MiHR Team

Allow us to introduce ourselves.

​Ryan Montpellier

Executive Director

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in identifying and addressing human resources and labour market challenges in the Canadian mining industry. Appointed as Executive Director in 2008, he leads all of MiHR’s strategic activities and represents the Council on various industry and government committees and advisory panels.  Ryan is a past recipient of the Canadian Institute of Mining - Young Leadership Award and the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill award.  He is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences and events and was a past Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).  Prior to joining MiHR, Ryan held various leadership positions with high-tech companies in the Ottawa region. Ryan holds a number of degrees including an MBA and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

rmontpellier@mihr.ca

Dana Imbeault

Senior Director, Operations & Canadian Mining Certification Program

Dana is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of MiHR’s programs and activities. She also leads a team in the development of a suite of National Occupational Standards to be used by industry to help develop the required skills and competencies of its workforce, and leads the implementation of MiHR’s Canadian Mining Certification Program – a national program that recognizes the expertise of the industry workforce. Dana also provides oversight and guidance on the implementation of MiHR’s Mining Essentials Program: An Essential Skills and Work Readiness Program for Aboriginal Peoples.

dimbeault@mihr.ca

Jennifer Wright

Senior Director, Employment & Diversity Initiatives

Jennifer is responsible for planning and providing strategic direction to MiHR’s various labour market programs and research related activities. She contributes to the strategic objectives of the Council and provides leadership to a team of professionals who carry out research, programs and projects in the area of labour market information, workplace diversity, essential skills, aboriginal inclusion, and industry-education partnerships.  

jwright@mihr.ca

William Meyer

Director, Marketing & Communications

William Meyer is responsible for planning and providing strategic direction to effectively promote and build awareness of MiHR and its programs, projects and services. A strategic, results-oriented communications professional, William has nearly 15 years’ experience in the non-profit, association and government sectors – and has served as the head of communications for two industry associations. William also leads the development and implementation of marketing and communications activities that support all aspects of MiHR’s strategic plan.

wmeyer@mihr.ca

Erin Mills

Director HR Research and Labour Market Intelligence

Erin manages a team of economists who carry out programs and projects related to labour market intelligence, HR research and human capital policy analysis. With over 15 years of experience, Erin has worked extensively on issues related to work, employment, education, lifelong learning and training, providing leadership, research and guidance to various industries. Having taught social research methods at the university and college level for several years, Erin also has substantial knowledge and experience using of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. 

emills@mihr.ca

Alana Hamilton

Senior Manager, Finance and Administration

Alana manages all of MiHR’s day-to-day financial, operational and human resources functions. Alana has applied her expertise to a number of financial positions such as Financial Services Coordinator for the Royal Canadian Mint, and Financial Analyst for Alcatel Lucent.

ahamilton@mihr.ca

Pascale Larouche

Senior Program Manager, Mining Essentials

Pascale develops and distributes tools that help employers effectively engage with Indigenous peoples. She leads the continued expansion of the Mining Essentials Program through engaging partnerships, and her focus is to increase the participation of Indigenous peoples in the mining industry and assist in building a work-ready and safety conscious Indigenous workforce.  

plarouche@mihr.ca

Jamie Wolcott

Senior Manager, Lead Economist

Jamie is responsible for the continuous intellectual development of MiHR's labour market research and forecasting for Canada’s mining industry. He has collaborated with numerous industry stakeholders across the country and has been a key contributor to several of MiHR's research projects. His focus is to identify and understand the primary challenges and opportunities facing in the mining labour market in Canada.

jwolcott@mihr.ca

Courtnay Hughes

Manager, HR Research

Courtnay Hughes leads strategic research on human resources and workforce challenges facing the mining sector. In addition, Courtnay manages the development of mining career information tools and resources to increase workforce diversity. Courtnay is active in a number of national and regional mining industry committees and projects focused on increasing diversity and building HR capacity.

chughes@mihr.ca

Lindsay Coffin

Manager, Employment Initiatives

Lindsay is responsible for a number of programs designed to address labour market issues in the mining and mineral exploration sector.  With over 10 years’ experience working in the natural resources industry as a geologist focused on national and international exploration projects, Lindsay is designated as a professional geologist in Ontario and holds a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences and Chemistry from Carleton University, a Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a MBA from Carleton University. 

lcoffin@mihr.ca

Olivia Cleaver

Manager, Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP)

Olivia manages the development of multidisciplinary initiatives for the CMCP. She assists with project proposals, maintains budgets, prepares and executes work plans and compiles reports. She has experience working within IT/IM/ECM in both private and public sectors for a large spectrum of stakeholders. She has also facilitated large projects in the education field focusing on the design and implementation of digital and media literacy resources. Olivia previously studied at Lakehead University and Carleton University, where she became a certified high school teacher and obtained a Master’s in English with a Specialization in Women’s Studies. 

ocleaver@mihr.ca

Lorry Fortin

Project Manager, Mining Professional Immigrant Network (M-PIN)

Lorry is responsible for the delivery of M-PIN, a project set to raise awareness of Internationally Trained Professionals and develop tools to help reduce possible barriers for them to join the mining sector in Ontario. She is bilingual with project management experience in the national and international not-for-profit sector.  She focuses on project planning, facilitation and monitoring governance and partnership engagement to ensure a successful project delivery. 


lfortin@mihr.ca

John Braniff

Communications Coordinator

John supports all of MiHR’s marketing and communications activities. He coordinates content with various research team members and implements marketing and communications activities that support all MiHR projects and programs.  John participates in building awareness of MiHR, engagement of stakeholders and uptake of MiHR programs. 

jbraniff@mihr.ca

Alex Parsons

Communications Coordinator

Alex coordinates with the communications team to write, edit and design market-ready content for the websites, social media pages and other facets of MiHR's public face. He is also making MiHR.ca easier and more efficient to navigate.

aparsons@mihr.ca

Kyel Governor

Labour Market Economist 

Kyel participates in the development of research projects as part of MiHR’s labour market research team. He plays a part in the development of new labour market research initiatives that improve the team’s capabilities. His strengths are in labour economics and econometrics.

kgovernor@mihr.ca

Sarah Zahid

Labour Market Economist

Sarah Zahid is responsible for contributing to various research projects. She works with other research team members to continuously improve and develop MiHR's labour forecasting models. Her focus is on supporting the data and analytics needs of the Labour Market Information team.

szahid@mihr.ca

Taylor-Faith Mundee

Coordinator, Canadian Mining Certification Program 

Taylor works on the development, implementation and promotion of the Canadian Mining Certification Program. In addition, Taylor helps maintain MiHR’s suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS), which are defined and validated by the Canadian mining industry.

tmundee@mihr.ca

Heather Dewar

Office Administrator

Heather is responsible for a diverse set of administrative tasks along with providing support to all teams throughout the office on various ongoing projects.

hdewar@mihr.ca