|Lisa Neuhold, President and Director
With an international career spanning over 18 years in Australia, Great Britain and now Canada, Lisa has worked in various roles across a multitude of industries which include mining, professional services, infrastructure and the hospitality sector. She has returned to the mining industry after a nine-year hiatus, realizing that is where her passion lies. In her current position at NOVAGOLD, Lisa manages the Vancouver office and works closely with the Corporate Communications and Investor Relations teams. Prior to NOVAGOLD, she spent nine years in London working for Rio Tinto, Accenture and Network Rail.Lisa’s key strengths lie in communication, leadership and the organization of people and company systems. She thrives on solving problems; digging deep, identifying key issues, and implementing solutions. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge in event and project management, client relations and communications.Lisa joined WIMBC in December 2015 as Chair of Communications, successfully implementing strategies to streamline the communication process at WIMBC and further developing the organization, including clarifying WIMBC’s vision and mission.
|Barbara Caelles, Director, Founder and Past Chair
Barbara Caelles graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology, from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and has worked in the mining industry for over 40 years. She started her career in exploration as a field geologist, but eventually turned to consulting in Records Management for mining, in order to have a more balanced lifestyle. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist with APEGBC.Barbara has been involved in women’s groups since she was appointed toWomen Geoscientists Committee in 1975 and became Chair of the Committee in 1977.Barbara is a founding member of Women in Mining British Columbia (formerly known as Women in Mining Vancouver), on the executive of the Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association (GVMWA), and was part of the BC HR Task Force, Diversity-Women Sub- committee. In 2010 Barbara received the Minerva Foundation’s Women in Natural Resources Award for Philanthropy and Volunteerism.
|Johanna Fipke, Director
Johanna is a partner in the Global Mining Group of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a leading global law firm with international recognition in the mining industry. She is a business lawyer who advises public and private issuers in the natural resources sectors, including major, intermediate and junior mining companies. Johanna has been a member of WIM BC since 2009 and has been integral in organizing Fasken Martineau’s gold sponsorship of the monthly Lunch and Learns for WIMBC. Johanna has also had a significant role in the incorporation and organization of WIMBC as a non-profit corporation.
Johanna holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Commerce, as well as a law degree from the University of Alberta. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005, the Northwest Territories Bar in 2009 and the Nunavut Bar in 2012. Johanna has been repeatedly recommended as a leading practitioner in mining in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and recently received the Corporate LiveWire Global Award 2015 for Mining. A standout among her peers, she was also nominated in 2013 and 2014 for the Association of Women in Finance PEAK Rising Star Award.
Johanna is an actively involved mother while devoting significant effort to a full-time law practice and various community and professional initiatives. In finding her career and home life balance, Johanna understands the challenges that women face in predominantly male-dominated industries and is committed to supporting and championing women in building successful and gratifying careers while fulfilling the important roles that family, personal relationships and health play in our overall well being and success.
|Mona Forster, Chair of the Board and Director
Mona M. Forster is a strong advocate of the mining and mineral exploration sector with over 25 years of experience
in the industry. She possesses a broad understanding of issues facing the mining industry, gained through experience in mine operations, mineral exploration and engineering and environmental consulting, domestically and internationally. Ms. Forster has accumulated a background in strategy development and implementation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and organizational development, corporate due diligence, and project valuation. She is versed in corporate governance matters and securities regulations, particularly in relation to dual listed companies with international concerns in multiple jurisdictions. She has served on the board or advisory council for several industry related organizations, including seven years as an elected director and a term as Chair of the Board for the Association for Mineral Exploration BC. In addition to the board of Women in Mining BC, Ms. Forster also volunteers as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council for the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining, as a member of the Advisory Council for Resource Works, and as Honorary Co-Chair of SheTalks Resources.
|Lena Hutzcal, Vice-Chair of the Board and Director
Lena is the National Account Manager for Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigation and Xpera HRservices, a national provider of Risk Solutions and HR Services. Prior to joining Xpera, she had been working in the mining industry as Managing Director for a recruitment firm and Business Development Manager with a focus on geosciences, engineering and mining suppliers since 2010.For the past six years, Lena has been involved with WIMBC, initially attending the Lunch and Learns and Cocktail Reception to connect with and learn about the industry. She soon discovered how valuable WIMBC is for women in the industry to learn and network. Lena started volunteering in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. Her involvement includes the following committees: Lunch and Learn (Chair), Cocktail Reception (Co-Chair), Executive Board.
|Sioe Lie Smith, Director and Treasurer
Sioe Lie joined the WIMBC Executive Committee in January 2014 as the Treasurer. Part of her responsibilities as Treasurer, is to develop and monitor the operating budget and manage the finances for WIMBC.Sioe Lie is a Chartered Accountant and has ten years of experience specializing in financial reporting in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S GAAP. She is a Senior Manager at KPMG and her career has focused largely on audits of financial statements and internal control over financial reporting for public mining and forestry companies filing in Canada and the U.S. She has also worked on prospectuses, filing statements and initial public offerings. Prior to joining KPMG, Sioe Lie was a Bioassay Supervisor with EVS Environment Consultants and managed teams performing biological tests to evaluate the toxicity of sediment and effluent samples against provincial, federal and U.S. regulations.