Health and Safety

Mine Rescue Roundup

Teck teams and individuals shine at provincial competitions.

Teck’s mine rescue teams demonstrated true skill, dedication and excellence in achieving top rankings at mine rescue competitions in Alberta and British Columbia (B.C.) in June.  

Mine rescue competitions are important events that provide an opportunity to test emergency response and rescue skills, and share best practices. Members of these teams are to be commended for their hard work, safety leadership and commitment to helping ensure everyone is going home safe and healthy every day.

Congratulations to all the participants who recently took part in competitions, and thank you for exemplifying our company’s most important core value. 

Teck Winners at Provincial Mine Rescue Competitions


  • Cardinal River Operations won First Overall Aggregate.*

British Columbia

  • Greenhills won Best Overall Surface Mine Rescue, Best Team Rope Task category and the Highest Non-Aggregate Points Trophy.* 
  • Elkview placed second in the Overall Surface Mine Rescue.*
  • Highland Valley Copper won the Best Practical Bench Skills, Best Fire and Best Written categories.
  • Coal Mountain won the Best Three-Person First Aid category. Coach Josh Gallinger was awarded the Kathie Lofstrom Memorial Trophy for Best Three-Person Coach.
  • Sullivan Mine won the Best Practical Bench Skills, Best Performance in Underground Smoke, and Best Obstacle & Recovery categories. Team member Dave Heathfield was awarded the Bench Technician Individual Trophy. 
  • Greenhills and Fording River Mine Rescue Teams were also recognized with the Chief Inspectors’ Award for their life-saving actions in the line of duty​.

*Having won first and second places in their respective provincial competitions, Cardinal River, Greenhills and Elkview earned spots to compete at the National Western Region Mine Rescue Competitions in Fernie, B.C. in September.

This Just In: Congratulations to our mine rescue teams from Greenhills, Elkview and Cardinal River who achieved top rankings at the 2017 National Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition in Fernie, B.C. in early September. For photos and full results, check back in the next issue of Connect, Volume 20.

Thank You

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Many thanks to those who contributed to and participated in this issue of Connect:

Catherine Adair, Community Relations Leader, Trail Operations; Ken Andersen, Mine Technical Supervisor, Highland Valley Copper; Mohammad Babaei, Senior Technical Analyst, IS+T Operational Technology, Line Creek Operations; Marsha Bradcoe (retired), Haul Truck Driver, Fording River Operations; Barbara Brice, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Pend Oreille Mine; Pamela Chait, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Santiago office; Rebecca Edwards, Communications Coordinator, Sparwood office; Francisca Gregorio, Communications Specialist, Corporate Affairs, Santiago office; Gord Kavaloff, Senior Reliability Specialist, Trail Operations; Hadden Kelloway, Blaster, Elkview Operations; Brian Kennedy, Project Director, Project Development and Engineering, Vancouver office; Peter Martell, Superintendent, Environment and Community Affairs, Highland Valley Copper; Cole Massaro, Equipment Operator, Greenhills Operations; Anna Mihalj, Technician, Mining, Engineering, Greenhills Operations; Nic Milligan, Manager, Social Responsibility, Sparwood office; Rick Plovie, Support Equipment Planner, Highland Valley Copper; Marisol Reategui, Executive Assistant, Exploartion (Americas), Surco office; Mark Richards, Manager, Mining Technology, Applied Research and Technology; Jacqui Schneider, Senior Community Affairs Officer, Highland Valley Copper; Herman Urrejola, Manager, Social Responsibility, Santiago office; Fritz Westlake, Community Relations Coordinator, Public Relations, Red Dog Operations; Richard Weymark, Dam Construction Manager, Highland Valley Copper; Alexa Young, Manager, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver office

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Sebastian Malagueño, Plant Manager, Quebrada Blanca Operations


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