Competitions

 

Mine Rescue Competitions

Mine rescue competitions are typically held every year, giving participants a chance to test their skills and compete against other mines in their district. Through competition, each team undergoes a standardized evaluation. They are given a team assignment and need to complete tasks within a given time frame. The scenarios vary from year to year. District winners go on to compete in the provincial competition. The winners are celebrated at an awards ceremony that also recognizes the hard work and ongoing dedication of these brave volunteers.
 
 

2022 Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition - Hosted in Sudbury District

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Newmont Musselwhite Mine Brings Home the Hardware

The 2022 Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition was held June 7-9, with the underground tasks hosted by Vale’s Creighton Mine in Sudbury. 
 
The invitation-only provincial event marks the final month of the annual training cycle and challenges the winners of district competitions to resolve an advanced mine emergency. Unlike district competitions held in spectator-friendly hockey arenas with a maze of simulated mine workings, the provincial competition sends teams into an actual operating underground mine. 
 
All spectator viewing is done via camera feed to the surface as teams navigate the mine alone attempting to solve a puzzle of mine hazards. Teams use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to evacuate the workers trapped underground and restore the mine to safe working conditions.  
 
Technical judges are hidden throughout the mine and evaluate teams by a pre-determined list of criteria based on the policies and procedures of the provincial mine rescue guidelines. 
 
The 2022 scenario included the construction of ventilation infrastructure, the application of first aid to injured miners, the use of specialty mine rescue equipment, and the challenge of detecting contaminated mine ventilation and making it safe. 
 
Ontario Mine Rescue is proud to report all seven highly skilled participating teams were able to successfully resolve the emergency, but the strategy and use of safe procedures for each team differentiates them upon evaluation. The provincial champions taking home the coveted gold hard hats are as follows:

Team Competition Results:

Provincial Champion - 1st Overall – Newmont Musselwhite Mine, Red Lake District
 
Captain - Jack Lawson
 
#2 - Taylor Poling
 
#3 - Alexa Dumaine
 
#4 - Scott Lawson
 
Vice Captain - Philip Mullin
 
#6 - Jimmy Sinclair
 
Briefing Officer - Ryan Lepage
 
#7 - Nick Gosselin
 
Coach - Chris Horde / Gabe Roy
 
Mine Rescue Officers - Kurtis Atkinson / Jeff Farquharson
 
2nd Overall – Impala Canada Lac des Isles Mine, Thunder Bay District
 
Team Firefighting Award – Newmont Musselwhite Mine, Red Lake District
 
Team First Aid Award – Lakeshore Gold Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines, Timmins District
 
Team Special Equipment Award – Newmont Musselwhite Mine, Red Lake District
 
Team Theory Exam Award – Lakeshore Gold Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines, Timmins District

Also competing in the team competition were:

Barrick Hemlo Williams Mine, Algoma District
 
Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine, Kirkland Lake District
 
Compass Minerals Goderich Mine, Southern District
 
Onaping District – Did Not Qualify

Individual Technician Competition Results:

1st – Garry Bennett, Alamos Gold, Young-Davidson Mine, Kirkland Lake District
 
2nd – Jean Yves Doiron, Vale Sudbury Operations, Sudbury District
 
3rd – Darren Bullied, Evolution Mining Red Lake Gold Mines, Red Lake District

Also competing in the individual technician competition were:

Monika Jorgenson, Impala Canada Lac des Isles Mine, Thunder Bay District
 
James Greer, Wesdome Gold Mines Eagle River Mine, Algoma District
 
Michael Bennett, Glencore Kidd Mine, Timmins District
 
Jim Ahrens, Compass Minerals Goderich Mine, Southern District
 
DISTRICT
TEAM/TECHNICIAN
ALGOMA
Team - Barrick, Hemlo Williams Mine
Capt. Kyle Luce, #2 Logan Lewis, #3 Keith Clarke, #4 Saber Luhowy, 
Vice-capt. Alex Brown, #6 Brady Gillard, BO Denis Bilodeau
Technician - James Greer, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd, Eagle River Mine
KIRKLAND LAKE
Team - Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine
Capt. James Robertson, #2 Alex Perrault, #3 Jake Ryan, #4 William Bennett, 
Vice-capt. Jordan Sutton, #6 Kameron Stoesz, BO Maciej Watoek
Technician - Garry Bennett, Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine
ONAPING
Team - Did Not Qualify For Provincial Competition
Technician - Did Not Qualify For Provincial Competition
RED LAKE
Team - Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine
Capt. Jack Lawson, #2 Taylor Polling, #3 Alexa Dumaine, #4 Nick Gosselin,  
Vice-capt. Phillip Mullin, #6 Jimmy Sinclair, BO Ryan Lepage
Technician - Darren Bullied, Evolution Mining Red Lake Gold Mines
SOUTHERN
Team - Compass Minerals Goderich Mine
Capt David Kelly, #2 Aaron Duckworth, #3 Gordon Bailey, #4 Chris Baldwin, 
Vice-capt. Joel Paquette, #6 Ken Nguyen, BO Jason Phillips
Technician - Jim Ahrens, Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine

SUDBURY

Team - Vale Canada, East Mines
Capt. Justin Whitmore, #2 Michael Vaillancourt, #3 Ryan Tinker, #4 William Langlois, 
Vice-capt. Perry Simon, #6 Jeremy Faulkner, Briefing Officer Shawn St. Louis
Technician - Jean-Yves Doiron, Vale Canada
THUNDER BAY        
Team - Impala Canada Lac des Iles Mine
Capt Brad Kemp, #2 Devin Jackson, #3 Russell Wilson, #4 Ethan Gorman, 
Vice-capt. Cody Vold, #6 Chris Cameron, BO Tyler Williams
Technician - Monika Jorgenson, Impala Canada Lac des Iles Mine
TIMMINS
Team - Lakeshore Gold Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines
Capt. Brandon Duhan, #2 Richard Martin, #3 Frank Moller, #4 Nathalie Lafontaine, 
Vice-capt. Shane Sullivan, #6 Serge Roy, BO Adam Weagle
Technician - Michael Bennett, Glencore Kidd Mine 

Thank you to our 2022 competition sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Technica   

Gold Sponsors

GlencoreKidd     

 Silver Sponsors

 

  

 

 

 
 
 

Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition Slideshows

   
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Ontario Mine Rescue District Competition Slideshows

         

Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition Programs

 

Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition Videos

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2017 Provincial Competition Video Feed

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Competition Resources

2023 Provincial Competition Resources

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Ontario Mine Rescue Competition Registration

Please click the appropriate link to register for the Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition. Review the information carefully and complete the online form. 
For more information, please contact Penny Pagan.