President, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum
Deeper, Faster, Safer: Observations on the present and future state of underground mine access in the new frontier.
Roy Slack is a professional engineer with over 35 years experience in mine construction, design, and development, on projects throughout North America and around the world. Roy is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, with a degree in Mining Engineering.
In 1998 he started Cementation’s operations in North America as President. Cementation is a mine contracting and engineering firm that provides design-build and construction management services to the mining sector and over the past 20 years Cementation has been the most active shaft sinker in North America. In 2019 the company was recognized as the Gold Winner of Safest Employer in Canada in the natural resources sector.
In 2008 Roy 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 Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM). In 2012 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2017 Nipissing University bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate. He is currently President of the CIM.
Roy has been active in numerous safety initiatives over the years including a past board member of the Ontario Mine Contractor’s Safety Association, MASHA and of the WSN Mining Advisory committee. In 2013 Roy was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety, where he served for 4 years. He currently chairs the CIM Safety Committee and is a member of the CEO Health Safety Leadership Charter.