Board of Directors

Mike Dirham, Agrium

Mike Dirham

Currently the Vice President of Potash & Phosphate, Mike joined Agrium in 1991 and has held roles of increasing responsibility including General Manager at Vanscoy Potash Operations (VPO), Mill Manager at Vanscoy, Production Manager at Agrium’s Conda Phosphate Operations (CPO) and Phosphate Products Superintendent.

Mike is a member of the Manufacturing Excellence Committee within Agrium’s Wholesale business unit and is committed to production excellence in the area of Safety, Reliability, Process Safety and Cost Management.  He has been actively involved in the Saskatchewan Mining Association, the Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association, and he has worked closely with local charities such as the United Way.  He enjoys mentoring young leaders throughout the organization and was an active member of Agrium’s Diversity Inclusion Council.  Mike graduated from Western Governor’s University where he received his Bachelors degree in Business Management.


Chris Ryder, BHP Billiton

Chris Ryder

Since joining BHP Billiton in 2001, Chris has held various roles with BHP Billiton Marketing, based in Antwerp, Belgium and in The Hague, Holland. His most recent role was Marketing Director, Diamonds and Specialty Products, based in Antwerp, where he managed the operations and global diamonds marketing strategy for BHP Billiton.

Chris has been in his current role since September 2010. He has served as a member of the Global Executive Committee of BHP Billiton Marketing and continues as a member of the Potash Leadership Team.

Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Chris was an Audit Manager with KPMG in Kelowna, BC and was the Chief Financial Officer for Dia Met Minerals Ltd, a TSE 300 company that owned an interest in EkatiTM, Canada’s first Diamond Mine.

Chris grew up in Melville Saskatchewan. He is a Chartered Accountant (British Columbia) and has a Bachelor of Management (Great Distinction) from the University of Lethbridge.


Noel Voykin, Cameco

Noel Voykin

Noel Voykin, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineer) at the University of Saskatchewan.

Noel worked both as an engineer in the utility industry, and as an engineering consultant to the mining industry through the early part of his career.

In 2008, Noel joined Cameco’s major projects organization, where he participated in the integration of Cameco’s project delivery systems and led both the project services and infrastructure engineering groups.  Noel continued this work as Director Mining, Metallurgy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, where he worked with the research and core engineering functions at Cameco.

Noel is currently working with Cameco as the Director, Technology Group, leading the corporate technology group responsible for ensuring that the company’s strategic technology development activities meet both the company’s current and future strategic objectives.


Eric Cline Q.C., K+S Potash

Eric Cline

As the K+S Potash Canada, Vice President, Land and Sustainable Development, Eric Cline holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Saskatchewan. As well as having extensive experience in the private practice of law, he served for 16 years in the Saskatchewan Legislature, including 12 years’ service in Senior cabinet portfolios including Health, Finance and Industry.

Mr. Cline was responsible for major reforms during his tenure in government, including the introduction of Saskatchewan's reformed personal income tax system and major reforms to oil and gas and potash royalty systems. Since retiring from public life in 2007, he has held senior corporate positions within the mining sector, based in Saskatoon. Active in the community, he serves on the boards of the Saskatoon YMCA and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Theatre and is a past Board member of the Saskatchewan Mining Association.


Thomas Olson, Mosaic

Thomas Olson

Tom Olson is the Director, Technical Services – Mosaic Potash Business Unit, responsible for mine engineering, geotechnical engineering, land and minerals, and applied process technology.

Mr. Olson has over 25 years experience in potash in various supervisory, engineering and management roles.  He received his B. SC. Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1984.


Mark Fracchia, PCS Potash

Mark Fracchia

Mark Fracchia was appointed President, PCS Potash in July 2014. He was previously Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment, with responsibility for PotashCorp’s safety and environmental performance, for three years.

Mr. Fracchia has worked in a variety of capacities at the company’s potash operations, rising to the position of General Manager at Rocanville (2003-04), Lanigan (2004-07) and New Brunswick (2007-11).

He began his career with Kalium Canada Ltd. He joined Potash Company of America at its Patience Lake mine in 1984, and was involved in its conversion to solution mining in 1988. He was Technical Superintendent when the company was purchased by PotashCorp in 1993, and was promoted to General Superintendent in 1998.

Mr. Fracchia has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Saskatchewan and also a member of the Canadian Institute for Mining.


Lola Piché, North Rim Exploration

Lola Piché

Lola Piché is a manager, major shareholder, and a member of the Board of Directors at North Rim.  As the Director of Technical Services and Innovations, she is responsible for the quality and variety of services provided by North Rim with an emphasis on continual improvement and innovation. 

Lola holds an (Honors) Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Professional Geoscientist with the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.  She is an active member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, and Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI).  Lola is also an invited member of the CIM Sub-committee for Potash Best Practices.  This committee is currently working to update the CIM  “Potash Best Practise Guidelines“.

As a consulting geologist, Lola’s technical expertise is in the evaluation of subsurface geology with a focus on exploration and safe mining of potash and other evaporites and industrial minerals.  She has completed more than a dozen large, regional scale “mining integrity studies” for various Potash clients.  These studies involved identification of geological factors that could have an effect on mine planning, roof stability or inflow risks at the mining level.  Lola also works extensively on potash and evaporite exploration projects, both domestically and internationally. Her exploration work includes evaluation of potential properties, design and management of exploration programs, evaluation of exploration program results, resource calculations and NI43-101 generation as a Qualified Person (QP).


Tammy Bloor Cavers, Advanced Education

Tammy Bloor Cavers

Ms. Tammy Bloor Cavers was born and raised in Saskatchewan.  Tammy is the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Sector Relations and Student Services, in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education.  Ms. Bloor Cavers is responsible for the Ministry's efforts in coordinating an integrated approach to the post-secondary sector; overseeing provincial loans, grants, scholarships and bursary programs; and overseeing the development of capital planning processes and funding for post-secondary institutions.

Ms. Bloor Cavers holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Regina and has three decades of public service experience.  Throughout her career, Ms. Bloor Cavers has amassed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Saskatchewan's post-secondary education and training system and has demonstrated learners in the province.

Some of Ms. Bloor Cavers' accomplishments include providing strategic leadership for innovative initiatives in the areas of: Adult Base Education (ABE) and skills training programs, student financial aid, program development such as the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship (SAS) and the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES); and collaboration on the development of an international education strategy for the province.


Kari Harvey, Innovation Saskatchewan

Kari Harvey is COO of Innovation Saskatchewan where her responsibilities include working with community partners to nurture an environment that supports the success of start-up tech companies in the province, and with the research community to ensure Saskatchewan research and commercialization interests are maximized.  Her 25 year public service career includes senior leadership positions in the Ministry of Agriculture such as Director of the Agri-business Development Branch where she led the team that established the Agriculture Knowledge Centre as part of the regional delivery model for agriculture extension services.  In addition, Kari held the role of Executive Director, Capital and Regional Services with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, where she led capital infrastructure planning and board governance capacity building in the province's health sector.  Just prior to joining Innovation Saskatchewan, she worked in Saskatchewan's Executive Council and Office of the Premier as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations and Protocal.

Born and raised in Lumsden, SK, Kari holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from the University of Regina.


Jessica Theriault, Saskatchewan Mining Association

Jessica Theriault is the Director of Environmental Affairs for the Mosaic Company and holds an environmental engineering degree and MBA from the University of Regina.  Jessica has over 19 years of environmental experience in the potash mining industry in Saskatchewan and currently oversees the coordination and management of environmental regulatory relations for the Mosaic Potash Business Unit, as well as leadership in the development of the Mosaic Potash Business Unit Sustainability Program.  In her current role Jessica also actively represents Mosaic on a number of industry associations including the Saskatchewan Mining Association, Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association, Canadian Fertilizer Institute, as well as the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

 

Jessica is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Saskatchewan and the current Chair of the Saskatchewan Mining Association.


Dwayne Reeve, Parkland College

Dwayne Reeve

Dwayne is currently serving in the role of President with Parkland College.  He assumed the role of President with Parkland College in July of 2015 after a 30 year career in public education.  Dwayne most recently served as the Director of Education for the Good Spirit School Division located in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

During his career in public education, Dwayne served in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities in the communities of Whitewood, Foam Lake, Wadena, Kamsack and Yorkton.  He was appointed Director of Education for the Yorkdale School Division in August of 2000 and was appointed the Director of the Good Spirit School Division during the 2006 amalgamation of school divisions in the province.

Dwayne completed his undergraduate and post graduate work in education at the University of Regina.  Dwayne is originally from Broadview, Saskatchewan and a graduate of Broadview High School.


Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

As president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy.

Dr. Rosia is responsible for leading the development of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s vision and for providing strategic direction to the organization, enabling it to sustain its momentum and capitalize on new opportunities.  His priorities include ensuring that students have access to a high-quality, innovative post-secondary education, that employers have access to a highly skilled and qualified workforce that contributes to Saskatchewan’s prosperity, and that Saskatchewan Polytechnic nurtures a positive and vibrant workplace environment.

Before joining Saskatchewan Polytechnic in July 2012, Dr. Rosia was dean of the School of Construction at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta, a position he held since 1999.  His career in education spans more than 35 years, as an instructor, program chair, revenue generating coordinator, marketing manager and dean.  He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in educational administration and has served in advisory roles to community, provincial and municipal committees.  He has also been a member of the boards of several regional, national and international organizations.  Currently he serves as a board member for the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII), Polytechnics Canada, the Saskatchewan Labour Market Task Force, and is a member of the University of Regina Senate.

Dr. Rosia is an alumnus of SAIT Polytechnic and a lifelong learner.  He has a background in telecommunications engineering, adult education and educational policy and administration, and in 2006 completed his PhD in academic leadership at the University of Calgary.  He attended the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.  Notable recognition includes the SAIT Board of Governor Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Conference Board of Canada Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, and the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award for his service to education and to Alberta.

Dr. Rosia is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and a well-respected ambassador for the post-secondary community.  He authored a book titled "The Successful College President."


David Malloy, University of Regina

David Malloy

Dr. David Cruise Malloy is the Vice President (Research) at the University of Regina. He is the Principal Investigator for the International Healthcare Ethics Research Team at the University of Regina, the Foreign Director of the International Bioethics Research Institute of Shandong Province, China, the Principal Investigator and Honorary Dean of the Research Institute for Multiculturalism and Applied Philosophy at Hunan University, China, and a Fellow of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association in Client Counseling & Organizational Consulting.

David has served as the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research and in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies as the Assistant Dean.  He serves as an adjudicator for both SSHRC and CIHR, as well he occupies the role of the University’s SSHRC Leader.

A graduate of The University of Western Ontario and Université d’Ottawa (Education Administration & Ethics), David's research focus is in applied philosophy in health care. Specifically his interests include ethical decision-making, codes of ethics, existential hardiness, personhood, and ethical climate/culture. He has published numerous refereed articles and is the co-author of four texts dealing with applied ethics and philosophy.

His current research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC),Canadian Institutes for Health (CIHR), and Worksafe BC. David is certified by the American Association of Philosophical Practitioners in client counselling and organisational consulting.


Karen Chad, University of Saskatchewan

As Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (since 2010), Karen Chad provides leadership in developing and promoting the university’s research activities and enhancing its performance as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities.

Karen is leading development of the University of Saskatchewan as a place for “discovery with impact,” making a difference for communities, the economy, and quality of life.  She has led more than a dozen capital projects and initiatives.  Under her leadership, the university has established three world-class research centres tackling global challenges related to sustainable food, water and energy.

A faculty member in the College of Kinesiology, Karen is a prolific researcher.  Her findings have helped communities create effective alliances in health promotion and physical activity research. 

Karen is recognized as an exemplary scholar, teacher and leader.  Her honours include the: Master Teacher Award, International Innovation in Research Award, Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, Saskatchewan business Woman of Influence, and Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100.


Dwight Percy, Board Chair

Dwight Percy, appointed as Chair of the IMII Board of Directors in January 2015, has worked with hundreds of clients that range from small businesses to large corporations over the past twenty years.

Dwight has served as Vice President, Corporate Development with Claude Resources and Manager, Investor Relations with Great Western Minerals Group.  He has also written extensively for media outlets about the Saskatchewan mining industry.  In the course of his journalism, labour market analysis and corporate finance work, Dwight gained a deep understanding of the compelling need for Saskatchewan resource companies to achieve and communicate their globally competitive status.

Since launching his own company in 1995, Dwight has provided a full array of strategic planning services to a diverse client base, communications services with a particular focus on mining industry issues, and corporate governance advisory services to for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations.  He also served in a volunteer capacity on the board of directors of numerous organizations and agencies.

Dwight has been the business columnist for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix as well as a business columnist and talk show host for CJWW Radio.  In addition, he was a sessional lecturer for fifteen years in the University of Saskatchewan's Business Administration Certificate program.  Prior to that he spent nine years as Executive Director of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, a role in which he was an advocate and spokesperson for the business community.

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