A Sudbury woman was a 2019 recipient of the CIM–Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award, which was presented earlier this year at the CIM annual general meeting in Montreal.
Shannon Katary was one of several persons under 40 named for their achievement and potential in various sectors of mining, including corporate performance, operations, finance, technical services and innovation, marketing and trading, as well as services and support functions, said a CIM news release.
Katary is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Maestro Digital Mine in Sudbury. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of the marketing and communications strategy. Previously, she held the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications for CEMI – Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation and the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN).
In her 13 years and counting in the mining industry, Katary has communicated, inspired and connected the world to the importance of mining. For Katary, accelerating the Canadian mining innovation advantage is a lifetime career and volunteer path where she gets to use her superpowers to communicate ideas into tangible commercially viable products and services for the global mining industry, said the release.
She serves on a variety of volunteer organizations in her community such as Executive for MMTS - Modern Mining & Technology Sudbury, Executive for MECA Symposium and Dynamic Earth’s Go Deeper Committee. She is a keynote speaker at various mining events such as the Women in Mining Northern Ontario Chapter. Has served on the Board of the Walden Mountain Bike Club (6 years). In 2009, she received the Civic Award for Volunteerism from the City of Greater Sudbury. In 2013, Katary was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Sudbury by Northern Ontario Business.
Katary shared the stage with Elenor Siebring, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Canada for Westmoreland Mining Holdings LLC; Darren Nathan, General Foreman of Operations and Maintenance for Raglan Mine – Concentrator, A Glencore Company; and Dr. Agus Sasmito, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering at McGill University.
Some of the past Sudbury area winners of the CIM young mining leaders award include the following: Bora Ugurgel in 2018, Christine Bertoli in 2015, Peter Xavier in 2014 and Adam Tonnos in 2012.