CIM MER 2021 Scholarship Winners 


CIM Centennial Scholarship

Sussan Alam

Sussan Alam was born on June 27, 2001 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. She is currently a 2nd year undergraduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the mining industry to modernize the mining activities using machine-generated big data, Internet of Things, and data analysis techniques for predictive maintenance and increased safety, reliability and productivity of the mining operations. Being a female engineer, she wants to be an industry leader in mining and wants to play as a role model by increasing the representation of Women in Mining.






Edward Melville (Ed) Patton Scholarship

Zhanbolat Magzumov

Zhanbolat Magzumov is from Kazakhstan. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in Russia , a masters in mining engineering from Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan and is now following a PhD in McGill University, Canada. He loves reading books, playing football, and watching and playing European football and Formula 1. He is excited to follow his career in mining career and is grateful to to be chosen as a scholarship winner.









Ken Hildebrant Memorial Scholarship

Hannah LeCocq

Hannah LeCocq is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science, in mining engineering, at Queen’s University’s Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. This past year she completed an internship at an underground gold mine working in ventilation, ground control, and production. She is passionate about safety, efficiency and technology and current opportunities for growth in the mining Industry. Upon Graduation she looks forward to a long career in mining.








Ken Hildebrant Memorial Scholarship

Max Schreckenbach

Max Schreckenbach is a 4th year student in the B.Sc. Geological Sciences (Hons) program at the University of Manitoba. Since he was a child, I he has loved the outdoors, and has spent many summers hiking and camping all over North America with my family. He has held three geology summer student jobs: one with a geological survey, one with a mining company, and one following academic research. He is actively pursuing a career in the mining industry.








MER Memorial Scholarship

Meet Bhagat

Meet Bhagat is currently a first-year M.Eng. Engineering Science student at Laurentian University, specialising in Mine-Mechanical Engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, India. He is interested in future mining technologies that can enhance the efficiency and safety of mining.








MER Memorial Scholarship

Kaitlyn de Morée van Lierde

Kaitlyn de Morée van Lierde is currently a 4th year Geophysics student at Carleton University. She has always had a keen interest in geology, which began with the collection of her first rock sample at 3 years old. In her 1st year of university, she began working with Dr. Richard Ernst and the Large Igneous Provinces Commission. To date, she has been part of projects of a wide range of topics, from the Commission’s large igneous province geochronology database to paleomagnetic reconstructions. Her Honour’s thesis involves gravitational and magnetic modelling of mafic and ultramafic intrusions around the Mackenzie large igneous province plume center near Victoria Island in the Northwest Territories. As the Vice-President of Finance for Carleton’s Geological Society, she is working to improve the financial situation of the club. In her spare time Kaitlyn enjoys rock climbing, maintaining and repairing her 2005 4Runner, hiking, camping, weightlifting, running, travelling, and adding rocks to her ever-growing collection.










MER Memorial Scholarship

Nasim Yavari

Nasim Yavari is an international student at Laurentian University with a Chemical Engineering background. Currently,she is working on her Master's thesis in the field of biological fixation (capture) of mineral off-gas CO2 using microalgae that has been collected from mine sites in Sudbury, Ontario to address one of the most serious environmental issues: global warming. As she noticed that mining is responsible for 4-7% of greenhouse-gas emissions globally and Sudbury is known as the mining capital of the world, she became enthusiastic about developing a sustainable and environmentally-friendly technology for CO2 fixation that does not cause secondary pollution. The method she is working on is also able to synthesize various biomolecules, like carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, which can be used as biofuels, sources of food or pharmaceutical products. Her research is conducted in collaboration with Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore company. Having become involved in this project, she has developed a passion to develop her career within the mining industry.