2019 Provincial Competition - Red Lake District

K+S Windsor Salt Proves its Mettle

Mine rescue volunteers from K+S Windsor Salt Ojibway Mine know how to mark an occasion.
They celebrated the 90th anniversary of Ontario Mine Rescue and the 70th annual Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition, by winning their first-ever champions’ gold hard hats in this year's event at Red Lake Gold Mines in Red Lake.
Though the Ojibway Mine team has competed more than a dozen times at the provincial event during the past 40 years, and previously won major awards, not until this year have they won the provincial title.
The week-long competition was organized by Ontario Mine Rescue (OMR), a part of Workplace Safety North, and hosted by Newmont Goldcorp, Red Lake Gold Mines. Major sponsors are Drager Safety and Newmont Goldcorp.
K+S Windsor Salt Ojibway Mine, was also awarded the John Guthrie (Special Equipment) Award during the closing banquet Friday, June 7. The team won the Southern District mine rescue competition in Goderich in May.
The Windsor Salt mine rescue team consisted of: Captain Adam Schraeder, #2 Al Gernon, #3 Dillon Perry, #4 Joe Schraeder, Vice-captain Phillip Schraeder, #6 Ethan Kirby, #7 Mike Yott, Briefing Officer Matt Stefanic, Team Co-ordinator Jeremy Bondy and team Manager Giovanni Grande.
Jean-Yves Doiron, a mine rescue technician with Vale Canada in Sudbury, won the award for top technician. Doiron won the Sudbury District competition in May.

Awards presented: 

  • First overall – K+S Windsor Salt, Ojibway Mine 
  • Overall runner-up – Newmont Goldcorp, Porcupine Gold Mines 
  • Technicians – 1st Jean-Yves Doiron, Vale Canada
    – 2nd Norm Gannon Jr., Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Mine
    – 3rd Steeve Pinel, Alamos Gold, Island Lake Gold Mine 
  • Team Firefighting – Newmont Goldcorp, Porcupine Gold Mines 
  • Team First Aid – Glencore, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations 
  • John Guthrie Award (Special Equipment) – K+S Windsor Salt, Ojibway Mine 
  • Theory Exam Award – Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine  
Competing in the event were:



  ALGOMA Team - Barrick, Hemlo Williams Mine
Capt. Russell Eagle, #2 Alex Brown, #3 Evan Barley, #4 Kurtis Atkinson, 
Vice-capt. Kyle Luce, #6 Brian Greenwood, BO Glenn Young
Technician - Steeve Pinel, Alamos Gold, Island Lake Gold Mine
  KIRKLAND LAKE Team - Kirkland Lake Gold, Macassa Mine
Capt. Hubert Gour, #2 Nick Perrier, #3 Rene Lavoie, #4 Basil Eraif, 
Vice-capt. Jason Dicaire, #6 Matt Watorek, BO Lino Therrien
Technician - Norm Gannon Jr., Kirkland Lake Gold Macassa Mine
  ONAPING Team - Glencore, Sudbury INO, Team Lefebvre
Capt. Andre Lefebvre, #2 Kara Deneka, #3 Joel Vaillancourt, #4 Jesse Legault, 
Vice-capt. Julien Lalonde, #6 Alyssa Wilson, BO Joffre Sanftenberg
Technician - 
  RED LAKE Team - Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine
Capt. Kyle Fry, #2 Jack Lawson, #3 Gabriel Roy, #4 Ryan Swaluk,  
Vice-capt. Steve Godin, #6 Ryan Lepage, BO Chris Horde 
Technician - Ryan Thibeault, Newmont Goldcorp, Musselwhite Mine
  SOUTHERN Team - K+S Windsor Salt, Ojibway Mine
Capt Adam Schraeder, #2 Al Gernon, #3 Dillon Perry, #4 Joe Schraeder, 
Vice-capt. Phillip Schraeder, #6 Ethan Kirby, BO Matt Stefanic
Technician - Jim Ahrens, Compass Minerals, Goderich Mine
  SUDBURY Team - Vale Canada, Team Hamilton
Capt. Jon Hamilton, #2 Roch Berthiaume, #3 Breanne Pilon, #4 Jacque Martin, 
Vice-capt. Chris Charbonneau, #6 Aaron Brouse, Briefing Officer Lorne Belesky
Technician - Jean-Yves Doiron, Vale Canada
  THUNDER BAY         Team - North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine
Capt Justin Wilson, #2 Brad Kemp, #3 Cody Vold, #4 Justin Earle, 
Vice-capt. Dave Chony, #6 Jeremiah White, BO Marcus Snow
Technician - Gil Noble, North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine
  TIMMINS Team - Newmont Goldcorp, Porcupine Gold Mines
Capt. Steve Charbonneau, #2 Eric Coderre, #3 Ryan Jones, #4 Mike Ladouceur, 
Vice-capt. Yannick Marchand, #6 Chad Delaurier, BO Andrew Burns
Technician - Pete Gagne, Tahoe Canada Timmins West & Bell Creek Mines

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