Interim Director named for Centre of Training Excellence in Mining

May 9, 2014

Centre of Training Excellence in Mining announces new director

May 9, 2014 - The B.C. government is dedicated to providing British Columbians access to education and training programs that deliver relevant and transferrable skills and job-ready employees for the natural resources industries.  The provincial government first announced the creation of the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) in November 2012.  CTEM was set up under the BC Skills and Training Plan and Northwest Community College (NWCC) was designated the lead partner in April 2013, as a central point of contact within the post-secondary system.  The Centre, when fully operational, will provide training solutions for the mineral industry and communities across B.C., collaboratively facilitated by a province-wide virtual hub.

As the Centre expands towards its mandate, it has retained Jill Tsolinas as Interim Director, on a six month contract.  Since September 2013, CTEM has been led by Co-Executive Directors, Regina Saimoto and Danielle Smyth.  "CTEM is pleased to welcome Jill Tsolinas to our dedicated team.  She has a passion for the development and integration of best practices which sustain and position B.C.’s mineral industry as an international leader. Her strong commitment to supporting skills development and a viable workforce for the mineral industry, supports individuals, families and communities in British Columbia,” said Smyth.

Mrs. Tsolinas will focus on supporting work currently underway and further facilitating the organization’s key objectives: to support training providers across B.C. in meeting industry needs and to ensure students have access to targeted training that will provide them with strong, marketable skills for the mineral industry.

Planning for future labour market needs requires facilitating province-wide connections between multiple stakeholders in government, industry and post-secondary institutions. CTEM’s Steering Committee is comprised of members representing the Aboriginal Mentoring Training Association, Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia, B.C. HR Task Force: Mineral Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand and Gravel, British Columbia Institute of Technology Mining Association of British Columbia, C3 Alliance, Entrée Gold, HD Mining International, Ministry of Advanced Education, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, Tahltan Development Corporation, and University of B.C. Dave Lefebure is the Chair of the Steering Committee and is enthused by the leadership of Tsolinas, “Jill will use her experience in B.C.’s mineral industry and contacts with the relevant associations and post-secondary institutions to support and advance the initiatives of CTEM. She has a proven track record to complete projects while working with a variety of clients.”

About CTEM
CTEM was initiated by the B.C. government in November 2012 and started the formulation of the organization in April 2013. It is committed to bringing stakeholders from associations, education organizations, industry and other key groups together to support a province wide initiative. CTEM’s mission is to connect industry, students, communities and training providers to meet employment needs by playing a leading role in determining industry skills requirements, facilitating responsive training and supporting partners. To learn more, visit

About NWCC
Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution offering comprehensive education and training to 34 urban, rural and remote communities in northwestern BC. Through an innovative distributed learning model that includes nine campuses and learning centres, current technology, mobile units, and successful partnerships, NWCC brings relevant education and training directly to where it is needed. NWCC is a recognized leader in Aboriginal education where Aboriginal people make up roughly 40 per cent of the student body. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and Aboriginal populations and reflects this in its programs, services and workforce. To learn more, visit