Supporting and protecting a diverse workforce.
Mountain Province Diamonds understands the value of including diverse voices in our workforce. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the communities in which we operate and foster inclusion and participation across all levels of organisation.
Our relatively small senior leadership team includes a diverse array of voices from typically underrepresented groups including women, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
At Gahcho Kué mine, about half of the workforce resides in the Northwest Territories (NT). Fourteen different NT communities are represented among Gahcho Kué employees and about 25% of Gahcho Kué’s northern workforce come from local indigenous communities.
Approximately 19% of our Gahcho Kué's workforce are women. Though this is slightly higher than the industry average of 16%, we are striving toward gender parity and achieved an 11% increase from 2017 to 2018. Of the women employed at the mine, approximately 20% were in skilled, professional, and managerial positions.
Mountain Province Diamonds invests in its current and future workforce. On average, each of Gahcho Kué mine’s approximately 500 employees spends 45 hours in training or development courses each year. This time is split between health and safety training and supporting the professional development of our workforce. In 2018, five employees successfully completed the Norther Leadership Development Program at Aurora College in Yellowknife, 17 employees completed De Beers Group’s Leader as Coach program, and 43 employees completed the Front Line Leadership course at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary.
Mountain Province Diamonds also invests in the next generation of skilled workers through training and apprenticeship positions. In 2018, Gahcho Kué supported two apprenticeship positions and eleven training positions for NT residents in two areas of mining operations in partnership with the Mine Training Society. Mountain Province Diamonds also supports the Mine Training Society financially, helping them to fulfill other aspects of their mission to assist Indigenous and Northern people in finding long term work in the mining industry through a unique partnership between Indigenous governments, the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the mining industry.
Above all else, Mountain Province Diamonds is committed to prioritising health and safety across the full lifespan of our projects, from exploration through closure. We work together with our workforce to cultivate a culture of workplace safety. We strive to empower individual workers with the policies, practices, tools, information, and authority they require to perform their work safely. One of our key focuses is sharing knowledge, information, and lessons learned from safety incidents and near misses among workers at all levels of our organisation to ensure that our safety practices are ever-improving. Between 2016 and 2019, the number of injuries per hour worked at our Gahcho Kué mine was reduced by more than half through the dedicated efforts our employees have made to keep each other safe at work. In July of 2018, we surpassed one million hours without a lost time injury.
Gahcho Kué’s Emergency Rescue Team, which is comprised of Gahcho Kué employees who are trained to respond in case of a health, safety, or environmental emergency on site, consistently wins awards for its performance. The team recently captured the Top Overall Surface Team two years in a row at the annual Northwest Territories and Nunavut Mine Rescue Competition, out-performing teams from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Ontario.
Mountain Province Diamonds supports the health and well-being of its workforce, who live and work at the mine for several weeks at a time. In 2018, over 180 Gahcho Kué employees took part in the Know Your Numbers Campaign, which aimed to help employees learn about important health metrics like blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and percent body fat. The mine also offers a fully equipped gym with weight-training and cardio equipment, a gymnasium with basketball, volleyball, badminton, and squash courts, and a running and walking track.
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