Art of mining

Snapshots of an industry, transformed

Welcome to the new Art of mining

The mining industry is embracing transformation and reimagining the possible, powered by a dynamic workforce, new technologies and diverse ideas. It’s a time to innovate boldly to create new value, including higher productivity, lower costs, safety improvements and enhanced partnerships with industry and community stakeholders. This year’s reimagined Art of mining photography competition asks an important question:

“What does mining transformation look like to you?” 

It’s an opportunity for Canadian mining organizations to spotlight digital transformation and the positive impact the industry has at home and abroad. And this year, our new digital voting campaign will give everyone the chance to cast their vote and have their say in which photograph best captures transformation in the industry.

Submissions are open until December 18, 2018, and organizations from across Canada are encouraged to participate. It promises to be a photo finish.

About the awards program

The timeline

Photo submission period

•  October 23, 2018 to December 18, 2018

•  Companies can submit their photo for consideration using the online application

•  Smartphone images are welcome - a snapshot capturing a meaningful moment can be just as impactful as a professional portrait

Online voting period

•  January 7, 2019 to March 4, 2019

•  Finalist photos are posted online and public voting opens. Sign up to receive our latest Art of mining updates to make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to vote

Art of mining reception

•  March 4, 2019, The Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East, Toronto

•  The event will bring together the best and the brightest of the industry and the next generation of leaders for an evening of conversation and celebration   

•  All photo submissions are displayed at the Art of mining reception during the annual PDAC conference. Voting will remain open at the start of the event until votes are tallied and the winners are announced

The focus

All photo submissions should answer the question: “What does mining transformation look like to you?” Elements of transformation could include adopting new technologies or embracing talent diversity to prepare your mine for the future. Consider the impact your transformation has on people, productivity, automation, efficiency, sustainability and health and safety.

The award

The winning companies will receive the following amounts to donate to the community program or charity of their choice:

1.  First place: $10,000

2.  Second place: $3,000

3.  Third place: $2,000

In addition to a charitable donation, applicants will have the opportunity to participate in an initiative run by Women Who Rock aimed at connecting Canadian mining leaders with the next generation of talent.

The criteria

In order to qualify, you must:

•  Be a Canadian mining/development/exploration organization with active operations

•  Submit only one (1) image to the competition

•  Have a senior executive from your organization present for the Art of mining reception on the evening of March 4, 2019 in Toronto to be eligible for a prize

Being a part of mining: The industry’s future leaders

A tech-enabled workforce

Technology is transforming the mining industry’s entire value chain, creating new opportunities for managing talent. The younger generation, expected to become a majority of the workforce by the early 2020s, are digital natives and bring their own expectations to technology, collaboration and accountability. And the mining industry competes with all other industries for talent. Companies need to adapt in order to attract and retain the leaders of the future.

Art of mining and the workforce of the future

Art of mining gives Canadian mining organizations a platform to showcase how they’re transforming the face of the industry. It’s an opportunity to use visual stories to show the next generation the benefits of joining an industry ready to be disrupted. Embracing talent and diversity is key to the future of the industry, which is fueling a culture of innovation by nurturing new skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.

How to apply

Tips and tricks for a beautiful photo submission

  • Make sure your photo has a resolution of 300 dpi or higher and is no larger than 10 MB
  • Include different tones and colours
  • Incorporate visual complexity, rich details, good contrast and the use of both bright and dark regions (e.g. group of people, a factory lit up at night)

Media partners

Women Who Rock

Contact us

Dean Braunsteiner
National Mining Leader, PwC Canada
Tel: +1 416 869 8713

Liam Fitzgerald
Partner, Competency, Innovation & Legal Tax Leader, PwC Canada
Tel: +1 416 869 2601

Mark Platt
Partner, Assurance, PwC Canada
Tel: +1 604 806 7093

James Lusby
Partner, Assurance Group, PwC Canada
Tel: +1 416 365 8181

Marelize Konig
National Business Transformation Leader, PwC Canada
Tel: +1 416 814 5862

Rebecca Chan
Partner, Tax, PwC Canada
Tel: +1 416 365 8831

Monica Banting
Partner, Assurance
Tel: +1 416 941 8233

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