foty, University of Toronto
Alex is currently pursuing a Full-Time MBA at the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management with the goal of becoming a future leader within the global mining industry. After completing a Bachelor of Mining Engineering at McGill University, she gained six years’ experience across the capital markets and mining sectors while earning her CFA Charterholder designation.
Alex’s most recent experience in Corporate Development / M&A with Newcrest Mining drove her desire to help global mining companies build sustainable stakeholder value through industry-leading Environmental, Social and Governance practices. Prior to this, Alex also worked as a Metals & Mining Equity Research Associate at National Bank Financial and as an Infrastructure & Natural Resources Investment Analyst at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. In her spare time, Alex enjoys playing tennis, long-distance running and cartooning.
2021 : Charlotte Shamlou, University of Victoria
Charlotte Shamlou has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Engineering, a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and is currently completing her MBA at the University of Victoria. Charlotte received the University of Victoria’s Entrance Award in 2019 and was the recipient of the Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Margaret Lowe Memorial Scholarship in 2020.
Charlotte currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the field of sustainability at the University of Victoria where she focuses on enabling mining companies to meet society’s needs for minerals and metals and energy products in the most socially, economically, and environmentally responsible way.
2019 : Kevin Wright, University of Ottawa
Kevin is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration at the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa. Kevin has previously worked in research and development with Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd where his responsibilities included managing the research budget and project portfolio worth $2.8 million. Presently, Kevin works as a Research Engineer at the Royal Canadian Mint, a MAC Member, where he supports enhancing the perceived collectable value of gold and silver numismatic products through innovative minting technology.
Kevin’s research interests focus on the technology currently being developed which will work to create advances in the mining industry, including autonomous vehicles and machine learning. He completed his undergraduate degrees, both a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, and also holds a Master’s of Engineering degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from McMaster University.