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2023 Scholarship Winners


MER Memorial Scholarship

Brianna Hynes

Brianna is a process engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) with expected graduation in April 2024. Through the Co-operative Education program, she completed two work terms with Vale at their Long Harbour Processing Plant in Long Harbour, NL, where she discovered her passion for mineral processing. She was intrigued by the entire nickel production process and took the initiative to improve operational efficiency throughout her work terms. Brianna was selected to attend the 55th Annual Canadian Mineral Processors Conference in January 2023 through the Sponsored Student Program. To expand her knowledge and become more involved in the mining industry, Brianna later joined the CIM Newfoundland & Labrador Branch and MUN MetSoc Student Society. Brianna hopes to work in the mineral processing industry during her future career as a process engineer.




MER Memorial Scholarship

Raiyana Umar

Raiyana is a third-year chemical engineering student at Laurentian University with an advanced diploma in the same field from Sheridan College. She recently completed a 16-month co-op as a process engineer with Hatch's high-pressure metallurgy group. The co-op provided her with valuable practical experience and a unique insight into the mining industry. After graduating, she intends to work as a process engineer for a mineral processing plant or a mining engineering consulting company.

Outside the classroom, Raiyana enjoys getting involved in the community. Currently, she is serving as the vice president of the Laurentian Women in Engineering Club. Additionally, she has volunteered with local organizations such as the Good Neighbour Project, Acclaim Health, and Meals on Wheels. Community service has been a constant in her life, and she intends to keep it that way as she advance her professional career. Her dedication to education and community service is highlighted by the number of scholarships she has received, including the CMIEF Scholarship, Stantec Equity and Diversity Scholarship, STEM TC Energy Scholarship, faculty nominated Sheridan College Academic Award for Excellence (consecutively), and Sheridan College Engineering Scholarship.




Centennial Scholarship

Grace Bingham

Grace is currently in her second year of the electrical engineering dual degree/diploma program at Lakehead University. She is passionate about her studies, particularly in power and control systems. Having grown up in Northern Ontario, she has always been intrigued by the numerous career opportunities offered by the mining industry.

After completing an electrical engineering internship with Silver Lake Resources at the SugarZone Mine this past summer in White River, Ontario, Grace is even more compelled to continue pursuing a career in the mining industry. During the school year, she volunteers with the Lakehead Engineering Student Society to organize and execute various events on campus, engaging the student population and fostering a sense of community in the department. She also enjoys sharing her passion for learning with the youth in her community by volunteering to tutor students through United for Literacy. Grace's lifelong career goal is to participate in designing reliable power systems and providing innovative and effective electrical control systems for the many remote mines in her home of Northern Ontario.



Centennial Scholarship

Quinn Jackson

Quinn is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa. During his studies in computer science, he has utilized data analytics, Python, and ArcGIS to explore the environmental impacts and benefits of mining operations in communities. Quinn's interest lies in developing algorithms and data-driven approaches to enhance the efficiency and safety in the mining sector, showcasing his potential as a future leader in sustainable technology. He is passionate about getting involved and fostering strong communal bonds, loves community gardens and growing your own food. He still thinks orienteering is "lots of fun," despite getting lost multiple times.



Ken Hildebrandt Memorial Scholarship

Rebecca Randall

Rebecca is a third-year mining engineering student at Queen's University completing a specialization in mineral processing and environment. She is an active member of her community being the Vice-President of the Queen's Mining Society, Co-Chair of the Queen's Conference on Business and Mining, and Co-Chair of the Queen's Chapter of MetSoc. She is also an engaged member of the Queen's Engineering Society and is a Varsity Cyclist for Queen's. She is excited about starting her career in the mining industry and strives to pursue roles focusing in metallurgy while being a part of innovation in mining.




Ken Hildebrandt Memorial Scholarship

Luis Urena-Tejada

Luis is a third-year student at Laurentian University studying to become a mechanical engineer with a specialization in mechatronics. His previous co-op placements with multiple mining companies underscore his commitment to continuous learning and acquiring valuable experience and skills through challenging roles. He has been recognized on the Dean's Honours List and has received scholarships such as the CMIEF Scholarship and last year’s CIM MER Memorial Scholarship.

At Laurentian University, he actively participates in the SAE Baja LU Voyageurs Racing Club, the LU Mine Rescue Club, and serves as the Vice-President of Finances & Administration for the LU Engineering Student Society. His ultimate career goal is to be a top expert in mineral processing and automation, improving sustainability, safety, efficiency, and reliability while reducing our environmental impact and giving back to the community.