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Vale safety manager is first woman to serve as provincial mining association president

Stacy Kennedy of Manitoba Operations was named Mining Association of Manitoba president in June and will preside over her first board meeting in October.
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Vale Manitoba Operations safety manager Stacy Kennedy became the Mining Association of Manitoba’s first female president when she was appointed to the role in June.

Stacy Kennedy of Vale Manitoba Operations has become the first female president of the Mining Association of Manitoba since it was established in 1940.

The company’s manager of health, safety and operational risk in Thompson, Kennedy takes over the role from Richard Trudeau, who continues to serve the board as vice-president.

A professional geologist who has been in the mining industry for more than 15 years, Kennedy joined Vale in 2007 and has served as mine manager, interim general manager and chief mine geologist.

She was co-chair of the association’s Manitoba Mine Rescue Organization committee in 2022 and believes that Manitoba has tremendous potential in its people, its communities and its minerals.

“I am excited and humbled to serve in this new role as president,” said Kennedy in an Aug. 3 press release. “Manitoba’s mining industry has so much to offer and I look forward to working together with our members and partners to increase safety while maximizing the potential of our industry now and in the future.”

Kennedy, who graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and worked for the Newfoundland Department of Natural Resources prior to joining Vale, will preside over her first mining association board meeting in October, which will mark the first time the board and other association members have met face-to-face in nearly three years.

“With our association in a rebuilding phase, Stacy brings her proven abilities as a strategic and critical thinker, balanced by her strong background in safety to her role as our president,” said Trudeau. “I’m happy to pass the torch, and confident she’ll make a positive impact while contributing to our longstanding legacy of mining in Manitoba.”