A North Bay mining engineer is being recognized for his contributions to the industry and their broader economic impact on the community.
Roy Slack, a director at Cementation Americas, is the recipient of a Community Builders Award, a recognition program hosted by BayToday.
(BayToday is owned by Village Media, which also owns Northern Ontario Business.)
This marks the inaugural year for North Bay’s Community Builders Awards, which recognize community leaders in 10 different categories, including arts, economic development, education, environment, hall of fame, health care, legacy, sports and recreation, unsung hero, and young leader.
Slack is being recognized in the economic development category.
A professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the mining sector, Slack was instrumental in bringing Cementation to North Bay in 1998.
What started as a small office with only seven employees has expanded to become one of the largest mine contractors in North America, with more than 150 local employees and approximately 1,500 worldwide.
In 2016, Cementation was recognized as a Safest Employer in Canada Gold Winner in the natural resources sector.
Under Roy’s leadership, the company has had a profound positive impact on the community of North Bay, not only through job development and bolstering revenue in the city, but also by supporting non-profit organizations, charities and community events over the last 25 years.
He is dedicated to getting more young people interested and employed in the mining sector.
Throughout his career in mine construction, design and development, Slack has helped to maximize the economic potential of Northern Ontario communities.
He is also passionate about improving workplace safety and supporting other businesses and organizations in the development of state-of-the-art training and innovation development within the mining industry.
“This award, which is associated with the community, is very important,” Slack said in a celebratory video.
“It’s foundational to Cementation, because when we started the company, we wanted to develop long-term partnerships with the communities we lived and worked in, and there are some different ways we did that.
“But it’s very gratifying to see that recognized in our hometown where we started the company, so it’s very exciting.”
A full profile, along with video, is available for viewing here.
— With files from BayToday