Mining and Metals Industry Mentors

Date: November 18, 2021 12:00 pm (ET)


  • Nonkululeko Buthelezi, Process Engineer
    Rio Tinto
  • Ali Crawford, Section Leader
    Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM)
  • Yitian Chen, Global Commissioning Group Coordinator
  • Jessica Albanese, Senior Engineer
  • Melissa Ng, Chief Geologist
    Cameco, Women in Mining Canada (WIMC)

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Mining and Metals Industry Mentors


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Women In Mining Canada Canada’s leading organization for women in mining 

Women in Mining Canada envisions an industry that fosters, promotes and empowers women. We see a future where the possibilities, opportunities and goals are similar for all, regardless of gender. Our mission is to:

Educate  Our strategy is to focus on providing the tools and resources to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion and help women working in the Canadian mining industry, to build the skills to become future leaders.

Elevate  Women in Mining Canada is committed to providing a national platform that fosters excellence and best practices and celebrates with award recognition.

Empower  It is time for a change. The mining industry has the lowest number of women in the C-Suite of any industry group worldwide. Professional networking, speaking opportunities and access to board training rounds out our strategy

Event details:

Join us on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at noon for CIC Talks Careers: Mining and Metals Industry Mentors to connect with exceptional chemical sciences and engineering professionals working within this field. This free employment workshop allows participants to receive valuable career advice from accomplished professionals with a wealth of domestic or international working experience. 

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What to expect?  

  • Obtain valuable professional development tips from seasoned chemical sciences professionals and engineers working within the mining and metals industry.     
  • Enjoy a free career mentorship workshop designed to help you learn about multiple career paths within the chemical sciences and engineering fields. 

Audience: This event is specifically designed for chemical engineers, chemists, and all other chemical sciences professionals and students of all backgrounds and experience levels who are looking to obtain more guidance and direction to get their careers started. 


Ali Crawford

Ali Crawford, BScEng, BEcon

Section Leader, Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM)

A graduate of Queen’s University’s Mineral Processing program, Ali currently works as a Section Leader at Kingston Process Metallurgy; a consulting company providing support to the chemical, mining and metallurgical industries. Prior to joining KPM, Ali spent the majority of the last 10 years with Glencore, starting in the EIT program and then permanently at the Glencore Smelter in Falconbridge. As a Process Engineer, she supported most areas of the flowsheet in process optimization, participated in commissioning work, and guided shutdown & startup activities. In 2018, Ali moved to Vale’s Long Harbour Operations in Newfoundland, where she optimized the water treatment plant to reduce raw water consumption and supported the solvent extraction area. Just over a year later, she returned to Sudbury at Clarabelle Mill, where she supported month-end activities and daily balancing, as well as technology-focused projects.

Yitian Chen

Yitian Chen, MMSc, P.Eng, PMP

Global Commissioning Group Coordinator, Hatch 

Yitian has over 9 years of experience specializing in digital system integration and commissioning management and execution. She has a strong background in EPCM projects and has an extensive variety of experience in roles ranging from system and process control design to onsite commissioning and operational management and support in the mining and mineral processing industry in North America and Asia regions. She has excellent interpersonal and management skills in nurturing strong integrated project teams in large-scale and challenging projects. Her education and qualifications include a MESc, Management of Technology in Engineering, University of Waterloo, a BEng, Chemical Engineering, Laurentian University and a Certificate, Women in Leadership, Cornell University.

Jessica Albanese

Jessica Albanese, P.Eng, PMP

Senior Engineer, Hatch 

Jessica is a Professional Engineer and a 2010 graduate from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering Chemistry. Upon graduation, Jessica started working at Hatch where she remains over 10 years later. Jessica started her career in Control and Automation design from which she transitioned into a role doing commissioning work. With Commissioning, she has had the opportunity to work at Sierra Gorda, a copper and molybdenum mine in the Atacama Desert in Chile, and at Gahcho Kué, a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. More recently, Jessica has held various roles in Project Controls for the Jansen Potash Project, a $5B potash mine being constructed in Saskatchewan. She is currently working as the Project Manager for a master data development project in Sudbury, ON.

Nonkululeko Buthelezi

Nonkululeko Buthelezi, BSc, MSc

Process Engineer, Rio Tinto 

Nonku has a diverse educational background including geology, chemistry and process engineering. She completed her geology and chemistry undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town in 2016. Upon completion, she worked for Richards Bay Minerals as a geologist. She furthered her studies by pursuing an MSc degree in Mining and Materials Engineering (Mineral processing) at McGill. Thereafter, she was hired by Rio Tinto as a process engineer in 2020. Her current role focuses on flowsheet development for new projects and innovation-focused projects.

Melissa Ng

Melissa Ng, BSc, P.Geo, MBA

Chief Geologist, Cameco, Women in Mining Canada (WIMC)

Melissa has over 13 years of experience as a Professional Geologist in the mining industry. She has held several positions on both the exploration and operations side of the industry working across North America. While focusing on underground mining operations, this experience has allowed her to work in multiple commodities including uranium, zinc, lead, and gold. Her transparent and authentic style of leadership allows her to lead dynamic teams while managing the challenges that companies face with ever-changing deliverables. She holds an MBA from Athabasca University and a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta. She most recently accepted a position as Chief Geologist with Cameco Corporation in Saskatchewan and currently serves as a director on the Women In Mining Canada board.