Staff

Meet the doers and advocates of AME

Edie Thome

President & CEO, AME

Edie Thome brings a wealth of experience in government relations, permitting and public affairs as well as on-the-ground experience working with stakeholders, First Nations, elected officials and land owners on projects in the resource sector. Through her work, she is familiar with advocacy efforts at both the provincial and federal levels and, specifically, how the legislative and regulatory framework can support or hinder productive, responsible resource development within British Columbia and Canada.

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Most recently, Edie was Director – Environment, Permitting and Compliance, Aboriginal Relations and Public Affairs at BC Hydro, responsible for permitting and compliance, Aboriginal relations and public affairs for the Site C Clean Energy Project. Prior to that she worked in risk management, environment, operations and customer service for BC Hydro. Her management experience also includes 4½ years as Vice President, Customer Service, Airport Operations and Corporate Communications for Harmony Airways.

Edie brings a keen understanding of leadership in an industry association, gained through her service since 2014 as Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hydropower Association (“CHA”), a national, non-profit organization, comprised of nearly 50 members – spanning hydropower producers, manufacturers, developers and engineering firms to individuals. Like AME, CHA leverages the strength and skills of a diverse and accomplished membership to achieve the goals set forth in its strategic plan.

604.630.3920 | ethome@amebc.ca

Rob Stevens

Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Policy

Rob joined AME as the Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Policy in August, 2018. Rob brings a diversity of experience to AME from his time in industry, academia, associations and government. He is a professional geologist who was most recently the Director of Partnerships and Learning at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). At CIRDI, Rob worked with developing country governments to support policy development and technical capacity building around the sustainable management of mineral resources, including areas such as mine closure and environmental impact assessment.

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Prior to CIRDI, Rob was the Associate Dean of Natural Resources at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and a faculty member and head of the Mining and Mineral Exploration department. He is the author and publisher of the best-selling book ‘Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials’ that provides a comprehensive overview of the minerals industry.

Dr. Stevens has been actively involved with AME for the past 17 years. He was a director from 2001 to 2018, Chair of the board from 2008-2010 and a member of several committees. In 2011, Dr. Stevens was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia’s premier award for professional geoscience, the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award, for his significant contribution to professional geoscience. In 2013 he received the Gold Pan Award from the AME for exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community.

604.630.3926 | rstevens@amebc.ca

 

 

Jonathan Buchanan

Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy

As Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy, Jonathan is responsible for anticipating, understanding, summarizing, evaluating and influencing public policy as it relates to mineral exploration and development, particularly in the strategic areas of land access and use, environment, health and safety and socio-economic considerations in BC.

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Jonathan joined AME in 2005. Jonathan grew up in the mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, and first moved to BC to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. in Geography. In addition to a background in communications for the mineral exploration and mining sector, Jonathan has studied, lived, and worked in Japan, and is the author of Inside the Torii Gate: The Journal of an Exchange Student in Japan.

He served as 2015-2016 Chair of the BC Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation, on which he represents AME and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He has received the Advanced Communicator Gold award from Toastmasters International, and is an active member of Vancore Toastmasters.

604.630.3923 | jbuchanan@amebc.ca

Tracey Sexton

Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs

In early 2018 she was promoted to her current role after completing her Professional Communications Master’s Degree from Royal Roads University in June 2017 while working full time at AME. In April 2015, Tracey completed the Project Management Certificate program at the University of British Columbia.

In this leadership role, Tracey is responsible for creating and implementing the annual communication strategy, lead both the Communications and Marketing and Integrated Social Responsibility Committees and serve as the liaison between the staff, President and CEO, Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

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Tracey leads specific matters and initiatives related to AME’s Communications & Marketing committee and participates in other committees with overlapping opportunities such as the Roundup Committee, the Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Integrated Social Responsibility, Environment, Health and Safety and the Land Access and Use committees. In this role, Tracey also provides support to the Director of Events & Membership with conference media and other communications related to the Annual Roundup conference. Tracey is also responsible for overseeing  office management and IT and a close liaison role with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

604.630.3919 | tsexton@amebc.ca

Roxanne Finnie

Director, Events & Membership

As Director, Events & Membership, Roxanne is responsible for strategy, planning and delivery of the member relations program and all member events including AME’s annual Roundup conference.

Roxanne joined the AME team in November 2011 as the Manager, Member Relations. In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of the member services and events as well as the management of the exhibit hall and exhibitors at Roundup.

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Prior to joining AME, Roxanne worked for 7 years in both operational and business development roles for SGS Mineral Services and as such brings a network and knowledge of the industry to her new role.  Her background also includes Board positions for arts & culture and community planning organizations as well as the production of various community events. In 2011, she was also the Chair of the AME 100th Anniversary Pavilion Sub-Committee.

604.630.3927 | rfinnie@amebc.ca

Patricia Morrison

Accountant and Human Resources Manager

As an accountant, Patricia reports directly to the President and CEO, works closely with AME’s Treasurer, and provides staff support to AME’s Finance Committee. Patricia Morrison joined AME in mid-2006.

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Patricia has over 20 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and office administration for various law, oil & gas, and not-for-profit organizations, and has worked with many societies, charities, and their boards providing prompt and accurate service.

She has had several entrepreneurial endeavours of her own, and has a track record for being a professional team player. Patricia is working toward earning her CPA designation.

604.630.3922 | pmorrison@amebc.ca

Jordan Townley

Manager, Marketing and Communications

As Manager, Marketing and Communications, Jordan focuses on a wide range of marketing activity including PR and Media Relations, Digital Marketing, Measurement and Analytics, Social Media Management, Media Partnerships, Content Development, E-news as well as event support for AME Roundup.

Jordan joined AME in October 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator and was heavily involved in the media relations and partnerships, news circulation and photography at AME Roundup and Discovery Day.

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Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manchester UK and Newcastle Australia,  Jordan has worked in PR and Marketing for 7 years across 3 continents for different industries including renewable energy, sustainability, business and retail.

For three years running, Jordan was elected as a Board Member for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations from 2015-2018, planning and executing seminars, talks and events for PR professionals in London and across the UK.

604.630.3924 | jtownley@amebc.ca

Stasia Wegner

Manager, Member Services

Stasia is responsible for creating marketing strategies and branding for events, managing event registration, event sponsorship, and coordinating membership programs.

Stasia started with AME for Roundup 2019 as the event marketing coordinator, coming from a background in marketing and a passion for data and strategy, she transitioned into the member services role.

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604.630.3930 | swegner@amebc.ca

Savannah Nadeau

Manager, Events

As Manager, Events, Savannah works with the Director, Events & Membership to plan and execute the annual AME Roundup Conference as well as other AME events throughout the year.

Savannah joined the Association in October 2018 as the Volunteer & Events Coordinator for AME Roundup 2019 and enjoys walks in the woods with her fur-child, Luna, and sipping wine on patios.

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604.630.3929 | snadeau@amebc.ca