Stephanie Nicholls has been with Pretivm since 2015 and was recently promoted to the position of Chief Mine Geologist. She discovered her passion for geology during her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, and began her career in the mining industry as a Core Technologist for a small exploration company near Williams Lake. She later worked as an Exploration Geologist in northern BC, where she developed the relationships that eventually led to her role at Pretivm’s Brucejack Mine.
Stephanie has found it gratifying to be part of the construction phase and then bringing the Brucejack Mine into production. “Implementing, then re-working and improving policies and procedures at the very beginning, then being able to look back at a successful operation later and know you were instrumental in the success is a pretty cool feeling,” she says.
Stephanie believes that the industry is changing for women and will continue to put equality at the forefront of hiring. Her favourite aspect of working at Pretivm is the culture and people, as well as the company’s commitment to promoting from within—something Stephanie has experienced first-hand as she worked her way up from her first role as Environmental Geological Technician. Through these career advancements, she has gained an understanding of what makes an operation tick. She also leverages her experience to mentor novice geologists and help them achieve their own unique successes. “Comradery is very important in a camp environment, so get to know your coworkers and share your successes with people you care about,” she recommends. “These relationships can be very rewarding and makes time spent at work fly by.”