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Women in Natural Resource Sciences Conference

Women in Natural Resources logo - an illustration of a woman

This is a FREE event hosted by our School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences to showcase the many careers, roles and opportunities available for women in the natural resources sector. Hear directly from women in industry and take part in our hands-on workshops.


Trees And You

Urban Timber Salvage*

Do you want to combat climate change? Come to the Urban Timber Salvage workshop to learn how to turn urban timber into lumber. Run the College’s sawmill and take home your own cheeseboard. (Workshop capacity: 20)

Into the Canopy*

Reach new heights at our tree climbing workshop where you can try something new and climb outside of your comfort zone. (Workshop capacity: 30)

Chainsaw Basics - Sharpen Your Skills*

Learn about basic chainsaw maintenance and see safe handling demonstrations. Cut yourself a cookie to take home as a souvenir. (Workshop capacity: 20)

Exploring the Earth

Pan for Gold

“There are strange things done ‘neath the midnight sun by the (wo)men who moil for gold”. Poet Robert Service had it almost right – you too can learn to prospect for gold and follow in the steps of Canada’s mineral exploration pioneers. Try your hand at gold panning and keep your spoils.

Rocks and Minerals

What lies beneath? Learn how to identify rocks and minerals that make up the planet beneath our feet and impress your friends with your new-found knowledge at the lake this summer. Bring in your own samples and try to 'stump the geologist'.

Drilling: Six Figures no Suits

Horizontal Directional Drilling*

Learn all about the horizontal directional drilling industry. Topics will include safety, planning, tracking electronics, and drill fluids. Students will have an opportunity to drill and track the drill head in a simulated utility installation.

Geoprobe Environmental Drilling*

Participants will get an introduction to the Environmental drilling industry. Participants will take soil samples with the Geo Probe drill and learn more about the Environmental drilling industry.

Blasthole Drilling*

An introduction to blasthole drilling. Participants will be given the opportunity to run a handheld rock drill and load the holes with blasting product and detonating the explosives to break the rock.

*PPE is required for these workshops. If you are able, please bring a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves and/or steel-toe boots/toe caps. If you don’t have PPE, don’t worry! We will provide it for you.


Finished your workshop early? Join one of our drop-in sessions happening throughout the day.

Simulators and VR

Try out our new simulators and VR headsets that allow you to experience firsthand what it’s like to operate heavy equipment in a variety of fields such as drilling, agriculture and construction.

You Light Up My Life

Operate a hand press and make a tea light candle holder out of your favourite rock. Bring your own sample or choose from our selection.

Connect With Us Today

Katrina Van Osch-saxon
705-324-9144 ext. 3274

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Joanna Hodge
705-324-9144 ext. 3124
Saturday, April 1, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.)

Event Agenda

  • 8:30am - Registration and coffee
  • 9:00am - Welcome and guest panel
  • 10:00am - Workshop Rotation 1
  • 12:00pm - Lunch (provided)
  • 1:15pm - Workshop Rotation 2
  • 3:30pm - Wrap-up and send-off

Register for the Women in Natural Resources Conference

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Choose your Workshops

Workshop Rotation 1

Workshop Rotation 2

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Provide your T-shirt size:
Ladies t-shirts are a slim fit. We recommend ordering a size up.

Please note: there are limited spots available in the workshops. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are asked to wear closed toe shoes to the event.

This event will take place rain or shine so participants are advised to dress accordingly.

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