Management Team

Heather Ednie

Managing Director
Heather Ednie is an influential mining professional who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, developing and spearheading vital business solutions through communications and association management. Since 2012, she has been the Managing Director of Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), a network of representatives from mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, research organizations and consultants around the world who recognize that innovation does not happen in silos. GMG creates multi-stakeholder working groups to systematically remove the impediments to building safe, sustainable and innovative mines of the future. Prior to joining GMG she lead a young communications consulting firm, Modica Communications, focused on serving the Canadian mining sector with the aim of advancement of a safe, responsible and respected industry. From 2004 to 2009, as Director, Media and Communications for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Heather successfully reinvented the CIM communications and editorial department as the relevant source of information for the industry. Heather served as Vice-Chair of Women in Mining Canada and is a founding member of the Women in Mining Montreal Branch organizing committee. Heather has received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award and was recognized in WIM UK’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

Jennifer Curran

Operations and Technical Support Manager
Jennifer ensures the effective functioning of Global Mining Guidelines Group working groups and enables working group members and contractors to deliver on projects according to Global Mining Guidelines Group principles and priorities. Additionally, she is responsible for execution of the Member Program, as well as the maintenance of the Global Mining Guidelines Group website, membership database, and Basecamp online collaboration sites. Jennifer has 20 years of experience in project management and office administration in various industries. Previous roles include project management and peer review coordination for the CIM Journal, managing domestic and foreign purchasing for a cigar import company, as well as being a paralegal in a US law firm. She obtained her diploma in Web Technology in 2012 and worked until the end of 2013 as a consultant in web development and optimization prior to joining Global Mining Guidelines Group.

Heather Turnbull

Events and Membership Manager
Heather brings a wide range of experience to the team. As a stay-at-home mother for a number of years, Heather was a highly involved community leader, as a volunteer at the local school and on other committees in the municipality. She also worked in various support staff positions at the school, most recently as the school secretary. Prior to that, Heather was the administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation in Montreal, where she gained an understanding and appreciation of the importance of volunteers and the need to work together. Heather is impressed by the work carried out by dedicated Global Mining Guidelines Group volunteers from around the world, and all levels of the industry, who share a vision of cleaner, safer, more efficient mining. Heather has a background in land management and currently serves as president of a local non-profit organization. She looks forward to broadening her exposure to the mining industry and helping groups collaborate toward this new future.

Blaine Sullivan

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Coordinator
While Blaine has been doing contract work for Global Mining Guidelines Group since mid-2017, she took on this permanent role in the spring of 2018. Our voice on social media and membership relations, she has a strong work ethic and approaches all of her work with optimism and enthusiasm. She brings from her past secretarial experience strong office systems knowledge. Her naturally upbeat personality allows for the building of strong relations with both members and colleagues. Watch for her in your inbox!

David Sanguinetti

Program Manager
David Sanguinetti is Global Mining Guidelines Group’s Program Manager, looking after project management and execution strategy for all of Global Mining Guidelines Group’s projects. Prior to working directly with Global Mining Guidelines Group, he was the innovation manager of Canada Mining Innovation Council’s Underground Mining group, where he led the joint GMG-CMIC Guideline for BEVs in Underground Mining. He is a professional engineer with 20+ years’ experience in design, project management and operations. As an independent consultant, David has a particular focus on helping companies with the development and commercialisation of new technologies and has extensive experience both with technical scale-up and with designing the engineering and project management systems to support growing companies. David started his career designing gas processing plants, and has since worked in potable water treatment, biomass-to-energy, industrial water treatment, and metals recovery. His home base has always been in Canada, but he has travelled extensively for work and built plants on five continents. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University.

Andrea Nichiporuk

Communications Manager
Andrea is Global Mining Guidelines Group’s Communications Manager, having joined the team in August 2018. She brings with her 21 years’ experience working in publishing and communications in the mining industry, primarily with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) where she learned to love the world of mining. Her CIM story began in the Publications Department where a good part of her time was spent updating the department’s organizational system away from index cards and typewriters (yes, typewriters). Showing interest and prowess for writing and editing, Andrea became Assistant Editor in 2004. Along with Heather Ednie, GMG’s Managing Director who at the time headed CIM’s Publications and Communications Department, she worked on a dream project – launching a magazine (CIM Magazine). Andrea developed a sharp eye for detail working with design teams, and by January 2013 was promoted to Managing Editor. Andrea’s innate need for organization and processes really flourished during those years. In June 2015, Andrea added Communications Supervisor to lengthen her job title, officially entering the realm of strategic and corporate communications, and by mid-2017 became CIM’s Communications Manager. At GMG Andrea gets to tap into her creative side through writing, editing and the development of communications and marketing materials.

Marcus Thomson

Program and Partner Development Manager
Marcus Thomson will be joining the GMG management team as Program and Partner Development Manager. Marcus brings a wealth of experience in program management and partner development and specializes in introducing digital innovation to the mining industry. As Manager of the Innovation and Prosperity Office at Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) in Sudbury, Ontario, he led their “Smart Mining” program, which identified technology testing needs and supported underground mines in demonstrating innovative digital solutions. Marcus is also an active GMG collaborator who has made valuable contributions to several working groups and guidelines.

Francine Harris

Technical Writer
Francine has been writing, editing, and researching for GMG since June 2018, working both on GMG guidelines and communications materials. She is a versatile writer who enjoys immersing herself into new topics and working with long and complicated documents as well as the challenge of condensing vast quantities of information into shorter communications. Francine holds both an MA in English (2018) and a BA in English and Communications Studies (2013) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Her previous work in several fields including scholarly editing, international freight forwarding, and education helped her develop strong skills in balancing organization and adaptability.