Professional Engineer; Bachelor of Science; Mining Engineering
Mr. Slack has extensive experience acquired over a career of 38 years in mine design and mine construction throughout North America and overseas. He is the founder and a board member of Cementation Americas and served as president from inception in 1998 to 2018. Cementation Americas was acquired by Murray & Roberts in 2004 and Mr. Slack was responsible for their mining operations in North and South America as well as Europe. He also served as a board member of Cementation Sudamérica (Chile) and Murray & Roberts UK. Cementation, part of the Murray & Roberts worldwide mine service group, established to provide mine contracting and consulting services to the North and South American market, as well as services for North American companies carrying out work overseas. In 2019 the company was recognized as the Gold Winner safest employer in Canada in the Natural Resources Sector. Mr. Slack also currently serves on the board of NORCAT. Mr. Slack also served as President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (“CIM”), the leading technical industry institute in Canada, for the 2019/2020 term ending May 3, 2020.
In 2008 he was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario and in 2009 he was given the Metal Mining Society Award by the CIM. In 2012 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2017 Nipissing University bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate.
He has been active in numerous safety initiatives over the years including a past board member of the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association, the Mines Accident Safety & Health Association and of the Workplace Safety North Mining Advisory committee. In 2013 he was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety, where he served for four years. In 2018 he was inducted into the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association Hall of Fame and in 2019 he was inducted as a Lifetime Member into the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association, only the 12th induction in the 70- year history of the organization. He currently chairs the CIM Safety Committee.
Mr. Slack holds a Bachelor of Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.