Goldcorp’s ongoing support for educational initiatives kick-starts benefits that will last a lifetime, and beyond.
Goldcorp has always been committed to developing its people. Now the company’s support for budding future recruits has taken on new urgency, as a looming industry-wide skills shortage threatens to impact its ability to maintain operations, much less support the degree of growth anticipated in future development plans. According to Engineers Canada, approximately 100,000 engineering positions are expected to be open in Canada by 2020. Some estimates peg the shortage of mining professionals near 50,000 openings industry-wide over the same time frame.
“Goldcorp has a history of promoting female leadership, diversity and inclusion, and we are confident that with this
partnership, we can make great strides forward.” – Marc Parlange, UBC’s Dean of Applied Science
Competing demands coupled with shrinking government support challenges academia to keep pace with private-sector
realities. So Goldcorp is stepping up, with support for expanded programming for mining-related fields. Some of latest developments from these programs in Canada include the following announcements made earlier this year.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, Goldcorp announced a donation of $500,000 to establish the Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Faculty of Applied Science.
Engineering is one of the last remaining professions in which women are underrepresented. The professorship focuses on promoting engineering as a creative and rewarding career to high school students proficient in science, engineering and math, as well as to school counsellors and to parent groups. Recruiting begins this summer with the aim of increasing female enrollment from the national average of 20% to 50% over the next five years.
A donation of $300,000 from Goldcorp to Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University’s Mineral Resource Engineering Program will create the Goldcorp Professorship in Mineral Engineering to increase teaching capacity, expand program breadth and provide more opportunities for students.
Initially, the focus will be on designing a curriculum to supplement Dalhousie’s existing emphasis on health, safety and environmental aspects of mining engineering.
Brent Bergeron, Goldcorp’s Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs: “We are working to increase the number of new graduates entering our field and we’re confident that Dalhousie can expand on its current track record of graduating top-notch mining engineers.”
Demonstrating our continued support for Quebec communities, Goldcorp granted $1 million over five years to establish the Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Resources and Energy Law at Université Laval, Canada’s oldest education centre.
The Chair is supplemented by a $250,000 contribution from the Fasken Martineau law firm to develop unique research capabilities in all aspects of natural resources and energy law, including land management, aboriginal property rights and environmental performance.