Board Members

Anne Gent – Chair

Anne Gent1Over 15 years of experience in environmental research, consulting, and regulatory compliance has provided Anne with a broad perspective into many aspects of the mining industry and other industrial sectors. Collaborations with regulators, industry stakeholders, and community groups are all part of a typical day in her current role as Senior Environmental Scientist with Cameco Corporation and Anne is proud to be a part of an industry that focuses on safety and strong environmental performance. Anne is actively involved on a variety of committees and currently serves on the board of the Society of Toxicologists and Chemists – Prairie Northern Chapter and Women in Nuclear Canada.

Nancy Komperdo – Vice-Chair

Nancy is a registered professional geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. She earned her geology degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in her home province, before moving out to western Canada to pursue her career in mining. Her experience includes operational and exploration activities in nickel, diamond, and potash assets. Nancy has experience working as a field geologist and core logging geologist in nickel and diamonds. She has worked as a structural geologist, in open pit and underground operations. Recently she moved into a project management position, working with the Business Integration team.

Donna Beneteau – Director

linkedin1Donna Beneteau is currently working as a research engineer in the rock mechanics laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan. She developed and teaches a course for the mine engineering option in Geological engineering, called “Drill/Blast/Excavate”. She previously worked at the Noranda Technology Centre in backfill research, as a mine engineer at the Holloway Mine, and in consulting for Ionic Engineering. Donna has a BASc B.Sc in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a MASc in Mineral Resource Engineering from Laurentian University. Her thesis topic was in mine seismicity, studying datasets from Canadian and Australian hard rock mines. Donna is an active volunteer with WIM/WiN-SK and the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM). Currently with CIM, she is the vice-chair for the Underground Mining Society and represents WIM/WiN-Sk on the CIM Saskatoon Branch board.

Amanda Cooley – Secretary

Apegs13-06-182Amanda is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.  Amanda was born and raised in Saskatoon.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her experience includes working in the manufacturing industry, designing custom electrical products.  For the last three years, she has been working in consulting at Worley Parsons. She is a member of Women In Mining/Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan chapter and was appointed Secretary in April of 2014.

Sara Harrison – Director

Sara Harrison, PGeo is the Manager Business Integration for BHP Billiton Potash.  Sara has over 15 years of varied mining experience in exploration, mineral reasource modelling & reporting, planning and strategy, and study management.  Before moving to Saskatchewan 5 years ago, she was based in British Columboia (her home province) and the Northwest Territories.  She has a BSc. in Geology from UBC, a Citation in Geostatistics from UofA, and a MBA from Royal Roads University.  Sara is now based in Saskatoon with her husband and daughter, and is expecting her second child in May 2017.

Sarah Kolla- Empey – Treasurer

KPMG 13-25- 241 Sarah 5x3Sarah Kolla-Empey, CPA, CA is a Tax Senior Manager with the accounting firm KPMG LLP. Sarah started her career in Calgary, AB working primarily with oil and gas clients while obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation. She moved home in 2010 and now helps clients navigate the complex world of tax. She works with private, public and non-profit organizations to provide tax advice and planning tailored specifically to their unique business needs and has extensive experience working with public clients in the mining industry. Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, has obtained her Chartered Accountant Designation and has completed the CICA In-Depth tax courses.

Lois Miller – Director

L.A. Miller Headshot Nov-2014Lois has been an active member of the “Mine Your Potential” planning committee and helped launch the inaugural event in 2013. At Trace Associates Inc., Lois is responsible for developing and executing strategy and leading business development, particularly in the mining industry. As a passionate advocate for mentorship, she has mentored women and men over the past two decades both informally and formally, specifically Womentorship with the Edwards School of Business. She believes we all do better individually as we work together to help build healthy and prosperous communities. Lois is also a Board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association.