Governing Council

The Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining is an industry-driven organization working with mineral resource companies to improve and enhance the industry, help address its needs for training and education, and conduct applied research to provide solutions to industry issues.

That focus is reflected in the makeup of CNIM’s Governing Council, whose goals are to provide advice to the University for establishing CNIM’s priorities. The majority of the members are from industry.

The Governing Council also provides strategic direction to CNIM. Its expert advice helps CNIM determine what industrial training is needed, what will be required in the future and what resources might be available in the industry to help make that happen.

The council meets quarterly to review plans, and set budgets and priorities.


Dr. Paul West Sells

Casino Mining Corporation
Chair, CNIM Governing Council 

Robin Black

Vice-President, Exploration

BMC Minerals

Mike Burke

Vice-President, Corporate Development
Sitka Gold Corp

Christian Roldan

Study Manager, Coffee Mine Project

Newmont Goldcorp Inc.

Darlene Schmidt

Human Resources Superintendent

Victoria Gold

Sidney Schafrik

Senior Advisor, Mining & Strategic Initiatives

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government

Sebastian Tolgyesi

Assistant General Manager

Hecla Mining

Rob Yeomans

Socio-Economic Development Manager

Parsons Corporation

Mike McDougall

Board of Director
Klondike Placer Miners' Association


Dr. Lesley Brown

President & Vice-Chancellor

Yukon University

Dan Anton

Executive Director, Continuing Studies & CNIM

Yukon University

Dr. Bronwyn Hancock

Vice-Provost, Academic & Research

Yukon University

Dr. Shelagh Rowles

Provost & Vice-President Academic

Yukon University