April 25, 2018 – In states and regions where mining is concentrated the industry plays a vital role in the local economy. Overall, the economy cannot function without minerals and the products made from this sector.
Meanwhile, employment in mining increased by 9,000 in March, with gains occurring in support activities for mining and in oil and gas extraction. Mining employment has risen by 78,000 since a recent low in October 2016. According to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released by ManpowerGroup, the mining sector is expected to grow staffing levels during the second quarter of 2018.
Mining-focused search firm Lincoln Strategic Inc. (LSI) recently expanded with the additions of Russ Buckland, Erik Buckland and Joel Donato to further develop LSI’s suite of executive search, technical recruitment and management consulting services.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Russ, Erik and Joel are on the team,” said Steve Bergounhon, partner at Lincoln Strategies. “With the increased demand for mining talent and the general market up-trend we’re seeing, we’re better positioned than ever to serve our clients’ needs. Lincoln Strategic has over 80 years of recruitment experience collectively and is now among the strongest mining consultancies globally.”
Mr. Buckland, who founded Bedford Resources, has over the last 30 years conducted more than 2,000 leadership and C-suite search projects in the global natural resources and mining space. Earlier in his career, he fulfilled executive human resources assignments with Falconbridge, Kidd Creek Mines and Currough Resources. At Lincoln Strategic, Mr. Buckland will focus heavily on strategic leadership searches with LSI’s mining operations clients.
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Mr. Buckland brings 15 years of experience in mining executive search with Bedford Resources and has earned a reputation for his specialized knowledge and broad international network of top talent. In his new role, Mr. Buckland will focus heavily on strategic leadership searches with the firm’s mining operations clients.
Mr. Donato brings 10 years of experience in technical recruitment, account management and executive search with Design Group, a global, multi-market recruitment firm where he led their Toronto office’s mining practice. Mr. Donato will concentrate on technical recruitment for Lincoln Strategic consulting-engineering, operations and private equity clients.
Located in Ontario, Lincoln Strategic is a global executive and professional search firm specializing in the mining, minerals and metals industry. Its portfolio includes some of mining’s major, intermediate and junior mining companies, engineering and construction organizations, consulting, private equity and global mining corporations. Its clients include: Copper Mountain Mining Corp., Appian Capital Advisory, Hatch, Santec, Weir Minerals and Barrick.
The Mining Sector
The mining industry is famously dynamic and volatile with increasing skill shortages, expanding asset diversity and growing emphasis on operational performance, cost containment and capital protection, all on a global scale, said Lincoln Strategic. To compete in today’s market, companies must secure talent more aggressively and intelligently than ever before.
According to executive recruiters, global economic uncertainty has created a complex operational environment for mining firms characterized by price volatility, increasing costs, operational challenges and shifting regulation.
Odgers Berndtson, a search firm with a specialty mining and minerals practice, said that “in response companies must invest in the recruitment and development of high quality global talent, with the skills to deliver cost reductions and productivity gains.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media