Somos Teck: Inspiring Innovation and Change

Continuous improvement, communication and collaboration are just some of the themes represented in the second phase of Somos Teck, a campaign in Chile aimed at inspiring transformational change.

In Chile, where Teck is advancing significant expansion projects, including Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 and NuevaUnión, Somos Teck is about looking beyond the short term, and improving long-term planning, leadership and day-to-day 
operational behaviour.

Launched in 2016, the first phase of the campaign used imagery and quotes from iconic leaders such as Albert Einstein, Ernest Shackleton and Marie Curie, to offer inspiration and help promote an attitude of innovation and change.

The second phase, launched in August of this year, profiles employees sharing success stories relating to leadership, overcoming difficulties, teamwork and creating value for the company.

Since its launch, Somos Teck has generated a number of changes, such as the development of Carmen de Andacollo’s Five-Year Plan by a larger team with representation from a wider variety of functions, who offered valuable new perspectives and approaches. Meanwhile at Quebrada Blanca Operations, teams have worked together closely to mitigate impacts related to declining copper prices and production challenges, which ultimately led to reduced costs and improved production in the face of these challenges. 

“These are great examples of the Somos Teck message resonating with our employees,” says Chris Dechert, Vice President, Copper Operations, Chile. “If we work together, we can overcome obstacles, prepare ourselves for challenges ahead, and build a strong future for Teck Chile.”

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

On the Cover

Sebastian Malagueño, Plant Manager, Quebrada Blanca Operations


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