MAMI is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of experienced and diverse executives and subject matter experts from across Manitoba’s mining industry.
Member company’s leaders and team members can run for board positions and actively participate in MAMI’s working committees. Under the guidance of the Board, the purpose of working committees is to implement the organization’s programs and activities, generate data and conduct research, and develop united industry positions on collective issues industry best practices.
Active working committees currently include Safety, Environment, Indigenous Relations/Exploration, Regulatory and Government Relations, and Mine Rescue.
Current Board of Directors
Stacy Kennedy, P.Geo.
Co-Chair, Mine Rescue Organization
As the first female president in MAMI’s history, Stacy Kennedy is proud to be part of a positive shift in the mining industry, where there is now a growing commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect for Indigenous communities. Stacy first came to Manitoba to work as a Professional Geologist, mainly focused on finding metals as opposed to understanding the extraction of them. Once she became part of the mining industry, about 16 years ago, she realized there was no going back. She continued to progress through numerous Geology positions, including Chief Mine Geologist of Birchtree and T1 mines. At Vale Manitoba, which she joined in 2007, she has served as Operations Superintendent, Mine Manager, and Interim General Manager, Manager of Health, Safety and Operational Risk, and her current role as Head of Manitoba Operations. She remains involved with Engineers and Geoscientist Manitoba and serves on the Community Wellness & Public Safety Advisory Committee for the City of Thompson, and the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Vale.
Stacy sees reshaping perspectives and perceptions about the mining industry as a key priority in her role as MAMI’s President. This includes increasing awareness of mining as a clean, modern, safe, ethical and socially/environmentally conscious industry and as a large employer that has far-reaching and positive impacts on many communities and on the local/provincial economy.
Co-Chair, Mine Rescue Organization
Richard Trudeau has had a successful 40-year career with Hudbay Minerals Inc., where he began as mine manager, advancing through the company to the dual roles he currently holds as Director of Health, Safety and Aboriginal and External Affairs and Director Human Resources, Indigenous and External Affairs. He oversees the Health and Safety programs for 233 employees and 43 contractors. Richard is past president of MAMI and continues to be actively involved as Co-Chair of Mine Rescue, as well as with the Rotary Club of Flin Flon, Salvation Army, Manitoba Mineral Development Fund and Northern Manitoba Sector Council (which he chairs).
Richard cares about the long-term sustainability of the mining industry of Manitoba and believes in the need for more “boots on the ground” and easy access for exploration companies to explore and find that next mine. He sees this as essential for those who like to live in the North and hopes to see the realization of more opportunities to provide a high quality of life for the next generation of northerners.
Joey Champagne is currently Operations Director of Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada Ltd (TANCO). He has held prior positions as a Safety, Health and Environment Manager and Production Manager. His formal training was gained from University of Manitoba and Red River Community College. Joey is a key team leader in achieving the various facets of the business, which includes managing daily activities by overseeing several departments along with directing actions across the company on a number of projects. He also leads strategic and tactical operations and quality management deliverables to ensure customer, product and quality standards are adhered to within all regulations and requirements. Joey brings this expertise to his role as Treasurer and as an active member of the MAMI Board.
Robert Bauch is a 20-year veteran of the mining industry with past experience as a Production Supervisor, Maintenance Supervisor, Mechanical Maintenance Mechanic, and multiple roles within the mine and processing plant. He currently is the Plant Manager at Graymont. He has extensive training in Crisis and Media Management, Lean Six Sigma, Green Six Sigma, Strategic Organizational Management, Management Skills for Professionals, Materials Management, Finance for Non-Financial Professionals, and numerous safety and environmental training courses. In addition to serving as a director on MAMI’s Board, he gives his time to the Moosehorn Community Recreation Committee and Moosehorn Curling Club, as well as the Grahamdale Development Corporation.
Robert wants to see responsible development, growth and sustainability of the mining industry in Manitoba, as well as recognition of the economic value the industry has to the province of Manitoba and the municipalities where mines are operating. This, he believes, will contribute to local and provincial growth and development of Manitoba’s resources.
Amy Byers is a professional engineer with nearly 20 years of leadership experience in mineral processing, tailings, and dams with Vale Base Metals. She is now the Manager of Health Safety Risk, having served as Vale’s Tailings and Dams Technical Leader for Manitoba Operations in Thompson for a number of years.
Amy brings a wealth of experience improving operational safety and environmental performance. She is distinguished for identifying solutions in proactively remediating impacted mining areas through the reclamation of valuable minerals from waste products.
Robert Carter was appointed Vice President, Manitoba Business Unit in April 2022. As leader of the Manitoba Business Unit, Rob is responsible for the strategic and operational performance of Hudbay’s activities in Manitoba. He brings extensive experience with a deep focus on safety and continuous improvement having spent a majority of his career in key roles within the Manitoba Business Unit. Rob has been the General Manager of our Manitoba mines since 2018 and has previously held various other positions at Hudbay, including Manager of the Lalor Mine in Manitoba and Director of Business Development and Technical Services in Hudbay’s corporate group. He has nearly 25 years of mining industry experience in technical, operational and senior leadership roles with 23 of those years at Hudbay. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science, Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba and is a Professional Engineer registered with Professional Engineers Ontario and Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba.
Co-Chair, MAMI Environment Committee
Jeff has over two decades of experience in the environmental field with six years in mining specifically. He is currently the Environmental Superintendent at Vale Manitoba Operations, where has been tasked with updating the entire environmental management system for Manitoba Operations, leading closure planning updates and negotiations with the province, and communicating with local communities, including First Nations, on environmental concerns. Jeff worked previously as a metallurgical analyst with lab functions, critical quality management test and auditing as his focus.
Prior to joining Vale, Jeff spent twelve years with Manitoba Conservation and Climate as an Environmental Officer. He has also been fortunate to serve a term as a city councilor for the City of Thompson, where his duties included chairing the Public Safety Committee and the Recreation Committee. A pivotal accomplishment was successfully restructuring and rightsizing the municipal bus service.
Jeff is a proud father of two great kids, happily married to his wife of 18 years and has a deep connection to his family, his hometown and region. In his spare time, he operates a seven-acre berry orchard and chicken farm in and advocates for food security for the local area.
Jeff is deeply committed to his work in the environmental field, which allows him to make lasting and observable improvements to the area he loves, while also helping to provide the world with essential metals that can impact future generations.
Co-Chair, MAMI Indigenous Relations/Exploration Committee
Pam Marsden has been involved in the mining industry going on 15 years with particular focus on Indigenous relations and engagement. She is currently Indigenous Liaison Officer, Hudbay Minerals Inc., a position that provides Pam with the ability to engage and inform the surrounding Indigenous communities and external stakeholders about mining and explorations operations. Her professional career has also included working as Director of Communications, MAMI, where she gained an understanding of practical tools and processes for Mine Rescue, Safety, government lobbying, Indigenous networking, knowledge of Manitoba junior companies and operators, and the mining and exploration cycle. Pam has Indigenous Awareness Training and Cultural Training is ongoing with life experiences. In addition to serving as MAMI’s Co-Chair Indigenous Relations/Exploration Committee, she currently participates on several Boards and Committees where she aims to incorporate Indigenous culture and teachings. This includes University College of the North (UCN) Governance Committee, which she chairs, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Indigenous Affairs Committee, Indigenous Professionals Initiative Committee, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology Mining Committee and Program Advisory Committee. She is also is involved with numerous committees at Hudbay.
In her role, Pam values the opportunity learn from Elders and communities and to support and recognize the successes and accomplishments of Indigenous employees. Pam is proud to have overcome barriers as an Indigenous woman employed and participating in the mineral sector, and to have the opportunity to make changes and see a reflection of her contributions in all operations.
Martin Murphy, P.Geo.
Co-Chair, MAMI Safety Committee
Martin Murphy has 12 years’ experience in the industry having worked in Technical Services, Operations Management, Safety, Health & Risk Leadership, Mine Rescue and as a Fire Crew Member. He is currently Operational Risk Lead, at Vale Manitoba Operations. Martin’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science (Physics & Earth Science) from Memorial University and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. As a Professional Geoscientist, he is registered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. He believes strongly in the power of people and safe, happy and engaged teams to “move mountains” with their ingenuity for the betterment of all. To this end, he is honoured to co-chair MAMI’s Safety Committee and help support the industry’s commitment to sustainably create materials used in cutting edge products to advance society, and provide safe, diverse, and inclusive workplaces where everybody is valued.
Co-Chair, MAMI Indigenous Relations/Exploration Committee
Neil Richardson has worked in the mining/exploration industry for over 34 years for junior and major mining companies. He is currently Director of Exploration for Hudbay Minerals Inc. Early in his career, he worked as a mine exploration geologist in base metal and gold environments. He then became a Chief Operating Officer for various different junior mining companies exploring for nickel-copper-PGE’s in Canada and Greenland, gold in Nevada and Manitoba, and copper-zinc in Manitoba and Ontario. He graduated from Cambrian College with a Geological Engineering Technology diploma. In addition to co-chairing MAMI’s Indigenous Relations and Exploration Committee, he currently sits on the technical advisory board for a junior mining company. He is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, Engineering Geoscientists Manitoba, and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Neil cares about making sure people understand the importance of sustainable, environmentally friendly exploration and the evolving understanding of deposits and their characteristics. He believes in the importance of exploration to find metals to continue to build new technology (green energy) and to show the world that mining is an environmentally friendly industry focused on working towards a cleaner future.