Hall of Fame

Please share with us your experiences as a leader… a personal event about safety, the positive actions or achievements of a person, a quote about leadership  – anything that you think will inspire others who read this…

Story by Cory Grieve

Corrie:
I wanted to pass this along to you but it is hard for me to talk about so I never cc’d everyone. I gave away the second elastic bracelet that I took to someone who is very deserving of it and can and will continue to help improve safety. He was very moved by the story I told about the bracelet and he looks forward to finding someone to pass it to when the opportunity presents itself.

The person I gave it to was the U/G maintenance superintendent at the last mine I was at before joining BHPB. We unfortunately had a fatality at this site and I was very involved in this. The short story is I responded to an emergency call on the radio of an accident in a certain area of the mine, the second call said it was vehicle roll over. When I arrived on scene I was expecting a rescue mission and was not prepared for a recovery mission. It was very apparent that there were no signs of life and to this day I don’t know where my instincts came from but I just took control of the situation and did what needed to be done and took care of the other workers in the area, arranged for mine rescue to do a recovery, cleared and secured the area and had a guard posted at the drift entrance with the instructions that god himself did not pass this check point without my permission.

This was the longest day of my life, I sat at the scene alone while I waited to turn it over to the proper authorities. I stayed strong and focused and did what needed to be done, I had been a supervisor for less than 5 months and there is no training for this, it is pure instinct. I remember getting home at around 9:00 that night and my son asked me how work was and I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably it was just a flood gate of emotion all at once. I gathered myself after a few minutes and explained to my family what had happened.

As you are well aware a fatality investigation is very involved and they needed me there for every step of the way, the next three days were all spent U/G and with the mines branch and company investigators. The maintenance superintendent at the time was the one who helped get me through this. I confided in him that I will do whatever is expected of me during the investigation but once it is done I will never work U/G again and that most likely my career in mining was over. He told me that I needed to look at what I had accomplished in the short time I had been a supervisor and that he knew that all the workers had already come to respect and trust me. He said something to me that I will never forget, “Cory you can leave if you want to but I know in my heart that if anything were to happen out here and you know that it is something you would have prevented you will not be able to live with yourself even if it is five or ten years down the road. You are too good of a leader and have too much passion to stop caring. Please stay with us and more importantly me, and together we can do whatever we can to make sure we do all that is possible to ever having to make that visit again.”( he went to the victims house to deliver the news to the family) He and I spent the next five years working to improve safety and to have all our workers embrace safety as a way of life and had much success in building our team.

Sorry this is a long email but I wanted you to fully understand why I chose this person and to let you know he wears it with pride and the day he gives it away will be a great day for all of us.

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Maury Simoneau

Manager Project Delivery

BHP (Potash)

Maury Simoneau is employed by BHP within their Potash business, and has spent the last 8 years of his career working on the Jansen Potash Project in Saskatchewan Canada.  Starting as a Site Superintendent and progressing to Manager Project Delivery, Maury is committed to continually improving project culture through demonstrating felt leadership with sharp focus on strong work planning practices that promote the safe execution of work.  

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John Brown

Director, Health & Safety

Volt Power

Mr. John Brown is an accomplished safety leader and currently serves as the Director of Environmental Health & Safety for Volt Power LLC. Mr. Brown started his career in the electrical power and construction industry from the “ground” floor starting on the generation side of the business as an hourly employee.

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Michael Meighen

Director, Corporate Health and Safety

Kinross Gold

Mr. Meighen is a global mining executive with experience leading both domestic and international teams.  Michael grew his career in operations management for both underground and surface sites from the front line supervisor level to Vice President of Operations.  He is currently the Director, Corporate Health and Safety for Kinross Gold. 

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Juan Pineda

Safety, Health and Environment Manager 

Leagold Mining Corporation

He started his career in mining 26 years ago in the Industrial Safety department of the mining company American Pacific Honduras Inc. El Mochito Mine in Honduras as an instructor of the area, he also conducted training consultancies to other mining companies.

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Mike Byrne

Independent Consultant, Risk Health & Safety

An independent consultant in the areas of Risk, Health and Safety, Mike has amassed extensive experience as a Safety Professional in the mining industry, with20+ years advocating for Health and Safety in the extractive Industry.

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Dale Ekmark

Consultant

Iron Range Engineering School

Dale Ekmark has over 23 years of domestic and international experience in the mining and other heavy industry. He has spent over two-thirds of his career working in large open pit operations, in both operational and corporate leadership capacities. He is a highly successful leader with a combination of strong technical expertise, focus on employee-centric mine safety/risk management and operational optimization.  A common theme throughout his career has been the strong and lasting culture transition to a highly engaged workforce resulting in top-tier safety and operational results.  

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Dr Sergei Diakov

Group Discovery Advisor

Exploration Group of Anglo American

Expertise in regional geology, structural analysis, geochemistry and geology of ore deposits, prospecting and exploration of various types of ore deposits, economic assessment of mineral projects, management of exploration programs, management of health and safety, environmental, geological, and social risks. 

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Wim Dobbelaere

Owner

Opeccelente S.R.L.

After a 30 year career in Engineering and Operations Management at the complex Smelter inUmicore Precious Metal Refining, Wim founded his own company in Operational Excellence ( located in the South of Italy ), from where he now advises other metal recycling operations spread over the whole world. His experience and vision about how to run pyrometallurgical operations is recognized in many other parts of the non-ferrous business.

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Cory Bodyfelt

Director of Health and Safety for North and South America

Kinross Gold Corporation

Mr. Bodyfelt is the Kinross Gold Corporation Director of Health and Safety for North and South America. Cory has over 23 years’ experience in the mining industry, 16 of which were in Mine Operations. He has lead safety throughout all levels of the Kinross organization, from Front Line Supervisor to Director.

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Jan Nel

Operations Manager

Debmarine Namibia

Jan Nel is the Operations Manager at Debmarine Namibia with 33 years’ experience in diamond mining, seven years underground, five years opencast & twenty one years marine mining. He is an Electrical Engineer by profession and has spent most of his career in operations/technical management at different levels in the De Beers Group of Companies since he joined in 1986. 

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Benoit Chassagne

Center Of Excellence, Global Supply Chain, Project Delivery Lead

International Paper

Benoit Chassagne began his career at International Paper in 2014 as supply chain operations manager for their paper division in EMEA. Prior to that, Benoit held various leadership positions in the field of international distribution, global logistics, warehousing, manufacturing and sales & customer service. Benoit worked in many different countries throughout his career including Ireland (Dublin), Canada (Quebec City), Holland (Rotterdam), Belgium (Brussels) and he is currently working in the United-States (Memphis). 

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Robin Hurst

Vice President of Projects – Technical and Project Solutions

Southern Company

Robin Hurst is the vice president of Projects for Southern Company’s Technical and Project Solutions organization (T&PS). He leads a team of approximately 250 project managers, construction managers, and field coordinators in planning and implementation of major capital projects and O&M retrofit projects across the generation fleet in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

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John Sims

Senior Vice President & President, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia

International Paper

John Sims, after serving seven years in the U. S. Navy’s Submarine Force and reaching the rank of LCDR, began his career with International Paper in 1994 in the Liquid Packaging Business. John has held various positions in International Paper including technical services manager, sheet plant manager, director of supply chain, and director of sales & business management.

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Tim Baker

Chairman of the Board

Gold Star Resources

Tim Baker, formerly COO of Kinross, is Chairman of the Board at Gold Star Resources. Tim is a director of Antofagasta PLC and Sherritt International and is a registered member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Tim is a geologist with over 30 years of global project development and operational experience including in Chile and Tanzania where he was Executive General Manager for Placer Dome.

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Jennifer Bailey

Director of Safety

Xcel Energy

Jennifer Bailey is director of safety and health for Alabama Power Company. In this role, she oversees the creation and implementation of an action-oriented safety and health strategy for the organization, which includes Generation, Power Delivery and Corporate. She ensures the safety and health policies meet all federal, state and local regulations while providing risk assessments, training oversight and data- driven safety performance analysis and trend reporting. She is a certified industrial hygienist and a certified hazardous materials manager.

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David McMichen

Director, Health & Safety

Georgia Power Company

David McMichen serves Georgia Power Company as Director, Health & Safety. David has 20+ years of experience in safety and risk management and is a student of safety culture. He was previously Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety at Skanska USA responsible for all Midwest projects.

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Lea Ann Hjetland

Organizational Performance Manager, SCS Operations

Southern Company

Lea Ann Hjetland is responsible for Human and Organizational Performance within Southern Company. In this role, Lea Ann is responsible for supporting SCS Operations, Alabama Power and Southern Gas. Formerly, she was the Safety and Health Manager for SCS Operations. She began her career as a Safety Coordinator working for an automobile manufacturing company in Hopkinsville, KY in 2003.

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Kim Greene

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Southern Gas Company

Kim Greene is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). In this role, she ensures the delivery of natural gas to more than 4.2 million utility customers in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. In addition, she oversees the non-utility businesses that deliver value through energy-related products and services, wholesale gas services and gas midstream operations, including gas pipeline investments and storage and fuels.

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Lauren Roberts

Hecla Mining

Mr. Roberts is a versatile mining executive with over 20 years of diverse operating experience. Lauren is a Professional Engineer in the states of Washington, Nevada, and Alaska.  He has surface and underground mining experience that spans mine operations and maintenance, project construction and commissioning, technical services, environmental, and reclamation activities.  Lauren is a proven mine operator with an unwavering commitment to safety, the environment, and operational excellence.

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Steve Reid

Independent Director

Eldorado Gold

Steve is an Australian mining engineer with over 35 years of extensive international experience in both the operating and business aspects of the mining industry.  Until recently he was the Chief Operating Officer for Goldcorp Inc. with responsibility for their 16 mining operations and projects throughout the Americas.

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George Burns

President and Chief Executive Officer

Eldorado Gold

George Burns joined Eldorado on February 1, 2017 and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer on April 28, 2017. Prior to joining Eldorado, George was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp. Prior to that he held the positions of Senior Vice President, Mexican Operations and Vice President, Canada and United States respectively. Mr. Burns has over 30 years of experience in the mineral sector including executive, operations, development and engineering leadership roles in gold, copper and coal operations.

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Jeff Billingsley

Manager, Transmission and Distribution

Southern California Edison

I have been with Southern California Edison for over 33 safe years in the Transmission and Distribution department serving in the craft, design, and leadership disciplines.  I began my career in 1980 as a Groundman, and progressed through the craft ranks to Construction Foreman.  I performed safely for 16 years in the field, and had no recordable injuries personally or on the crews that I led.

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