Al Shpyth joined the IMII in December 2015 and became executive director on January 1, 2016. Al brings more than 25 years of consulting, government and industry experience related to mining and the minerals sector to the IMII. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (in 1986), he obtained his master’s degrees in environmental studies from York University (in 1991) and in environmental law and policy from the Vermont Law School, where he graduated with highest honours, in 2014.
As a consultant, Al worked on environmental assessments and feasibility studies for mining projects in Saskatchewan (potash), British Columbia (copper) and Manitoba (silica sand). While with the Government of Saskatchewan, Al was the lead author of the government’s Position Paper on Proposed Uranium Mining Developments in Northern Saskatchewan in the mid-1990s, and helped to set the public policy framework for approvals of the McArthur River, Cigar Lake and McClean Lake projects. He also conceived of and created the Northern Mines Monitoring Secretariat and Environmental Quality Committees to facilitate community involvement in the regulation of the uranium mining industry in northern Saskatchewan. In industry, Al held a number of progressively more responsible positions within Uranerz Exploration and Mining Ltd. and Cameco Corporation in areas as diverse as public affairs, human resources, special projects (ISO 14001), policy and systems development, government relations, information systems & technology, and business technology services. His work for Cameco was both national and international in scope, having been seconded to the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as director, environmental and regulatory affairs, and represented the company as their first managing director in the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan.
In Saskatchewan, Al served several years as the chair of the Uranium Section of the Saskatchewan Mining Association and on the board of directors of the Saskatoon Co-op. He is presently the past-president of the Saskatchewan Environment Industry and Managers Association.
Carl Weatherell joined the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) on March 1, 2013.
Carl is a change agent known for challenging the status quo, discovering new ways
of doing things and taking ideas to execution. He is a natural connector often
bringing together disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and
organizations to create new partnerships. Carl has been described as a rebel and a
He has over 27 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government
and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has helped
position organizations for success and has established, managed or facilitated the
development of strategies with a number of organizations and over 15 different
consortia comprised of 200 businesses, 30 government organizations and 180
different academic institutions.
He has won awards for breakthrough leadership, technology transfer and was
nominated for an award related to the development of strategic relationships
between academia, industry and government.
Carl obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Carleton
University and the University of Waterloo respectively. He holds one patent and has
publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering,
organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and
Mr. Lewicki has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.
Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.
At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.
Tina is the Head of Production for the Potash business based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tina is
responsible for leading the Operational Readiness and Resource Geology functions. Prior to moving to
this position in February 2017, she was the Head of Integrated Operations at Escondida Mine in Chile,
and prior to Escondida, Tina worked as the GM, Yarrie Mine in the Western Australia Iron Ore business.
Tina started her career with BHP at the EKATI Diamond Mine in 1994 as a mining engineer, developing
Canada’s and BHP’s first diamond mine. Her career with BHP has included roles in mine operations,
transformation, project development and delivery, and marketing. She has multi-commodity experience
including diamonds, coal, iron ore, copper and potash and has gained international experience working in Australia, Singapore and recently, Chile.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining and Process Engineering from the University of British
Columbia in 1994 and an MBA from Athabasca University in 2002. She enjoys yoga, running, golf and