Join CIM Magazine and the CIM Health & Safety Society for the second webinar in The Safety Share series

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April 20, 2023, 1 p.m. EDT

In the mining industry, burnout has soared in the last two years, due to supply chain issues, COVID-19, global economic disruptions due to political unrest, and shifting expectations of a younger workforce. Recent mental health studies confirm this, however mental health issues in the mining industry were on the rise even before the pandemic. The 2019 Mining Mental Health Study showed elevated and concerning levels of stress, anxiety and depression in mine workers when compared to the broader workforce. Historically, occupational health research in mining has focused on physical health, for instance respiratory disease or the impact of noise, heat and vibration on worker health.

An estimated 500,000 Canadians miss work during any given week because of mental health-related problems, which can lead to lower productivity, higher job turnover, poor engagement and job dissatisfaction. Most importantly, from a health and safety perspective, this poses an increased risk of a workplace incident or injury. The study also found that over 23 per cent of workers surveyed had levels of stress considered to be concerning, and women were more likely to report moderate to severe stress levels than male workers. Stress levels were found to be the highest in workers aged 30 to 49 and lower in workers aged 50 and up.

This episode of The Safety Share will focus on mental health awareness in mining: what we know, what we’ve learned and what we can do as team leaders and team members to improve it. Lifestyle choices, relationships and the ability to balance home and work life can all play a role, along with the work environment, demands, schedule, job satisfaction and more.

Our guest speakers Keith Hanson and Dr. Michel Larivière will walk us through their experience and learnings working together on bringing mental health awareness to the mine, underground and above.



Keith Hanson
Superintendent of Occupational Health & Wellness

Keith has 30 years of experience in designing and implementing disability management, occupational rehabilitation and workplace mental health programs, with 23 years in the mining industry. He is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor through the Canadian Mental Health Association, where he has helped various employers develop their mental health strategies based on best practice. He worked for 11 years with Vale as their Occupational Medicine, Disability Management and Mental Health Lead, then at Lifemark Health as National Director of Mental Health Strategy, and mos recently has taken on the challenge of leading the design and implementation of the Occupational Health and Wellness Department at Iamgold’s Côté Gold mine.

Dr. Michel Lariviere, BPHE, MA, PhD, CPsych
Laurentian University

Dr. Michel Larivière is a clinical psychologist and full professor at Laurentian University. For the last 25 years, Dr. Lariviere has completed several large-scale studies on the health and well-being of workers in various occupations including health care workers, correctional workers, human services workers, and first responders. Most recently, Dr. Lariviere and his team completed the 2019 Mining Mental Health Study. The data from this research will serve to guide policy makers and industry leaders on how to best target interventions for workers and their families. Moreover, the research has led to the creation of tools that will assist occupational health specialists, case managers and human resource professionals with post-injury/illness workplace reintegration.


Nelson Bodnarchuk
Vice President Health & Safety
Torex Gold Resources

Nelson brings over 21 years of global, multi-commodity operating leadership experience. He has worked in the engineering, operational technology, IT, nuclear, automation, maintenance, software development and banking sectors. He joined Torex in 2014 as the Director of Operational Systems, overseeing critical aspects of the successful construction, start-up and operation of the Greenfield build of the ELG open pit mine and processing plant. Over the past three years, he has led the Health & Safety teams at Torex, delivering integrated systems supporting the safe operations of the Morelos Mine Complex in Guerrero State, Mexico.