Spotlight on Operations: Skilling up Local Workforces


Whether you’re starting up a new site, or expanding your operation, training a local workforce is a significant challenge. How do you bring people in from outside the mining industry and train them quickly to become safe equipment operators?

Join Roger Pomerleau of Vista Training for a live webinar where he will explain how to efficiently create a self-sustaining, safety-first culture on your site.

In this Spotlight on Operations session, we’ll learn how New Gold’s Rainy River operation recruited and trained 160 equipment operators from an inexperienced local labour pool in near record time.

Join us for this free webinar and learn:

  • How a turnkey training program can help you get new operators up to speed faster
  • How a focus on competency development helps you measure and manage results
  • Why teaching technical skills and coaching skills simultaneously is so important



Roger Pomerleau, Business Development Manager, VISTA Training Canada

Roger began his career as an apprentice welder in the northern Alberta Oilsands mines. In his thirty-five years in the mining industry, he has worked in both external and internal consulting roles with expertise ranging from standardizing processes and best practices to performance coaching and learning in support of the growth and development of operator competency. Roger is most fulfilled when helping people grow professionally and helping to influence the culture of an organization. Roger is a Certified Training Development Professional (CTDP) through the Institute for Performance and Learning, and he was the project lead for a training program that received the mining industry’s first GOLD award in the category of blended learning from the Canadian Society for Training and Development. Roger Pomerleau is currently with VISTA Training Canada where he has the privilege to work closely with mines across the country to understand their technical enablement challenges, develop detailed training plans, and help implement structured training programs.

Want to learn more

Edumine and Vista have teamed up and put together 24 courses covering topics on mine operations safety training. Whether you are starting up a new site, expanding your operation, or training a local workforce, these courses will help you bring people in from outside the mining industry and train them quickly to become safe equipment operators.

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