Community: Thunder Bay
Job Position: Site Supervisor
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR ROLE LOOK LIKE?
We prepare the morning meeting and safety talk, which we hold in the kitchen after breakfast. We meet with the foreman to discuss work assignments, assign tasks to workers and make sure all equipment is functioning — generators, electricity, etc. It’s like a little city here at Esker, so we have to make sure everything is working properly.
We monitor the radio for safety and efficiency. Our site work spans a large area, so we can have people out at the lake or doing geo work in the field and some of that work is intensive and carries risk. We’re in contact at all times in case of any questions or emergencies.
Also, I manage the logistics of maintaining site supplies such as fuel, communicating with our pilots and making sure we have the needed supplies in the kitchen. We’re feeding up to 40 people a day here, which is like running a good-sized restaurant. A good kitchen is important to keep our workers and contractors healthy and happy.
I meet with workers throughout the day to ensure they’re working safely and efficiently and that they are satisfied and having a good day. Essentially, I make sure the site runs as smoothly as possible.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR WORKDAY?
I enjoy meeting with the team to discuss how their day is going. We work in a remote environment and our team members leave their communities/cities and families behind to come to work, so if they are facing any challenges we want to make sure they have someone to talk to. It is important to me that our workers are happy here and know that they have a sympathetic ear.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT WORKING AT ESKER?
I enjoy working in a remote environment and working with a dedicated, positive team. Since starting, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people. That’s what I find the most satisfying — people who come to site and are dedicated to their job, they want to see the project through, and they realize that there is a long-term goal here — it’s not just a short-term thing. One day, we’ll be a mine with large opportunities.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP SAFETY TIP?
Never rush a job — always take your time. Take a step back and think about what you’re doing before you do that job so you don’t get injured.