Every year, the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission organizes and hosts an annual Mine Rescue competition. The two-day competition sees mining teams from around Canada compete and demonstrate their skills. This weekend was the 62nd annual WSCC Mine Rescue Competition.

The event was a huge success, with all teams showcasing exceptional skill and teamwork. However, we’d like to especially congratulate Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.), who took first place in the Underground First Aid scenario, and Baffinland Iron Mine (Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation), who won Surface First Aid.

A complete list of the competition results is available at WSCC.nt.net.

In addition to the impressive skill of competitors, events like this require an exceptional amount of dedication and generosity from the people who put them together. To this end, we’d like to thank the people who shared their goods, time, and talent to make it possible:

  • WSCC for organizing the event, and their staff, Judy Kainz, Cary Ingram, Shelly Ingram, and Kelly Carter, for judging
  • Trudy Hause Photography
  • Karen Murray for makeup
  • Jonathan of Age Towing for donating a vehicle
  • Georgina Rolt, Jill Riveria, Beaton MacKenzie, and all the students who volunteered as "casualties"
  • Aurora Telecom for donating equipment
  • Our staff, Jodi Grobbecker, who designed and judged the first aid scenarios; Carolyn Ridgley; Geraldine Maloney; and Matt Vincent
  • And everyone who came up to show their support and enjoy the day

The WSCC Mine Rescue Competition is a highlight every year. While we hope these teams never have to use their rescue skills, it brings us great confidence knowing our mine site workers are in good hands.

Baffinland Iron Mine (Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation), winners of Surface First Aid

Diavik Diamond Mine (Rio Tinto Ltd.), winners of Underground First Aid

Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (De Beers Canada Inc.)

Meadowbank Gold Mine (Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.)

TMAC Resources' (Hope Bay Gold Mine)

Meliadine Gold Project (Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.)