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Our people, our work, our future

Building a more profitable, sustainable mining industry.

We’re Rethinking Mining!

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Our goal is to reduce the mining industry’s energy use, water use and environmental footprint by 50 per cent.

Mining is essential to modern life, but our industry must adapt to changing times. Mounting costs, sustainability issues and the impacts on communities are all primary concerns for responsible operators. As an industry we need to rethink the way mining is done.

ReThink Mining is working with major players worldwide in the move toward zero waste mining. Together we strive to develop and deploy technologies that will reduce wastes, lower costs and mitigate environmental impacts across all aspects of mining. Together we are building a more resilient industry.

Our growing membership consists of mining operators and innovators across the world who see the need for a cooperative, concerted move toward a more efficient, sustainable industry.

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Why we exist

Our Vision

To transform mining towards a zero-waste industry.

Our Mission

To act as a catalyst for transformation by connecting industry leaders and innovators.

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Who we are

ReThink Mining Staff

Meet the ReThink Mining team. Together we bring to the table a depth of experience in mining, technology and business, providing us with the experience and vision to play a leadership role in rethinking mining and moving toward zero waste.

Don Toporowski


Don Toporowski is a seasoned executive who has worked in both corporate and leading edge technology environments. With a diverse background spanning industries such as mining, cleantech, energy, buildings, and autonomous vehicles, Don has played a key role in driving innovation and growth.

Throughout his journey, Don has been instrumental in shepherding numerous companies through the intricate process of developing and launching ground-breaking innovations, helping them secure over $100 million in early-stage investments.

Most recently, Don served as a leader of ACE, Ontario Tech University’s $125 million testing and product development facility, where he focused on fostering relationships between government, industry, and research partners to facilitate product commercialization.

Don holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of The Executive Program at Queen’s University School of Business and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

With his wealth of experience and strategic insight, Don is well-positioned to lead Rethink Mining into its next phase of growth and innovation as CEO.

Trevor Kelly

Trevor Kelly

Innovation Manager, Mining

Trevor is an asset optimization and innovation adoption consultant, with 20+ years of technical and operational mining experience.

He has worked globally with some of the largest mining companies in their respective commodities, Barrick Gold, Cameco, BHPBilliton, Teck and Homestake.

Trevor works with ReThink Mining’s Initiative, to develop and execute surface and underground mining projects aimed at increased industrial collaboration, sustainability and profitability.

His focus is on providing access to technical, cultural and transformational breakthroughs to set Canadian minerals community apart from all others.

Amery Mold


Amery is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 35+ years of senior-level employment and consulting experience as a financial professional in both private industry and the public sectors, involving organizations of all sizes. He also qualified as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a SAP Business One implementation consultant after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Amery has worked in senior financial and administrative capacities with public and private organizations with operations in Canada, the US, Asia and Europe. His early career focused on audit and executive support roles with a global accounting firm and a large Canadian crown corporation. Transitioning to the private sector in 1990, he worked in the capacities of Internal Auditor, Controller, Accounting Manager, Board Secretary and CFO with organizations involved with lumber production, distribution, and offshore sales.

In 2002, Amery co-founded an IT consulting firm specializing in the implementation of ERP solutions, custom software development, network service solutions and hardware/software sales. Working as CFO and IT consultant for this organization, he helped grow the company into a successful IT consulting firm with regional offices across Canada.

Maggie Zhang


Maggie is an accountant with 17 years of progressive experience working for charities and non-profit organizations, as well as with private sector and public accounting firms. She has extensive knowledge of accounting processes and has worked with a number of accounting software applications.

Maggie is a self-motivated, detail and results-oriented, efficient and organized professional with experience in accounting systems and implementation. She is skilled at full cycle accounting, financial statement preparation, year-end preparation, and management reporting. Working in a public accounting firm helped her develop excellent communication/interpersonal skills, and a professional/friendly manner with clients in different industries. Maggie has strong analytical and problem solving skills, and exercises sound judgement in her decision making.  Maggie is skilled at managing multiple projects and consistently meeting deadlines under pressure in fast-paced dynamic environments.

CMIC Executive Director Carl Weatherell

Carl Weatherell

Advisor to the CEO

Carl joined ReThink Mining in 2013 as Executive Director and CEO.

Carl has been described by others as a rebel and a heretic. He is a natural connector bringing together disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and organizations to create new partnerships.

He has over 30 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally.

Carl has been involved in over 24 consortia comprised of over 500 organizations from businesses, government and academia spanning industries from software, microelectronics, cybersecurity, photonics and aerospace and defence.

He was a key member of teams creating national facilities including the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre, the Canadian Fire Research Centre, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory as well as a software business ecosystem and Canada’s first research network in cybersecurity.

Carl has won awards for breakthrough leadership and technology transfer.

He is a chemist with publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering, organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and project management.

Ximena Caceres

Executive Assistant & Board Secretary

Ximena joined ReThink Mining in September 2022.

Having over 20 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and with a strong track record of working in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Ximena skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations.  Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Ximena as she uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Ximena regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial and accounting know-how to execute logistical and financial tasks.

As the senior executive assistant position demands great communication, flexibility, and efficiency with expectations prone to change daily, Ximena has honed her ability to learn concepts and processes quickly while keeping calm in the face of pressure.

Ximena is active in the community and volunteers her time helping and coaching women on ways to love themselves and find true self-worth in their day-to-day lives.

CMIC Innovation Manager, Processing Gillian Holcroft

Gillian Holcroft

Innovation Manager, Processing

Gillian is a bilingual Executive Chemical Engineer (McGill University) with over 30 years of experience in advanced technology, environmental services, mining and metallurgy, U.S. Department of Defence as well as international trade.

Recognized for her planning abilities, excellent communication skills, vision in opening new markets and expanding a company’s customer base, Gillian has a strong ability to manage multiple priorities as demonstrated by negotiating and directing large and extremely complex projects.

She has provided leadership and strategic direction as a senior executive and board member in a market leading environmental technology company.

Gillian also played a vital role in taking a private company public through financing efforts in Canada and Europe.

Adam Garczynski

Project Manager

Adam is a senior project leader with over 20 years of professional experience working with blue chip Clients, Contractors, and Consulting companies, having successfully delivered projects and studies in the road, rail, and mining industries worth over AU$7.3 billion.

Adam is driven to achieve the best outcome for every client, with a wealth of experience deploying industry best practices for strategic and innovative ventures.
Project experience includes: 

  • Civil & Structural (roads, rail, bridges, buildings, aerodromes, and utilities).
  • Mechanical & Electrical (process plant, materials handling, power generation, and distribution).

Technology (proximity detection, tele-remote operation, fatigue monitoring, semi-autonomous and autonomous systems).

Jean-Christophe Gareau

Project Manager

Jean-Christophe is an experienced project manager with a background in mining, metallurgy, and construction. He has managed multiple international projects related to software implementation, process automation, technologies adoption, data management, artificial intelligence, and innovation development.

Endowed a sharp critical mind, strong analytical skills, and an emphasis on human aspects, he analyzes each situation from a systemic perspective to deliver the expected added value. With a comprehensive understanding of the operational issues and technical challenges related to technology implementation, Jean-Christophe seeks to facilitate digital transformation within the industry by adopting best practices.

ReThink Mining Board of Directors

The ReThink Mining Board of Directors comprises a hand-picked team, with each member selected for their specialist expertise, and their ability to help move our industry into the future.

The ReThink Mining Board currently consists of 15 Directors, who span a wide range of leadership from inside and outside of the mining industry, private sector, public sector and academia providing significant executive leadership to ReThink Mining.

The Board does not offer remuneration to its members, and the directors also work as volunteer staff with the Executive Director & CEO to advance a variety of ReThink Mining programs and initiatives.

CMIC Board Member Luke Mahony

Luke Mahony


Luke Mahony is Head of Geology, Mine Engineering, Geotechnical and Technology & Innovation, Vale’s Global Base Metals.

Prior to moving to Canada, Luke headed up the Strategic and Short Term Mine Planning, Exploration, Studies & Projects, Engineering and Integrated Planning for Vale’s Coal Business based in Mozambique for 5 years. Prior to working for Vale, he worked 10 years for BHP in various managerial roles covering technical, operational and financial positions.

Luke holds three Masters’ Degrees in Mining Engineering, Geomechanics and Finance, a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering plus other Executive and Technical statutory qualifications.

CMIC Board Member Nancy Guay

Nancy Guay

Chair, Finance Committee

Ms. Guay is Vice President, Technical Services, a position she has held since January 2018. Prior to her appointment she held several other key positions at Agnico Eagle including Senior Corporate Director Technical Services, Corporate Director Business Strategy, Program Manager, Meliadine and Corporate Director, Metallurgy.

Ms. Guay has worked in the mining industry for nearly 25 years and has extensive technical and operational expertise. Prior to returning to Agnico Eagle she worked Coffey Mining in Australia and as a consultant with SNC-Lavalin in Montreal. She also worked with ArcelorMittal as processing plant director for their large open pit iron ore operation and on Cambior’s gold and polymetallic mines.

Ms. Guay holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Laval University.

Anthony de Fazekas

Board Member

Anthony is recognized as a go-to IP strategist, working with a broad range of IP-rich companies across a number of sectors, including information technology, FinTech, artificial intelligence (AI), mining innovation, agritech, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing, network technology and enterprise software.  His practice also includes complex technology, IP and data contracting, including joint development agreements, collaboration agreements, and all types of IP and data commercialization agreements.

Anthony provides strategic advice supporting the corporate innovation agendas of enterprises end-to-end: developing enterprise IP strategies that support their innovation strategy, leading bespoke IP and IP monetization training, designing IP protection and governance processes, helping define the IP, legal and data parameters of corporate innovation consortia, and drafting or upgrading the various agreements and policies relevant to open innovation strategies. 

Mr. de Fazekas has worked extensively in the innovation sector with many research institutions, large corporate innovators, clusters, startups and scaling technology companies.  He has acted on a number of leading mandates related to technology and IP sharing consortia including advising four of Canada’s superclusters in defining their IP and data strategies and negotiating their agreements with the Government of Canada, and in the case of SCALE.AI drafting their master project agreements for joint development and associated IP and data policies. 

Anthony is a regular lecturer on IP- and innovation-related topics, for example he teaches the IP commercialization course at Osgoode Hall Law School. He speaks extensively about a range of topics, including protecting value and managing risk in technology collaborations, legal and ethical implications of AI (especially from the point of adoption of AI by enterprises), data sharing and ownership arrangements in AI, and IP strategy and IP development programs for scaleups.

Peter Xavier

Board Member

Peter is the Vice President, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company having overall accountability for the underground mines Nickel Rim South and Fraser, Onaping Depth project, Strathcona Mill and Sudbury Smelter.

A graduate of Laurentian University’s Mining Engineering program, Peter’s previous key positions were Nickel Rim South Mine Director, Thayer Lindsley Mine Manager and Strathcona Mill Manager.

Peter is an active Board member and Chair of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), member of Laurentian University Board of Governors and Board member of Kivi Park Community Foundation. In addition is a volunteer as a Warden for Camp 22 supporting the ritual of the calling of an engineer.

Peter further contributes to the mining industry and community through support of the ENDM Mining Working Group and the Greater Sudbury Community Champions Council. He previously volunteered on the Board of Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UNDM). Peter was previously on the board of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) – Sudbury Chapter.

Additionally, Peter is an alumnus of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue 2011 and CSCLeaders 2014, programs built on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conferences. Peter joined leaders from business, government, labour, and civil society to take part in this strategic initiative aimed at providing a regional approach to leadership development. It assembles senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that businesses, governments and society face today. Peter volunteered on the steering committee for CCELD2015.

Tina Coetzer

Board Member

Tina has over 20 years of experience providing assurance and business advisory services to public & private businesses and government organizations in South Africa, UK and Canada in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, mining, logistics/supply chain, agriculture, IT, retail, FMGC, investment companies, security and import/export. Her experience includes 5 years (2014-2019) as the CFO of a manufacturing and retail group in South Africa which gives her a unique approach and perspective to client service.

She also has significant experience in project management, internal control implementation (including managing an internal audit function), risk management, mergers & acquisitions, budgeting and working capital & capex management.

Tina has extensive hands-on experience providing technical accounting advice and support to her clients and presents at our financial reporting development seminars.

Emily Moore

Chair, Governance Committee

Professor Emily Moore is the Director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto. Emily also serves as a board member of Metrolinx, Chemtrade Logistics and International Petroleum Corporation. 

Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering chemistry from Queen’s University and is a licensed professional engineer. She was named a Rhodes Scholar and completed her doctorate at Oxford University in Physical Chemistry.

Emily launched her career at the Xerox Research Center of Canada (XRCC) then in 2008 joined Hatch as director of technology development, later serving as managing director for water and for innovation. She was also the inaugural chair of the Hatch Global Diversity Steering Committee.

Emily’s leadership in industry was recognized in 2016 by the Society for Chemical Industry Canada, and by Women in Mining, which named her one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. Emily holds 21 patents and was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2021.

CMIC Board Member Andrew Swart

Andrew Swart

Board Member

Andrew is a Partner at Monitor Deloitte based in Toronto, Canada and is the Deloitte Global Mining and Metals Leader.

He has more than 22 years of industrial experience of which the last fifteen years has been in consulting. He has worked for senior executives in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, and government. Within the government arena most of his work has operated at the intersection of business and government – a key interface for natural resource companies. His client engagements have included corporate and competitive strategy engagements, innovation systems, cost reduction through energy management and organizational transformation and economic development programs.

Andrew has worked for clients around the world including Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Ben Chalmers

Board Member

Since joining MAC in 2011, Ben has been responsible for the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, MAC’s award-winning program focused on enabling mining companies to meet society’s needs for minerals, metals and energy products in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible way. Over the last few years, Ben has played an important role in the international growth of TSM as it becomes a sought-after responsible mining standard.  During his time working with TSM, it spread beyond Canada to be adopted by national mining associations around the world.

In 2018, Ben took on the role of Senior Vice President and is responsible for overseeing MAC’s work related to Public Affairs & Communications and Government Relations.  Ben has extensive experience in the mining sector and began working in the industry in 2004 at the Myra Falls Operations in British Columbia where he worked as an Environmental Supervisor for the mine. Prior to joining MAC, Ben served as Vice President of Environment and Technical Affairs for the Mining Association of British Columbia and was also a Senior Policy Analyst with Natural Resources Canada.

Alim Somani

Board Member

Alim is the Managing Director for Hatch’s Digital Practice.  He is a serial entrepreneur and business leader focusing on helping companies digitally transform their businesses successfully. He founded Infusion, an award-winning technology and design solutions provider with 700+ employees worldwide bringing digital innovation to Fortune 500 clients, which was later sold and integrated successfully to Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft.

Mr. Somani is recognized and respected as a global leader and visionary throughout the IT industry and the business community. Alim was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in 2014 and recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2006.

Mr. Somani holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Waterloo in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the Faculty of Engineering Young Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010.  He resides in Toronto with his wife and three children.


Our operations are governed by the principles and standards mandated in the following governance documents. They represent a formal statement of intent on each of the following:

  • The roles and responsibilities of our Board of Directors, its officers and committees
  • The manner in which the Board excercises its authority in the fulfillment of its responsibilities
  • The responsibilities and authority of the Executive Director and CEO
  • The relationship between the Board and ReThink Mining members
  • The relationship between the Board and its staff
  • The general principles that will guide its governance practices

These policies can be accessed below:

Annual Reports and Financial Statements

2022 Financial Statements

Learn more about ReThink Mining's financial performance in 2022.

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